2013 Nissan Versa from North America
I am concerned about the heat shield. I had a rattle and took it to the dealer. Without looking at the car, they knew it was the heat shield (they have replaced several). I have 40,000 miles on the car, so the $238.00 repair was out of pocket. If anyone has even a small rattle, take in before 36,000 for it to be a warranty repair. It seems to be a design flaw that is occurring frequently on this model car, but it is not a warranty repair after 36,000 miles. I hope it doesn't happen to my car again.
Good gas mileage. Overall 38 MPG.
Overall I am satisfied with the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th June, 2014
I had the exact same horrible rattle problem with my 2012 Versa sedan. The heat shield was replaced within warranty the first time. It failed a 2nd time around 45k miles, if I recall. The service advisor said "We're having to fix a lot of these. Don't worry, we'll take care of it." They didn't charge me a dime. Even if you get charged for the repair, it shouldn't cost $238. The part itself is about $60 and should take no more than an hour at $100/hr labor. Next time the heat shield fails (and it likely will), bring it to another Nissan dealership. Be nice, but tell them it's already been replaced once and you're aware it's a common defect. They may replace it free of charge like they did for me.
You should never darken that place's door again. Although my car only has 27000, the heat shield failed one Saturday after driving through a large puddle on the freeway. I didn't want to wait till Monday and found it only took an over sized washer to fix. About 29 cents in parts and 5 minutes of labor.