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Our experience with the 2015 Note SV has been 99% negative. From the dealer network (we're in North San Diego County) to the dealer we bought from (Imperio in SJC/Orange County) and the support through Nissan's Customer Service. Just a cluster-f of incompetence, evil and ignorance. The problems (after a month+ of ownership) really makes me regret not buying the Honda Fit that would have run $3,000 more.
The sole positive is the 42.5 MPG combined average on the last couple of tanks. 1,500 miles on it.
I can see why Nissan is 20th on reliability on Consumer Reports' list. From the hood rarely popping open when released (and then opening when in motion!) to the passenger air bag not activating with a 95-lb adult sitting in the seat, there's just a ton of problems that make me hate this vehicle to no end. If this car were totalled tomorrow, the replacement will be anything but a Nissan.
We paid around $16,500 OTD for the SV in silver with mats and mud flap/guard thingys. The splash guards are a useless option that I didn't want but had to get due to a slimy move by the dealer.
I'll be filing a new NTSB complaint about the airbag sensor for the passenger seat. I usually drive the car with only kids in the back, so the first time there was a passenger in the front with me driving, I noticed that annoying orange light.
What a piece of junk. Thing is, a few bits and pieces of better design, better choices and better construction would make this car a Fit, Yaris, Mazda3, Impreza killer! Poor, poor, poor execution!
Our experience with the 2015 Note SV has been 99% negative.
The car is > < that close to being great. The issues though are pretty serious. A modern airbag is a two-stage strength... 79.3 lbs for stage one and 119 lbs for stage two. My car's sensor doesn't recognize anything below 100. I'm 175 and it does trigger for me. It could be a software problem or a connection problem - it shouldn't be my problem though. My subaru was RIGHT at 80. My daughters used to ask me to check very regularly when they were still being driven to elementary school, before we'd leave, they'd sit in the front. I was one of those, you stay in a full-child's seat until you are of height and weight... Most of their classmates were in boosters or in nothing while mine were confined in the big seats!
Great to hear the background on Imperio. Being that a lot of Mexican-owned companies in SoCal are being investigated for money laundering, I jokingly said to someone that Imperio must be doing that! They were cheaper than the "best" price that other dealers were willing to part with the Note for. Of course, the Mossy-owned dealerships are awful and tie-up much of the San Diego market for Nissan. The non-Mossy dealerships are like feeders who scavenge behind them, but don't have the numbers that OC and LA have so they don't offer the better pricing.
Initial quality on the Note has been far under our Toyota, Subaru, even a Buick. It's more in line with a Cadillac that will live in infamy as the worst POS that ever graced my garage. (Great deal, great big POS.)
I am always suspicious of a first year of any model, so the 2015 Fit was on watch. The difference is that the dealer network is a little more high-brow for Honda. Sunroad in San Diego has a Honda dealership and they have had excellent service at their other dealerships.
The last tank's 42.5 MPG combined is the bottom line for us.
Now, how to do DRLs, maybe fogs and in-dash navigation with traffic (and not spend over $300). :/
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