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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,811 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 engine problems

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2002 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #7

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 #6

Feb 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 200 miles
2002 spec-V heater temp control cables broke. Drove car to 10000 miles.. in Dec was given a rentalcar..told parts would be in any day. Been without the parts for over 90 days.. no eta on eta on repair..only get the run around from Nissan

- Arden, NC, USA

problem #5

Apr 152004

(reported on)

Sentra 4-cyl

  • miles
Engine continued to make noises upon starting even after recall was performed. Since the work was performed on the vehicle, the consumer had 14 oil changes, on one of four occasions the vehicle was noted as having low oil.

- Saint Augustine, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 232003


  • miles


While driving, consumer felt like vehicle went into neutral. Consumer barely made it to the shoulder because vehicle was shutting down. After incident consumer received recall notice regarding contamination of engine control module (ECM).

- Babylon, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 262004

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 40,400 miles
While driving 80 mph the vehicle stalled. Three weeks later, the consumer received a recall notice for the defect, however the dealer refused to inspect the vehicle. After descending downhill at 80 mph and upon going uphill, the vehicle shut completely off.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 092003

(reported on)


  • 3,400 miles
While driving consumer noticted smoke coming out of the vents in vehicle. Took to dealer.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #1

May 142003

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,204 miles
I own a 2002 Sentra spec V and this is my second one in 10 months that has failed to perform as it should. The current vehicle has had 1 new engine, 1 exhaust manifold, 2 window regulators, 2 new windows, three new door speakers, two shift knobs, 1 timing belt tensioner, 1 third brake light, and is in the process of getting it's third engine. Car consumes oil at a rapid rate of 2 quarts per 1200 miles. Tried an informal resolution and Nissan rejected. Dealer agrees the car should be bought back. Symptoms that I have, lead to possible engine fire and is being addressed with a recall. I was sent home in a vehicle that was unsafe and they did not want to fix this last time and were denying the car had any problem. I fought a long hard battle just to get it fixed.

- Oak Forest, IL, USA

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