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Nissan Sentra 2007

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  • raychuang00raychuang00 Posts: 541
    No iPod connectivity using the iPod data port connector. :( That would not only allow the car stereo to control the iPod but also charge the player at the same time.
  • nmt001nmt001 Posts: 124
    I have the 2007 Sentra for about 7 months. I'm satisfied with with everything EXEPT the rough ride. I didn't test drive it thorough enough, like going to roads with rough surface. Soon I found out the the ride on rough road surface is very uncomfortable. Even my passengers comments that the ride is too rough. Then I found out that instead of having rear independent suspension, the 2007 Sentra has torsion beam suspension which is cheaper and not as good in dampening vibration due to rough road surface. Furthermore, the car came with Bridgestone tires which people say are made by Firestone.
    I had a 98 Toyota Corolla before with Firestone tires and the same rough ride problem. After one of the Firestone tires burst on a pothole, I changed all four tires into a medium price brand and the ride became so smooth that it felt like the Corolla had a new and better suspension.
    I asked the Nissan dealer if some 2007 Sentra are sold with tires other than Bridgestone. They told me they are sold with Bridgestone tires only.
    I am not sure if changing the Bridgestone tires in my car will improve the smoothness of the ride like changing the Firestone tires before.
    I will appreciate it if any owners of 2007 Sentra have answers for the following questions:
    1/Did any owners buy the car with tires of another brand that is not Bridgestone or Firestone?
    2/ Do any owners experience the same rough ride problem and what is brand name of their tires?
    3/ Do any owners have acceptable smooth ride and what is the brand name of their tires?
    Thank you
  • btbosbtbos Posts: 2
    HI
    Is remote keyless entry something that can be installed after market on a 2.O 2007 Sentra?
  • pulgopulgo Posts: 400
    My 2.0. S has the Bridgestone tires and the ride is great at 32 PSI. Anything over 38 is too much and causes a harsher ride.
  • nmt001nmt001 Posts: 124
    Thank you very much for your advice. I checked the tire pressure and found that it was 36 psi for all four tires instead of the 33 recommended by the manual and 32 recommmended by you. The original pressure could have been even higher seven moths ago.I wonder why the Nissan dealership did not follow the instuction from its own manual.
    Anyway I reduced the pressure to 33 psi and found that there is significant improvement on rough road surface. I am going to reduce the pressure to 32 to see if there is further improvement. But I cannot do it right away as the tire pressure has increased to 36 psi when the tires are still hot from the drive.
    The Nissan dealerships should pay attention to details in their garage services. Besides the inaccurate tire pressure, they also forgot to tighten the cap of the coolent tank in my car during scheduled maintenance, which would lead to the engine become overheated when the hot coolent evaporates. The 2007 Nissan Sentra is a good quality car, the dealership should prevent mistakes that make people think the car is bad.
  • pulgopulgo Posts: 400
    I agree with you.

    When buying a car, the dealership should make sure that the car is delivered with the tires inflated to the recommended pressure.

    Now, if you are going to travel in hot weather, with a full load and at sustained speeds of 70 mph or higher, by all means increase the tire pressure to at least 36 PSI.

    The higher the pressure, the higher load the tire can carry (do not exceed maximum pressure as printed on the tire sidewall).
  • nmt001nmt001 Posts: 124
    32 psi does give a smoother ride.
    Thank you for the additional information.
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    Question about this: if the transmission's gears are replaced by a belt, is Nissan not engineering the transmission to be not as durable by designing something that will eventually break? Like the timing belt in every car except Toyota? I'm a little concerned and confused that they would create a new maintenance issue.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    Its not a belt in that sense, as its made of a much stronger material. Not sure what exactly as its not just steel either. some kind of alloy I'd guess. so no, the belt breaking isn't an issue. At least not any sooner than any other transmisson would need rebuilt or replaced. If fact, thats what kept cvt's out of larger cars for so long. the engineers couldn't come up with a belt strong enough to withstand the torque and HP of larger more powerfull vehicles.
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    Excellent, thank you. You know the car makers made a serious mistake replacing the timing chain with a belt, and some, like Toyota, have gone back to the chain. If belt-driven transmissions were in our future, I would give up on automatics altogether!

    Thanks for sharing what you know!
  • I found this webpage and according to waht they advertise you can get an aftermarket beeper for the locks in a 2007 Sentra 2.0. I have not ordered it yet, but I am seriously thinking about giving it a try. I also found the same beeper they sell ib Ebay for around $20.00.

    The link is
    http://www.keylessride.com/?gclid=CLWI_Z6My44CFQHgPAod-RyDwA

    Good luck
  • On my previous Sentra, an '01 XE, I switched from the factory Dunlop's to Yokohama Avid Touring's and couldn't have been happier. The Dunlops were toast in 24k miles, the Yoko's had 50-60k when my wife totaled the car, and they were still in great shape. The Yoko's also came with an 80k mile tread life, but still would drive circles around the stock tires. When my '07 needs tires I hope to find something like that set of Yoko's to put on. They are recommended without reservation.

    A previous post had someone stating that Bridgestone tires were made by Firestone. The opposite is true, Bridgestone is/was the parent company, and Firestone was one of it's major divisions.

    As to the quality of Firestone tires, I worked in the auto industry as the time of the Firestone recall. The tires that were actually affected by the recall was not a huge number. Firestone did however recall ALL of the tires in that model. I had in fact owned a vehicle with those tires equipped the Radial ATX. They were good tires, and I wouldn't worry one bit about owning another set of Firestones again. They still make great tires.

    The problem with that situation (the Explorer rollover problem) was partially Firestone, partially Ford, and a lot of the comsumer. Many people were buying SUV's for the first time and they were driving them like they were cars. You can't do that with a vehicle with that high of a center of gravity. To lower the C/G Ford engineering decided to lower the tire air pressure from 32 to 26 psi. This is adequate if the air pressures are maintained properly. Most people don't do this, and can easily on a tire that size be 5-10lbs low on air before they notice. That could potentially put the air pressure at 15-20psi which is way too low. This caused too much heat to be generated, and that leads to premature failure. Ford blamed Firestone, Firestone blamed Ford, but noone blamed the driver for not maintaining the air pressure. The bad PR was everywhere.
  • I'll keep looking but wonder if I'm in the right place for 07 SE-R aftermarket support news. Love it and looking to play with it.
  • My '07 Sentra 2.0 SL came with Bridgestone Turanza EL400 tires. I'm assuming this is what everyone else got also. A few thoughts on the tire: poor wear, loud road noise, sloppy in snow.

    I'm considering a snow tire because I have to drive about 50 miles round trip to work everyday. Also, I'd like to make these tires last through next summer. I'm at 21,000 miles and not too pleased with wear so far.
  • I must have done this a dozen times the first week I had the car. I'm known to lock my keys in my car often. I can't stand having things in my pocket as I drive so I usually dump stuff in the passenger seat or console. The Sentra's Intelligent Key prevents me from getting locked out!

    Now if I can just get it to cooperate with a remote start.
  • pulgopulgo Posts: 400
    I have the same tires on my 2007 2.0. S and after 11k miles I am down to 9/32nds from the original 10/32nds.

    At this rate they should last around 70k miles. Not bad at all IMHO.
  • If you own a 2007 Sentra, how reliable/dependable has it been? Do you have any information for a potential buyer (my wife and I) who actually really like the car but are disappointed by the Sentra's poor reliability history? 2007 is a new design, but no longer-term reliability information is available yet. Any advice appreciated!!
  • pulgopulgo Posts: 400
    I saw that you are also considering a Corolla.

    Based on my own experience (11K miles) the 2007 Sentra 2.0. S is absolutely reliable and has not required any repairs.

    Mileage could be better. I am averaging 32MPG lately on my commute of 40 miles each way including a lot of stop and go. I am averaging 80 minutes for 40 miles so you do the math.

    With my previous Toyota Echo (2001) I would average 41 to 42 MPG. I believe a Corolla would achieve close to 38 MPG on the same commute, based on a 1 week use of a rental Corolla. The Corolla is a lighter, less powerful car.

    The only complaint I have so far is that the plastics used in the dash and door scratch very easily. A trim piece that surrounds part of the driver side door opening is loosing paint over a 15 inch long area. This is where I touch with my hip every time I enter or leave the car. So this area looks worn like in a 5 year old car.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Fix the Sentra - WardsAuto

    Nissan will need to change trim levels and make some exterior changes IMO.
  • I'm experiencing a rattling sound either by the dash or the front passenger pillar. It's really annoying, and just curious is it worth taking to the dealer or just fixing it myself?
  • I have a rattle almost all the time in the passenger pillar and sometimes in the driver side pillar. Dealer was clueless. Let us know if you figure it out.
  • I have a rattle/flapping sound that I hear most often at about 40mph. It seems to be coming from the rear of the vehicle. I do hear it sometimes at lower speeds, but not as often. It doesn't seem to be vibration related as it happens on roads that seem smooth to me, but the seat may be dampening the vibrations out. Also I have not noticed it at higher than say 50mph but road and wind noise may account for that. I have not noticed it at less than 35mph or so.

    I can't tell if it is an updraft causing the license plate to "slap", it is the trunk lid is rattling on the catch, or if it is something else. There doesn't seem to be anything hanging down loose and the splash guards and spoiler seem tight. I am at a loss on this one.
  • pulgopulgo Posts: 400
    My Sentra had faulty welds in the left rear wheel well and it took Nissan 3 weeks to figure out where the noise was coming from.

    Thankfully they gave me a free courtesy car for the whole time (not really free because I was still making my monthly payments and not enjoying the use of my new car).
  • Hi. I just bought the 2007 Sentra yesterday. I got the base model, the 2.0.

    It was used. I got it with 13,950 miles on it. I paid $13,495 for it, plus tax.

    I love driving it so far. Of course, I'm coming from having a 1995 Honda Accord that I absolutely drove into the ground, so maybe my views are a little skewed.

    Anyway, I've noticed the rattling noise when you accelerate that people seem to be talking about. It tapers off a lot after you've stopped accelerating.

    That seems to be the only flaw I can find with the car so far. I love the exterior design and the interior feels twice as roomy as the Corolla I test drove the same day yesterday.

    Does anyone think that $13,500 was a good price for a one-year-old Sentra? Did I pay too much? Thoughts?
  • pulgopulgo Posts: 400
    Does anyone know who to disable the AC compressor when using defrost?

    On another forum I read a "hack" to disable de AC compressor. As running the AC increases fuel consumption I would like to disable de AC once the front window is clear.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    price sounds a little high to me, considering it's a base model, with almost 14k miles on it. But it doesn't sound like you got gouged or anything. a new sentra with 0 miles on it starts at about 16k, and nissan is offering good discounts on them. But, that doesn't really matter. If you like the car and plan on keeping it for awhile, well, thats the important part.

    congrats on your new purchase.
  • pulgopulgo Posts: 400
    I can't opine on the price as I am in Canada and we have always had and still have higher prices, notwithstanding the high value of our currency.

    Regarding the noise when accelerating from a stop, the first time in the morning, all Sentras and Versas with the CVT seem to do that.

    I have driven 3 different Versas while my car was serviced and the all made the same noise.
  • Carsdirect dot com is offering $3000 off sticker price for the top-of-the-line Sentra SE-R Spec V (200 hp) and that is for models without the sunroof or leather packages. That discount is for California zip codes. No matter where you buy or what you buy, bargain hard and smart. Sales are slow.
  • dallardallar Posts: 15
    Yesterday in Dallas I paid $17,946 o.t.d. for a new '07 Spec V w/ sunroof, posi, door moldings, Rockford Fosgate, XM, etc. Sticker was $23,600. There are certainly some good deals out there.
  • Without reading all the posts just a heads up...I was experiencing a noise in my 07 SE-R that sounded like a tire rubbing or something in the suspension. A second trip to the dealer ended in replacement of the steering box and pump. They had not heard of this before so if you hear something and they say they don't hear anything on the lift...tell them to drive it and check the steering.
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