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Nissan Sentra 2006 and earlier



  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    You might also want to stop by our Speed Shop: Tuning & Modification board and see what's happening there.
  • i used to have a 91 maxima, one day it just stopped working, worst of all, it was prom night, haha. i mean, the car will turn on, but it wont go anywhere, the engine is running, but its just spinning. i've had lots of trouble with it. noone really knows what it is and why its doin it...also the flex pipe on it was busted, not like it had a crack or a lil hole, it was BUSTED, so it sounded like a big truck (i was willing to bet it was louder than an 18 wheeler), only 1 window worked, the power locks didnt work. everything just kinda died on me, but i loved makin a fool of myself in it, just cuz it didnt bother me that my car was a huge piece of junk...although i must say, i had a ver very nice all out pioneer sound-system in it!!!!! :shades:
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    That really doesn't have anything to do with the Sentra ... did you look at the board I suggested for you?
  • meshbahmeshbah Posts: 1
    My Sentra ('96, 115K Km) is making some noise. One mechanic told me that the noise was due to loose belts (alternator...) the other told me that the noise was due to timing chain problem and it needs to be replaced. Is there a quick way (remember I'm not a mechanic) to identify timing chain problem?
  • is your car a manual or auto.? whats the sound like?
    it could possibly be any of your belts depending on the sound. when does it happen, like does it happen when you do a sertain thing?
  • hambihambi Posts: 1
    I have had the same problem. The dipstick has just broken off the lid and the measuring stick has dropped into the cylinder. Any suggestions of how I can pull it out. I tried with large forceps but could not get a hold of it. Do I need to take it to the dealers?
  • alphamanalphaman Posts: 2
    The problem to ur solution would be A: Get a pencil that's not sharpen put super glue on the tip stick it to the dip stick and wait for it to dry then pull it out.
    B: Go to the nearest car wash pay 75 cent to use th vaccum and suck it right out.">
  • alphamanalphaman Posts: 2
    Does anybody 2001 Nissan Sentra GXE hums, they say it's the alternator going out but I don't.
  • tomcat630tomcat630 Posts: 854
    I would have liked ABS, but I can't fit in a sunroofed car. I'd have to get a mid size if I want a sunroof and I dont want one at all.

    Anyway, only bug is that the fog lights don't turn on, but I just don't have time to take it in. Dealer service is day only, and I work days like most of the world.

    Other than that it's fine, gets the EPA mileage range of 28-32 and has enough power to get past semi-trucks and slowpokes in traffic. I don't care that it's not an "all new" design nor a rocket ship. It's 127 hp is what was called a "powerful" four banger in 1991. A 2.5L is more $ for gas, insurance, and payment.
  • it seems to me that everyone has the same problem with the "service engine check"( when the light it's on).
    my case it's as follows:
    last saturday my mom trried to go to another city. from san diego to within the border of calexico. she used my car( the one with the title). half way the car automatically stop( it turned off by itself), and the temperature of the car went up( not until the top point, but more of the normal temperature). my mom could not start the car until a few minutes later( the famous check engine light turned on). she had to came back home. now when i took it to the mechanic on monday( did not move it for the weekend), he said that it was probably because i did not make the service for the car on time( tune up). he did all the service and all check the termostat( it was all creacky, burned). the light was off again and everything looked perfect.Now, yesterday my mom used the car again and before she entered the freeway, the check engine light turned on again and the car again turned off by it self , "again". i try to take the car with the mechanic this morning but he wasnot there, i am going to take tomorrow morning. now , this morning when i took the car to the mechanic, i wait a few minutes to let the car warm before going with the specialist. while parked , i felt like little jumping from the car( only when it's in parking shift, forgot my car is automatic).
    another thing is that the stereo light( the one where you can see the station or the time)sometime it's on and sometimes it's off.

    1)my question is , can this be one reason why the car it's stoping sometimes in the middle of nowhere(n the stereo light)
    2)i also thought about the jumping thing from the car(only when it's in parking); does this mean i need to send it to a fuel injection cleaner( another mechanic i guess)

    please some help? it will be very helfull to hear a second opinion from you guys before speding major quantities of money in thing that will probably won't need of would just leave the car in the same way it's right now.
    see ya.
  • A Nissan service bulleting says that it can often be removed by using a shopvac to suck it out of the tube.

    That brought it closer for me, but it did not get it out.

    I used an unsharpened pencil with a drop of superglue on the end to bring the dipstick up as high as it would go (pulled it hard and fast). It stopped and the pencil broke free, but it stayed put about an inch or so from the tope of the diptube. I was then able to drill a small hole into the plastic so that I could then turn a deck screw (or drywall screw or any other type of self-tapping screw) into the plastic a couple of turns. The screw held on well enough that I could pull it out the rest of the way.

    The dealer wanted $275 to drop the oil pan. He acted like he had not even heard of the Tech service bulletin. (I think he had). Or else he was going to pull it out like I did and charge me for the oilpan removal. He said the dipsticks did not break that often, but the parts counter man said that a lot of people are buying replacements because they have borken dipsticks.

    The said part is that they sell you the same cheapo improvement!
  • bullybully Posts: 5
    I have a 2004 sentra and the service engine light comes on @ 10 K, isnt this light related to the general service intervals designed into the ecu system. if so how do u reset it after u have DIY oil change etc.
  • windamwindam Posts: 1
    I have a 1996 sentra that stopped running while I was turning left. It shuddered and shook and then the warning lights all came on (brake, oil, check engine, etc ... ). To get it to the mechanic, whenever we were stopped, we put the car in neutral and stepped on the accelerator to keep the engine running. The mechanic ran diagnostics. It turns out it was the EGR valve. He replaced the valve it is fine. The valve cost around $200 to replace.
    The valve is about the size of a cup.

    Hope this helps.
  • Hi all, I know this is a Sentra forum, but I did not get any reply from the 200SX forum, besides, my car is essentially a Sentra :D .
    Anyway, the problem is with a bad resistor, I could replace it myself, but I have no idea where it is located. I was advised that it should be somewhere underneath the glove compartment, but when I looked underneath I saw several bolts that I don't know which is which. Would the resistor be behind something or would it be directly in view? Thanks!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    You might also post in our Got a Quick, Technical Question? discussion - I'll bet someone there will have a suggestion.
  • This problem just happened to me 20 minutes ago at an oil change place. they could not get the dipstick out of the tube however, and they had to take the entire tube out in order to get the dipstick. Now I have to replace the tube and the dipstick. My concern is, did taking the tube out cause any permanent damage? Can the tube be replaced? How safe is driving the car without a dipstick in the tube? Thanks...I'm stressing!!!
  • jtrikjtrik Posts: 11
    Okay, having read this Sentra forum i feel i need to relay a good experience so far with the 05 Sentra. My car was totaled one night so i needed a new one. The insurance company was nice enough to loan me an 05 Sentra Auto. When i was looking for a car, test everything. Focus, Mazda3, Corolla, Civic, Scion Xb, Cobalt...never gave the Sentra a thought. Why? I was driving it now and frankly it just did it's business, no fuss no problems. But that was it...Focus in the trim i liked was a little out of the price range i wanted to spend, didn't like the lower models. Civic's stearing made me think of the old 79 LTD i had in college...Scion Xb was neat but i thouhgt i looked dumb in one. Corolla did nothing for me. Mazda3 was way out of my range...but i had the Sentra now, it wasn't offensive, the automatic was blah...but no complaints nothing...So i enter the Nissan dealership and i test drove the 5 speed manual and it was the Special Edition package...the stereo system was outstanding. There was actual peppiness coming out of the 5 speed...what the hey, the dealer gave me a fantastic price and i'm paying a little less than 200 a month...Sold. This car now has 5000 miles, no rattles, squeaks, hums...bumpers still intact as well as the dipstick...i do my own maintainence on my cars. I tend to keep cars well passed their due date this way.
    I've been averaging 36 mpg hwy and about 32 city with the airconditioner on. The stereo keeps me wholly entertained. I have read that the styling is outdated the dash is boring, not powerful enough...maybe true, but the darn thing is not boring. It is peppy, and not boy racerish...who'd a thunk it? I actually like this little red far so good...i'll keep you updated around 10K miles... :)
  • tlwcpatlwcpa Posts: 1
    I purchased a 2001 Sentra GXE 5-speed in April 2001. It currently has 86,000 miles on it and my son is about to take it off to college. At purchase, I got an extended warranty to 100,000 miles for it, but have yet to use it. I have done nothing but routine maintenance on the car. The Sentra is not glamorous, but it is well-equipped for the money and gets me around just fine. The dealer has also been great to work with.
    My only criticism of the car is that I think the highway fuel economy could be higher if the 5th gear were geared more for economy than for power. (My mother has a similar automatic which runs at lower RPM's at higher speeds than my 5-speed.) However, if performance is your concern, it is hard to argue with a car which you almost never have to shift down to climb hills.
    I have just finished shopping for a replacement vehicle. I seriously considered a Corolla and Civic. I have opted for another Sentra, even though it is a bit outdated and a bit smaller on the inside than the Honda and Toyota. For $13,000, I got the 2005 Sentra 1.8S 5-speed with the Special Edition package (Rockford Fosgate 300 Watt AM/FM/6 CD changer 9 speaker with subwoofer, 16" alloy wheels, fog lights, rear spoiler, etc.) and some miscellaneous options. I couldn't justify paying 25% more for a Honda or Toyota especially since I couldn't find either in a 5 speed at the end of the model year. For the price and features, I don't think the Sentra can be beat.
  • gotbgotb Posts: 39
    I think it's a design flaw. The dipstick comes out of the exhaust manifold and gets too HOT thus melting the dipstick plastic part. Some people broke their dipsticks more than three times and Nissan still doesn't do anything about it. They should make the dipstick more heat resistant or something. Check out BTW, I've never seen 2.5L owners having the dipstick problem because the dipstick tube is far away from the engine and the exhaust manifold on 2.5L engine models.
  • tewilktewilk Posts: 1
    I just bought a 1.8s 2005 sentra with manual transmission and the finance guy did a good job in selling me the extended warranty. For $700 I got up to 6 years 75,000 miles but all of my Nissan have been very reliable so I feel that I should get my money back. Should I keep it, get my money back? Is the price in line for this extended warranty? Thanks for any feedback!

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  • Hey kids-
    My 2001 nissan sentra GXE started having big time performance issues- like not being able accelerate very quickly and making funny popcorn popping like noises in the muffler region of my car. The check engine soon light was on as well so I brought it to my local mechanics who have done a great job for all of my cars.

    They inspected the engine light and multiple codes came on. They cleared the codes, took it on a road test and only the 02 sensor & engine lean codes came back. My car had a engine misfire from Cylinder #1 and they replaced the 02 sensor, 4 spark plugs, and cylinder #1 coil and they cleared the codes. They took it on a test drive and the codes did not return. When I went to pick up my car after work as soon as I turned the car on the check engine light came on. I left it for the mechanics to keep working on. They told me that the error was still indicating a bad 02 sensor even thought they had just replaced it. They put another one in- cleared it- drove it and the light came back on- they put in a 3rd new one- drove it for 5 miles and it did not come back on. So I pick it up again and drive home and 6 miles down the road the light comes back on. I brought it back to them this morning.

    Anyone else have or have heard of this problem where 02 sensors that are new keep causing the check engine light to come back on?

    All of the performance issues are gone since they worked on it the first time- its just that stupid check engine light that keeps coming on, and I need it to stay off because you can't pass emmisions inspection in AZ with it on.

  • I have a 2001 XE, and I've had a similar problem. My check engine light came on a little over a year ago, and I took my car to the dealer to see what was wrong. They told me it was "a fuel sensor" which I assume may have been something like your O-2 sensor. Since there are no emissions laws in Michigan, I didn't see an imminent need to replace the darn thing since all intelligence said it was expensive so I just lived with my check engine light being lit. Ho hum.

    Last week my car decided to take a sick day, and I had to have it towed to a mechanic. They looked it over and found a wire that had been corroded through. They cut out and replaced the rotten bit and hey presto my car works again. The interesting bit is that the check engine light is now off as well, coincidence? I think not.

    This is not the first wiring harness problem I've had with this car. I bought the car brand new in Jan 01. Since then I've had numerous wiring faults. First the horn started sounding funny and then stopped entirely. Just over 2 years ago (July 03) I had a similar wiring fault that stopped my car because of a corroded/broken wire to the ECM, and since last fall the backlight on my radio hasn't been working unless its very humid. I haven't seen fit to fix all these problems, but it seems a bit unreasonable to me to have this many electrical problems in a car under 5 years old.

    1) I wonder if Daniel in AZ is experiencing something similar in his wiring harness.

    2) I wonder if there are other 01 Sentra owners out there that are having similar difficulties with their wiring harness. I think this has to be a manufacturing fault, and its getting long past time I had a stern conversation with Nissan Motor Company.
  • andy_dandy_d Posts: 1
    I own a 2001 Nissan Sentra since Feb 2005. I bought this car for about $6000
    from the first owner and its currently 38000 Miles driven. It gives me a mileage
    of about 26-27 city and 30-32 trips. Everything was fine till the time I noticed
    that whenever I drive the sedan at speeds above 70mph for a prolonged duration
    of time like 30 mins or more or I keep the AC/Heater on for the same duration or
    more; the check engine light starts glowing....
    I had taken my sedan to the dealer a couple of times but they were not able to
    figure out the problem initially...Recently when I faced the same problem again,
    dealer told me that its the AIR FLOW METER/SENSOR thats causing the check engine light to glow up when I drive it at the above mentioned speed or above for a
    prolonged duration of time. Dealer says that the replacement cost of this part is
    around $900.

    Can anyone of you help me out with the fact that what exactly does the AIR FLOW
    METER/SENSOR do in a car and what is its importance. Is it advisable to get the
    part changed as mentioned by the dealer. What if I don't change the
    it going to affect the performance of my engine and mileage would start falling

    Please please help!!!
    I appreciate your cooperation.
  • HELP!!!!!ok i have this problem wit my 03 sentra 1.8 . well when i start the car its all good, but when i press the gas the intake roars like an idiot and it wont go past 3,000rpms. could any1 help me with this problem .
  • Where is the new Sentra? There are no news or even spyshots. Nissan is probably enjoying their records sales of of Altimas and SUV's that they dont care about the "grassroots". I mean, you have to create followings from the first time buyers and the younger generations.
  • Sentra fans, we have to voice out our frustrations. Carlos Ghosn we want the new Sentra be release by 2006!
  • I have had similar problems with my 01 Sentra, 39000 miles. It was running fine until one day after work, I went to drive it home and it had no power. I took it to a local shop and they replaced the mass airflow sensor ($500.00 incl. labor) and it still didn't run. They told me it was an ECM problem, so I towed it to a dealership because I knew it would be covered at least under the california epa emmissions warranty (7 yrs 70000 miles for ecm, catalytic converter, and obd) Go to for a search on emissions related warranty. I ended up still having powertrain warranty as my car has very few miles, and a possibility it was covered under recall for the ecm lining. (by the way- recall related problems are covered past the regular warranty period. And an exhaust/emissions RECALL is in effect for the life of the car. Keep fighting).I was still a little hacked off for buying a new mass airflow sensor if I really didn't need one, but happy my car would run again and that the new computer would be free. Right? Wrong. The same day I drove my "fixed" car back to work, and then tried to start it again and drive it home, the engine started surging wildly, and there was very little power. I had it towed back the next day and they said at the dealership there was no problem with the car (no codes came up). I have a problem though, as when I drive my car I have strange power surges, and I am unsure about the dependability of my car. Since they have dubbed my car in good working order, I am considering purchasing an extended warranty so they will be forced to continue to fix the problem and any others that may come up later. As far as recourse on the other parts I paid out-of-pocket: call 1-800-nissan-1 and open a case #. They MAY decide to issue reimbursement for recall related work done on the car. you will need your paperwork proving the dealership closed out the recall, your repair order for the work done, proof of payment for your work done, and proof of ownership of the car.

    Of course this doesn't guarantee a drivable, working car. I am still yet a little nervous about driving my car until I know it is fixed properly, and the dealership claims it has been done, although I know for myself that it has not. Any sugestions as to how to bully a dealership into listening to a customer complaint? I have my research in line, but I feel they don't take me seriously as I am a young woman.
  • have the catalytic converter checked-ASAP
  • have the catalytic converter checked - could be the reason for lost power and check engine light being on.
  • had the same problem in my 2001 sentra CA. Have the catalytic converters checked, this was causing the lost performance and the check engine light. and this fix worked for 5 months - well my car is in the shop again for another catalytic converter and when i asked the service manager if this will solve the problem , his reply -"we dont know"- in other words it is a flaw with the 2001 sentra and look forward to replacing the cat converter often- good thing in california the emissions coverage is 7/70. so have them do a check, like you i had the 02 sensor replaced- on a recall, this was the reason for the check light being on i was told, but the light came back on because of the converter problem. hope this helps, PS- if this is the problem your perfromance will only get worse and worse over time.
    also, if you have to get it replaced, and 5-12 months down the road the same kind of performance problem happens without the check light coming on (i think nissan permanently cleared the code on my last cat replace, "i'm sure they know about this problem"). then it may be the converter again, as it has been in my case. damn shame, i like the car, but this is rapidly becoming a nissan nightmare. I have one more payment and was looking forward to no car payment for awhile-afterall it is a nissan right- yeah right- these cars use to get 100,000 with few probs and being beat on, now at 50k (mind you these are california hyway dry miles) i'm looking to dump- i'll make sure that when i get my 6k on tradein i tell all the people i know not to buy my nissan even though it seems like a good deal. also, if the service department says " the computer says it is fine" insist that they drive the car as if it were their own- then they will be able to tell you have a serious problem.
    hope this helps .
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