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Old 04-20-2013, 01:13 PM
 
Location: IN
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The Sonic and Cruze are nice, so is the Focus. American automakers have greatly improved their compact/sub-compact cars over the last couple years.

Keep a note that the base Cruze and Focus have cheaper interiors, particularly the seats. If you move up to higher trim lines (Focus SEL, Cruze LT ...) you will receive a much nicer higher quality cloth seats. The downside is it will cost you (unless buying used).

There is also the Honda Fit, but the one I drove a few years back had too much wind/road noise for my comfort; not unusual for Honda. They may have improved that on newer Fits.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:32 AM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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^ so let me get this right, you gave judgment of the Fiesta because of reviews, you have never driven one and didn't even disclose in your post that you have never drove one?
That was some major conclusion-jumping you just did. I didn't judge anything. The OP said he didn't like a rental Fiesta, the person I quoted wondered why and I offered up the only reason I could think of which was the almost universal complaints in reviews (professional and user) about the DCT. Other than that reviewers seemed to like almost everything about it.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:35 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The Versa has not held up as well as most Nissans. It is made in Mexico, and this year has a smaller (1.6) liter engine, instead of last year's 1.8. My daughter has a 2011 Versa, and it is a fair car. I would buy a Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Mazda 2, or even a Kia Rio over a Versa. The only cars I would buy a Versa over is any Detroit 3 vehicle.
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Old 05-14-2018, 06:01 PM
 
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Sorry to revive a zombie thread, but I was curious if anyone still has their Versa after these years? Specifically I am curious about their longevity, let's say up to and past 100k miles...I know the automatic CVT has some issues, but I'm thinking (hoping) that a stripped Versa S with standard transmission could be a reliable long term vehicle for put-put city driving...Any thoughts?
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Old 07-25-2018, 06:33 PM
 
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I wouldn't buy a car off Craigslist anyway. Like I said a large,reputable dealership with certified off lease cars.
Off Craigslist.

Just purchased a 2009 Versa sedan base with automatic transmission and 119,000 miles. $2,750.00. No rust and clean. No accidents/paint work. From original owner. No repairs needed. Car all checked out by my local mechanic.


Quite comfortable for a cheap car. Quite peppy for a small engine car. Drives straight and smooth on highway.


I guess all is an attitude.
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Old 07-25-2018, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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Off Craigslist.

Just purchased a 2009 Versa sedan base with automatic transmission and 119,000 miles. $2,750.00. No rust and clean. No accidents/paint work. From original owner. No repairs needed. Car all checked out by my local mechanic.


Quite comfortable for a cheap car. Quite peppy for a small engine car. Drives straight and smooth on highway.


I guess all is an attitude.
I once bought a REBUILT 2005 Maxima with a 6spd transmission with 150,000 miles for $1,800 off Craigslist. Best car purchase I ever made. The car ran great, lasted me a solid 100,000+ miles of sheer abuse, and was very comfortable inside. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
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Old 07-29-2018, 02:19 AM
 
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Default Got another Versa!

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Sorry to revive a zombie thread, but I was curious if anyone still has their Versa after these years? Specifically I am curious about their longevity, let's say up to and past 100k miles...I know the automatic CVT has some issues, but I'm thinking (hoping) that a stripped Versa S with standard transmission could be a reliable long term vehicle for put-put city driving...Any thoughts?
When my 2009 Versa got totalled a couple of weeks ago I was depressed... loved that car... had it since 2011 and it had about 100,000 miles and I had no complaints.

I started looking online for a 2011 Versa, because their major model change happened in 2012 and I hate to get the first year of a redesign because they have yet to work out the bugs, and the continuously variable transmission was awful, I hear. Anyway, a local used car dealer had a 2016 in stock for only $8,900! Well, we went and checked it out and it was a fleet car that had cranked up 50,000 miles in 2 years, AND it was an S model (I call it S for standard; my husband calls it S for stripped - no magic key fob and automatic windows on this one). Took it out for a drive and looking down, the shifter had gears - Yes the plain vanilla automatic, no CVT. So I bought it!

For 8 years I loved my 2009. I expect to love my 2016 just as well.

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