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Nissan Sentra 2006 and earlier



  • slash1slash1 Posts: 2
    Ok, I hear that these Sentra's are good cars. I am keeping an open mind. But I have had a bad month:

    I have a 2001 Sentra GXE. 71000 miles. The engine light first went on 6 weeks ago. The car started to run rough (like missing) and idled low. I took it to the local Nissan dealership and the diagnostics showed an O2 sensor was bad. So I got it replaced. They said I should also change the plugs in case a plug misfire caused the problem. So after the $280 O2 sensor and $80 plugs (yep, $20 a piece NGK's) I took it home. The light promptly came back on. Angered (I'll keep it clean), I took the car to another place (ProCare). They diagnosed an O2 sensor problem. They said the dealership replaced the wrong one. After $264, the 2nd O2 sensor was replaced. I took the car home. The light promptly came back on and the car AGAIN was running rough. More irritated, I took the car 100 miles to another Nissan dealership in hopes of finding either competency or honesty. As you can tell, I do not trust these places a second time after they rip me off. This dealership said that the ECU was bad and needed replaced. They said that because Sentra ECU's are known for being bad in this particular year, it had an 8 yr/80000 mi warranty on that part. So they replaced it free of charge to me.

    My issue is this: I probably did not have a bad O2 sensor. I spent almost $600 replacing parts that were probably in perfect working order. Ok, I'll meet them half way. MAYBE one O2 sensor was bad. But most probably not both. Do you guys know how I could contact a Nissan rep to see if I could get any restitution? Would it be worth it? Thanks in advance for any advice.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    What exactly is this and is poor gas mileage a sympton?
    Thanks for any help.

    The Sandman :confuse:
  • My "87 nissan sentra dies after it's been running like a champ for years. This is sudden, and I know it's not lack of fuel or spark. My carburator has a window into the bowl(a first for me); it always has gas. I've watched the window when it stalls.
    It always has spark. Pcv valve, egr valve, MAP sensor it any, or what? I'm sure it's some kind of vacuum deal, but I'm not sure where. This was so sudden, that something obviously broke. The exhaust isn't clogged.
    Thanks for any Ideas. Lurid Lloyd
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Went to the dealer to try and purchase the alloy wheels that came on the Synergy Package and their price per wheel was outrageous. Has anyone put on aftermarket wheels on their Sentra and was the ride as smooth and vibration free as the steelies that came with the car? I tried aftermarket wheels on my 1979 B-210 and they could never get them balanced without any shimmy or vibration.
    I've seen other Nissan wheels on EBAY and very hesitant about switching rims as the car runs smooth as glass now and I don't want any problems if I do switch. I know there's a problem with different fitments and they have to be hub centric. Went to a rim store and they advised me to keep my steelies as I would never get the same smooth ride with any other wheels. Saw some nice one's at Sears also.
    Any thoughts or suggestions would be great.

    The Sandman :-)
  • kcflyerkcflyer Posts: 78
    First, questions. Should I have the timing chain replaced at 60K miles on my 2000 sentra? It has the 1.8L . If so should I let a nissan dealer do the work? They sent me a flyer this week offering to do the job for $359.

    Here are the highlights or my 5 years and 57K miles with the sentra GXE.

    Wheels replaced do to recall. No charge.

    Hesitation when engine is cold. This occurs without fail if I don't let the car warm up. I'll drive a block or so to the first place where I gradually let off on the gas in anticipation of stopping. The engine stutters just for a second and then runs fine. I don't have this problem in summer months. I took it to three dealers while it was under warranty and none could duplicate / diagnose the problem. I even left if over night so they could experience the cold engine. No luck. So far this is just an annoyance, but I fear someday the other shoe may drop.

    Air Conditioner - faulty wire. During the first month after purchasing this car new I noticed that on some days the a/c would stop producing cold air for short periods. Of course the dealer could never find the problem until - you guessed it - 2 months after the warranty expired - they found a wire bundle that had a short. Problem solved for ten cents worth of wire and $100 labor.

    Alternator belt. Shredded itself at about 38K miles. Seems premature to me.

    Front wheel bearing. Starting grinding at 55K miles. Decided to replace both just in case. While they had the front wheels off the mechanic shows me the rotors. The outer 1/8 inch was rusted. He explained that while the surface that made contact was still serviceable, the outer edge would soon contact the pad assemble or something like that. I frankly didn't understand what he was saying, still don't. Anyway, I bought his sales pitch since he said that there would be no labor charge for replacing the rotors since they were already off for the bearing change. Total cost for the bearing and rotor replacement -- $480. ouch. By the way. The pads were still good. Has anyone ever heard of a case where the original break pads lasted longer that the original rotors? :cry:

    I average 36 mpg on the highway, 30 in town, and 32 mpg combined and I check it on every tank. Best ever 40 mpg, worst 29 mpg.

    Overall, not a bad car. Knowing what I do now I would make the same choice if I had to do it over again. This was the new model (basically same as current) in the summer of 2000 when I bought it and at the time was IMO the best choice in its class.

    Lastly, if I ever meet the sorry so and so who designed the placement of the oil filter and catalytic converter I'm going to strangle him. The filter sits directly above the converter surrounded by other engine and suspension parts. This makes it extremely difficult to remove/replace and results in oil dripping on the cat. That leads to a burning oil smell for the first week after every oil change. Not to mention the thrill of burning your wrist on the cat as you struggle to detach the filter. :mad:
  • navygz19navygz19 Posts: 6
    the ECU's (or ECM's as Nissan calls them) are known to be bad...i own a 2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec-V and the ECM died at about 50K miles, and i have the 2.5L not the 1.8. needless to say now, my car is once again back in the shop getting a new of the butterfly screws on the butterfly valve in the lower intake manifold backed itself off and was sucked into the #1 cylinder...a problem that a LOT of 2.5 sentra's and altima's have that Nissan is aware of but refuses to place a recall on. so yeah, 3 yrs old, barely 60K miles, and already a new ECM, Mass Airflow Sensor and now a new motor...never been so dissapointed in a car before in my life :sick:
  • sentra04sentra04 Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 Sentra 1.8S. I put a CD-R in my cd player, which usually reads them fine, but now the cd player will not eject my cd. When I first turn on the car, it will read the cd and play it. But when I try to eject the cd, it will not come out, the "CD in" signal disappears, and the cd player makes a weird noise.

    Does anyone know of a manual override for this? Is there ANY way to get the cd to come out without taking it to a shop? Thanks for your help!
  • blizmanblizman Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 se-r and have also had a mass airflow sensor go bad. Rather than pay the 500 plus dollars for the part, I went online to junkyards and got the part for $120 and had my mechanic put it in for $70. No problems since. This is a relatively common problem with Sentras. The real issue with this part is that only Nissan makes it. You can't just go to NAPA and get the part. This part is small and way overpriced. Overall though the sentra is not bad for reliability but the dealerships are the way they are due to the lack of company support.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    They fixed my trunk leak last week under warranty. The rubber stripping was loose or something. I had wetness around the spare and the cardboard had a stain. For some reason the jack was on top of the carpet. Put it back and saw and felt the wetness.
    Got the part in and fixed 2 days later.

    The Sandman :)
  • marienhillmarienhill Posts: 3
    Okay, I tried to start the car, and when I put the key in the ignition and attempt to turn it toward the on-position, there is a distinct ticking (even-speed) noise heard--it stops once the car reaches the on-position, and the car does not start.

    However, while in the on-position, it tries to start--and this can be heard as the engine turns; it just does not turn on the car. :cry:

    The lights, radio, windows, locks, everything works. Just not the car itself.

    Problems leading up to this problem include the 2002 Sentra quitting while driving. No warning, just stopping while driving. It would start right up again after having stopped, however now it does not.

    I switched out the fuel pump relay, but it was to no avail either.

    Do you guys think that the problem is a faulty fuel pump itself or is there another culprit?
  • isyisy Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 Nissan Sentra at my check engine light has been on forever, my gas pedal sticks and my driver and passenger windows don't work they have been like that since 2003. My husband took apart the driver window since Nissan dealer New City Nissan in Honolulu Hawaii said they would not cover under warranty, what he found was a completely frayed cable that makes the window go up and down, the motors work well but a frayed cable cannot go through a pulley. Nissan wants anywhere from $450. up per window to fix, seems to me with all the comments that I have read on web sights that this is a Nissan problem and should have a recall. I have been on the phone on hold with Nissan for over an hour so far this time they are impossible to reach, guess they don't like the customers that feed them. No more Nissan products for us we also have a Nissan Frontier bought 2 cars the same day sure don't get any service I guess you live and learn.
  • Sorry to hear about your problems. But I hear similar complains from the owners of other makes as well. On the other negative note from Nissan I've heard that they are delaying new Sentra intro in US. Nissan's Carlos Ghosn was talking about a few month delay. Does anyone have the specifics on it?
  • marienhillmarienhill Posts: 3
    I have a 2002 Sentra GXE; 101K miles: 1,000 over the extended warranty that I had purchased.

    I went in for the recall on the ECM foam a couple of months back, however I believe that the damage to my ECM was already done, as not long after having had the recall, my car started dying while driving.

    After attempting to self-diagnose, I finally had it towed to the Nissan dealership this morning.

    Their diagnosis? Their reader was not able to connect to the car--the same problem I was having with my OBD II Reader.

    So, their "diagnosis" was that I needed a new computer--and THEN they could see if anything else is wrong with the car.

    They haven't even checked wires/cables going to the ECM--they are just charging me for a new ECM.

    Mind you, I would be okay with this, had there not been a reason leading up to this ECM failure--the reason for the recall was to stop the result of not having the recall in the first place--as they say on their recall page on the Nissanusa website: "This may also result in the "Service Engine Soon" light coming on or poor driveability. If the engine stops running while driving, this could result in a crash without warning."

    My car still did this until recently when it just would not start.

    I'm stuck over the weekend without a car because, after having called multiple Nissan spokespeople (via their (800) numbers), I was left on a string: I can't get my car from the Nissan dealership without paying for a new ECM which (1) I'm not ultimately sure is necessary, and (2) I would have to pay for--but I believe should be covered.

    Needless to say, should there be no responses to this post, I'm quite an irate Sentra owner at this moment in time--a shame because I enjoyed my red car. :sick:
  • Okay.... i have a problem and i think it is my ECM but I am not sure. I got rear ended and my car went into the body shop. After my car was done the body shop guy tried to move my car. The car started and idles fine but when you try to move the car, it wont rev past 1600 RPMs. I got one of my buddies to help me check it out, he plugged in the scanner and it gave off an error code of 0605 which is a code for an ECM error. I bought a used ecm and went to nissan for them to program it to the key. They said that the new ecm was not giving off any codes to decode a key and it did not work. So i got another used one and brought it there and that one also did not work. I dont know what to do now. Have you ever had this problem? I have a 2002 spec v also. i have only 400 miles over 60k so my warranty is over. I have been out of a car for 3 months now and im tired of dealing with it. Please let me know what you think the problem is. Thanks :cry:
  • alert5alert5 Posts: 1
    Yeah, I have the same problem. It makes it hard for me to listen to coast to coast am. I purchased a noise filter, but, haven't been able to install it yet. I'll keep you posted.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    I have a '03 GXE, while not a great car, has only had 2 warranty issues.
    (1) Cracked evaporator pan in the a/c which left a puddle of water in passenger foot well. took going to 2 dealers and finally showing the mechanic and service writer that there was "water" to get the new pan put in.
    (2) Replaced the rubber seal around the trunk lid and cardboard piece over spare tire last week. The spare tire well had water down there and they said this rubber strip needed replacement.
    What is the ECM and where can I find if my vehicle is included in the recall? The only thing I don't like is the mileage, but after 2 diagnosis...everything is "in specs", so they say it's o k. Wish it had mileage like my past Corolla's, but car drives nicely and much better since the "Poortenza's" that came on the car have been swapped out for great Turanza tires.
    Any help on this ECM issue would be appreciated!

    The Sandman
  • newspurnewspur Posts: 1
    CAn Somebody please tell me how to change the light on the gear shifter in the center console. An e-mail a link or something with information on how to do this would be very usefull. Please respond.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    If anyone can help, please reply here in the discussion so that it will benefit all of our members - thanks!
  • afiguyafiguy Posts: 3
    Hey everyone, I just bought a 2005 Sentra SE-R Spec V last Saturday and love it! So far, seems like a real value, and a great buy. The only question I have is I cannot seem to find any good aftermarket stuff online for it. Anyone know of any good websites, or companies that sell quality aftermarket stuff for the '05 Spec V? I've looked everywhere and can't seem to find it. I am probably just spoiled because I had a 1995 Accord EX prior too, and there are millions of aftermarket stuff floating around for those, and I guess I am not used to having to research as much. I would appreciate any ones help, thanks!
  • marienhillmarienhill Posts: 3
    At this time there don't seem to be any recalls on 2003 Sentras. Their recall website is pretty helpful:,,action-NRecallPublicLanding_sctid-51054,00.html

    Just put in your model and year! :)
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    NISMO is Nissan aftermarket. Try NISMO.
  • 2000 Sentra starts but will not stay running?
    Starts everytime, runs a couple of minutes then dies. Everything else seems fine.

    Is the fuel pump in the tank?
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Just called Nissan about the recalls I found online and luckily none affect my car. Am truly happy about that!

    The Sandman :)
  • cgera713cgera713 Posts: 1
    My 2004 had the EXACT same problem as your does. I've been forced to use a portable CD player hooked to my Auxillary input to hear CDs. Annoyed to say the least. Problem arose with a regular CD for me. Would like to get an aftermarket stereo installed but with that wierd design...
  • valennievalennie Posts: 1
    Is there something in the manual that says there is an 8 year, 80,000 mile warranty on the 01 Nissan Sentra GXE? I have the same problem as yours but I spent more on those O2 sensors and have gone to different shops. I want to try another dealership and find out if they are going to replace mine like yours.

    Thanks for the information.
  • razdigitalrazdigital Posts: 1
    Hey guys need your input, I am buying a Nissan Sentra 1.8s automatic with the special edition package, which has an invoice price of $15,615(according to Carsdirect). Haven't asked for their invoice report yet.

    The person at the dealership told me they would let have with the walkout price of $14000. Is this a good deal or should I haggle some more? I want the cheapest price I can get for this vehicle.

    BTW: there is also a $2500 cash back if you pay cash up front or a $1500 cash back if you finance. The thing is I don't know if the prices are incorporated into the price they told me of $14K; need your input please.
  • samasama Posts: 1
    I had the same problem which was going on for a while till it finally stopped and wouldn't start again. It stopped of all places a block away from a Nissan dealer and $1,500 later the problem was solved. The check engine light was off and on intermittently and I needed a smog certificate for registration. Here's what Nissan did:
    Replace mass air flow module, strainer fuel, fuel pump assy and in my opinion a customer pump as well. This included a smog certificate. After 50 miles the check engine light came back on. I brought it back and they said it would need a catalytic converter (750.00) I did not have it done the engine light has been on for about 30,000 miles and still runs except for a sticky accelerator pedal. I'm not sure what will happen if I keep running it that way. Anyone have any ideas?
  • afgirl1028afgirl1028 Posts: 1
    Someone please help!!!

    #1 - In Dec '04 I took my 2000 GXE into a dealership (I know... $$$) for repairs... I wanted it done WELL. Problems: acceleration in 1st gear was SLOW, real slow until I reached ~3000 RPM. The check engine light was on and the diagnostic was Low Fuel Grade. Fix: cleaned the fuel injection system of carbon build-up. That's what they did at least. I didn't notice vast improvements.

    Now... acceleration is EVEN SLOWER in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd!!! Usually just after it has been sitting for a few hours. So, I took it in to a mechanic (not a dealership) and the diagnostic reads the same (c.e. light still on, never went off). Now, this mechanic is saying the fuel filter has never been changed (although I'd requested it done during oil changes... how am I to know if they did or didn't) because of the fact that the filter is IN the FUEL PUMP. Now... is this true? Because I'm about to be charged for a whole new fuel pump in order to fix this... AGAIN!!!

    Since this is the worst, most pricey problem... I'll leave it at this for now. But there are 2 more problems I'll list later. Argh!!! What is wrong with my poor Nina?!?!?!? That's her name... :)

  • belle4331belle4331 Posts: 3
    My 1996 Nissan Sentra will start but dies. If I keep my foot on the accelerator then the engine will run take my foot off and the engine dies. If I keep my foot on the accelerator long enough the engine will remain on. The engine will also remain on if I let the car sit for a few hours.

    The last time my Sentra would not start I had it towed. My car sat on the Nissan shop lot for almost 24 hours before they looked at it. I was told they could not find anything wrong with my car.

    One month later I am having the same problem. After letting my car sit for seven hours it started right up and the engine remained on.

    Does anyone know what could be the problem? :confuse:

    Also, my Sentra has 189,000 miles.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    It sounds to me like a bad fuel pressure regulator or a dying fuel pump. It could also be a failing distributor which is a common problem on Nissans of this vintage.
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