really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
48,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most common solutions:

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problem #2

Nov 132010

Sentra SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles

I can tell you this from experience, you will end up purchasing a NEW

ENGINE!!! I bought my 2005 Nissan Sentra brand new, 8 miles on it when I drove it off the lot. I am now on engine #2! The first engine was giving a P0303 code (cylinder #3 misfire). It said that it could have been a spark plug issue. Well we tried changing ALL the spark plugs but one of them was so tight in there that it couldn't be removed. Not 2 days after the 'check engine soon' light came on, my car completely shut down on the interstate! The car only had 52,000 miles and this was LAST YEAR! So I had a friend that was a car repair-man and he was able to get me an engine with less than 24,000 miles. Now the SAME THING IS HAPPENING AGAIN!!!! I have put less than 27,000 miles on engine #2 and I'm getting the same issue (cylinder #2 misfire)! If you search the net for 2005 Nissan Sentra engine issues, you will find HUNDREDS of people that have this same issue, the engine seems to 'go-out' after about 50,000 miles. For this reason, I will NEVER buy another Nissan AGAIN! I have had nothing but problems with mine! I drive over 20 miles each day to work, plus have doctor's appointments in New Orleans (about 75 miles one way). All of my driving is done to and from work, and this is what I get? TWO blown engines?!?

- swatts831, Denham Springs, LA, US

problem #1

Apr 222010

Sentra SE 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

Bought this car used in March '07. November of '09 I was coming home from work and stopped by the store. Turned the car off. Got back, started it up, and proceeded to reverse, and I put it in drive I pushed down on the accelerator and the car barely moved, pushed again and still the same. I turned it off and back on and it drove but only at 20 mph. I barely got the car home and the engine light popped on. I had it towed to a mechanic and once they got it off the tow truck and started it up, the engine light was off and the car was perfect again. They ran a diagnostic and found that there were parts that needed to be replaced but I couldn't afford them and the warranty company wouldn't cover them unless there was a current problem. The car was working fine so I had nothing to show the warranty company to prove that there was a problem, so nothing was done. Now, in April 2010, the car misfires, and a spark plug busts. They tell me that it's due to lack of maintenance. I get regular oil changes, the car only has 69,000 miles on it. They quote me $1,000.00 to have it fixed and so they start the repairs and discover a coolant leak. They say it's so bad that it's possible that the engine will need to be replaced. Now the inspector is coming out to see if it's my fault or not. The dealership has my back. The phone representative at the warranty company even admitted that this car does do that, as if it's to be expected. I will NEVER own a Nissan again. Honda, i'm on my way!!

- victoriaholow, Dallas, TX, US