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Hello all! I'm new to the world of Versas I bought a 2009 Versa from a junkyard that was hit badly in the front the car doesn't start or crank at all but most electronics work. I had a mechanic start the car from a naked wire from the starter cable but that's about it. I'm not good with cars or anything but If anyone has any suggestions on what needs fixing or replacing to start the car from the key lol. I'm open to all thanks in advance!
 

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If you're not good with cars, how in the world did you decide to buy a totaled car from a junkyard?
Did the mechanic who actually saw your car gave you "any suggestions on what needs fixing or replacing to start the car from the key"?
Unfortunately not he's more of a friend that works on cars here and there similar to me and just said for now to start it that way.
 

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Let's make it clear that "hot-wiring" the Versa will not work for long. Your '09 has the Nissan Immobilizer System as standard equipment and uses a small chip in the key that works with the ECM to identify who should be allowed to start your car. At some point, it'll simply lock down your ignition no matter what you do. This system is not a DIY project, even for experienced mechanics. Take your bill of sale or title to your local Nissan dealer to have them reprogram the ignition keys and initialize the system for you. Yes, it'll cost some $$$, but that's what you get for buying a salvage car without knowing what you're getting into.
 

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Let's make it clear that "hot-wiring" the Versa will not work for long. Your '09 has the Nissan Immobilizer System as standard equipment and uses a small chip in the key that works with the ECM to identify who should be allowed to start your car. At some point, it'll simply lock down your ignition no matter what you do. This system is not a DIY project, even for experienced mechanics. Take your bill of sale or title to your local Nissan dealer to have them reprogram the ignition keys and initialize the system for you. Yes, it'll cost some $$$, but that's what you get for buying a salvage car without knowing what you're getting into.
Thank you! I will look into this first thing in the morning. The car is damaged in the front pretty bad but only starts with hot wiring other than that if I try by key no crank or noise just sits there. Just want to make sure that reprogramming they key is the solution.
 

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Thank you! I will look into this first thing in the morning. The car is damaged in the front pretty bad but only starts with hot wiring other than that if I try by key no crank or noise just sits there. Just want to make sure that reprogramming they key is the solution.
Without being there to go through the car there's no way to determine what was damaged. Be prepared for a exorbitant bill when you go to get an estimate. Were you going to drive it around with the front end badly damaged? Are you trying to fix it yourself?
 

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There could be damage to the wiring harnesses as well. Especially around the relays, IPDM, and fusable links around the battery..
 
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Without being there to go through the car there's no way to determine what was damaged. Be prepared for a exorbitant bill when you go to get an estimate. Were you going to drive it around with the front end badly damaged? Are you trying to fix it yourself?
Its badly damaged in the front that it can be street legal to drive. I planned on hiring someone to fix the frame and that's about it. I can add the radiator and exterior parts myself.
 

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Its badly damaged in the front that it can be street legal to drive. I planned on hiring someone to fix the frame and that's about it. I can add the radiator and exterior parts myself.
I assume you received a salvage title with the car, but be aware that many of the crush zones built into the front of this Versa have been compromised. Yes, you can repair the frame, radiator, sheet metal and bumper , but the ability of this Versa to absorb another big hit is dubious. That's why it'll always have a salvage title and diminished value. You'll probably have more threads about how to repair this Versa in the future. Good luck!
 

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I assume you received a salvage title with the car, but be aware that many of the crush zones built into the front of this Versa have been compromised. Yes, you can repair the frame, radiator, sheet metal and bumper , but the ability of this Versa to absorb another big hit is dubious. That's why it'll always have a salvage title and diminished value. You'll probably have more threads about
Thank you for the help, it was very much appreciated!
 

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Let's make it clear that "hot-wiring" the Versa will not work for long. Your '09 has the Nissan Immobilizer System as standard equipment and uses a small chip in the key that works with the ECM to identify who should be allowed to start your car. At some point, it'll simply lock down your ignition no matter what you do. This system is not a DIY project, even for experienced mechanics. Take your bill of sale or title to your local Nissan dealer to have them reprogram the ignition keys and initialize the system for you. Yes, it'll cost some $$$, but that's what you get for buying a salvage car without knowing what you're getting into.
Are you sure the '09 had a chip key? My '16 doesn't. The only programmable part of my key is the fob and anyone can do it in less than 5 minutes.
 

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I'm not doubting you. I just know my '16 doesn't and have read of others with '14-'16 models without a chip. My brother used to have an '08 but I don't know whether it had a chip or not.
I appreciate that and don't know if Nissan began de-contenting the second gen Versa.
 

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Hello all! I'm new to the world of Versas I bought a 2009 Versa from a junkyard that was hit badly in the front the car doesn't start or crank at all but most electronics work. I had a mechanic start the car from a naked wire from the starter cable but that's about it. I'm not good with cars or anything but If anyone has any suggestions on what needs fixing or replacing to start the car from the key lol. I'm open to all thanks in advance!
Are smoking weed bro.
 
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