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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,883 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Nissan Sentra fuel system problems

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2004 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 112016


  • 61,000 miles


Vehicle hesitates when starting & stalls out or shuts down when slowing down or coming to a halt. If let to sit for a while it will restart, but has left me stranded multiple times. Crank sensor replaced as well as all fluids. Have had it checked for codes, but nothing shows up. Car was recently purchased in late May 2016. Vendor repaired several items, but now car is out of vendor warranty.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #7

Aug 302016


  • 53,300 miles
Engine fuel pump failure. Driving on busy highway engine started to stall. Had to use clutch to keep engine running, nearly missing other vehicles trying to maintain control of vehicle trying to restart engine. Immediately took to dealer and fuel pump failure diagnosed. Fuel pump being replaced right now at $700.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #6

Jul 202016


  • 140,000 miles
Tom wood Nissan carmel in refused to honor recall #report receipt date: Jul 07, 2006 NHTSA campaign number: 06V242000 component(s): Engine and engine cooling

- Westfield, IN, USA

problem #5

Aug 082014


  • 147,000 miles


August 2014:I was driving home from work on a city street doing about 45 when the car just shut off. I was able to coast into a parking lot with the residual power the car had. Luckily no one was next to me. The steering was gone since there was no power. After many attempts, I finally got the car started but had to put the car into neutral whenever I was at a light (because the RPM was at 500 and it kept shutting off when I applied the brake). Managed to make it home. Ended up being the cam/crank sensors that went out. Fast forward to November 2015 and I had to replace the cam sensor again!! car still idles at 500 RPM and always feels like it's going to shut off. Next issue is the power windows. Drivers side gets half-way down, but you have to pull the switch up quickly in order for it to roll back up. Cannot open/close passenger window from drivers side, only passenger side. Next issue is random leak in the trunk where the spare tire is stored. About 1-2 months after we had gotten some heavy rains, I noticed a slight mildew smell in the cabin. I sniffed around, didn't see or feel anything that was wet. Figured it was a cabin filter that needed to be replaced. Another month goes by and I can still faintly smell it. I open my trunk and it's coming from there. I pull everything out of the trunk; nothing feels wet, nothing looked wet, nothing had water stains on it (books, clothes). I pull back the trunk carpet, the trunk stabilizer and I notice there's mold on it and the mdf covering the spare is wet. I pull it off and there was about two inches of water in the spare wheel well! when I was driving to get stuff to clean it, it sounded like I had a kiddie pool in the trunk! to this day, I have no idea how it got in there - again nothing was wet or water-stained in the trunk. Also experienced misfires, fuel gauge (due to fuel pump). I don't feel safe in this car at times.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 072015


  • 155,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that while fueling the tank, the fuel gauge failed to provide accurate reading fuel levels. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V287000 (air bags) and stated that the part needed for the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 155,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Spring Grove, MN, USA

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problem #3

Jun 012013


  • 122,767 miles
My 2004 Nissan Sentra has just failed emissions testing for the 3rd time. The paperwork I recieved says the catalytic converter is deteriorating faster than anticipated and turning on the mil. Also, that the owner was notified Dec. 5, 2005 however, I did not purchase the car until 2014.

- North Andover, MA, USA

problem #2

Feb 122013


  • 120,000 miles
When refueling my vehicle the gasoline would spray back out of the fuel fill neck. The first time it happened I removed the pump nozzle and the gasoline sprayed back with enough force to hit me in the face. Gasoline got in both my eyes and mouth. Being in need of contacts I had to rush into the gas station to take them out and from there I had to get myself and my car picked up and brought home since my contacts were ruined.

- Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #1

Apr 112012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that when refueling, gasoline would overflow and the shut off valve would not stop gasoline from pouring out of the filler neck valve. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unavailable.

- Millville, NJ, USA

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