My friend told me one of his customers who comes to his store is selling a car, that's how I found this Versa. I checked the CAR FAX - it is good. The only sticking point is that it failed it's 1st year emissions test on the first try and passed it a month later. The owner said the dealer told his wife who drives the car that's because she forgot to close the gas cap and after she closed it and drove around for a week it would pass fine.
After I told my dad who test drove this Versa about all the acceleration and engine defects I read about, he said it did feel slow to accelerate, but I imagine that might be normal acceleration for 1.8 automatic Versa?
From reading complaints people post online, it seems Versa's common defects with acceleration, brakes, power steering, engine noise or wheel noise are all intermittent, so if I just test drive it before buying or even take it to mechanic to check, the car might not replicate the problem if it has one.