Nissan Versa - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Nissan Versa owners have reported a total of 2,893 problems for their cars built in the 12 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Nissan Versa. The 2009 Nissan Versa cars have the most problems reported (547 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Nissan Versa

Model Year Number of Problems
  2018 Versa
7
  2017 Versa
18
  2016 Versa
40
  2015 Versa
130
  2014 Versa
164
  2013 Versa
159
  2012 Versa
487
  2011 Versa
257
  2010 Versa
267
  2009 Versa
547
  2008 Versa
423
  2007 Versa
394

  Common problems of Nissan Versa

The following chart shows the 24 most common problems for Nissan Versa cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (898 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's suspension (400 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Nissan Versa

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
898
  Suspension
400
  Power Train
224
  Engine And Engine Cooling
197
  Equipment
181
  Service Brakes
148
  Steering
139
  Electrical System
118
  Structure
91
  Vehicle Speed Control
90
   
  Other Fuel System
76
  Wheel
75
  Tire
50
  Gasoline Fuel System
47
  Visibility
36
  Seat Belt
35
  Electronic Stability Control
28
  Exterior Lighting
20
  Seats
17
  Unknown Or Other
12
  Latches/locks/linkage
6
  Interior Lighting
2
  Traction Control System
2
  Air Brake
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Nissan Versa of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Versa model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Nissan Versa model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Versa Model Years

Versa
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2017 1821,4001    
0.84
  2012 48774,7016    
1.09
  2011 25797,8107    
0.38
  2010 26777,6868    
0.43
  2009 547106,2409    
0.57
  2008 42377,12010    
0.55
  2007 39481,82311    
0.44

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Nissan Versa is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2018 Versa
4
  2017 Versa
12
  2016 Versa
19
  2015 Versa
30
  2014 Versa
42
  2013 Versa
33
  2012 Versa
34
  2011 Versa
10
  2010 Versa
14
  2009 Versa
19
  2008 Versa
33
  2007 Versa
28


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