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Hi, everybody. De-lurking here ( very helpful forum, BTW ) because I just had to put my 2012 Versa hatchback in the shop for the first time since I bought it used right about a year ago ( 1 year, 2 days to be specific! ).
A few days ago, while making a sharp-ish right turn I heard a snapping sound. I thought that maybe a rock had bounced up under the car or something. But then since, every once in awhile when I turned right I'd hear kind of a creaking and/or popping noise. I had to go in ( local car shop, not the dealer ) today for an oil change & my Missouri inspection anyway, so I had them take a look.
He told me the spring on the right strut has snapped. Now, I apologize for knowing next to nothing about this kind of thing ( especially in comparison to a lot of the folks here ), but that's what this thread's about, right? I never got any info on a recall ( I DO have the info on the airbag one that's out there waiting to move forward ), & was wondering if there was anything that could be done to maybe avoid having 500 bucks sucked outta my wallet.
Thanks in advance. Seriously - this forum has already answered several questions for me in the first year of owning my Versa ( which I really like - no issues until this week ) .
I took my 2007 Nissan Versa for the spring recall. I don't use my car often (it only has 65k miles). The dealership said that the spring has already snapped, and my strut assembly is rusted. They said that they would not replace my spring unless I pay $650 to replace my strut assembly.
MANUFACTURER RECALL ISSUED RECALL PM565 VERSA FRNT SPRING NTB15-078 IMPORTED FROM DBS ON 04/28/2018 00:04
FRONT SPRINGS ARE BROKEN FRONT STRUTS ARE RUSTED, ESPECIALLY THE R/F WILL NEED NEW ASSENBLIES * REPLACE FRONT STRUTS, MOUNTS, BEARINGS AND BOOTS WITH RECALL
PART # PART DESCRIPTION QTY UNIT $ TOTAL
54320-AZ60B INSUL STRT MNTG 1 1 87.88 1 $ 87.99 $ 87.99
54321-AZ60B INSUL STRT MNTG 1 1 119.03 1 $ 119.09 $ 119.09
54325-ED02A BEARING-STRUT M 1 1 30.30 2 $ 30.30 $ 60.60
E4C03-EM30JNW STRUT KIT FR LH 1 1 156.67 1 $ 156.67 $ 156.67
E4C02-EM30JNW STRUT KIT FT RH 1 1 156.67 1 $ 156.67 $ 156.67
54050-ZE70A BUMPER ASSY BOU 2 2 21.62 2 $ 21.62 $ 43.24
In addition, they said I should also spend over $1k to replace my suspension.
FRONT SHOCKS/SUSPENSION (CV BOOTS/TIE RODS/BUSHINGS) C 4.00 $ 599.80 $ 462.80 $ 1062.60
BOTH FRONT LOWER BALL JOINTS ARE LOOSE
* REPLACE BOTH FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARMS
PART # PART DESCRIPTION QTY UNIT $ TOTAL
54500-EL00D LINK COMPL-TRAN 1 1 234.82 1 $ 234.82 $ 234.82
54501-EL00D LINK COMPL-TRAN 1 1 227.98 1 $ 227.98 $ 227.98
Do you think these charges are legit? Can't they just replace the spring without replacing the struts? I am actually thinking about selling my car this summer. I can't decide if I should just sell them as-is, or do all these fixes.
Thanks for taking the time to read this!
That is what I found out about Nissan car. Everything are expensive to repair my 07 Versa.
My 07 Versa airbag light came on couple of years ago. My dealer shop told me $1100 to fix it. I said forgot it. Then, I took my Versa for the airbag recall 2 months ago. They told me I need to replace the clock spring for $450. With the help of the following thread, I was able to replace the clock spring myself for $46.
I found that Nissan engineering design is bad. The intake manifold is on top of the engine. 30 minutes to change spark plug job took about 2 hours as I had to remove the intake manifold to get at the spark plug.
This is my last Nissan car. I have a 91 Honda Civic and a 07 Honda Accord. Nothing is expensive to repair Honda cars.
07 car is about 11 years old. I will not pay over $2k to fix it because 07 car will not worth more than $2k after fixing it. If you are handy person, you can change the spring/strut assembly for $400. I will use Monroe quikstrut: :: MONROEŽ SHOCKS & STRUTS It is assembled in one unit with spring/strut/strut bearings.
I replaced both lower control arm assembly with ball joint for $250 couple of years ago. If I do not repair my Versa myself, my 07 Versa will be gone long time ago.
Agree with all that ^^. However, a credit belongs where it is due...
Latest Versa sedans are the easiest to change engine filter of all vehicles I had, which is the most frequent maintenance service performed (the worst was Saturn sedan, where oil filter was on the back of the engine). You need only to drive front wheels on the ramps, and very easy access to the oil filter. No mess with spilled oil.
Yes, spark plugs are not the easiest to replace, but by all means not the hardest. You do not need to drop a tranny to replace all spark plugs like in some vehicles. Also, now plugs do not need to be replace every 30k miles as previously. A manual calls for 100k miles/10 years interval.
About a cabin air filter - many vehicles have a very difficult access to it, worse then in Versa. Also I would question the necessity of such device. You defeat your cabin air filter as soon as you open a window while driving. Just a thought...
So Versa does not seem to be the worst vehicle to work on. Of course it could be engineered better. But that can be said about many vehicles.