really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,384 miles

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2012 Nissan Versa electrical problems

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2012 Nissan Versa Owner Comments

problem #17

Jun 072016


  • miles


When I was buying this car from mcculskey used I questioned the transmission. Asked that they put this in writing. They refused and stated that it was fine. The transmission at the time was a dead spot where trans did not shift. As time has passed, the transmission has progressively gotten worse until I could not take it. The transmission at 25 mph and 45 mph went in to seizures. Almost like a new driver of a standard shift. Then the power would shut down while driving. I took it to the dealer service. Because they would know better than anyone. How ever they were unable to find anything wrong with my transmission. They were able to fix the power problem. No recalls available. While researching my car I found that 2007-2010 trans have been recalled. I spoke to Nissan company to make a complaint. There was nothing they could do for me. Recently the ps light is coming on. The power stearing is out when the light is on. When you shut the car off and turn it back on the power stearing works until the light returns. The car is now almost not able to drive due to the trans. I only have 84,000 miles on this car. It is only 4 years only. I need someone to help.

- Trenton, OH, USA

problem #16

Dec 082015


  • 100,002 miles
U.S/ department of transportationmay 24, 2016 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1200 New Jersey ave. S.E. Washington DC 20590 gentlemen/ladies: I had sent a letter to the California doj, district attorney's office with supporting information. The attached letter has all the information pertaining to this matter. The California department of justice, district attorney referred me to you. (the letter and information are attachments.) I believe the ignition switch malfunction is a safety issue and I would like my money refunded. Your prompt attention to this matter would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, [xxx] attachments: Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Glendora, CA, USA

problem #15

Jan 152016


  • 70,000 miles
I pulled up to a pump at a gas station, got out and went in the store to get a drink. Came back out and my car had locked up. The steering and brakes were both locked. Thank god I wasn't in motion when this happened. The car would not accelerate. I cut the car off and let it sit there before trying to start it again. It cranks but never turns over. There is a battery light, brake light, ps light and oil light on the dash. I researched it and everything indicated a bad alternator. I bought a Nissan alternator and put it on. Still never turned over. The fuel pump runs and I put some starting fluid into the throttle body and it started but died after a five seconds. Every Nissan dealership tells me they don't know what the problem is. Its my only car, I'm flat broke and I am walking 2 hours to work every day so I don't lose my job. I need to know what's wrong.

- Selma, NC, USA

problem #14

Aug 032015

Versa 4-cyl

  • miles


The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Versa. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. In addition, the vehicle jerked before stalling. The contact mentioned that the fuel warning light illuminated and flickered when there was fuel in the vehicle. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed but the contact was not notified of the failure caused. The contact mentioned that the fuel pump with some unknown wires were replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Update 01/13/16 MA updated 01/19/16.

- Hodgenville, KY, USA

problem #13

Jul 012015


  • 45,000 miles
I bought a new Nissan Versa 2012 3 years back. It has only 50,000 miles. The vehicle jerks when I shift from 'R" to "D:. the ses light comes on frequently with code P0705. The dealership updated software and adjusted range switch. The problem persists. Now the dealership says there is a short-circuit near tail light. Nissan refuses to fix the problem. The car is used for normal commute and was not in any accident. The car sometime jerks/skids even in normal drive. According to the dealer it loses power due to short-circuit. I complained to Nissan, North America and they refuse to fix it.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #12

Oct 082015


  • 58,148 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Versa. While driving at approximately 58 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the pedal position sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 58,148.

- Vidor, TX, USA

problem #11

May 052015

Versa 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Versa. While attempting to engage the accelerator pedal, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The contact also stated that the vehicle accelerated independently. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 37,000. MA 08/10/15 the consumer stated the vehicle would stop suddenly in traffic and needed to be restarted. Updated 11/30/2015

- Floral Park, NY, USA

problem #10

Jan 082015


  • 66,500 miles
Failing inspection 2 years in a row due to non-communicating obd sensor. First year Nissan dealership "fixed the problem. This year a local shop fixed it and stated that many of the grounds were loose. The shop went though all of the grounds in the car. In order for the obd to start communicating again. The mechanic was in speaking with a Nissan dealer and they hinted that the cars had problems with the grounding but they would say the whole story. This should be addressed.

- North Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #9

Aug 042014


  • 33,000 miles
Left turn signal dims or goes out completely when atmospheric moisture is present (rain/cold). Nissan dealership fixed as "bulb issue, " but issue persists. Nissan appears unable to diagnose cause. Driver concerned of potential safety implications due to problematic signal.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 042014

Versa 4-cyl

  • 8,400 miles
This vehicle had an electrical problem. The entire electrical system would randomly shut down, killing all gauges, lighting, power steering and etc. Multiple visits to the dealership brought "unable to duplicate" responses and no attempt to repair. Nissan dealership recommended to drive the vehicle until the stated problem could be displayed at the dealership (note that a car cannot drive without a working electrical system). When vehicles electrical system shut down the final time a fire was ignited under the hood. The car was soon engulfed in flames. It is a total loss. Video of burning car can be seen here: youtu.be/0_pfv4cesps.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #7

Jun 062012

Versa 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles


I have to hit the curb to stop car tire damge and under car to prevent hit a car.. I been notice that since ibougth my car, I report to Nissan they say is nothing wrong with my car.. sometimes I been driving and car accelarate by himself, also.. shoe stock in gaz pedal..very dangerous.. because cant brake.!!.

- Henderson , NV, USA

problem #6

Mar 102014


  • 41,000 miles
I am writing with to provide notification about a serious safety issue with my vehicle, a 2012 Nissan Versa, purchased on October 11, 2011 with approximately 42,000 miles. My car is unsafe to drive, and after several failed attempts to have Nissan address the issue, I believe that it is my duty to report this issue. On March 10, 2014 I was driving my vehicle on the highway and noticed that the tachometer was oscillating rapidly, even though I was driving at a constant speed via cruise control. Over the next several days this issue continued to persist both under local and interstate driving conditions. On March 15, 2014 I was driving my car when it suddenly stopped running. To fix the problem I had to come to a stop, put the car in park, take my key out of the ignition, and completely restart the car. Shortly thereafter this issue occurred while I was driving on a highway at a highway speeds. On March 17, 2014 I brought my vehicle to Nissan for consultation. It took them three weeks to diagnose the problem, at which time they said that car needed a new wiring harness. While they initially said that the problem would be covered under warranty, they subsequently retracted this and refused to cover it. I appealed to corporate Nissan twice advising that this is not a normal repair but a serious, potential life threatening safety issue and they rejected my appeals. Please note that Nissan confirmed that my vehicle is not the only Versa that has this problem, thus other Nissan owners may be subject to the same unsafe wiring harnesses. Since I am unable to afford the $2000 repair cost for a new harness, I have been forced to drive my vehicle as-is, which is a danger to me and other drivers on the road. If my vehicle stops running while I'm on the highway I could cause a very serious accident, and Nissan has shown minimal interest in acknowledging this problem.

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #5

Jan 022014

Versa 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
January 2nd I was asked to jumpstart a vehicle in my driveway. Approximately 5 minutes later my Nissan Versa, with less than 32000 miles, caught on fire. The cables were hooked up correctly. Prior to this incident and at least three times, I had complained of a burning smell after highway driving. I was told by my insurance company, I should bring it to a Nissan dealer where a licensed Nissan mechanic could determine the cause of the fire. When the dealer neglected to do so, Nissan North America was called in to do an inspection. They completed their inspection and would not cover the expense or release the report to me or the Nissan dealer. They opted to keep the information undercover. I am assuming it is was an electrical issue or some type of leak judging by the 250,000 Nissan vehicles recalled in 2012.

- Epsom, NH, USA

problem #4

Jan 202014

Versa 4-cyl

  • 24,470 miles
Lights flicker on and off when driving. Will no longer come on. Only the use of high beams is possible.

- Port Monmouth, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jan 142013


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Versa. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, a strong burning odor and smoke was emitted inside the vehicle. The vehicle was moved to the shoulder then exited at which time the entire vehicle became engulfed in flames. The fire department extinguished the flames and informed the contact that the fire was contributed to electrical failures. The vehicle was towed to an independent shop for further investigation. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Allison Park , PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 172012


  • 12,000 miles
I rented a 2012 Versa hatchback this week. Upon driving the vehicle I discovered that the turn signal indicators were not working. I reported this to the rental Agency and was told that this model does not have indicators. I drove the car for 3 days and found that it had no turn or high beam indicators. These are basic safety devices to inform the driver of the these functions. These cars should not be allowed on us roadways. According to what I read in a document published by the U. S. dot these are required, so I wonder how these vehicles are allowed in the U.S. the document is publication number tp-108-13. Please advise about this.

- Justin, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 022012


  • miles
2012 Nissan Versa. Consumer writes in regards to several issues with vehicle and quality the consumer stated the defroster was a major concern. In order to turn on the defroster, he must turn the knob to defrost, but also slide the horizontal switch underneath the dash to defrost as well. Then, he had to turn the driver and passenger side vents toward the glass, all while operating the vehicle. The defroster worked fair at best. It only eliminated about half the fog on the front windshield and none on the rear windshield and side windows. Half the time, when the consumer attempted to turn off the vehicle, the key did not want to come out of the ignition. He would have to jiggle the key and the shift knob to get the key out. The auto door locks did not unlock when he put the vehicle in park. The vehicle had to be turned off in order for the auto doors to unlock. Also, the transmission would emit a loud bang, when the consumer put the vehicle in reverse.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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