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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2005 Sentra earned its clunker status after numerous reports of blown head gaskets.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
73,045 miles
Total Complaints:
73 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace head gasket (60 reports)
  2. not sure (13 reports)
2005 Nissan Sentra engine problems

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2005 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #73

Jul 202015

Sentra LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


The 2005 Nissan Sentra has been the worst car I ever owned. The head gasket crack 3 times. I replaced the engine twice with 2005 engines and they all cracked. When I called the dealer, he referred me to the Nissan corp. which said it wasn't under warranty and refused to do anything. Why is there not a recall on these cars. The dealer gave me the same line of bull. How many 2005 Nissan Sentras have had the same problem. This car was a lemon and should have been recalled. Three motors and three cracked head gaskets. Come on! There must be a lawyer out there who would like to take this case.

- , El Paso, TX, USA

problem #72

Jul 272015

Sentra 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,000 miles

Pathetic that manufacture does not solve problem!hope they loose customers because there product is so bad. They lost me now that this happened. I've maintained this vehicle under severe maintenance .

- , Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #71

Jan 052015

Sentra S 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles


- , Niceville, FL, USA

problem #70

Apr 112013

Sentra Special Edition 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles


Misfire #3 cylinder, blown head like everybody else. No more Nissans for me. 67000 mi

- , Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #69

Oct 152014

Sentra 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

At 75k miles had a blown head gasket, took it to the dealer and they recommended I replaced the engine of course. 3 days later same issue, all work was done at a Nissan dealer by the way. 4 days later I get a new head installed, no problems now. 1 yr later 65k miles, stuck out in the boonies with the same issue, blown head gasket again. Another wonderful bill. As of today at 200k, cylinder number 4 misfire. WTH is going on with this Sentra crap...Disappointing

- , Corona, CA, USA

problem #68

Dec 012014

Sentra SE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,517 miles

I've read the other complaints and that is exactly the problem for my 2005 Nissan Sentra SE with 1.8 L engine...a blown head gasket. This problem first appeared about 3 years ago. Cost of repair was $1,900 CDN. I now have the Service Engine light appearing again and the problem was P0128, so it looks like the problem may be re-occurring. HELP!!

- , Winnipeg, Manitoba, canada

problem #67

Sep 142014

Sentra SE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles


Great car until this issue; fairly disappointed to see this such a prevalent issue not taken car of by the manufacture.

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #66

Aug 042014

Sentra S 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,590 miles

I have been told that the Head Gasket needs to be replaced and I am not sure why Nissan doesn't cover this cost since it is from a faulty head gasket. Seems that a whole lot of people are having the same issue with the 1.8 motor and several others.

- , Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #65

Feb 012014

Sentra S 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,836 miles

I will never buy a Nissan again. I've never seen a car blow head gasket after just over 100,000Km or 64,000 Km. This is a 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8 and it's well maintained, with everything done on schedule. Visually, it looks good but what a piece of garbage the engine is. The Nissan Corporation should be ashamed, even when compared to some domestic north American cars. My advise, do due diligence research before buying any car. They should do a recall on this, they know this but prefer to hold onto the money they already have and lose future clients. Well that's fine then!

- , Oshawa, ON, canada

problem #64

Feb 142014

Sentra SE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,010 miles

Coolant leak in cylinder 3. I found 2 gaskets installed, has someone had the same issue?

Update from Mar 4, 2014: I am sorry, it is not 2 gaskets but only 1 that splited in 2 halves.

The glue that holds the 2 parts together failed. I suspect the coolant leak from there.

I checked the head flatnest, Ok.

I will change only the gasket this week and keep you informed of the result.

- , Mont-St-Hilaire, QC, Canada

problem #63

Oct 132012

Sentra 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,659 miles


This Nissan has given us problems before and this time this took a toll on me since I’m a college student , I just came back from a friends house because this is the only form of transportation I have to school since I have to drive 35 minutes a day to get to school. It took a week to fix and the only problem that me angry was that even after 185 dollars of pre repairs they mechanics said the way the motor was formed the machine couldn’t quite tell what was the problem. The first diagnostics I was to it was one of the four modules on top of the motor, I bought one since I don’t have a lot of money and a week later it was shaking and not starting. The Friday it wouldn’t turn on after multiple times my dad took it to the mechanic and they finally figured out it was the head gasket and it was going to be over a thousand dollars. My dad unfortunately isnt as skeptical as I was but I over heard one of the mechanics mentioning every Sentra 05 they fixed had the same problem so I googled it on I found this website and many others. This isnt a one time problem and now that they recalled the Nissan Altima I have came to conclusion that this is isnt right, its not easy to drop 1300 dollars from one day to another. I had to drop everything for the week just do I wouldn’t be dropped from classes, taken buses and waiting 30-40 minutes for it and being on them for over a hour jus to get to my destination, not feeling comfortable because I couldn’t sleep in my own bed, all just for a stupid head gasket . But besides me all the other people as well, who had to pay the same thing or not pay because money was tight, deserve this issue to be resolved.

- , Wasco, CA, USA

problem #62

Jul 022013

Sentra 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,683 miles

My story is much like the others, engine light on with dx of misfire, had spark plugs and coil #3 changed. got me 7 miles round trip to work for another 4000 miles with light going on and off but no code to read cause it would go off before mechanic could read code. Then light stayed on dx of fuel injection relay fail, got car back and light on next day. Back to mechanic who now says " -PRESSURE TESTED COOLING SYSTEM FOR 4 HOURS-REMOVED #3 SPARK PLUG=FOUND PUDDLED COOLANT ON TOP OF PISTON USING A BOROSCOPE TO LOOK INSIDE COMBUSTION CHAMBER-WHICH INDICATES THAT THERE IS EITHER A BLOWN CYLINDER HEAD GASKET AND/OR A CRACK IN THE CYLINDER" seems there is a failure in coil 3 area in my humble opinion ? Only 46683 miles, 2005 NISSAN SENTRA 1.8 color white

- , Placerville, CA, USA

problem #61

Nov 052012

Sentra S 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles

About 8 months ago my sentra starting misfiring badly when started, but only if it had been sitting for at least an hour. The misfires would throw "Random misfires" or "cylinder 3" or "cylinder 4" misfire check engine code. I had to replace my spark plugs about every 3,000 miles as they were fouling.

At first I suspected my fuel pump or a leaky fuel injector and I was either starving or flooding my cylinders. When I was changing the spark plugs and noticed a liquid pooling in the cylinders. I soaked some up in a cloth, smelled it and sure enough it was antifreeze. I had feared it was my head gasket after reading about the issues Nissan has had with their gaskets on these models. Interestingly I had not noticed a significant amount of antifreeze consumption, so I must have caught it early.

Nonetheless, the hard starts, fouling plugs and bad gas mileage motivated me to bring it to a local mechanic. He confirmed my diagnosis and did a head gasket change and I had him change my belts while he was at it. He mentioned that new head gasket was thicker and had three layers, evidently an improvement in design whereas the old one had just one.

Since I caught it early I'm hoping no permanent damage was done and I can drive this thing another 100k. I just got the car back tonite, and so far I have not gotten misfires or other problems.

Update from Apr 20, 2014: I'm at 131,000 miles now and have no problems with hard starts, fouled plugs or check engine lights complaining about cyliner misfires.

- , Lindon, UT, USA

problem #60

Aug 252012

Sentra 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles

First I must say I take excellent care of my car and have everything serviced when it is supposed to be including oil changes every 2500 miles. I have it serviced at a Goodyear tire because Nissan is so expensive. I first got a check engine light one morning and the car was running rough after first starting it. I promptly took it in and I was told it was a coil and it was recommended that all four coils be replaced at a cost of $1,000 because if one went bad the others would soon follow. After I had it for a few days the same problem occurred. They said that one of the coils were bad and replaced it. A few days layer it happened again. This time I was told they didn't know my car was a California car and had put in the wrong coils. They also replaced the spark plugs this time. Since then I have had some heating problems and they have put in a new thermostat and flushed the cooling system. This week I got the check engine light again. This time when I took it in they said I had blown head gasket and cylinders 2 and 3 had low compression. I have taken it to a different mechanic who verified the blown head gasket and hasn't detected other engine problems so will repair it for $900 and will warranty it for one year. First no car should have a blown head gasket even at 128,000 miles especially when it has been serviced so meticulously. Second I am not happy with Goodyear for misdiagnosing the problem.

- , Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #59

Feb 112013

Sentra 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

Blown head gasket on a car that has ONLY 68000 miles on it! NEVER BUY NISSAN!!!!!!!!!! It's ridiculous that a car that's under 100,000 has problems like this, and my mechanic even knows me on a first name basis! First, service engine light came on, so I brought the car to a mechanic. He said it's just the problem with a bad coil. I was like, ok, no big deal, paid $180 and got my car back. A few weeks later, the SES sign came back on, brought the car back, and now it was the blown head gasket... yes, the blown head gasket. The mechanic quoted $2000 for the whole motor repair, because if I just replace the gaskets, they don't know what other problems might come up. So, brought a friend of mine and his dad, who's a mechanic, to the shop, they checked it, both couldn't believe the problem was blown head gasket, brought the car to a dealership, hoping that they might do something about this (Town North Nissan in Austin, TX) and they said they've never had complaints like this, saying it's probably my fault for not maintaining the car, they were very RUDE about it, saying that the NISSAN corporate would NEVER pay for this. I'm just baffled and I've been telling everybody how it's the worst nightmare of my life, getting a car like this and the corporate not responsible for things like this (yes.. things like this). NEVER NEVER will buy Nissan.

- , Austin, TX, USA

problem #58

Nov 012012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

I , like others on this site, I have experienced a blown head gasket at approx. 55k miles. I contacted Nissan as this should not happen at such a low mileage and was told I was 32 months out of warranty ( something I am well aware). $1500 out of pocket later and I will never by another Nissan again.

- , Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #57

Jul 012012

Sentra 1.8s

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles

Another 2005 Sentra with a Blown Head Gasket. Nissan refuses to recall. They do not stand behind their products - - AVOID NISSAN AT ALL COSTS They lost me and my family as customers forever.

- , New York, NY, USA

problem #56

Mar 022011

Sentra S 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

I bought the car at 96000 miles and about 3 months later on 98000 miles I noticed that the coolant level was very low. I refilled it and found that it was still disappearing. A few days later the engine started misfiring when starting the car mostly in the mornings and the check engine light came up. Took the car to a few local mechanics but they were not able to diagnose the proper problem. Eventually as the problem would not go away, took the car to a nissan dealer. They did a pressure test and came up with the dreadful head gasket problem. It cost me about 1200 to repair. I should have read these reviews before buying the car. Its really unprofessional of Nissan not to acknowledge and recall cars with this defect. This is definitely my last nissan and I make sure I advise any car buyer I come across to stay away from nissan as well. :(

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #55

Apr 262012

Sentra SE 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles

Head gasket was diagnosed by loss of coolant and a misfire code. Dealership found it easily. The car had been leaking coolant enough that I could smell it, and it was getting worse. They have not taken it apart yet. The problem is young enough that there is not any damage to thermostat or cooling system. Kudos to Red River Nissan in Denison, Texas. They have done a good job of diagnosing and fixing the problems with the car.

- , Sherman, TX, USA

problem #54

Sep 302011

Sentra 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,449 miles

I truly believe Nissan corp. did not intend to put a faulty head gasket in this model but based on the numerous consumers such as me who had the misfortune to purchase this model and have had to come out of pocket and pay for the repair feel that Nissan corp. is not a corporation that stands behind their product. By not recalling the head gasket in 2005 Sentra and denying there is a problem in the first place Nissan corp. has made the top of my list of despicable corporations that put profit before the consumer.

My misfortune began when check engine soon light started to come on intermittently at aprox. 50,000 miles, I thought to myself it was something minor so I had my wife take it to her mechanic but at that time she took it in the check engine light was not on so a tune up and brake replacement was performed. Shortly thereafter the check engine soon light started to come on again this time I took the car in specifically for that problem and was told of the P0300 random misfire detected was the problem, the mechanic believed the head gasket was bad. The mechanic and I were puzzled that a car with such low mileage would have this problem so I went online to see if there were any recalls on this make and model which is when I stumbled upon this website and numerous complaints that started to sound familiar to what I was currently going through.

I then contacted Nissan Corp. and hoped that they could provide some answers regarding bad head gasket a fellow named "Jason" was very helpful in getting my claim processed, he told me to go to dealership and get a diagnostic and then he would forward it onto the next person, after being told by the dealership it wasn't the head gasket that instead it was a bad air sensor the dealership returned my car to me believing it had been repaired. I thought I dodged the bullet until the next morning when the check engine soon light came on again.

I took it back to dealership and after a few days the dealership finally diagnosed the car with a bad head gasket. I then informed “Jason” at Nissan Corp. the dealership diagnosed the car with a bad head gasket and few days later I was contacted by "Marsha" representing Nissan Corp. she did not want to hear or answer any of my questions regarding the faulty head gasket problem repeatedly occurring in the 2005 Nissan Sentra, she dismissed my claims as false and told me because it is on the internet it doesn’t make it true, she then basically told me that because I did not buy extended warranty or service car routinely with a Nissan dealership most likely Nissan corp. will not assist in any way regarding repair. She then told me to bring my service records to dealership and then they will make a final decision. I took my records to dealership and my car sat at the dealership for another week and finally I was notified that Nissan Corp. would not help at all in repair. The dealership did offer a reduction on labor but very minimal.

At this time I’m very disappointed with Nissan Corp. and will go out of my way to tell friends and family to stay away from Nissan for they are a corporation that will build a car with a faulty head gasket and because there is no safety issue involved will pass the cost on to consumer as well as the blame. Also on a side note I’m a 41 yr old working father with two teenage daughters one who will be off to college in a few months and I will be needing every last cent to further my daughters education if anyone reads this post and find themselves in the same situation or has the displeasure to talking to “Marsha “at Nissan corp. tell her the problem with the Head Gasket in 2005 Nissan Sentra is real as well as the people and the money we have to pay for this real problem.

- , Clovis, CA, USA

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