Nissan Versa Problem Trends and Complaints

Based on 12 problem areas, owners have reported the following issues with this vehicle that range in severity ratings from low to high.

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Model year with the most reported issues

2012

Most reported problem

Drivetrain

High risk

High

Group of components of a motor vehicle that deliver power to the driving wheels, such as the transmission, fuel system, flywheel, driveshaft, differential and axles. This excludes the engine or motor that generates the power.
Car depreciation

45% after 5 years

While different cars depreciate at different rates, it's a good rule of thumb to assume that a new car will lose approximately 20 percent of its value in the first year. In five years, the average depreciation rate is 50% of their initial value.
Complaint Resolution

Poor

All automobiles will suffer from defects at some point, but its the way the dealer and manufacturer tend to the issues. As reported currently, Nissan isn't taking care of some customer complaints.
Recalls

51 Recalls

A recall is issued when a manufacturer or NHTSA determines that a vehicle, equipment, car seat, or tire creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards. Manufacturers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund, or in rare cases repurchasing the vehicle.
Investigation for defects

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Horrible Vehicle

Model Year:

2014

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Versa

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Pretty on the outside however it is not a sofa on wheels. I had my transmission replaced and fuel pump at 30,000 miles do not buy keep looking in 2014 now in 2020 I have the exact same issue. DO NOT PURCHASE KEEP LOOKING!

Review submitted by:Marie

Pros:Air conditioner is great for summer days.

It’s just alright

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Versa

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I have a 2012 1.8 S Hatchback. I absolutely love the look of this car and it is very roomy inside however it has absolutely no power, it can easily stall and the transmission seems off even though this model isn’t the CVT everyone seems to have issues with. I

Review submitted by:Lmiller2154

Pros:Roomy, compact, good on gas

Cons:No power, bad transmissions, stalls easily

Transmission problems, muffler is loose

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Versa

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Transmission problems, muffler is loose, cracks on rims, duck tape under the car. Weird sound when you change gears.

Review submitted by:Amanda

Average car at best .. keep shopping for something

Model Year:

2014

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Versa

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Seems that nissan put in a lower end transmission which will have to be replaced more x than not.. many bad reviews on this cars trasnsmission

Review submitted by:bob

2016 Nissan Versa Owner Review

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Versa

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

This is an ok car overall. However it has a lot of surface rust. I know the car was setting for about one year. I purchased the car in June 2017. Everything works and again it is a good car. But the surface rust and I forgot about the airbags

Review submitted by:Roonie

Pros:Has ac and good ride.

Cons:more power, rust control and better airbags

There's A Reason It's The Cheapest New Car

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Versa

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Purchased new in fall of 2011 as the re-designed 2012 model. My Toyota was vandalized so I needed something comparable. I had never owned a CVT, only stick shifts, so I bought the extended warranty since I wasn't familiar with the technology. Transmission went out at 62K and was replaced

Review submitted by:Bandyc

Pros:It was cheap.

Cons:I felt I was driving an appliance the entire time

Transmission Out at 14k Miles!

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Versa

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

I got my Versa used (it had 13k miles on it) Driving off the lot I had a check engine light on. Since owning the car I have had an emissions hose replaced, my transmission replaced, tire replaced, and now oil pan replaced. In 6 months I have had to

Review submitted by:Versaowner

Pros:Its a compact car with room inside

Cons:IT IS NOT SAFE

Versa is a lemon

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Versa

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Just want to say that the Nissan Versa 2017 is a lemon this car is not worth $17,000 that I'm paying for it it's definitely not worth the payments of $436 a month what is 21 interest rate this car has no power windows no power locks no power seats

Review submitted by:Rebl

Pros:Honestly there's no Pros

Cons:Name it is probably in this vehicle

Wish I never bought this car!

Model Year:

2014

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Versa

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

I have owned my versa for 11 months and it has been in the shop 7 times! Always for engine issues. Great on gas but not worth the headache of it not being reliable.

Review submitted by:Kdriver

Pros:Great gas mileage

Cons:Bad mechanical issues and sluggish

Terrible in high winds

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Versa

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

We rented this car for the weekend, when we approached a bridge where high winds were reported, this car literally felt like it was going to fly into the air going 60 mph. We slowed down to 45 mph and the car was literally vibrating like it was going to

Review submitted by:Caje

Pros:Gas saving

Cons:Cheap, no power, high wind performance very poor!

Terrible car

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Versa

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Way to expensive of a car. Very boring very bare base model. It doesn’t even have Apple car play and on its screen it calls it iPod when you hook your phone to it. The screen resets constantly while driving. The back is roomy and the front is also very

Review submitted by:Constant traveler

Pros:Gas mileage, roomy, simple

Cons:Noisy, barren, old style, behind on times

Nissan Versa Note 2014 SV Transmission Problems

Model Year:

2014

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Versa

Complaint Resolution:

No, dealer refused to help

Our CVT transmission just completely failed in a 2014 Versa Note SV with 103,000. I bought this new car and decided to buy it with zero miles because it was a great car. Bad move. The transmission began to slide, breaking and stopping the car. He towed it to the

Review submitted by:grpsismo

Transmission problems.

Model Year:

2014

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Versa

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

The car can get very good gas mileage if you know how to drive for it. It does sit relatively high off the ground for an economy car, so you can step out of the car instead of having to pull yourself up out of it. There are many annoying

Review submitted by:Hwag

Pros:Can get good gas mileage.

DONT DO IT!

Model Year:

2018

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Versa

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Just financed my 2018 Nissan Versa TWO weeks ago and it is already in the shop. RPM was jumping all over the place, car jolting with the feeling like someone rear ended you, and finally left me on the side of the road. VERY unhappy with the vehicle. It is

Review submitted by:kbreezyy18

Pros:Good gas mileage

Cons:No center console, no leg room ( im 52 )

Transmission failure at 76k

Model Year:

2013

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Versa

Complaint Resolution:

No, dealer refused to help

I got this as my first car in 2015 as a Graduation Gift, so it had one previous owner. I dont quite remember the exact mileage but it was not that bad, maybe around 30-35k, give or take. Id say Im a pretty local driver, Ive taken the car on

Review submitted by:K526

Pros:Good on gas, compact

Cons:Read above, no passenger armrest, etc.

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