really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,043 miles

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problem #14

Sep 102019


  • 79,000 miles
Cannot move car out of park.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #13

Jul 262019


  • 92,000 miles
The plastic piece on drivers front fender keeps popping out so you have to keep popping it back so it's secure on frame as afraid it will fall off if don't. I noticed it after I had parked. Previously had to have a clip put on to secure the part. So this is second time it's happened if someone hits on that side would cause damage for sure

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #12

Apr 292019


  • 108,000 miles
I was pulled over stating my tags were bad and to go to the dealership to obtain new ones. He then inspected my car and I was on my way aftet we discussed the tierod issue and made an appointment I then recorded on my phone the shake from the steering wheel. I later found out the blinking light was the airbag light not the seat belt light and the check engine light was on as well. The car should not have passed inspection. I got in a small fender bender and the insurance is now totaling my car.

- Aransas Pass, TX, USA

problem #11

Oct 222018


  • 0 miles
When opening the door the handle no longer functioned. Upon analysis of the problem, a plastic piece that had allowed the spring to activate had broken and this would not allow the door to open via the handle from the inside of the car. I was however able to open the door from the exterior of the car, rolling down the window to open the car door. After a harsh winter and the power windown swtich being replaced as well as the door lock actuator I was able to use my door properly again. The worse thing is that not even 3 months later I had the same problem happen again, dealt with it for a while, but winter has now come again and I still can not open my door from the inside. I have rigged a wire loop around the pulley system and created a way to open my door from the inside, but I had read multiple blogs that many people have had this problem with the Sentra. I find this to be concerning and feel that Nissan should recall these parts and offer lifetime replacement of the door lock actuator. If I was in an accident and my door was my only exit, would Nissan be paying my family for my death?

- Spencerport, NY, USA

problem #10

Feb 202017


  • miles
It was raining really hard about a month ago and I started to experience dripping from the roof of my car on the inside and dripping from the inside of my passenger door. I was sitting in the grocery store parking lot.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #9

Dec 252015


  • miles
On christmas morning, I went out to the parked car to discover an exploded sunroof. Temperature was unusually mild that day, 75 degrees rather than teens or 20S. Not sure if the explosion was overnight or in the morning. There was no other damage to the vehicle or any downed branches nearby. Glass broke outward, not inward.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #8

Mar 302015


  • 34,000 miles
I purchase used car from 2012 I never expect to have any car problem for at least 4 yrs, but that was not my case in 5 month of having the car it started to give me problems. The fist problem is that I had a leaking that was coming from the sun roof and the top light. I was told that the way is made it had to drain tube and they get clog. I was also told not to park my car under tree. Uh that's is kind of hard there's a lot trees in the country. I had to change the battery in about 3 months. The car when I turn it off the motor was still running. Few day after the my car would not start not even manually. I told that the ignition was not working and the anti theft system lock therefore I was not able to turn the car on. I also saw that the metal that is under the steering wheel was rusty from the leak. I research the recalls, but was not able to find any on this year. However I found the previous year had a recall and was the same issues I'm having.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 252014


  • 2,500 miles
On August 25, 2014 while I did escape with my life and my whole body intact, after a witness was on scene she said she her a loud pop, well that loud pop was my front left (immediate driver's side tire) and I ended up in a brick wall. Not pleased with Bridgestone, as my vehicle only had no more than 8000 miles on it, but very pleased with the vehicle and it's features.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #6

May 182013


  • 7,500 miles
Bought vehicle new, and its less than a year old now - the trunk latch breaks repeatedly leaving the trunk unable to be closed or locked. Its been serviced 3 times, with new parts issued and tested and 'fixed' each time, and same issues repeats itself. The second time it happened I counted 9 uses before the issue repeated, this most recent occurrence was about 2 weeks after new parts issued: It was used 3 times. It renders the latch by the drivers seat, the key latch and the vehicles trunk latch all useless. Has to be a recall issue.

- St. John's Canada A1b2l9, AL, USA

problem #5

Jun 262013

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 33,144 miles
The airbags did not deploy when my husband wrecked the 2012 Nissan Sentra 6-24-13. My husband swerved to miss a deer that was in the road, hit a culvert, got air born, took out a reflector sign, and crashed into the ground. The car had +$7,000 worth of damages and the airbag did not deploy. I think there is a manufacturing issue. It got air born and hit a culvert. I think an airbag should have deployed.

- Donaldson, AR, USA

problem #4

Feb 032013

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 6,629 miles
Vehicle was pulling out of a driveway at night, just beginning to accelerate, and struck a trailer that was not clearly noticeable (did not have clear reflectors). At 5 mph, the hood was crunched like an accordion, the airbags deployed, and the car is considered totaled. What would the consequences have been if striking something at 30, 40, or 50 mph?

- Warwick, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 012012


  • 123 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that when the brake and accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle would exhibit an abnormal clicking noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer replaced the rear axle but the failure was not corrected. The contact also stated that the trunk was defective and had an open space on the left side when closed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 123 and the current mileage was 1,834.

- Philadelphia , PA, USA

problem #2

May 182012


  • 1,700 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated the lock on the trunk of the vehicle was inoperable due to a gap near the lock. The rear suspension made a clicking noise when the brake or the accelerator pedals were depressed. There was also a grinding noise as the brake pedal was depressed preventing the contact from stopping the vehicle at a traffic light. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who attempted to repair the vehicle; however, the failure continued to occur. The vehicle was taken to the dealer at least three times. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 1,300 and the current mileage was 1,700.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012011


  • 5 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when he noticed that mice were building nests inside of the heater vents. As a result, the blower motor failed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the nests were cleaned out from the vents however, mice continued to enter the vehicle and build nests inside of the heater vents. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 5.

- Rienzi, MS, USA