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Common Problems: The most common issues with the 2021 Versa involve the steering, the engine, and the brake system. Other common issues in the vehicle include excessive wheel noise, check engine lights, and rapid brake wear.

The manufacturer has released two power steering recalls which will be discussed more below. Additionally, the 2021 Versa was also recalled in 2021 for issues related to the turn signal not illuminating.

In this article we will discuss some of the more common issues drivers have encountered in the 2021 Nissan Versa, and potential ways they can go about seeking recourse.

Common 2021 Nissan Versa Problems

Some of the most frequently reported problems with the 2021 Nissan Versa include:

  • Electrical Issues: Problems such as faulty wiring and malfunctioning sensors have been noted.
  • Brake Problems: Drivers have reported issues with the braking system, including premature wear and reduced braking efficiency.
  • Engine Problems: There have been complaints about engine performance, including stalling and power loss.
  • Steering Problems: Certain 2021 Nissan Versa vehicles have been recalled twice due to loss of power steering assist.

Compared to other compact cars, these problems tend to be slightly more severe, leading to higher repair costs as the Versa gets older.

One of the most frequent complaints from 2021 Versa owners is excessive wheel noise, often occurring within the first 15,000 miles. This issue is typically due to a worn-out wheel bearing, which requires replacement. The cost to replace a wheel bearing is approximately $400, depending on local labor rates.

2021 Nissan Versa Steering Problems

The 2021 Nissan Versa has been recalled twice due to Loss of Power Steering Assist, affecting vehicles produced between July and September 2021. If you’re experiencing power steering issues related to this recall, Nissan strongly recommends taking your vehicle to an authorized service center for a detailed inspection.

If the power steering fails while the car is in motion, the driver may need to exert more effort to steer, especially at lower speeds, potentially increasing the risk of an accident. For more information, you can refer to our previous article about the most recent Nissan Power Steering Recall.

Possible symptoms of power steering issues include:

  • Increased steering effort, especially at low speeds
  • Unusual noises when turning the steering wheel
  • Intermittent power steering loss
  • Dashboard warning lights related to the power steering system

2021 Nissan Versa Electrical System Problems

Many 2021 Nissan Versa drivers report electrical system problems in their vehicles. Common issues include the AC not functioning properly, which is often due to a refrigerant leak or an electrical fault in the climate control system. The blender door actuator is also a potential culprit.

Electrical issues in modern vehicles are extensive due to their complex systems. These problems can range from minor inconveniences to significant functional failures. Some symptoms of electrical system issues in Nissan Versas include:

  • Malfunctioning climate control systems
  • Faulty or intermittent dashboard lights
  • Issues with power windows or locks
  • Problems with the infotainment system
  • Battery draining quickly or not holding a charge
  • Blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers

If you notice any of these symptoms, you should have your vehicle inspected by a professional to prevent further complications.

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2021 Nissan Versa Engine Problems

Some owners of the 2021 Nissan Versa have reported engine issues, including power loss and an intermittent electrical connection in the electric power steering (EPS) torque sensor. Additionally, some drivers have experienced a loss of power when the clutch is released too quickly or due to other factors. When the vehicle goes into limp mode, the computer needs to be reset by restarting the car to restore normal function.

Check engine lights have been reported on the 2021 Nissan Versa at around 5,000 miles. This is often caused by a sensor error. To diagnose the issue, you will need to use an OBD-II scan tool to read the ECU codes. Once identified, fixing the problem can cost between $20 and $250, depending on the specific issue.

2021 Nissan Versa Airbag Problems

Nissan drivers have reported airbag issues across various models, and the 2021 Nissan Versa is no exception. Common problems include the airbag warning light coming on or the passenger airbag failing to deploy.

The airbag warning light in a Nissan Versa indicates that the vehicle’s diagnostic systems have detected an issue with the airbag system. This could range from minor problems, like a loose connection, to more serious concerns, such as a faulty sensor or control module. Factors that can trigger the airbag warning light include:

  • Damaged wiring
  • A weak car battery
  • A previous collision

Other potential airbag issues in the 2021 Nissan Versa may involve malfunctioning airbag inflators or software glitches within the airbag control unit. If the airbag system is compromised, it can significantly impact the safety of the vehicle’s occupants in the event of an accident.

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    Example Complaints from Real Nissan Versa Owners

    1. NHTSA Complaint

    “The contact stated while depressing the accelerator pedal from a stop sign, the vehicle started stalling. The contact stated the crash indicator warning light was illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the local dealer, but the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. “

    1. NHTSA Complaint

    “Driver lost control of vehicle and slid along fence to hit a tree stump. Driver airbags went off in time and driver was unscathed. Passenger remembers seeing tree hit car (vision was not obscured by deployed airbag). Passenger was seriously injured and needed airlift to local trauma center. Car was hauled by H&H towing of Gunnison, CO No lights prior to accident. No inspection by manufacturer. No confirmed reproduction by dealer/service center.”

    1. Complaint

    “Just bought the 2021 Versa and the check engine light has come on 3 times already. I have never felt unsafe in a new car. The dealership told me they can put me in a new car, didn’t happen. They said I had to wait until June, it was too early.”

    How the Lemon Law Could Help with Your 2021 Nissan Versa Issues

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