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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,134 miles

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2002 Nissan Sentra engine problems

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2002 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #21

Dec 102005

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Nissan Sentra 2002 with less then 28000 ml has leaking engine head gasket and radiator and broken steering rack and pinion and steering power assist. Car was purchased new and never had an accident. Car is dangerous to drive - steering does not work. Nissan sold me a lemon car and refuses to repair it.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #20

Apr 012005

Sentra

  • miles
2002 Nissan Sentra engine light came on which was caused by the oxygen sensor. The oxygen sensor was replaced and still experienced the same problem. The vehicle also stalled while the vehicle was in motion. The consumer requested a replacement of the ECM or for a recall to be issued. The computer showed a code for the throttle sensor.

- Churchville, NY, USA

problem #19

Oct 012005

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In April of 2005 check engine light went on. Brought car to my mechanic and codes came up for my oxygen sensors. When sensors were replaced the codes would not go away and check engine light would not come off. He replaced them again and no change. In October 2005 my car stalled unexpectedly and after starting it up drove so bad I cannot drive car anymore. Brought car to dealer and would not explain what the problem was but did take care of all recalls (I never received recall info-found it online myself). My car still was running terrible so I brought it to my mechanic. A code came up for throttle sensor not to mention 5 other codes. He replaced throttle sensor and no difference in how car runs. Car now will stall in the middle of driving. I will not drive car for fear of an accident! nick, a regional specialist said Nissan will not look at car free of charge even though I have spent over $1500 on these problems. My own mechanic has done more for me than a company who says they are their toughest critic. I decided to look up info online and found 5 different complaints very similar to mine where the ECM was involved on this website. The company who manufactured ECM's to Nissan states on their web page that ECM's installed in cars they provided ECM's to from 1989-2003 had a higher rate of malfunction. This website also explained what can happen when your ECM fails- 1. warning light remains on; 2. nonsense fault codes show up when reader is connected; 3. vehicle breakdown w/O warning; 4. erratic idle, stall at traffic/poor running & starting problems. These are just a few but how interesting these all are happening to my car. I believe 2002 Nissan Sentra's probably have an even higher rate of failure because of the recall to the ECM case holder. I believe this may cause problems to the ECM. Nissan should care enough about their customer and a human life to replace ECM's. before a serious injury occurs or worse, if that hasn't happened yet.

- Churchville, NY, USA

problem #18

Apr 012002

Sentra

  • 7,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2002 Nissan Sentra experienced problems with shutting down as well as faulty brakes.** answer required***. the service dealer was unable to find the problem. Refer to recall campaign# 03V455000. The brakes were faulty, there was a problem with the battery due to leaking and wouldn't charge, the fan belt had crystallized, noise had come from the engine due to the radiator, there was a malfunction of the computer which caused the engine to flood with gas.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #17

May 302005

Sentra

  • 83,998 miles
2002 Nissan Sentra computer (ECM) went bad and needed to be replaced. The consumer received a recall notice on the ECM in 2004 but was unable to take the vehicle to dealer to have it correct due to work obligations. The recall stated that the engine may stop running due to contamination of the ECM by the inner lining material. While driving in May 2005 the consumer's vehicle stalled and the check engine light illuminated on the dash. The vehicle was towed to the local repair shop who determined that the ECM had failed. The consumer contacted the dealer about replacing the part free of charge. The dealer explained that the recall was only for the lining not the module and refused to replace the module for free. The consumer had the ECM replaced at his own expense.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #16

Aug 192005

Sentra

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Nissan Sentra. While driving on the highway the car shut off, took the car to a mechanic. Went on the Nissan website and found two recalls, they were engine control module case holder and head lamp adjuster. Then, took car into dealership, they ran VIN # and they found three recalls, one was on the foam on the engine control module and the other two were unknown. One of the recalls would cause the vehicle to shut down or cut off. Took the car into the dealership on Friday August 19, 2005. They did not repair due to warranty issues. Spoke to Consumer Affairs office of Nissan and they said this car would not be fixed by Nissan without cost. The car has not been repaired and it is still at the dealership.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #15

Mar 292005

(reported on)

Sentra

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2002 Nissan Sentra has problems with the check engine soon light illuminating on the dashboard.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #14

Feb 052005

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,812 miles
Went to check the oil and the plastic dipstick had broken off and the dipstick has fallen down into the engine. Checking online for help on removal shows a number of people with the same problem.they want $156 dollars to fix a problem that Nissan is aware of that could have been prevented with a new dipstick not made of plastic for $3.

- Adrian, MI, USA

problem #13

Mar 062004

Sentra

  • 17,380 miles
Vehicle engine serviced twice and both repairs failed. (nar) the consumer had experienced ongoing problems with service engine light flashing on.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #12

May 262004

(reported on)

Sentra

  • 41,000 miles
While pulling inside of the garage, the vehicle stalled. Owner had the vehicle towed to a repair shop. The mechanic informed the owner that the head gasket had blown and the engine will need to be replaced. Provide further details.

- Seymour, CT, USA

problem #11

Jun 172003

Sentra

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While making a right turn, the engine experienced erratic behavior causing loss of control. Vehicle collided with a cement drainage gutter. Consumer received recall notice from Nissan regarding engine related failure of ECM and crank position sensor. Vehicle was repaired on consumer's expense and seeking reimbursement for repairs because dealer said that they could not fill the requirements of the warranty due to the nature of collateral damage on to the transaxle and surrounding suspension, which is a liability issue not warranty.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #10

Dec 182003

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Yesterday while driving my 2002 Nissan Sentra my vehicle stalled while driving at approx. 40 mph. Luckily there was little traffic and I was able to manuever into a parking lot after crossing 3 lanes. The car would not restart. After having it towed to the Nissan dealer they said the problem was the crankshft position sensor. After doing some research on the web I noticed a recall for the same issue on the 2000 Nissan Sentra (NHTSA campaign id number: 01V357000). You would think this issue would have been corrected after 2 model years.

- Woodridge, IL, USA

problem #9

Sep 042002

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,900 miles
While driving at any speed and without prior warning, the vehicle stalled intermittently. While driving 35-45 mph the vehicle jerked when shifting gears. While stopped at a red lights the vehicle has stalled numerous times. One time it stalled four times within one mile. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The consumer retrieved the vehicle from the dealer and continued to drive it all winter with no problems. When the weather became warm the vehicle began to stall again. The dealer was still unable to duplicate or correct the stalling problem. The consumer is afraid to drive the vehicle.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

problem #8

Sep 192003

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Driving at 75 mph, car very suddenly lost power and would not accelerate past 45 mph. Subsequent to this, car operated sporadically until going past 15 mph was impossible. Car was towed to dealer where it has remained for a month awaiting a defective ECU replacement. The service manager later informed that this is a wide spread occurrence, and that Nissan cannot keep up with the demand of this particular part(the engine management computer). At the time of this incident, I was very fortunate to have successfully pulled to the shoulder from the fast lane. My vehicle has 20,000 miles.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 242003

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles
2002 Nissan Sentra gxe would stall while driving after braking at high speeds exiting off highway (60-70 mph). The vehicle would shake and the "service engine soon" light would display on the dashboard. The first time occurred at 2 weeks after I purchased the vehicle new with only 600 miles on it! this has occurred over 3 times. The 3rd time resulted in an accident. The Nissan dealership has serviced the vehicle and stated that they could not "duplicate" the problem. The Nissan Consumer Affairs and Nissan arbitration has tested the vehicle and stated that they could not duplicate the problem. This model seems to have the same problems in 2000 and 2001. Is it not obvious that Nissan has a continuous problem with this model.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 052003

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,920 miles
I leased a Sentra SE-R in Nov 2002. Since getting the vehicle I have had numerous problems. The car randomly does not start. It sounds like the car wants to turn over, but to no avail. There is no pattern to it. The car starts fine some days, and then sometimes it just doesn't want to start. I've had it towed to the dealer at least twice - the dealer couldn't find anything wrong. In June, when I took the car in for the same problem, the dealer had the nerve to tell me that the car would have trouble starting when it rains out - and that must be the problem. (are they insane - I asked myself - the car won't start when it rains" then they told me that I need to pump the gas pedal every time I start the car - a fuel injected car") so, they replaced the fuel pump. But twice since the car has not wanted to start. The car has, since the day I leased it, randomly stalled right after starting. Why? no one seems to know. Then, this weekend while traveling on a highway, at about 70 mph the car suddenly lost all ability to maintain speed or accelerate. Luckily, I was able to get to the shoulder, and by that point the engine died. After repeated attempts over 20 minutes, the car started but the "service engine soon" light remained on. When attempting to get back on the highway to travel home from where I was, the car would not accelerate, starting making horrible banging noises and it smelled like something was burning. The car wouldn't accelerate and had no power. Luckily, I was able to get into an empty parking lot before having to call for a tow. There was a recall recently on the Sentra - relating to the engine and possible fires - and the parts replacement was performed - so I am left wondering what kind of junk I have been stuck with... it seems that it is one problem after another with this car.

- Schwenksville, PA, USA

problem #5

Aug 222003

Sentra

  • miles
My car has had the check engine light come on 5 times since April 2003, everytime it has been the same problem, it starts idleing at a very sparatic pace, also I lose the throttle. The car has been "reset and recalibrated" 4 times at the dealership. The car then runs fine for about 300 miles and we go through it again. It has now turn into a safety concern because I will lose the throttle as I am driving. -kh.

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 302003

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,800 miles
Now at 20,800 miles I think my car may be burning oil.lost 2 quarts in 3000 miles. Dip stick actually came up dry but no oil light. Im taking it in tomorrow to have the tranny replaced along with some O2 sensors that went bad. Also im having it checked because the trunk and drivers/front passenger door leaks. Also the E brake is failing again, there is rattling coming from the drivers door and a sqeauking noise when I release the clutch. Plus my side skirts are still warped, ill have to remind them of that. Just wanted to add this one even though I havent gotten my car to the dealer yet. Also just want to say I officially hate Nissan and their extremely poor customer service. I will never buy another Nissan and am looking into a lawyer to file a lemon law case. Just because the Sentra is the low end model car doesnt mean you have to treat the owners with less respect than those with a 350Z or a murano. Im buying a Subaru after I get rid of this pos !

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 202003

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,600 miles
Engine failed in SE-R spec-V from Nissan causing me to lose control of the vehicle.

- Granby, MA, USA

problem #2

Mar 102002

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I bought a brand new 2002 Sentra SE-R spec V in Feb of 2002. I have had major engine and transmission problems, before the car was even a year old I had to take it in for transmission problems 3 times. They replaced my transmission 2 times. The second transmission replacement was with a 2003 transmission. I have also taken my car in 2 times for the engine. My engine had to be replaced 2 times. Both times my engine was found with no oil in it even thought it was far from being do for an oil change. My car consumes oil and I am constantly having to add. These problems are excessive and ridicules for a car that is not even a year old.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

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