really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,440 miles

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problem #4

Jul 272016


  • miles
My car hit a truck going 25-30 mph. I was on a city street. My breaks did not stop me on time. New break pads were just replaced. The breaks just didn't work right. Took too long to come to a complete stop. I tested my breaks on my other car to see if there was any difference in stopping and I would have stopped in my other car on time. Breaks just took to long to come to a complete stop on the Nissan.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 132015


  • 148,753 miles
I was driving East on I494 near a major interchange, in very heavy traffic. I was in the center lane going approximately 60-65 mph when my engine suddenly quit. I quickly checked the lane on my right and it was clear so I moved over and onto the shoulder. My brakes and steering were going quickly, but I was able to bring the car to a full stop next to the guard rail. I was right next to a two-lane exit to I35, where the traffic was flying past me; several cars almost ran into me, with one extremely distracted driver crossing the line onto the shoulder and heading right at me. If he had not looked up in time I doubt I would be here to report this. I was able to get a tow truck, but traffic was not even slowing or yielding for the tow truck driver. It was an extremely dangerous situation. While waiting for a tow, I was able to restart my car after about 10 minutes, but was too afraid to try driving it in those traffic conditions. The repair shop I went to diagnosed a faulty O2 sensor caused by a leaky flex pipe and wanted over $800 to replace the pipe w/ catalytic converter, gaskets, O2 sensor. And spark plugs. Since my car would start but I did not trust it, I decided to drive home (25 miles) by city streets and back roads. On the way the engine again failed while waiting for a light to change. After 10 minutes it started and I was able to get home. I took it to my mechanic, who fixed the flex pipe. A few days later the engine died again and restarted after another harrowing wait on the side of the road. This time the car gave a code for the crankshaft sensor, which my mechanic replaced. Since then my car has not quit while driving, but does hesitate and I am afraid while driving it. I may have my mechanic replace the camshaft sensor as well, since that is also a known issue. I am supposed to move to California, but don't trust my car to make the trip safely.

- Mound, MN, USA

problem #2

Dec 242014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 120,005 miles
On 24th of Dec 2014 while driving on a four lane hwy at about 8pm my brakes got really hard then I saw my brakes light came on it was not a good feeling thanks god the street light was green cause if it was red we would be having a dir convo right now, anyway I pulled in a parking lot at maybe 15 to 20 mph then I put it in park pull up the hand brakes and turn off the car, I stayed there for about an hour and half then I tried the car again it came on like nothing happen..............am telling U I don't wish this on anyone.....when I first got the car in 2007 it shut down on me I said I maybe did something I still can't figure it out but it never shut down again.

- Stone Mtn, GA, USA

problem #1

Dec 082014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
On 12/08/14, I was driving through I-85 N. at one point I changed a lane towards my left and needed to straighten my car to that lane. But surprisingly the car wouldn't got straightened and steering had no impact/control over the car wheels. As a result my car hit the median of the hwy and after that I was still trying to put it back in the lane. But I had no control on it. It was shaking and speeding up; hit the median with the left middle and again after traveling a few feet hit the median with rear left. At that point both airbags popped out and car changed direction ( from my diagonal left to diagonal right). And it took me to all the way (6 lane)across the other side of the freeway and hit the median on that side again with the front right and straight front. After that the car finally stopped. It was all smoky and the car door wouldn't open. I squeezed myself out through the approx. Six inches opening. I was so scared and still so much depressed that I don't know what to do. I was fortunate enough that I didn't hit anybody or I got hit by any other car or when the car was dragging me to the other side of the highway I didn't go under any trailer. My biggest question is why the steering stopped working and lost control over the wheel" whose fault was this" and finally I got citation from dekalb police for failure to maintain lanes. When I asked the police officer, she told me that I have to prove it that it was a mechanical error. Then the citation will be taken off. There was no check engine sign or anything that I felt unusual. So please take a look into the matter and let me know so that I feel a little better!

- Lilburn, GA, USA