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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,833 miles

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2003 Nissan Sentra body / paint problems

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2003 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 252015

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Sentra. After the vehicle was backed out of the driveway and placed into drive, the vehicle came to an abrupt stop without warning. The contact discovered that the front passenger side wheel strut tower failed and the tire nearly detached from the vehicle. The contact stated that the wheel had excessive rust. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000. MA 08/13/15 updated 12/1/2015

- Portland, ME, USA

problem #2

Jan 042004

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
I purchased my 2003 Nissan Sentra gxe on June 10, 2003. Since that time, I have 7 work orders on my vehicle and that doesn't count each time I had to go to the dealership to show the problem and then made an appointment for problems with the drivers side door and window, a ding they put in the hood, not even close to sticker gas mileage and the service engine light coming on for no reason found and now there's a recall on that I haven't been notified of yet.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 062003

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased my Sentra in Dec of 2002. One week after I bought it, I had to take it in because it clunked when you turned the wheel. Took it back to dealer and front suspension was loose. Fixed the clunk. Started to notice that 2 qts of engine oil was gone and the coolant level kept dropping even though I kept pouring more in. Took it back to dealer, claimed there was air bubble in engine and to let it go. Still noticing engine oil smell and coolant level low. Dealer claims nothing is wrong. Passenger side window leaks, had run channel replaced twice. Around 7000 mi, I noticed that the tranny squeaked B/w 3rd and 4th gear. Been to dealer 4 times, claim to tighten mount bolts, belts, and exhaust manifold. Still squeaking. Rear bumper is now falling off and gear shift is starting to stick. Had rear brakes adjusted at 7500 mi and again at 11000 mi. Brakes still seam spongy and lose stopping ability. Been to dealer around 20 times since December.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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