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Hello,

My GF took her 2009 Versa Base to the dealership for routine oil change and the 21 point inspection. They said the battery needs to be replaced, it is the original one.

To save money, I will replace the battery myself as dealership wanted $158. However, after reading this thread, I would now like confirmation that a Kirkland or Walmart EverStart Maxx battery will properly fit her Versa? I plan to use the T5 size.

Thank You!
 

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Ok, as I feared that thread was correct! :c(

I went to Costco, and in the battery selector booklet it said that the Kirkland 51R or 90 battery model would work with the 2009 Versa. They did not have the 90 in stock, so I went with the 51R. Sadly, the 51R is too thin and does not have the molds in the casing itself to properly mount in the Versa without moving around. I had to return the battery.

I then went to Walmart and the EverStart Maxx T5 had the grooves at the bottom. It is a bit of a bigger battery thus it was a tight fit but it worked perfectly with the crappy Nissan mounting bracket. Battery cost $110. 5 year warranty plan, 3 years replacement and last 2 years is pro-rated.

Thought I would post this up to save hassle for others.
 

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In Consumer Reports the EverStart Maxx batteries sold @ wal-mart were some of the highest rated batteries. I would go with that...even over an Interstate battery.
 

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I recently replaced my 6-year old original battery in 2010 Nissan Versa. Went to pepboys and their parts computer suggested a battery that in no-way would fit in my versa. So the Pepboys employee pulled out a tape measure and got a Bosch with the same dimensions as my old one. CCA was similar enough, and the battery fit with the nissan battery holder clamp. So far, so good...
 

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Update: As of 2016 the Walmart Everstart Maxx T5 still fits and connects well with the footing in the 2007 Versa. Just thought I would keep this good thread updated.

BTW to remove the battery you will need a 6 to 7 inch ratchet extension to reach the bolt that holds the battery in, as it's located in tight 6 inch slot between the battery and fuse box.
 

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I don't know why Nissan says a 51R is the right one? I feel bad for all of the auto parts dealers, ad of course, customers.

Walmart "installed" (it was swimming in the battery compartment; not secured) a 51R EverStart battery. I can't believe they left it that way.

I returned it for a 121R, which fits perfectly. Thanks; I should have followed your guidance above.

 

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found a compatible battery for a 2012 versa with cvt

found out today that Interstate brand batteries that fit the Versa are only sold to Nissan dealers and then tells the world that the 51R is the correct model if you have the CVT. Well they do not fit. I had heard of a T4 battery so I went to Walmart, they told me the book says a 51 R an I said no do you have a T4, he said no but I have a T5. he brought one out and it measured perfect I took it home and is is a perfect fit bolts down securely and every was a exact match. I beleive that covers 2001 to 2015

Again the Walmart EverStart T 5 is a perfect fit
 

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I don't know why Nissan says a 51R is the right one? I feel bad for all of the auto parts dealers, ad of course, customers.

Walmart "installed" (it was swimming in the battery compartment; not secured) a 51R EverStart battery. I can't believe they left it that way.

I returned it for a 121R, which fits perfectly. Thanks; I should have followed your guidance above.

found out today that Interstate brand batteries that fit the Versa are only sold to Nissan dealers and then tells the world that the 51R is the correct model if you have the CVT. Well they do not fit. I had heard of a T4 battery so I went to Walmart, they told me the book says a 51 R an I said no do you have a T4, he said no but I have a T5. he brought one out and it measured perfect I took it home and is is a perfect fit bolts down securely and every was a exact match. I beleive that covers 2001 to 2015

Again the Walmart EverStart T 5 is a perfect fit
So is it the 121R or T5? Or both? What is the CCA rating for the stock battery?
 

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Anyone here who can comment on the correct battery type for the 2014-16 Versa Note?

According to this thread, the info that Nissan provided to aftermarket suppliers is incorrect.

I'd like to know what kind of battery I'm going to need before I actually need a battery.
 

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Autozone's website currently recommends the T4 for all variants of the 2014-16 Versa Note as well as Manual Transmission Versa Sedan.

For the 2014-16 Versa Sedan with CVT, Autozone's website still suggests the 51R, which we know is incorrect. Walmart's website still suggests the 51R for all variants, and as others have observed, the 51R is simply too small.

I'm willing to bet the CVT sedans take the T4 as well, Autozone just haven't updated the battery description across all variants yet.

If the T5 fits the bracket and doesn't cost much more, that's probably what I'll get. A few extra CCA won't hurt anything, and might actually come in handy.

So we need to be shopping for T4 or T5 size batteries... Thanks for the heads-up!
 

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2015 Versa Battery

So is it the 121R or T5? Or both? What is the CCA rating for the stock battery?
I bought and returned the recommended battery this morning. I looked up the sizes recommended here, and the 121R is a little taller, but looks like cables would have reached. The T5 is sightly longer, but the battery tray had more than enough room.

The T5 had slightly more CCA, and was a few dollars more, but was a very easy fit.
 

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Think I ended up with the t4 from walmart. The tray had enough room for a much larger one. Id estimate a ground 24 or 34 max, but not 100% sure.

My oem battery was half full of fluid. I filled it with distilled water, but that seem to make it worse.
 

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More water will NOT make it worse but likely waited too long there. Once the tops of plate are exposed and run for a while the battery generally does not come back.

One thing I DO suspect is that the battery companies are conserving battery acid by not filling the batteries all the way up to the correct level any more. Meaning, if you fill to what looks right, usually to the bottom of the cap tube opening then you will have too much water and the acid will be weak. Start looking at the brand new battery fill level and you'll see what I'm talking about, they don't fill many of them all the way up any more. Another fine way to shorten product life to get more sales that is. It's the new American Way under Mr. TrXXX...........'we call that good business'.

If I don't like that level I fill mine up more with acid/water to my liking there. But of course you have to have some on hand.
 

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I have a 2009 Nissan Versa S and replaced my battery today. Most of the online tools will recommend 51R as an exact fit, but it won't fit. I bought 90/T5 and it is an exact fit.
 

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Join nicoclub.com and download the OEM service manuals for free-they tell you the actual OEM battery needed there.

I tend to almost never use the recommended one, instead fitting up my cars to do a lot of battery cross-swapping and also picking those which are commonly up to $40 less but the same CCA and warranty. It's stupid to use the correct specialty battery just 'because it fits', how you waste big money.
 

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I have a 2009 Nissan Versa S and replaced my battery today. Most of the online tools will recommend 51R as an exact fit, but it won't fit. I bought 90/T5 and it is an exact fit.
Our 2009 SL takes a 51R.
They have different battery trays, the one that takes a 51R has a bracket with J hooks and from what I'm seeing in this thread the 90 has a bracket that clamps the bottom.
Should be easy to tell which one you need by opening the hood.
 

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Guys - I decided to replace the battery in my Versa today and the 51R-60 is so far off ... no way. IDK where that comes from, but somebody needs to correct the record!

I took the OEM battery with me to Rural King and found that the 42-60 is closest to stock. Same height, same depth front to rear, but an inch wider (which is not a problem - it could've been 2" wider still, and would still have fit). Terminals are right where they need to be.

The 42-60 is the same price as the 51R-60, but it has more power: 500 CCA vs. 425 (OEM battery is 470) and 600 CA (not sure OEM). If it gets as cold as I think it will this winter, I'll be grateful for the added oomph.

https://www.ruralking.com/battery-42-60-cca-500.html
 
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