2009 Nissan Versa Consumer Review: Dissapointing new car

2009 Nissan Versa - Consumer Review

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1.6 Base Sedan (1.6L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Dissapointing new car
By Alan Magnes on


2009 Nissan Versa 1.6 Base 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


I bought 1.6 versa without air conditioning or radio. After purchase I find out that there is no kit to add air conditioning. I dont know about the 1.8 versa but this 5 speed has the engine turning at 3000 rpm at 60mph,sounds like it is ready to blow up at highway speed. I am very dissapointed overall and will get rid of this thing before the warm weather.

Best Features

Inside room, it is comfortable to sit in and easy to get in and out.

Worst Features

Gear it higher so it does not feel like it is always in 3rd gear. Make a kit so that air conditioning can be added.
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By ryanclowe29
on 02/18/11 00:12 AM (PST)

Gearing on the highway for a manual transmission will always be a comprimise- gear it too tall and you have to down shift just to pass (like in my old Z28 6 speed), especially with a full load. Actually, my Versa 1.6 5sp turns 2700 RPM @ 60 MPH which (in my experience) isn't that high - and it's definitely NOT hurting the mileage! Remember, this is a small displacement 16 valve engine with a 6500 RPM redline, you aren't going to get gobs of torque below 3000 RPM. I've done the A/C kit thing so I understand- I had A/C installed into a loss leader Toyota Tacoma for $1200 a while back- but there was no other way to get A/C without moving up from the loss leader and spending thousands more. But with the Versa, it's not the same situation. The 1.6 base and the 1.6 with A/C are BOTH great deals. It doesn't make sense to offer a kit when a buyer can get factory air conditioning AND ABS for about the same price as a kit, with none of the hassle and a full warranty. And of course, with factory air conditioning, you can finance it (if you don't have the money) for not that much more a month!

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By orbit9090
on 05/06/11 05:12 AM (PDT)

Salesperson misled you? Not surprising. Not sure why else you would think something called an 'air conditioning kit' would exist or ever be cost effective or reliable. It's a car, not a motor home. Upgrade to a Honda Fit Sport. They all are equipped with factory A\C.

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