I've got the really bad piston slap as well as the extremely long crank times. Piston slap is only really noticeable during cold starts, and the long crank time was around for a few months last winter/spring (february, march, april) and I haven't seen it since. I haven't had a failure though.
2008 Versa S:
-Strut brace+Sway bar
-H&R Sport Springs
-Navi HU, Pioneer Spkrs, 2x10" CV Subs.
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