Having my Cube for a little over 2 weeks now, I can say that it's one of my favorite vehicles that I have owned. It has mostly been driven in the city, but have had it on the highway as well and can say that it has and seems to be very reliable.
Do you have any links/reviews regarding the Versa or the engine not being reliable?
I've seen some concern about the CVT, but not enough to be scared off of it. The XTronic CVT has been around in other models since 2003, and the engine used in the cube is the same as what is in the Versa and whatwas in the Sentra. It is actually the oldest model of engine that Nissan uses.
Versa had quite a few problems early on, with the tire pressure monitoring system and the engine computer. I'm pretty sure that these have been resolved by now, but more than a few Versa owners swore off of Nissan vehicles.
If you look at the consumer reports the Versa hasn't had stellar reliability,but then again not horrible either.
I would think that Nissan has iron most of the bugs out of the Versa Engine by now, it's been around since 2007.
It seems like Nissan quality has been improving.
Not answering for Dan but I think these are two very different cultures with entirely different work ethics/philosophies. I've rarely if ever have a problem with workmanship in a car rather it's parts failures. I think the country of origin for parts used in the assembly of the Cube vs. Versa will ultimately tell the tale of reliability.
Growing up in a region that was primarliy Mexican, and at a different time working for a Japanese company, I can honestly say that I observed a marked difference in work ethic and precision between the Japanese and the Mexicans.
It is my experience that words do not translate well over internet forums. The same things that I talk to people about in person (without peril) seem to get people mad or confused online. I have considered doing a Masters thesis on the subject!
I was a bit concerned about reliability too but this car has been out in Japan for 7 years I think and as someone said it's got a time tested engine in it. I traded in my Toyota Yaris on my Cube so being a Toyota driver I suffered from the thinking that if it's not Toyota or Honda it's not reliable, which simply isn't true.
I drive some 60,000 miles a year so I figure I'll report in often about how the Cube is holding up.
My base model cube does not have the cargo light, it has the indention in the plastic where it goes. I ordered a factory cargo light from dealership, supposed to come in next week. Does anyone know if it is pre wired like it is for the rear door speakers and fog lights? Any info would be much...
I have a pearl white Z12 Cube S. It has stock flat black "steelies" with plastic covers one them for now.
I want to get this thing just right. I'm inspired by rally racing and also Initial-D.
The Cube doesn't fit any of that, but any simple mods I can do to add my own stamp to this wickedly...
I don't know if we are just a bunch of crazies in our family or if many people do this, but we name each car we own...
For example, our Jag was called "Jesse"... we called her "Jezebel" when she was acting up. I saw someone on the forums who named his Cube "Cubert"... so it got me wondering...