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Exclamation Considering a Versa S! Any input will be great.

I joined to ask if considering a versa s is a good decision. I try to get a Versa S for under 10k and drive it for at least 4 years. I am looking for the base model with 5spd since I heard some of the horror stories of the CVT. Heck, I saw the replacement transmissions on the dealer lot when looking for cars. Dealers in CA are willing to let go the 2016 for less than 10k. That with a bit of money down can be 150/month.

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Wise decision on the MT.
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I got my 2015 Versa Note about a year and a half ago. I'm still happy with mine.

So far, I've only had a few trivial problems, and they've all been handled quickly under warranty.

It comes with a 3 year factory warranty, and I was able to add a 7 year mechanical breakdown policy to my regular car insurance for only a few dollars a month.

The Versa has been around for a while now, so I imagine the insurance companies have an idea of what to expect. It's not a tweaker or a hot rod, but it's a fun little car around town.

If I planned on doing a lot of highway driving, I would look at something a little bigger, but for around town and the occasional highway trip, it's just what I wanted.

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i picked up one yesterday. the base model manual tran. just under 10k. i put 30k miles a year, so better than buying a used car.
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Obviously on versaforums.com you are going to get what you want to hear, go post on a Mitsubishi Mirage forum and tell them you want to buy a Versa and see what kind of response you get xD

But yes, I executed the same plan as you. Picked up a 2016 base manual for under 10k. Payments $140/mo. Cheap reliable transportation, good to go for many years.
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i was able to get a 2017 with zero miles for under 10k, it was really a good deal. i think the 2016 and 2017 are pretty much the same though. they threw in the unlimited oil change for life as well... mine is graphite blue, what color did you get?
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I joined to ask if considering a versa s is a good decision. I try to get a Versa S for under 10k and drive it for at least 4 years. I am looking for the base model with 5spd since I heard some of the horror stories of the CVT. Heck, I saw the replacement transmissions on the dealer lot when looking for cars. Dealers in CA are willing to let go the 2016 for less than 10k. That with a bit of money down can be 150/month.
I bought a Versa Note SV (auto) on pretty short notice. I had a weekend to get a car to go to work as I moved back to the U.S. from Japan. I previously had a 2000 Honda Accord in storage but found it had problems that was not worth fixing. All I knew at this point was that I was impressed with the Note version in Japan, as I rented a couple for travel trips.

The Honda Fix was $2500 more (close to $20K) so I bought the Nissan for $16,500 out the door. Then I read all the horror stories about the Versas such as the lack of power, high revs on the freeway, poor handling, road noise, and last, but not least, the issues with the CVT. I don't have any of these problems with my 2016 so far. Case in point: check out all the reviews of a 2016 and up Versa Note on the web and they are quite positive, if not glowing.

I believe Honda addressed couple of these issues with the later models. The 2016 now has gas struts and front/rear anti-roll bars. They might have improved the sound insulation as several reviews say they are impressed with the lack of road noise compared to other small cars they've driven.

Finally, my 2016 has the 3rd gen CVT which makes a whining noise to simulate 2-3rd shifts, which Nissan purposely did because many owners found it disconcerting when the older CVTs made no noise. I took it to a dealer for a check and they told me it's normal. I am guessing Nissan also reprogrammed the tranny since my power on grades is excellent and throttle response on the freeway is surprising good for a 4-banger considering the car is only turning 1700 rpm at 50 MPH. I have my fingers crossed that the 3rd gen CVT will be more durable.

I might add the 2016 Note has the same aerodynamic Cd of 0.30 as the Fairlady Z. Gas mileage took a jump up at 1200 miles and is now 34-35 MPG mixed with 30/70 city/highway driving. I am impressed with the car so far.
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