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A couple of weeks ago noticed this odd rattle. Over the following week or so it became more pronounced. Brought it to a dealer to look at it, apparently the heat shield around the exhaust has failed.

Basically a weld or mounting or such. They ordered a new shield which just came in today. So they scheduled me for next Monday to replace it.


12,000 miles, sure hope this isn't a sign of things to come. Anyone else experience anything similar? I understand there is always opportunity for random defects. Just hope this is all.
I have a 2012 Versa sedan, and the same thing happened to my car. The mounting bolts they use to secure the heat shield have a small surface area, and that causes the metal heat shield holes to fatigue over time and then just fail. What I did was just remove the bolts and install over sized washers and reinstall the bolts. That solved the problem. As for the vehicle itself, we have two Versas, a 2009, and 2012, and they have provided great service with very few headaches.
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