hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,780 miles

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2011 Nissan Versa engine problems

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2011 Nissan Versa Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 042016


  • 38,000 miles


My Nissan has under 50,000 miles on it. I drive in new england, roads are a bit tougher- however my muffler is making a loud noise and hanging loose from the body of my car. My resonator pipe snapped and I got a quote for $931.75 from a local meineke. After doing some research it seems like a lot of people have this problem. It seems dangerous that this could happen in such a short amount of time on a car that should still be running efficiently, I noticed it while driving, got home and pulled over to notice the muffler was very very loose

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #9

Mar 302016


  • 87,300 miles
Car making noises when turning. Strut bearings replaced. Recall serviced on front coil springs. Car is at 87800 miles but at 87300 engine started making knocking/pinging/clicking/ticking noises. Took to Nissan. Mechanic said Nissan engineers say this is normal for their 4 cylinder motors. Said he couldn't locate source of sound but possibly cylinder 2 or 3. he told me until check engine light comes on or until engine fails don't worry about me to keep oil changed every 3700 miles and run engine restore products in with oil changes. I tried this the next day, and noise became worse. The car has never been run low on oil, has been serviced like it was supposed to be, never smokes or burns oil, oil always looks clean at oil changes. Since the noise started, there is decreased fuel mileage. Other than that, the sound and it's tune so to speak, have been the only changes as far the engine goes. The suspension/steering still isn't right. After bearings replaced, some noise went away while turning, but now turning either way, when first taking off, vehicle makes weird clunking noises. I'm wondering if it has bad struts?

- Harrisonburg, VA, USA

problem #8

Apr 172015


  • 127,000 miles
First the engine oil light does not work. This car burns oil quickly. Due to this I had been running my car with low oil. Which resulted with a piston popping out and it is requested I replace my engine.

- Ottawa, KS, USA

problem #7

Nov 182014

Versa 4-cyl

  • miles


Drove car to store, came back outside and car would not start, only a few indicator lights came on the instrument panel. Jump started the car it started right away, turned on the headlights and car instantly stopped and would not restart. Towed to repair shop.

- Pittsburg, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 012012

Versa 4-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
Approximately 2 months after I purchased my 2011 Nissan Versa I noticed a knocking sound under the hood. It almost sounded as though the car was low of oil but this wasn't the case. I took it to the Nissan dealership and was told that "the valves or valve sleeves were cut too long during the machining process of the motor and they were tapping against the bottom of the motor". he explained to me that this should not cause any problems, however... after reading several other stories of what sounds like the same symptoms and then having to have the motor replaced I decided to write this in hopes of an investigation of a possible recall.

- Watertown, TN, USA

problem #5

Jun 282013

Versa 4-cyl

  • 89,500 miles
The service engine light began to go on and off as well as a knocking sound had developed. We had our son, who had attended school to become a mechanic, checked it looking at the oil level. The oil was about a quart low and he advised us to take it to carmax where we had purchased the car. After two diagnostic tests and an oil change at $140, my husband was told that it needed a new engine. It is burning oil and is being emitted out the exhaust and has excessive engine blow by. We have been advised by maxcare, carmax's warranty company, that in order to properly diagnose the problem and determine if it is covered by warranty we have to pay another $400 to have the engine torn down with no guarantee repairs will be covered by the warranty the another $400 to put it back together if it is not fixed. Also, at least 3 times when the service engine light began to turn on and off the Versa stalled while in heavy traffic. We also complained to carmax that the check tires indicator light would go on and off causing us to constantly stop to check the pressure and often it was ok. Carmax offered to run another diagnostic test for more money to try to find out what the problem was. Both problems could cause serious damage in the future and it seems the only way to get it repaired is to pay out of our pocket.

- Wheatfield, IN, USA

problem #4

Mar 082013

Versa 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


My husband purchased the Nissan Versa 4hb 2011 brand new. A few months back while driving on the Texas freeways 70 mph...the check engine light came on and the vehicle shut down and I lost power and speed, this was frightening and very dangerous....we took the vehicle to the dealership and was told the throttle body need to be replaced: Price, over $1000...our personal mechanic was able to do the job but unfortunately it was short lived and happened again. We went to another dealership and was told the same thing about replacing the throttle body, we explained it was replaced but needed the vehicle to be recoded...the guy said the part was defective, so we took it back to the mechanic, and had it replaced, but it happened again...so we went to the dealership again and was told they would recode the monitor...which was done...but here now it happened again, putting me in a dangerous situation on Texas freeways....now sitting in my garage. I need help advice anything that would give us a clue as to why so much trouble with a vehicle barley 2 years old....I do not want to die on Texas freeways....

- Crandall , TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 142012

Versa 4-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
I had to attempt a sudden brake and the vehicle made a weird noise. The vehicle then stopped in the middle of traffic and stalled. I called aaa had it towed to temecula ca to the Nissan dealership and checked. Found out that the transmission needs to be replaced and my engine. I have a warranty on my transmission and its covered. The engine is not apparently. What I don't understand is why didn't anyone tell me about the recall, now they refuse to fix my car or help.

- Lake Elsinore, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 212012

Versa 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
The most recent date has been 10/21/12. It has also happened in June and April. While driving, the car will completely turn off. Once pulled over, I am able to re-start it. The dealership can not find the problem.

- Tomball , TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 062012

Versa 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Brought the car in August 2011. At every service I would report of knocking noise as if the car was in need of oil. I was repeatedly told that there is/was nothing wrong with the car. Again in August 2012; I complained about the noise one of the new tech's looked at the car and it was determined that my engine was gone and they needed to replace it which they did do. The only thing I have to ask should the warranty start over?

- Gibsonville, NC, USA

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