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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
73 miles

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2002 Nissan Sentra body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012005


  • miles


The trunk door did not stay open when it was fully opened. The new torsion bar did not work and while loading the trunk, the lid fell on the passenger's head. No warnings in manual and no instructions for the open position.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #3

Apr 012002

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
The trunk lid on my 2002 Nissan Sentra gxe is free falling and has injured many. The dealer states that my trunk is within normal operation for my vehicle. I consider it to be very dangerous. It has fallen on the top of children's head and shoulders causing much pain. I have investigated to discover that all the trunk lids of the 02 Sentra's that I tested are free falling. The 04 Sentra's do not have this safety flaw. I am very worried that this is going to seriously hurt someone. Since the purchase of my vehicle 5 children unloading backpacks from my trunk have been injured by the trunk lid falling on top of their head. I'm reporting the incident date as the purchase date because this has been happening since then. The injuries have occurred between then and now, 3/28/2004. Please note that my trunk has fallen many times without causing injury. I would say the attempt to injury number to be 300 times. This is very dangerous.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 122003

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Trunk fills with water everytime it rains, though there is no visible leak. In the winter when I realized this problem, I needed to retrieve my spare tire and it was frozen N inches of water, making for a very difficult removal (crow bar).

- Vernon, CT, USA

problem #1

Dec 142001

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 291 miles
Trunk failed to open. Assembly loose and kept falling into valet mode. The first time I took it in they acted like I was stupid even though I tried to explain the problem to them. All they did was push it up out of valet mode and send me home. Problem persisted so I returned and told them that it must be loose or faulty. It was fixed that time and has been ok ever since.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

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