2008 Nissan Versa SL 1.6 from North America
Welds on the muffler broke. Had those welded. Then the welds on the flange on the other side broke; cut the flanges in and attached them together with a section of pipe and clamps.
Coil spring broke, thankfully at low speed. Shame on Nissan for not fitting coil spring insulators on the coils. Powder coating cracks, corrosion sets in, and they get stress cracks and will eventually break. Rather than trust the stock ones, I put on H&R springs (made in Germany). Shocks and struts are completely worn out, they will need replacing too.
Build quality is just really poor. So sad because practicality wise, it's brilliant, and the CVT transmission is really nice. At 130k it feels like it has about 300k on it. Body rigidity is so bad that if you park it with one wheel up a slope, the rear hatch binds up when you close it.
We also have a 98 Protege, which despite being slower, noisier, and having more km on it, feels like 10x the car quality wise.
I know a lot about cars and do all my own work. I definitely would not recommend the Nissan Versa.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th August, 2015