really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,722 miles

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problem #18

May 012018


  • 214,000 miles
Takata recall, vehicle has been burning through a lot of motor oil and the other day I noticed smoke coming out of the motor and I'm going through about 3 quarts of motor oil in one week I am afraid that the motor may catch on fire. As I was driving my family to the lake I noticed that there was smoke coming out of the engine and the engine light came on when I pull to the side of the freeway the engine died and there was a lot of smoke coming out of it when I inspected it after it was safe to inspect I noticed there was zero oil in the motor

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #17

Aug 022016


  • 245,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Sentra. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled inadvertently. The contact coasted the vehicle to the side of the road and was able to resume driving. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the camshaft position sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 245,000.

- Lompoc, CA, USA

problem #16

Jul 012016


  • 150,000 miles
Vehicle consumes an exorbitant amount of oil creating a hazard for both vehicle owner of possible fire and for surrounding drivers due to thick smoke created. It is a safety issue with this vehicle that Nissan is aware of and has a recall campaign available if you still are within warrantee period, but not if you are outside that period even though it's no less a safety issue.

- Southampton, MA, USA

problem #15

Jul 032016


  • 96,000 miles
This specific 2006 Nissan Sentra SE-R spec-V as well as the 2006 Nissan Altima both use the same qr25de engines witch these engines are highly prone to excessive oil consumption at rapid rates. My vehicle has gotten to the point where it comsumes a qt of oil every 150 miles or so. This is extremely dangerous as it can lead to engine fires because of a failure to cool the engine while it is on. This can also produce a significantly large ploom of grey/blue smoke from the exhaust because of large amounts of oil being burned. This large cloud of exhaust almost acts as a smoke screen to drivers behind me sometimes blocking vision because it can be so large, as well as its toxic impacts on the environment. In conclusion a fire hazard coupled with a large toxic cloud is a ground to have all Nissan vehicles with the qr25de engines with the production years of 2006 and below to be recalled as it can be potentially very dangerous. The top part of the photo is proof as it was written up by a vaden Nissan dealership mechanic.

- Fort Stewart, GA, USA

problem #14

Apr 012016


  • 139,000 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Sentra S 1.8 L. I had the crankshaft position sensor replaced a month ago due to an issue with the engine losing power. It happens mostly after the engine has reached a certain level of heat. My issue returned only a few days later after the replacement. It will come close to shutting off sitting at a stop sign or stop light. It will also lose acceleration over 3000 RPM. It will stop running if left in idle for an extended period of time. I noticed a similar recall on the 2.5L version of the same vehicle. I contacted Nissan to see if it would be covered under this recall and they refused to cover it. I have talked to other owners of the same model and they have told me they have replaced the fuel pump and cps many times to no avail. I believe there is a definite safety issue in this car that could easily lead to an accident. I do not understand why it isn't covered under the recall that affects the similar 2.5L version of the model. My vehicle is at 139,890 miles. It has had the sensor replaced at around 75,000 miles and around 100,000 miles.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #13

Oct 102015


  • 120,000 miles
I have a crank shaft position sensor problem in my 2006 Nissan Sentra 1.8S which kills the engine. While driving the engine may shut off very abruptly without warning. Even while driving on the highway the vehicle may cut off. I called the dealership and they said my VIN didn't qualify for the recall even though it's within the manufacture date range for the recall. I even emailed the Nissan corporate office. It's a known issue and part of a recall but Nissan refuses to fix the problem. Only a matter of time before I get in an accident due to this known issue. I shouldn't have to pay to have a manufacturing defect fixed. When I called the Nissan dealer, I was told that I was the 3rd person that had called that day with the exact same problem and neither or the previous people were "part of the recall" either. I wonder how many accidents it'll take before Nissan will actually honor the recall.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #12

Sep 092015


  • 87,000 miles
Engine stopped while driving, vehicle still moving but no power. Tried to restart several times. After 5 mins it started, but the same issue happened again in 1 min, the car moved few blocks only and engine stopped again.

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #11

Aug 102015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Sentra. While driving at approximately 10 mph, the engine seized. The vehicle was merged to the nearest parking lot, where it was restarted and driven to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the engine crank shaft sensor failed. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #10

Jun 212007


  • miles
This is in reference to Nissan service bulletin ntb05-052A. I purchased a 2006 Nissan Sentra 1.8S August 26, 2006. The summer of 2007 I started experiencing the "long engine crank time before start" issue, and have experienced this issue every summer since (but only during the summer). I currently have approximately 54,000 miles on my Nissan and just recently learned about the service bulletin that was put out September 8, 2006. I don't understand why I was never notified about this bulletin advising me of what to do, even after inquires of my issue at the Nissan dealership. Nissan no longer sells the repair kit (which I'm learning wasn't a guarantee fix) and I would probably have to buy a whole new fuel pump (that Nissan has supposedly redesigned). There is nothing wrong with the fuel pump itself, but rather a "faulty" part inside of the fuel pump. Nissan should be responsible for replacing "faulty" parts and also keeping those parts available as long as that particular year, make, and model vehicle are on the road.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #9

Jul 212015


  • 106,000 miles
I was driving to work on the freeway going about 60mph when all of a sudden my 2006 Nissan Sentra ( SE 1.8) gave a small jerk and the rpms reduced drastically. I also began to lose my steering and no matter how hard I pressed the gas pedal the car wouldn't accelerate. I was able to make it to the shoulder, I turned off the car and after a few minutes it was fine. Then later that night as I was sitting with the engine at an idle, the car suddenly died but it did started back up. I decided to take it to my mechanic and it died 2 or 3 times while I was driving it. The mechanic couldn't find anything wrong. My check engine light never came on and the car didn't throw a code. I brought the car home and parked it because I do not feeling safe driving it. Tonight I sat in the car and turned it on to see if it would start. It did start but every second or so there was an loud click from the engine after which the car would give a sizeable shudder. Also the rpms rev'd when I put the car in neutral or park. They would dip when the car was in drive or reverse. I see on the web there is a recall for the camshaft and crankshaft position sensor. I haven't called Nissan yet but after reading other complaints on this website I have no hope they will honor the recall as my VIN isn't included. I hope someone at the NHTSA forces an expanded recall. It isn't right that those of us having problems have to pay for a known problem. In addition, my car is now sitting because I'm scared of driving it just to have it die, causing me to lose steering and possibly brakes. I will let my mechanic know about the recall to see if in the end, my car is also one of those unlucky ones that have the same issue but don't fall under the recall.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #8

Jun 012015


  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Sentra. While driving at an unknown speed, the engine lost power without warning. While inspecting the vehicle, the exhaust header was removed and pieces of catalyst debris in the exhaust pipes connected to the engine were discovered. The vehicle was not included in any recalls related to the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 113,000.

- Rincon, GA, USA

problem #7

Jun 052015


  • 113,000 miles
On 2006 Nissan Sentra SE-R spec V, I noticed a drop in power and excessive oil consumption. Upon pulling the header I noticed pieces of the catalyst broken up in the exhaust pipe. The egr system may have sucked in pieces of debris damaging the cylinder walls.

- Rincon, GA, USA

problem #6

Apr 172015


  • miles
My 2006 Nissan Sentra has delayed cranking when trying to start, especially when it is hot outside. Tried a couple of different mechanics but could not find the problem. Bought it brand new in April 2006, and started having problem since 2009/2010 with less than 30,000 miles, including all belts needing replacement at 15,000 miles that dealer charged for non-warranty repair. Current mileage is about 68,000.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #5

Oct 272014


  • 91,000 miles
I was going back to work after eating lunch driving about 45 mph and engine just stalled and quite running, this happened in a work zone where they were repairing road. I tried to start car and it would not start, had to wait about 10 minutes then car started but when I started to drive, it stalled again and did it twice until I got it running long enough to get it to shell station. When we got it to the mechanic shop they said it was the crank shaft sensor and the cam sensor that has failed. They told us that Nissan cars are bad about doing this. I was in a dangerous spot with lots of traffic and road construction for this to happen and there could of been a bad accident over this but thankfully there was not. Also another problem with this car is it has delayed cranking when trying to start car in summertime when it is hot outside. I bought this car used about five years ago and was not aware of the problems people were having with it stalling out like that.

- Huntsville, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 282014


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated as the vehicle stalled. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine control unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 112007


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the engine hesitated without warning. The vehicle was taken to a certified mechanic, who advised the contact that the electronic control module needed to be reprogrammed. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 20,000.

- Rancho Mirage, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 062012


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the vehicle stalled. The contact mentioned that the engine warning lamp was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times. The technician diagnosed that the ECM sensor needed to be reset. The failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who replaced the speed sensor circuit, the crankshaft and the cam shaft sensor. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle had previously been repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 81,000 and the current mileage was 86,000.

- Jefferson , MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 052012


  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle began to perform as if it were going to stall. No warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and they stated that the vehicle was not under any recall. The failure mileage was 104,000 and the current mileage was 104,050.

- Live Oak , TX, USA