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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,055 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Nissan Sentra drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 152015


  • 124,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Sentra. While driving highway speeds, the vehicle lost acceleration and stalled. The contact maneuvered the vehicle to the shoulder of the highway and checked the oil level. The oil was approximately two quarts low. After twenty minutes, the vehicle started again and the failure recurred the contact had to call a tow truck to bring the vehicle to an independent mechanic. The diagnosis was that the pre-catalyst was damaged and clogged and needed replacement. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact also stated that the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 03V084000 (engine and engine cooling) a few years back. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 124,000.

- New Hope, MN, USA

problem #6

Jul 142008


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Sentra. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle lost acceleration and the rpms would not increase over 1,000. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The failure occurred several times. The dealer stated that a new RPM was needed instead of reprogramming the current one. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #5

Oct 212013


  • 161,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Sentra. The contacted stated that when idling at a stop light, the engine would suddenly stall. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and a diagnostic test was performed on the vehicle and the dealer repaired the crankshaft position sensor. The contact stated that later while driving 55 mph, the engine suddenly stalled. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the crankshaft position sensor was repaired a second time. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 161,000.

- Johnson, TN, USA

problem #4

Nov 132013


  • 186,385 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked with the ignition turned off, the vehicle unexpectedly rolled away and crashed into a pole. An occupant was present in the rear driver's side seat when the failure occurred but was not injured. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 186,385.

- Ralph, AL, USA

problem #3

Jul 022009


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the engine and transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 165,112.

- Humble, TX, USA

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problem #2

Mar 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles
1) ongoing intermittent problems with gears grinding, gears popping out (while driving no less!), gears refusing to go into proper gear (especially a problem with reverse.) dealer tells us car drives fine for them and problems cannot be replicated. Several observers have seen and heard these problems on various occasions. Dealer continues to tell us that there are no problems with the transmission. 2) car refused to start and needed to be towed to dealer, where upon we were told the car started right up for us. This problem has not recurred as of this date. Note: The exact milage may not be accurate, but is close. The car only has 13,000 miles on it.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #1

Jun 022003

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While braking the vehicle suddenly surged forward. This has occurred on six occasions.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

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