definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,229 miles

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problem #18

Mar 242022


  • miles
Car will only go in reverse. While driving down a busy road my car stopped accelerating in forward and now no longer will drive forward at all. I have kept up with all routine maintenance, and had no warning sign that this was going to happen. My warranty expired at 60,000 miles and I am at 64,000. I bought the car brand new in October of 2018, and still owe on it. So now I am stuck with a car payment for a car that I cannot even drive.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #17

Mar 012022


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2018 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated while driving at an undisclosed speed, the vehicle failed to shift into gear as designed with the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to another local dealer, Winners Circle Nissan (1134 W Mercury Blvd, Hampton, VA 23666, (757) 838-6111) where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but no additional assistance was provided. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #16

Mar 042022


  • miles
I drive a 2018 Nissan Sentra SV The vehicle began having problems with the break/ driving assistance feature. The light is continuously turning on and that feature hardly ever works, making me feel unsafe and at risk of my breaks or something else malfunctioning. To make matters worse, my transmission stopped working, causing me to nearly crash/ get into countless car accidents. This didn-t only add unnecessary stress to my life but made me late to my office job and is now costing me thousands of dollars to fix ! The whole point of buying a new or relatively new car is to avoid these type of issues and this is simply unacceptable! I have spoken to many Nissan owners and more than half (about 8/10) have reported having or know someone who had transmission issues, making me believe this is a huge Nissan issue. My transmission completely gave up on me and I know that this is just not right. I work at a law office that deals with accidents / personal injury and know enough to say this ain-t right. I demand to be compensated for such horrible and faulty vehicle that has cost me time, money, and unnecessary stress.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #15

Jan 292022


  • miles
Vehicle loss power no check engine light while at a street light on highway 111 in El Centro California. Light turn green I pressed on gas pedal and vehicle would not move, RPM remained at zero even with gas pedal pressed all the way. Vehicle coming higher speeds behind me since it's a freeway placed my emergency flashers to avoid getting hit and slowly pulled to side since Vehicle would not got more than 3 to 4 miles per hour. Got to safe side street at this speed off the freeway and than a check engine light appear. Codes related to transmission. I had been traveling that day from Palm Desert CA heading to Calexico CA and had no warning or issue till I stop at that red light was also not the 1st stop I made on this trip. Very scary experience and could have been deadly with a semi truck behind us.

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 122021


  • miles
I purchased this car October 10th of 2021 and 2 days after I purchased it I called my service department because I was driving on the highway at 65 miles an hour and the malfunction warning light came on for the automatic braking system and it also depressed my brakes so it scared the crap out of me. I was told that because of the weather it was raining that day that that sometimes happens. I didn't think anything of it on December 10th my son got into a car accident with the car and he did some damage to the front axle and the front end of the car it has since been repaired and now everyday several times a day the same thing happens and it is messing with my brakes and it's scaring me and I don't know what to do.

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #13

Jun 082021


  • miles
When passing someone it will not go over 80 it will shift down, rpms will jump back and forth until it shifts correctly and then it will accelerate. This is an issue for several nissans since 2003 that they will not fix.

- Beckville, TX, USA

problem #12

Jun 012021


  • miles
My Sentra at around 75mph starts shifting back and forth abnormally between gears. The only thing that releases it is letting go of gas, forcing to drop speed, which also forces a shift to higher gear. You feel a jerk when it's jumping gears, but the RPM arrow also jerks between, started around 30k miles and getting worse.

- Beckville, TX, USA

problem #11

Apr 242021


  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2018 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated while driving 80 mph, the vehicle failed to perform as needed. There was no warning light illuminated. The driver avoided a near crash. The vehicle coasted onto the shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle was then towed to united Nissan imperial (2361 hwy 86, imperial, ca 92251, (760) 352-2900) to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not yet repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and informed of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000.

- El Centro California, CA, USA

problem #10

Apr 302021


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2018 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that while parked, the gear shifter failed to shift into drive or any other gears. The vehicle was not yet diagnosed nor repaired. The dealer and manufacturer were not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 71,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #9

Feb 052020


  • miles
My vehicle has always given me problems with the automatic brake and when I took it to the dealership they responded with oh yeah we already knew about that rather than giving me some kind of directions towards where I can fix it. My car has problem speeding it feels like it's lost it's power. I service my vehicle at the dealership. I replace anything the car needs. This vehicle isn't old and should not be giving me any mechanical issues. I also don't have any lights on my dash board but the car jerks. I hate this car. Ive taken good care of it and literally all it's given me is problem after problem. I still owe ten grand on it and for what" for junk" I thought about buying another vehicle with Nissan but if this is the vehicle you guys are making, unreliable, fragile, and unsafe; I don't want it. Also side note I took the car to a mechanic and there is nothing wrong with it according to him and it still gives me these issues with the jerking, the rph going up and down while the mph isn't. my vehicle doesn't have a recall but the automatic brake has never worked. Unbelievable.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #8

Jan 062021


  • 92,500 miles
I purchased a Nissan Sentra back in June 2020 so I haven't had it very long. It had roughly about 52K miles when I purchased it and I purchase it because my family has had infiniti's and Nissan and my dad works for an infiniti dealership. All of our vehicles have been very reliable. So why would this one be any different. I recently had an issue driving this vehicle where it just started this weird jutter or vibration and then there was lose of power/hesitation and wouldn't go past 45 to 50 mph. I live about 71 miles away from work and had a hard time getting it to work. After getting off work I dropped my car off by the closest Nissan dealer to find out what was going on with my car. The service advisor called me back to say that my transmission was done and that I needed a new one. I then found out that the extended warranty that I purchased from the dealer expired already and that I would have to pay for a transmission in a car that I just bought less than a year ago. After further research I found where Nissan has a really bad issue with their cvt transmissions and that there was a recall on them. When I asked Nissan dealer about it they said that it only covers up to 2017 Nissan Sentra. My dad did some research and found that there is a service bulletin reference (ntb20-035A) for 2018-2019 Nissan Sentra; cvt judder. When we contacted Nissan Consumer Affairs for assistance they said that my car wasn't included in this, and that they wouldn't cover anything. Nissans service bulletin says that if any of several codes popped up while diagnosing the vehicle (P2859) replace the cvt transmission. This is my first vehicle purchase on my own, I'm 23, and I still have to make the payments on this car. I was quoted a transmission repair cost of 4K to 5K. Nissan should be responsible for this issue being that they know of the problem. Any help on this is greatly appreciated.

- Vance, SC, USA

problem #7

Oct 142020


  • 65,000 miles
Cvt failed at 65000 miles. Extended warranty replaced it. Vehicle was very dangerous to drive as it was jerking, shuddering, refusing to accelerate, and stalled twice.

- Corry, PA, USA

problem #6

Jul 042020


  • 39,500 miles
Every night I drive home from my night job the warning light and message come on that there's an obstruction on my front sensor. The cvt is trash, my RPM keeps going up and down when I drive on slight incline and I loose speed. Once, on the freeway I lost over 25 mph where the fastest I could go was 40mph. It was scary and I had my baby in the car with me. The dealer forced me to get this car and said I wouldn't have any issues. Lies and shame on winter Chevrolet of pittsburg California!!! they now don't return messages!!!

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 122020


  • 37,122 miles
After 37,122 miles the transmission on my 2018 Nissan Sentra went bad on me. I took it to the dealership and they informed me that the entire transmission needed to be replaced. The dealership also said the fuel pump and cluster needed to be replaced. I read that there have been other complaints made about the transmission system for these cars, and there should definitely be a recall.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 092019


  • 9,000 miles
Rpms are going up and down when maintaining the same speed. We took it back to the dealership at 9000 miles and they told us it's a special transmission.belt driven not gear driven. We took it back a few more times and finally we took it to midas and they told us to take it to dealership for the transmission problem after they drove it and noticed rpms going up and down.

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #3

Mar 162020


  • 70,000 miles
Stopped going forward when at traffic light will only go in reverse. Dealership says warranty is up and it will cost 4000$ to fix. I am confused as to how a car that was bought 4/20/2018 has the need for the transmissiom to be replaced. This car has had regular maintenance and I do not believe after paying $479.09 a month for the past 23 months I should be spending an additional 4000$

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 252020


  • 46,000 miles
The transmission is going out I was only able to use reverse, my car has 46000 miles I have never been late on changing my oil and getting the car serviced, would not recommend buying a Sentra

- Shaw Afb, SC, USA

problem #1

Dec 132018


  • miles
Transmission over heats. Transmission has a loud noise and drags since 60,000 miles

- Ellenwood, GA, USA