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Just got my new 2011 Versa 1.8HB S last Saturday. It's exceded all
expectations so far. However, in preperation for a road trip to
visit my daughter in college, I found the tire iron/lug wrench along
with the jack crank and tow hook was missing. Basically no tool
pouch.

Stopped by the dealer on day of trip as soon as they opened looking
for the pouch. Parts guy doesn't have anything so he lifts it out of a
another SL on the lot. Surprise no tow hook. Asks me to come back Monday
and he'll have it.

Questions:

1. Are you missing any of these items in your Versa?

2.Where do you stow the pouch? (manual shows only the
iron left of the spare, but it doesn't fit)

Please comment and thanks in advance......
 

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I heard somewhere that nissan stopped supplying the tow hooks on newer cars. I'm thinking 2010 it started. They do offer them for sale at the parts counter. They are crazy expensive though.
 

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respondingversa;robj80;iluvmyVersa08;GTversaman

Thanks for the comments.....guess what?

I just got back from the Dealer and the parts guy and sales
guy provided the tow hook with smiles and apologies!

I tested the fit and it screwed in well.

So like respondingversa said I'll place in the hollow of the spare tire.

If I were a new car buyer I'd demand this part as it retails for $50.
If it's missing the front facia will get destroyed puting it on a flat
bed.

Please provide other comments if you like.

Do you have your hook? .....most don't it seems.
 

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Nice! Glad they gave you one for free. Sounds like you have a good dealership.
 

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I heard somewhere that nissan stopped supplying the tow hooks on newer cars. I'm thinking 2010 it started. They do offer them for sale at the parts counter. They are crazy expensive though.
my 09 didn't have one, but if someone can take their tow hook to a Menards or Home Depot and figure out what the thread pitch is you can buy one for a couple bucks at any farm implement store or home improvement store..
 

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Well it appears that Nissan calls it a screw-in recovery hook or just plain recovery hook. Just about nobody receives them....why?

Such a vital piece of equipment should be included with your car.

"Alway pull the recovery device straight out from the front of the vehicle. never pull at an angle" per my 2011 manual.

Sometimes they are in the glove compartment, tool pouch,
or simply laying in the trunk. Most times..... just missing.
 

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Upon further review of the Recovery Hook use per the Versa manual
I noticed something very interesting.

Both the 2010 and 2011 Versa manuals on page 0-3 refer to the front Recovery
Hook as " Tie down hook (if so equipped)"

HOWEVER, in the 2010 manual it seems perfectly OK to use the connection
point for recovery. The 2011 manual says not to use the tie downs to free a
stuck vehicle and the term "tow hook" is never used anywhere in the manual.

So for 2011 did Nissan decide that they no longer want to instruct owners
to use these connection points for recovery?

So now they are just tie downs, nothing else?

Check out how Nissan refered to them in 2010 below.
These instructions are removed in the 2011 manual.



2010 Nissan Versa Manual
CAUTION
● Tow chains or cables must be attached
only to the main structural members of
the vehicle or the towing hooks (if so
equipped). Otherwise, the vehicle body
will be damaged.
● Use the towing hook (if so equipped)
only to free a vehicle stuck in sand,
snow, mud, etc. Never tow the vehicle
for a long distance using only the towing
hook.
● The towing hook is under tremendous
force when used to free a stuck vehicle.
Never pull the hook at an angle.
 

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I spoke to my Mechanic for my other cars about my missing parts.

He use to drive big rigs down to the border with Mexico several years ago.
From there the trailer would picked up by another Operator for it's short trip south of the border.
Upon it's return he'd bring it on back. Invariable those trialers would return from Mexico
with slicks in place of new tires along with other missing equipment.

So are our parts going AWOL in transit from Mexico where the Versa is made?

It's odd that my Dealership retrived my replacemnt tool pouch from an SL Versa
equiped with the rear cargo organizer and didn't even bother with the on S Versas
on the lot. You see, the cargo organizer is secured fairly well and impedes any effort
to get to the tool pouch beneath, unlike mine.

I guess what I'm asking.....are they being stolen?
 

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I actually needed one over the winter. The rear hook is just too small to get a chain in. Me and another guy just ended up spinning the Versa 180°. It was very comical watching us spin this entire car like it was nothing. I should have taken a video.
 

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No tow hook in my new 2011 hb -manual calls it a tie down, not a tow hook. Can't figure out how to take the hook to Home Depot to figure out the thread pitch as I don't have one ?? May try a farm store as I'm not planning on paying >$50.
 
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