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Recent purchase of 2011 Versa S. Fairly pronounced engine tick on startup and when cold and then slowly diminishes as it gets driven. When I test drove the car I met the owner somewhere and they had driven about 20 miles to meet me and there was really no noticeable noise.

Is this a common sound for this car upon startup and when cold ? Have another 4 cyl car (Mazda Tribute) and it is quiet (no ticks)... so not used to this and wondering if there is any cause for concern or anything a shop could do to reduce ticking noise.
 

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Depends on where it's coming from, but i'd say in general these have noisier than average valvetrains. I think it's because alot of Nissan engines use timing chains which produce a little more noise in exchange for no or very little maintenance (yes please!).
 

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Recent purchase of 2011 Versa S. Fairly pronounced engine tick on startup and when cold and then slowly diminishes as it gets driven. When I test drove the car I met the owner somewhere and they had driven about 20 miles to meet me and there was really no noticeable noise.

Is this a common sound for this car upon startup and when cold ? Have another 4 cyl car (Mazda Tribute) and it is quiet (no ticks)... so not used to this and wondering if there is any cause for concern or anything a shop could do to reduce ticking noise.
I purchased my sedan new in May of 2009. In Dec. of that year, at 5600 miles, it started making slight noise that sounded to me like a piston slap, and was brought into the dealer. At that time I was told the noise was an "injection pulse sound" and was normal. Each winter, the noise got louder and loud, and I brought it back to the dealer and left it overnight so they could cold start it today. The tech listened to the engine and agreed that a the noise was in fact a piston slap, and the dealer agreed to install a short block under warranty. Every bit of maintenance service was done at the dealership, and there was no question of any lack of proper care. As other posters have state, some engines will run over 100,000 miles with that condition, and others will self destruct in 30,000-40,000 miles. Based on the intensity of the noise in my car, I don't think it had too much more mileage left before it would have bit the dust. Good luck with your vehicle.

P.S.On Dec. 18, 2013 the dealer did in fact replace the engine under warranty.
 

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guess we are going to live with it. noticed oil level after oil change was a little high and had them remove some and it is a tad better. tks for replies.
 
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