The Most Common 2014 Nissan Versa Problems

Powertrain issues, a problematic start/stop button, and a loose lower body bolt are among the 2014 Nissan Versa problems that you should know about.
Written by Jason Tushinski
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
The most common problems on the 2014 Nissan Versa were powertrain issues, a problematic start/stop button, and a loose lower body bolt.
The subcompact Nissan Versa sedan achieved a good balance of inexpensively getting you from A to B while being comfortable. Despite its small size, the 2014 Versa was surprisingly amenable to adult passengers in its rear seats, not to mention the front seats. While its power isn’t much to write home about, the 2014 Versa offers a slick continuously variable transmission, a comfortable ride, and a big trunk—and it was cheap to boot!
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The most common 2014 Nissan Versa problems

The 2014 versa has had its fair share of problems, including four recalls to address problems with the operation of the brake pedal, the start/stop button, loose or missing bolts,and an issue with the rear seat.
  • Lower trim panel impending brake pedal operation: A recall was necessary to repair a lower trim panel that got in the way of pressing the brake pedal—this delay would increase the distance needed to stop the vehicle, and risked a crash and/or serious injury.
  • Engine start/stop button sticking: A recall was issued to repair an issue where the start/stop button would “stick” in its housing—this caused the engine to shut off without warning while driving, and was a crash risk.
  • Loose or missing lower body bolt: A recall was issued to replace this bolt—a loose or missing bolt can compromise the vehicle’s body integrity, increasing the risk of injury or worse in a crash.
  • Risk of failing rear seat latch bolt: If the rear seat latch bolt breaks, the rear seat will not perform as it's designed to during a crash, increasing the risk of injury to rear seat occupants.
The problems targeted by recalls weren’t the only issues facing the 2014 Nissan Versa. More than 100 complaints were logged by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding the Versa’s transmission:
  • After replacing the transmission, Versa would shake violently, after which acceleration would be slow and sluggish.
  • CVT would shift gears without warning and often be stuck in a lower gear.
  • Unexpected CVT failure where the engine makes a droning sound, and then the Versa would be undriveable.
  • CVT would freeze unexpectedly, necessitating putting the Versa into neutral and then back into drive, all while driving.
  • Transmission would slip after using battery to jumpstart another vehicle—RPMs would not go past 3.
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Is the 2014 Nissan Versa reliable?

Reliability can be in the eye of the beholder—according to RepairPal,the 2014 Nissan Versa is a reliable vehicle, giving the Versa a very good 4/5 reliability ranking.On the other hand, JD Power did not see the 2014 Versa as reliable, giving it a below-average 73/100 reliability rating.
The 2014 Versa continues to be, on average, a good car in terms of repair costs. According to RepairPal, the 2014 Versa costs roughly $531 to repair per year, which is below average for passenger cars on the road.

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