fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,404 miles

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2014 Nissan Versa Note drivetrain problems

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2014 Nissan Versa Note Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 132016

Versa Note

  • 21,000 miles


Since about one year ago, I have been having problems with the transmission of my Versa note. First I took the car to Nissan because of a big huge noise. They gave me instructions on what to do for avoiding the noise when changing from parking to drive. Since that moment I've been doing what they asked me to, but sometimes it makes the noise. Now since about the month of December, the car is making a different noise like if it is going to turn off when I use the brake. About two months ago I had to get out of the road because it started making a noise when in motion on a city street, loose power, and almost turn off. I took it to Nissan and they changed the air filter, and they cleaned something else. But the car still has the same problem. When I use the brake to let a pedestrian cross the street, sometimes at a red light, last Monday to let a person get off the car; it start making a noise and shaking like turning off. I'm sure that the problem is the transmission, but Nissan doesn't do anything. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

- Jayuya, PR, USA

problem #9

Apr 222016

Versa Note

  • 51,000 miles
Cvt started slipping as seen by tachometer jumping up and hearing the engine rev up as I went up a small hill (much like if I had a clutch to push in on a regular transmission) later that day on the way home on the interstate on level road did the same thing. Pulling up a small hill as I proceed to the dealership and giving it gas to get up that hill, cvt made a very loud 'thump' (like I popped the clutch). Car is not safe to drive now. Car has only 51,000 miles on it.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 012014

Versa Note 4WD

  • 20,000 miles
While using the air conditioning compressor (A/C, defroster) the car while at a stop, or while driving at slow speeds under 10 M.P.H. will cause the car to surge forward unexpectedly. I can have my foot firmly pressing the brake pedal down, and can feel the vehicle struggling to move forward against me. Anyone with size 10 shoe and above (men) foot becomes trapped in accelerator area. Cruise control constantly fails to hold proper speeds, and varies from 10 mph + or - above intended speed while on a flat non incline surface.

- Southbridge, MA, USA

problem #7

Jul 212014

Versa Note

  • 173 miles


Car surges forward after stopping. Its like the transmission has jumped forward. If your foot isn't firmly on the brake, it could hit a car in front. It does it almost all the time. Windshield washers aim very low, with no adjustment to raise them up.

- Mckean, PA, USA

problem #6

Jun 052014

Versa Note 4-cyl

  • 700 miles
Engine, brakes and shifter this is the correct VIN [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Temple, TX, USA

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problem #5

Jun 052014

Versa Note

  • 700 miles
Shift hard from park.

- Temple, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 242014

Versa Note 4-cyl

  • 9,501 miles


2014 Nissan Versa note with 9501 miles at time of last incident. When the problem occurs the car shifts rough at low speeds (10 mph) to medium speeds (45 mph). While the car is shifting rough the rpms of the engine maintains a normal flux in RPM but nothing drastic like an engine that is struggling to stay running. Once the car comes out of the rough shifting then the car quickly stalls. When the car stalls it does not spit and sputter like a car having problems running. This has happened 3 times within the 9501 mile that we have driven the car. This has happened at 45 mph while driving in traffic and while moving through a parking lot at about 10 mph back to back within a min of each stalling at about 10 mph. The owners manual says to use at least 87 aki and the lowest rating in our state is 87. We have always used at least the low grade and at times used mid-grade 89. Nissan dealership only suggestion is to use premium gas.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #3

Mar 182014

Versa Note 4-cyl

  • 63 miles
The cvt will shift into a lower gear while stopped with constant brake pressure. 3 to 10 seconds after a complete stop. This "lower shifting" causes the car to move forward without the knowledge of the driver should the driver think he/she is stopped and performing other normal tasks (I.e setting navigation or radio, ) this has the possibility of causing vehicle damage or pedestrian injury; without the knowledge of the driver. I can easily make a video of this problem available.

- Port St. Lucie, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 292013

Versa Note 4-cyl

  • 373 miles
Pulling away from a toll booth on I-80, car would not accelerate. Check engine light. Towed to dealer at owner's expense, pulled tran codes P0500, P1574, P1715, P1720 and P0720. Only had car for 5 days. After 17 days at dealer, replaced 2 sensors, 31935-1xf00 sensor asmy-rev (N/C) 1 31935-1xf01 sensor asmy-rev at recommendation of Nissan tech line. Dealer was unable to replicate the problem prior to repair. This was a life threatening occurrence, car would not accelerate while pulling into traffic.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 032013

Versa Note 4-cyl

  • 535 miles
Intermittent lack of acceleration. Happened 4 times in 6 days. Tried accelerating from stop to enter cross street and found no acceleration and no engine increase. Traveled 50 feet at 6 to 10 mph before a response with pedal to the floor. Turned into dealer, but there was no resolution. This is a possible deadly problem.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

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