Hi all, my name is Dan, and I just purchased a brand new 2015 Nissan Versa S sedan, manual transmission, totally stripped down. I purchased this car out of necessity. Basically, I lost my 2002 Saturn SC1 in a flood a couple of weeks ago, and I couldn't afford to drive the 1,000+ city miles a month in my Crown Vic, so I ended up buying "America's Cheapest Car" as it's the only car in the U.S. that doesn't have all of that electronic junk that they load in these cars, and it's hard to find anything in a manual transmission anymore.
Anyhow, I'm looking to do a couple of additions to my car and am looking for ideas, advice, and hopefully I can share some of my own in return.
Thanks for the welcome. Yeah, I'm really going to miss my Crown Vic, but I just can't afford it. I like full sized, full frame, American V8 vehicles, but alas, fuel economy is king these days.
My Saturn wasn't my favorite car in the world, but it was inexpensive transportation. It was pretty dependable, pre-flood.
My plans for the Versa aren't huge. I just want to add rear speakers, cruise control and a center arm rest. That's about it. Just for my own driving comfort, that's about all.
Anyhow, while the Versa wasn't my first choice in cars, the lack of electronics was a big selling point for me as I just don't like that stuff in a car. The price was great too. I got mine for $11,600; a new car for a used car price. I can't complain. I'm 6'2", so the car still feels awkward to me, but I've only put 200 miles on it since Saturday. I'm sure it'll grow on me. It has to as I plan to keep it for at least the next 10 to 15 years. I take good care of my belongings, so I don't see why it wouldn't last that long, and Nissan vehicles seem to be at least as bullet-proof as my old S-series Saturn.
Good call on the Versa. I test drove at least half a dozen econo cars before settling on mine. I, like you, was enticed by the low price tag and super basic (and ironic) S trim level. Before this I had a Mini Cooper, which was a complete nightmare of a car. Owning that reminded me that less sometimes really is more.