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After two years of ownership, these are my pros and cons:

I bought my car new with 11 miles on it. This week is the two year anniversary of my purchase. I figured I'd share a few of my opinions on the car which my help people someday. It's a 2011 Sedan with the 1.6, manual trans, manual windows locks, manual locks, no cruise control. It does have AC, ABS, and a rear defrost. I do feel the pro's are obvious. It's a light, cheap economical car and it's a blast to drive. I don't want to reflect on the con's but I do feel the prospective buyer need to know this more than anything. This may affect the model and options they buy.

PROS:

Fun to drive (with manual trans IMO)
Good gas mileage
Stylish (has that baby Altima front end lol)
Cheap
Very good trunk room
Very good interior room for family (2 adults, 2 kids in back)
Easiest manual car you could ever drive. The clutch is like butter. For real.
Sounds lame but the headlights are great out in the middle of nowhere.

CONS:

Manual locks mean no passenger side keyhole. This isn't the end of the world but is annoying at times.
The base model sedan has no trunk release inside. Once again, annoying. Who really wants to shut the engine off to get out and open the trunk?
The dash material scratches easily. Don"t ask how but my wife has scratched the dash numerous times with the buckle on a purse.
When switching the vents from the windshield to front vents the AC button turns on. This makes no sense to me.
Many Versa sedans had a problem with odometer racking up miles to fast and the speedometer reading the mph wrong. Took way too long to fix.
No center armrest. Probably only a base model delete option. Sucks.
The paint quality is crap. I feel there are way too many paint chips. They actually have a rust color too. I can see a paint job in the future.

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Nice write up. Definitely might help someone decide some day.

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All things posted are true, nice thread.

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TEIN Springs.
Takeda Short Ram Intake.
DC Sports Cat-Back Exhaust.
DC Sports Strut Tower Brace.
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I bought my car new with 11 miles on it. This week is the two year anniversary of my purchase. I figured I'd share a few of my opinions on the car which my help people someday. It's a 2011 Sedan with the 1.6, manual trans, manual windows locks, manual locks, no cruise control. It does have AC, ABS, and a rear defrost. I do feel the pro's are obvious. It's a light, cheap economical car and it's a blast to drive. I don't want to reflect on the con's but I do feel the prospective buyer need to know this more than anything. This may affect the model and options they buy.

PROS:

Fun to drive (with manual trans IMO)
Good gas mileage
Stylish (has that baby Altima front end lol)
Cheap
Very good trunk room
Very good interior room for family (2 adults, 2 kids in back)
Easiest manual car you could ever drive. The clutch is like butter. For real.
Sounds lame but the headlights are great out in the middle of nowhere.

CONS:

Manual locks mean no passenger side keyhole. This isn't the end of the world but is annoying at times.
The base model sedan has no trunk release inside. Once again, annoying. Who really wants to shut the engine off to get out and open the trunk?
The dash material scratches easily. Don"t ask how but my wife has
scratched the dash numerous times with the buckle on a purse.
When switching the vents from the windshield to front vents the AC button turns on. This makes no sense to me.
Many Versa sedans had a problem with odometer racking up miles to fast and the speedometer reading the mph wrong. Took way too long to fix.
No center armrest. Probably only a base model delete option. Sucks.
The paint quality is crap. I feel there are way too many paint chips. They actually have a rust color too. I can see a paint job in the future.
When switching the vents from the windshield to front vents the AC button turns on. This makes no sense to me.
The 1.8L has the same issue on the HB I can't figure out why Nissan made this a standard. If I wanted to put the AC on when the temp was ZERO outside I would select the AC. The way they have it now, every time you use the windshield vent option, the AC turns on no matter what the temp is outside. Now I just keep an eye on the light when using the windshield vents and switch it off.
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Very good assessments. Let me ask you all something..can you eat while driving a manual transmission, lol?
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I can eat, and talk on the phone while driving my manual lol.

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Very good assessments. Let me ask you all something..can you eat while driving a manual transmission, lol?
I can even roll a joint in a stick car... Or could. But I'm kinda a neat freak so I really "try" not to eat in my car though. Actually I was in a little rage after she scratched my dash and she didn't believe that she did it I told her to do as she wishes in the Versa; eat, smoke, be a slob. She didn't like the sarcasm.

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Wifes do that lol mine gave me a couple of scratches on my doors while opening her own doors lol.

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while not my wife, we have been together for 6 years. Our first date out she parked next to my baby. My infiniti G20t Turbo. She flew opened the door to her Oldsmobile Cierra and smacked the hell out of my car. I knew she was a keeper right there because I didn't go crazy on her LOL.


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The ac turns on when defrost vents are on for two reasons. It dehumidifies the air which in theory clears the windshield faster. And second to keep the system running in the off season, which increases ac life. Personally It annoys the hell out of me, but those are the reasons.
And wow, it sounds like Nissan really cut corners with the base models. Good write up. I really wanted a manual but got stuck with a cvt, which is a love hate....mostly hate
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