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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 miles

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2003 Nissan Sentra electrical problems

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2003 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 022008

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


While driving on the highway the tachometer fell to zero and the vehicle stalled while in gear thus causing the vehicle to decrease speed quickly, the only way to restart the car while in motion is to bump start using the clutch. The check engine light turned on after this incident. After this many misfires occurred while drive including stalls while driving which is very dangerous because the vehicle will stop quickly. I researched online to find that other Nissan models have had this problem the Sentra/Altima. I also check some recalls and it does show some Sentra and Altima have been affected. However when I contact both the dealer where I purchased the car and Nissan North America they said that the 2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R spec V was not affected, and that it was regular maintenance. I will take my vehicle to the dealership to have it looked at. This is very dangerous and have almost crash 3 times. I suggest all who have this problem not to drive their vehicle.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 152007

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles
Vehicle would stall without warning at low speeds authorized Nissan dealer confirmed failure to crank sensor dealer replaced crank sensor and completed ECM reflash I do not have the old part. However the vehicle has been running fine ever since the repair. Nissan issued a recall for the same concerns which have the same repair but states that only 2002,2005, and 2006 models are affected. My car is a 2003 Sentra ser and was supposedly not affected. I do not buy into that response.

- Woodbury , NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 072006

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Sentra. Every time the contact attempted to start the vehicle, it failed to start. The failure has occurred at least six times per day within the last year. Nissan stated that her VIN did not fall under any recalls. The purchase date and failure mileage were unknown. The current mileage is 79,586.

- Springfield, TN, USA

problem #2

Jun 072004

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
At 32,000 miles the consumer had to take the vehicle back to the dealership 15 times for repairs. The main issue was at 15,000 miles. The fuel pump was replaced. After that, the consumer had problems when turning, when he took his foot off the gas the vehicle sputered. The service manager test drove the vehicle and said it was normal. The consumer never experienced any problems until the fule pump was replaced. The vehicle had other problems such as 2 new fan belts, trunk flooded once. The heater control was replaced 4 times. There was a problem with the ignition switch.

- Bristol, TN, USA

problem #1

Jan 262005

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
I currently drive a 2003 Nissan Sentra gxe, 1.8L 4cyl. Car. (purchased in or around April 2003 from universal Nissan) almost a year after buy the Sentra I noticed that the car wouldn't start or if it did start it would take a while to start...meaning I would have to hold down the key while it tries to crank itself on. I do this all the time & at times when I finally get the car to start 3 to 5 seconds will go by and the car will turn off & I have to restart it. So I took the car into Nissan or orange, ca and they totally blew me off, telling me that they couldn't do anything because I didn't noticed if the engin light come on. Which leads me here today. My car is getting worst...I noticed a NHTSA campaign id #03V455000, Nissan recall #R3022 and a number for Nissan I call Nissan (Jan. 26, 2005) and I'm told there was no recall for my car because I drive a 1.8L 4 cyl car and not the car they have on their recall list which is 2.5L 4cyl. The guy only makes a file for me and updates my address. They didn't do anything to help me except update my personal information. I tell the rep. That I noticed on another website that my car make and model was affected by the recall and they didn't even reseach it. The information was found on tsb number 03-124 issued December 2003 - safety recall - tsb title recall- engin sensor replacement for 2003 Nissan Sentra 1.8L 4 cyl cars. I mean it's the same type of recall that's on the NHTSA website. I don't understand somebody please help.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

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