What are you talking about? There are no proven/confirmed production-wide issues with the hr16de engines, you must be reading the local troll slime and buying into the paranoia they try so hard to create. Well over half a million hr16de versas have been sold the past few years in the US and Canada and roam the roads happy as can be
, plus however many are sold in other countries under the other names (Tiida, Latio).
If you are referring to the alleged connecting rod knock, that is ONE GUY smearing the same BS in forum after forum. Sure, maybe something was wrong with his one engine, its a mass produced car and not every one may be perfect. But he's basically alone in his experience. There are one or two easily excited people who don't know a lug nut from a leaf spring who read his post and got worked up "HOLY CRAP GUYS MY CAR MAKES NOISE TOO!! IT RUNS PERFECTLY GREAT AND ACTUALLY HAS NO ISSUES BUT OMG THERE IS SOUND COMING FROM IT!!!" and jumped on the bandwagon.
Listen there is not a lot of sound deadening material in these cars and the engine and transmission mounts are made more for longevity than dampening. This is a cheap commuter car, the engine makes noise and you are going to hear it. Simple as that. Over at BMW and others they are doing everything they can to stifle every possible peep and pop from their motors until you can't hear a thing and you aren't even sure if its running or not (and they've gone so far with that to the extent that now they have to play artificial vroom vroom noises in the cabin through the radio speakers
) You can go get a honda they put a quite a bit of effort into keeping their perceived engine noise down (except you can always hear the ticking of the injectors it seems like), but all the sound deadening in the world will not make it run better or last longer than a noisier car.
The long and the short of it: Engine and road sound dampening is a luxury and the Versa, being the cheapest of the cheap, has very little of it. Deal with some sound or pick another car. Or turn the radio up like most of the rest of us do
Someday I very much hope to acquire a set of those 16 inch OEM rims the one you are looking at has! I think when I wear out the tread on the set my car came with instead of getting new tires for the steelies it will be new tires and rims and I'll source out a set of those. I want factory looks rather than going to cheepowheels.com and getting some poorly cast rice burner specials. I think you will really like that car if you decide to buy it.