2008 Nissan Versa Sedan User Reviews
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- $7,270 - $8,316
- Huge interior but small exterior, high seating position, decent ride, cheap
- Excessively poor quality and dealer network unable to fix problems
My parents purchased this car in April of 2007, and we sold the car (for reasons I will explain in a moment) in April of 2008. We amassed about 25,000 miles in that period. Please keep in mind the car was meticulously maintained by a car-crazy family that would rather walk than drive a dirty, improperly maintained car.
Our dynamic impressions of the car were good. We really enjoyed the huge expanse of space on the interior of the Versa, the small and tidy exterior, the overall design (aesthetic and ergonomic), and especially the higher seating position. The ride quality was pretty good, quiet, and on the soft side. We were not so smitten with the not-as-advertised (but still acceptable) fuel consumption (about 28MPG combined highway/city).
But by far the biggest problem we had with this car was its overall quality. This car made a combined 20+ trips to the dealer for about 5 different issues - some of which the dealer could fix, but most of which it could not. We grappled with a broken A/C vent first, which was repaired. Next came an A/C condensation leak that would saturate the passenger-side carpets with the A/C running - this problem was never solved. The dealer replaced the A/C compressor 3 times because they put the wrong one in the first two times. The brakes squealed starting at 20,000 miles. Then we discovered a water leak in the trunk. And, lastly, the steering clunked whenever the wheel was turned. The dealer could fix only the A/C vent, and we got Nissan USA involved on the leaks when we threatened a lemon law buyback claim. Nissan USA dropped the ball on the leaks and wouldn't fix them, so we were left with no options. We traded this car in on a 2008 Honda Civic LX sedan.
AVOID THIS CAR AT ALL COSTS!!!
(We had similar quality issues with a 2002 Nissan Altima.)...read morehide
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- GOOD FUEL ECONOMY, BIG CABIN AND TRUNK SPACE
- NONE SO FAR
THIS CAR IS FITTED NOWADAYS BECAUSE OF THE WEEKLY GAS INCREASE, SMOOTH AND COMFORTABLE DRIVING.
IN THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY WITH A SMOOTH ROAD, YOU DON'T NEED A BIG ENGINE BECAUSE THERE IS A SPEED LIMIT RULES ON THE ROAD.
SO WHY BUY A BIG ENGINE THAT YOU CANNOT MAXIMIZE ITS RACING POTENTIALS AND PAY FOR MORE GAS! BE PRACTICAL! WHAT YOU SAVES ON GAS, YOU CAN USE IT IN OTHER EXPENSES.
I WISH THAT NISSAN WILL MAKE A 1.6L VERSA ENGINE FOR MORE SAVINGS ON GAS! I LOVE THIS CAR!...read morehide
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- Seat Height, Very Cute, Good Fuel Economy
- Little Sluggish with A/C on going uphill
This is a very nice car to drive! I'm short (5'3'') and the driver's seat sits up nice and high and I have great visibility. The car is so roomy that there is plenty of headroom for my tall husband even with the seat being so high. It's peppy around town - I noticed a slight sluggishness when going uphill with the A/C on but still could zip along when I gave it the gas. I like the various storage compartments and the radio/CD is easy to use and sounds nice. This is a nice car....read morehide
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- Roomy, large trunk, fuel economy, and great quality.
- Driver's seat
I have been driving this for more than 1500 miles in the city and it behaves pretty well. Versa is fun to drive and roomy, great for a small family and commuters. Fuel economy with automatic transmission is 30mpg.
The only problem is the driver's seat. It lacks back support.
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- Good gas mileage, very comfortable, roomy, large trunk for such a small car.Glad I chose a Versa
- No button to pop open trunk, could have a little more power but not bad for small car.
I drove lots of cars and the seats in them were so uncomfortable they ran pain all through my back. I said don't they make small cars with comfortable seats anymore..then we stopped by the Nissan dealership and tried the Versa....I loved the comfortable seats and could not believe the room inside. Lots of leg room in the back and large back seat for the kids. I loved the hatchback very cute, but not enough room for traveling purposes so I chose the sedan. You can't go wrong with the Versa great car, great price, great gas mileage....read morehide
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- Good fuel economy-70mph & ac running/36mpg
- rides like a big car/15"wheels
Not running the AC and going 65mph the versa will do 41mpg.
It has power to spare. It is very neat little car and will really astound you on it's performance.
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- Great fuel economy, tons of room for a family of 4, great price, very safe.
- alittle slack in take off, but it is a 4 cylinder
We love it. Good all around value. Wonderful results for a price of about $15,000. Great for a family of 4.
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- Great MPG, good accel and can dress it up options.
- AC fan is load on high,
I love this little car!!!
I have driven a Navigator for 8 years... bought the Versa SL Sedan for work commute and love the MPG. Granted this is not a $50,000.00 Navigator's ride and handeling... but it is not the 10.4 MPG of the Navigator!
I am on day 4 with it so I will reserve the final comments for later. But so far ... so good....read morehide
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- Good suspension, quite peppy
- Uncomfortable, poorly designed
I drove this car for a week on a business trip last month. I could not wait to get out of it. My main complaints are:
1) Very uncomfortable seats (I am 6ft tall 190lb, hardly ever have problems with seats). There was enough headroom, but after driving just 10 minutes my lower back was hurting. Nothing helped.
2) Highly distracting dashboard - the huge orange-lit display is mostly distracting while serving no real purpose.
3) Poor side and rear visibility, no matter what you do with side mirrors.
4) Unheard of problems with design of its controls: The blinker would almost never reset automatically; I had to manually turn the blinker off what felt like every time - very annoying and distracting. The car lacked autolock feature - in order to lock all doors you have to do it from the inside of the car, not by turning the key in the door lock clockwise, as it is on most cars. I ended up inadvertently leaving the car open.
5) High pitch noise coming out of the engine. This was quite subtle and possible to miss on a short drive, but if you revved up the engine you could hear a very annoying high pitch that after few hours drive gave me headache.
On the positive side, the fuel economy was decent - I got around 27mpg in mixed city and highway driving. Acceleration was adequate in its class....read morehide
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- Huge inside, excellent on price, gas,quality inside for this price, hatchbag can move so much!
- Only 1.8 automatic, stick should be better, engine noise
We love the 2008 model. And it is a heavy car believe it or not and HUGE inside. Hatchbag does the job for us.
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