Nissan Versa - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Nissan Versa owners have reported a total of 3,096 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 (561 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2018 Versa
15
  2017 Versa
31
  2016 Versa
45
  2015 Versa
156
  2014 Versa
193
  2013 Versa
182
  2012 Versa
525
  2011 Versa
267
  2010 Versa
288
  2009 Versa
561
  2008 Versa
429
  2007 Versa
404

  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 (930 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's suspension (414 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Nissan Versa

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
930
  Suspension
414
  Power Train
270
  Engine And Engine Cooling
215
  Equipment
206
  Service Brakes
155
  Steering
152
  Electrical System
130
  Structure
100
  Vehicle Speed Control
94
   
  Other Fuel System
84
  Wheel
80
  Tire
50
  Gasoline Fuel System
47
  Visibility
38
  Seat Belt
37
  Electronic Stability Control
31
  Exterior Lighting
21
  Seats
19
  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 3121,4002    
0.72
  2012 52574,7017    
1.00
  2011 26797,8108    
0.34
  2010 28877,6869    
0.41
  2009 561106,24010    
0.53
  2008 42977,12011    
0.51
  2007 40481,82312    
0.41

  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
9
  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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