really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,687 miles

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problem #5

Feb 252006

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
After purchasing a Nissan Sentra gxe 2002 -- about 1 month later the service engine light came on and I had to pay almost 300 dollars to replace the radiator thermostat--of course this repair and the next was not covered by the warranty that I purchased--after 5 months both engine belts had to be replaced--another 175 bucks. Now I hear a suspicious creaking from the rear end--I can't wait to find out what that is. Oh--I almost forgot--one day after taking the car home I had to repair a rear tire and the paint is peeling and fading.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 262005

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I am writing to your department with respect to the Firestone tire recall. From what I gather the recall has been expanded to include other models of Firestone tires not originally included in the initial recall. Therefore, I wanted to provide you with the following information on my situation to determine if I would qualify for recall relief. VIN # [xxx], 2002 Nissan Sentra ser, Firestone firehawk gta02 tires, P195/55R16 86H and labeled made in Mexico. There was no plant number listed on the inside wall of the tire. Please let me know if I have any claims under these circumstances, thanks! updated 07/19/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Union, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jan 072005

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
In Mar '02, I bought a new Nissan Sentra SE-R that came w/ Firestone firehawk gta-02 195/55/R16 tires. I always rotate my tires every 2 oil changes (~7000 miles) and check/inflate tire psi every few months. In Jan 05 I went to allied tires for an alignment. When I picked up my car, they showed me large splits/cracks all around the inner sidewall of all 4 tires. (at this point my car had ~28000 miles) they said if I didn't get the tires replaced asap, I would have a blowout. None of them had ever seen anything like this. I had all 4 tires replaced at sears soon after. (it was est. 10000 miles of tread left on the "faulty" tires) the mechanic said he also noticed the splitting on the "faulty" tires and hadn't seen anything like it either. On May 31, 05, I took the "faulty" tires (which I still have) to Nissan. They didn't know what could have caused the splitting, and said to deal w/ Firestone. At Firestone, the mechanic said it looked like I got a bad batch of tires with the car, but that his comment was "off the record" since he didn't want to bad mouth Firestone. When the manager came out, he blatantly beat around the bush, saying that since the tires weren't on the car, they didn't know if I was telling the truth (ie: Since the tires were off, he thought I could have purposely damaged the tires to take advantage of him, even though I had 3 other companies as eye witnesses). He then said if I had the tires still on the car, he would've been able to give me a pro-rated reimbursement. I still don't understand why the tires needed to be on the car for the manager to notice the fault in them... in the end, I was offered no compensation for these faulty tires, but the more important problem in my eyes is that of safety. I don't believe these tires are safe, esp. Considering my experience w/ them. For tires to "split" as mine did makes everyday driving for me and others around me very dangerous. I can send pictures via email if desired. Thanks for your time

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 112003

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Poor paint quality....how can an auto maker be allowed to put summer low profile tires on a car that is sold in new england??

- South Grafton, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 162002


  • 10,435 miles
While driving on a paved hwy at 50 mph/rear tire blewout. 2 days later on another paved road at 30 mph my L/rear tire blewout. Same area on both tires. Same type of blowout. I think there is a major issue here. I am now scared to drive my vehicle. Dimsii IVOQ entry posed after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis-----------770769.

- Kenosha, WI, USA