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Nissan Sentra 2006 and earlier



  • cbashcbash Posts: 2
    I'm considering buying a 97 Sentra, it has 168K miles, but seems to be a clean little car. The major concern that I have it the engine is knocking, kind of like a lifter noise. It seems to run and drive good, but I don't want to get into a money pit. Any advice????
  • tthotatthota Posts: 45
    How much do they ask for?

    You do need to be concerned. One repair would make it too expensive.
  • cbashcbash Posts: 2
    I can get it for less than $1500.00.
  • tthotatthota Posts: 45
    On, a 97 Sentra GLE automatic, with 168000 mileage deduction and average condition deduction, the TMW (true market value) buying price is $1315.00. Without the two deductions (96000 miles and in excellent condition), the price would be around $3300.00. A new engine (or rebuilt) can be considered as a gamble, if the body is good. If you don't need it, you win. If you end up replacing the engine, the car will last a long time after it's done. If I were you, I start with finding the cost of the engine.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    How many coils are there in a '03 Sentra's engine?

    The Sandman :confuse:
  • mudfootmudfoot Posts: 1
    I've got a chance to get a sentra for 50 bucks, right now it won't start, and if you try to pop the clutch the car comes to a violent stop, my question is, can I take off the starter and try to pop the clutch then?
  • imdootimdoot Posts: 2
    I'm just beginning to diskllike my 2001 Sentra GXE as well. (I'm new to this forum--on a lark, I googled "Sentra" and "problems" and ended up here... I had no idea I'd find so many others with the same exact story and difficulties!) I bought the car brand new after reading good reviews on Consumer Reports, and made a somewhat reluctant switch after being happy with Hondas for many years because I felt at that time that Nissan was giving more car for the same money--)
    My Sentra only has 33,000 mi. on it and has been well-maintained. A while back, the "service engine soon" light went on. It was intermittent at first but then stayed on...When I took it into the dealership this week, they charged me $100 to diagnose it and said the mass air flow sensor had gone out and that replacing it for $570 would fix the problem. I asked "how can this be happening on such a low-milage car, and why should a little part cost so much?" They said that they don't just replace the little part--they replace the entire housing around it because "that's how Nissan prefers it." I refused service, thinking I might get it done cheaper elsewhere. (I even called every junk car place and no one had the part...) An independent mechanic I talked to said that he couldn't get the part from anywhere but Nissan, and that I was better off just having them do it since after talking to them about obtaining the part, (and discussing my car specifically because they realized it was me/my car he was inquiring about) he got the impression my car was having "serious computer problems that they'd be better at fixing."
    I have also had the "sticky gas pedal" issue I've read about on this forum, and the dealership wants another $100 to do an induction cleaning service.
    I feel like this car is barely out of warranty but this won't be covered, and that from what I've read here despite Nissan knowing about this commom defect, they don't seem to give a damn to make it right, and that even after some people have replaced the sensors and cleaned the buildup they are STILL having problems.
    My question is this: has anyone out there had ANY success working things out with the folks at 1-800-Nissan1, or do I basically have no recourse but to pay up and hope this fixes my problems? Incidentally, the car has never had great power, and compared to my peppy old Civic, it just feels like a real dog in the performance department and I feel totally screwed. Help!
  • gensegense Posts: 1
    Long But important Post
    Before this happens to you,
    Last week had car stalling but restarting fine. Before going to the dealer repair shop I looked up some info on the internet and found that there were two recalls (of which I wasn't informed) relating to stalling and starting . You all know them as the crank sensor replacement and the foam around the ECU replacement.
    I called the dealer and they confirmed that my car was under this recall and that thet would do the work at no charge.
    The day I was to bring it in the car would'nt start. They had it towed in and did the recal work and it stalled on the test drive. After 4 hrs of labour (at my cost) to find the new problem they determined that the ECU needed to be replaced because it was faulty. $1600.00 later my car is now running (don't know for how long. Lost all confidence in this car.)
    My beef is :
    If the recall to the foam around the ecu was neccessary so that the emitted sulfur does not cause corrosion to the ECU and eventual failure of the ECU. I believe that thier failure to inform me by letter or phone to do this work caused the eventual failure of my 4 year old computer.
    I don't think I was responsible to pay for this.
    I am considering taking recourse and want people with similar problems or advice to come forward.
  • rolexrobrolexrob Posts: 11
    Does anyone out there know when NISSAN recommends having the auto trans fluid changed? I have a 2001 Sentra XE with 47Kmi and have never towed or pulled anything.
    Your advice would be GREATLY APPRECIATE.
    :confuse: Rob L
  • rolexrobrolexrob Posts: 11
    As far as I know, there is a coil for each cylinder. Hope this helps.
    Rob L :)
  • rolexrobrolexrob Posts: 11
    Does anyone know if Nissan recommednds a transmission oil change by months or mileage. PLEASE HELP ME!!
    Rob L :confuse:
  • I'm having a problem with my 2000 sentra. Whenever I downshift, I'm losing a lot of power and my car will die. It's kind of hard to explain it. I changed the plugs, wires, distributer cap, and rotor but nothing seems to work. If anyone has any ideas, or if it has happened to anyone else, I would really appreciate it.
  • imdootimdoot Posts: 2
    I also was NOT informed of this recall--I only found out about it when I took my car in 2 weeks ago for other problems (see my post regarding the mass air flow sensor that preceeds your post). I was just furious, because it turns out this recall went out in March of 2004! so we've been driving around for 2 years without knowing, causing god only knows what kind of damage. When I called Nissan corporate in NJ to inquire why I was never notified, the "CSR" (and I use that term ironically) insisted that according to their records the notice HAD gone out. She also claimed that it was MY responsibility to check w/ Nissan's site on a frequent basis to see if they had any recalls for my model.
    I was incredulous--I said "You're telling me that you're putting the onus on your CUSTOMER to research problems due to YOUR faulty manufacturing even though the law says you must contact us?" and she said yes. She was extremely rude and would not budge on anything, I don't know what the answer is, but I'm telling you to prepare yourself for a fight. I'm also interested that you never got the notice either, and that surely your problems--and maybe mine as well--are the result of driving around like that all that time! As for me, I still haven't had the work done on my car--now that I've done this research, I am going to call them back, open a case number, and tell them all that I've found out about similar problems from this site. I urge you to do the same.
  • beth12beth12 Posts: 1
    Hi all,
    I am a mechanically ignorant person. I have a 1997 nissan sentra that has recently started giving me a lot of trouble. The car will not start suddenly. At this point everthing else works like power windows, lights, horn etc. so it is not the battery. It will start working by itslef after a couple of days and would stop again. I have taken it to 3 mechanics and spent a lot of money on it. Does anyone know what the problem might be?

  • akjaredakjared Posts: 1
    yeah i just got a new nissan sentra se and i dont know what i should do to it?
  • bobincalifbobincalif Posts: 5
    I have a 1994 Sentra that is not getting vacuum to the EGR valve. I did a bench test on the EGR valve, the BPT valve and the EGR/EVAC control solenoid and all functioned ok.

    After reinstalling them, I started the engine and left the electrical connection off of the EGR/EVAC unit and found the EGR valve was then getting vacuum. I reconnected the elec. connection to find no vacuum to the EGR valve, but the connector was showing apx. 13 volts. Under the EGR/EVAC unit, was a second electric connector, which was showing apx.3.5 volts. I'm not sure what the second connector operates, but I suspect it operates the EGR temature sender.

    Due to the low voltage reading, I checked the fuse pannel inside the car and found one fuse identified as "ST", from the fuse location chart. I have no idea what the "ST" stands for, but I suspect it might have something to do with the 3.5 volts on the EGR tempature sender.

    I also checked the oxygen sensor and the PVC valve and they are OK.

    The Sentra smog check was done this past week, with everything passing, execpt the "CO" reading. This portion of test was added to the California test two years ago, which it passed in total then.

    I would appreciate any input I can get, as I had planed on selling the Nissan this weekend, but obviously those plans fell through. :cry:

    Thank you in advance... ...Bob in Calif...
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    The 2006 Sentra 1.8S I purchased to use as a commuter car is working quite well.

    39.9 MPG indicated on trip computer over 364.4 miles and calculated mpg was 39.8 mpg. Wow!
    I never expected more than 34 or 35 mpg.

    Driving conditions were 70 F outside temp., 4 lane divided highway with many sections trhu towns and city's with stoplights. 60 mph speed limit and 60 mph is the speed I set the cruise control.
  • indylisaindylisa Posts: 1
    Add me to the list of folks with the O2 Mass Airflow Sensor issue. I called my dealer and he was a :mad: about it - didn't give me any kind of info one way or another. So do I send several hundred dollars up in smoke and maybe get the problem fixed? What a crock.

    I previously owned a '95 Sentra which I never got diagnosed but once it hit 70k miles, the same symptoms appeared. That's when I traded it for the 2001 piece of crap I'm dealing w/ now.

    I've also had to have the horn re-wired as others here have mentioned.

    Any feedback is welcome!
  • jeanette74jeanette74 Posts: 2
    My car wont start-the radio,windows, and lights work but when I try to start it I get 1 click and a hiss noise-the mechanic says it could be the alarm system-any advice on what I can do to fix it or why this could be happening. Any problems with faulty alarm systems? It happened a couple days ago where it would not start-I let it sit overnight-the next morning it started-any advice is appreciated
  • jeanette74jeanette74 Posts: 2
    Post #1913--did you figure out why your car was not starting-Im having the same problem with a 97 sentra
  • nevilleqnevilleq Posts: 1
    Same problem with my horn. Finally went to the dealer today where I was told that if it's not a fuse (it's not) then it's a wiring insulation problem (common and known to Nissan). When the mechanic checked it out today, he discovered that someone else had tried to rewire it but hadn't done it properly. So the previous owner also had a problem and tried to fix this. Hunh!

    There are lots of complaints about this on So why do I have to pay for this? Guess it's the same rationale as the broken dipstick.
  • mauriciovmauriciov Posts: 1
    Hi, I had exactly the same problem with my 2002 gxe sentra. The car stalled few times suddenly while I was driving but after many attempts I managed to turn it on again -- Note, I was aware of the recalls as I was informed by mail and got the car serviced--- However, after the stalling I took the car to the dealership to be checked and they did not found "anything wrong" and they could not get the car to stall. They suggested a tune-up and complete fuel injection service and charge $700 for it. A week later my car did not start at all and for no reason. So too it back to the dealer, and they found after 2 days of checking that the ECU had to be replaced...which at least it is covered under the 5 year warranty. But, It piss me off I had to pay for the first time I took the car and follow their stupid and "wise" diagnosis.
    Greetings from NY.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    It's at Nissan now for the 5th time with the Service Engine light on. 3 year warranty runs out on May 29th, so I hope they finally fix it this time. Will probaly trade the car in the fall eventhough it's only got 28,650 on the odo, need a more comfortable car for my injured spine. The car's still very tight...almost like new. Time to unload it from the herd.

    The Sandman :sick:
  • my water pump is shot . i have a nissan sentra se-r 2.0 Litre ; engine ( SR20DE ). Does anyone have an order of operations as to give myself the most space to work with . Oh so little space to access the pump . Looks like if i remove the crankshaft pulley that will give me a little space . Will I eventually have to remove a motor mount and lower the engine a bit ? Looks like I'm going to lower it onto front wheel axles if I drop it too much .
    Looks like not too much . Any advice if lowering is best option + what else might i watch out for as far as damaging when lowering ?? any advice would greatly be appreciated . sorry for sounding so helpless.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Had the car less than 30 hours and the service light reappeared after Nissan replaced the MAF sensor. In for the 6th time now. This is getting old already!
    I think it'll be gone before july 4th.

    The Sandman :mad:
  • amilivamiliv Posts: 23
    After my car ('93 Sentra) was sitting in garage for 3 weeks, the brakes seemed to be stuck. When I moved gear lever from "P" to either "R" or "D", the car simply wouldn't move. It looked like the brakes were stuck. After pressing on accelerator pedal a few times, the car finally moved (with loud "bang" sound from the wheels). It looks like the brekes are working now, but I'm kind of concerned is there a possibility something was damaged in the process of getting brakes unstuck forcefully. I'm planning to get the brakes checked out by mechanic, however also wanted to ask couple of questions about this on the forum. Anybody had any similar experience? Should I expect the same problem each time I'm not using the car for several weeks? Is there some better way to unstuck the brakes other than forcing it? Anything I can do before leaving car parked for extended periods of time (several weeks or more) to avoid the problem from repeating? Anything I can do to check if something is damaged?
  • amilivamiliv Posts: 23
    Small typo in my previous post. It's 03 sentra (not 93).
  • dlbest23dlbest23 Posts: 2
    has anybody had a problem with their car taking 'forever' to start. after it's been running for awhile and then i turn it off, like to go into a store, when i come out, it takes four or five seconds for it to start up and then it sounds like crap when it finally turns over.

    also...and perhaps moreimportantly about an hour ago, it died while driving and it won't start...anybody????
  • coffmlucoffmlu Posts: 20
    My brakes seem to get "stuck" also. I have an 04 sentra 2.5S and notice more after it rains. I take off the emergency brake, put it in reverse and it make a sudden noise like it was stuck, then continues to make noises until I put it in drive. This always happens when the brakes are about to go out in my car. It has 50,000 miles and I've had the brakes replace about 5 times and the rotors replaced twice. I don't ride the brakes and I'm very careful with them now, but they still keep going out. I just noticed it again today and it's only been 4,400 since I had them replaced.
  • I need to replace the alternator on my 1993 Sentra. Can anyone offer some instruction for a do-it-yourselfer? Thanks in advance for any responses!
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