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Hello everyone, forum newbie here!
I have a 2015 Versa Note for about a year now and for the first few months, I had no issues whatsoever. Starting in May of this year, I've started to witness some (what looks like) battery issues. First occurrence happened when I spent one week without starting/using my car. When I tried to start it, the battery was dead and I had to jumpstart it. At first, it didn't bother me much since I've been told that this could happen when you don't use your vehicle often enough. It happened 2-3 more times after that and I decided to head to a dealership to have the battery checked. Once again, they said that it was fine and that this is only happening because I don't use my car enough and I had to pay for the whole checkup. Since then, I've started to use my car more often to go to work and all that and it seemed to have helped a little but now, it's been happening a lot more (especially with the cold weather we have here in Quebec). Just this week, I spent only 2 days without using my car and now I can't start it.
I was just wondering if for you guys, it seems like a real battery issue or if it's really just a case of not driving the car enough? I don't feel like going back to the dealership to shed another 100$ just to be told that my battery is "OK". To give you an idea as to how much I use it, I only have 5000Kms on it since last december. I know it's not a whole lot but I still feel like my car should be able to start nonetheless.
There seems to be a lot of this nonsense with Nissan. My family were loyal Nissan/Datsun fans since the early 70's. Service/dealership scams with their last Pathfinder and Altima finally ran them off.
Now they're driving Subaru and Honda, but I went against the grain and got a Versa Note because I honestly liked the vehicle better than the Honda Fit, and it was less expensive too. I hope that the vehicle outperforms Nissan's service organization. I imagine Nissan hopes so too!
The dealership where I bought my 2015 was recently bought out by a large chain. They still sell Nissan but both the original dealership and the large chain have terrible service reviews... I don't plan on bringing my Note there for service.
The location of the chain dealership is convenient, but there is another dealership 10 miles away that has good reviews. If the big chain offers a discount, I might give them a chance, but with my family's experience, I'll probably just drive the 10 miles to the good dealership... Better safe than sorry.
I just wish a synthetic oil change didn't cost a $110! I could do it myself for less than $30, but since the vehicle is still under warranty, I want all required maintenance to be documented and performed by authorized Nissan techs.
I too have all my work done at the dealership so there can be no question as to whether or not the proper maintenance was done. It paid off in the long run when my wifes 2009 Versa engine was replaced because of a piston slap. One look at the computer, and the mechanic could see that all the work done on the car was done at his dealership. Best wishes.................