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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
83,342 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace crank shaft sensor (1 reports)
2004 Nissan Sentra electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 102015

Sentra 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,027 miles


Problem is similar to following recall but Nissan customer representative told me that my car is not covered in this recall ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING Recall for 2004 Nissan Sentra

Recall Announced JULY 07 2006 NHTSA Reference


Number Affected 294,166

Summary: On certain passenger vehicles equipped with a 2.5L engine, the crank angle sensor is affected by temperature variations. Under certain driving conditions, these variations in temperature can be large enough to cause a brief interruption in the signal output from the sensor.

Consequence: If the interruption in the signal from the sensor is so brief that the electronic control module (ECM) logic does not have time to diagnose the condition, the engine may stop running without warning while the vehicle is driven at a low speed increasing the risk of a crash.

Fix: Dealers will reprogram the ECM free of charge. The recall began on August 21, 2006. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

- , McLean, VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012007

Sentra 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Here's the deal. I can't go into a store or cut the car off unless I know that I will have the car off for at least 30 min. (sometimes even longer). I have spent a few thousand fixing problems to try to fix the ECM. Even the Nissan dealership couldn't fix it--- and didn't know about the recall or that they could replace it for free. My sister and I had it stop running as we were about to turn onto a busy intersection less than 24 hours from it being "fixed" by the Nissan technicians. We are afraid to drive it...we have our neice and nephew, both under 5 years old age, at least 5 days a week, and have had the car not start-- especially when it is hot (80 and 90 degree weather). It's dangerous!!! Why couldn't the Nissan technicians see that this was supposed to be replaced for free!! I finally found out on my own at least 2 years later and thousands spent!!!

- , Goode, VA, USA

problem #1

May 092009

Sentra S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

I have a 2004 Nissan Sentra 2.5S and had the car jerk a few times and then the Service Engine Light came on. I drove it home and it would not start again. I found that it had a recall for a problem with the crank sensor and electronic control module (engine computer) and so I had it towed in to the dealer. The Nissan dealership says that only the reprogramming of the computer software is covered by the recall. They are charging me $305 because the crank shaft sensor has gone bad and needs to be replaced. Has anyone received any update from Nissan about why they are not covering this replacement? It seems like the electronic problem could be causing the crank sensor to go bad over time -- making it Nissan's responsibility?

- , Columbia, MO, USA

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