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

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,817 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Nissan Sentra engine problems

engine problem

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2005 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Jun 042005

Sentra

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This car has been horrible from the start. The latest problem involved the timing chain slipping and requiring a new engine, this was the 3rd engine that has been in the car. The 1st engine had a head gasket failure that caused the engine to be replaced. Also, there wa S a second transmission, the first one made noises when shifting at certain rpms. Be warned, Nissan quality has gone down, way down.

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #5

Nov 202005

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
We bought our Nissan Sentra 1.8S with 126 horse power motor and with an automatic transmission brand new in January 2005. After the first 14000 miles the car began exhibiting weak restarting problems after the car had been amply warmed up and sat for one hour or longer with the motor remaining in the warm temperature ranges to slightly above the cold.

- San Gabriel, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 302006

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,003 miles
This car has been a lemon since purchased. The drivers door handle quit working, the transmission chirps when shifting, it idles rough, and it turns over probably 40 times before starting. Dealership states since it has 36,000 miles on it that it will cost an estimated $1700 to fix. This car had problems from the date of purchase. Beware of the Sentra.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 032005

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The 2005 Nissan Sentra that I purchased has continued to stall while driving over 6 times during the past 18 months. It has been in the shop 6 times with the complaint of sluggish and/or stalling. The dealer has been unable to fix it and claims it is not a safety issue, however, there is a potential risk to be rear-ended when it appears I am moving forward and suddenly stop! the stall has happened as I leave a sitting position either going forward or reversing. The first stall happened after the car was only one week old. When we called to complain to the service department, they mentioned that happens sometimes with new cars working out the kinks. The dealers multiple attempts to fix it have been unsuccessful and the car is currently with the dealer-once again.

- Porterville, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 202005

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
With regard to ODI# 10110307 mentioned above: I am a current owner of a 2004 Nissan Sentra, there is a widespread problem that even NHTSA is failing to acknowledge with regard to the 1.8L engine and/or assembly plants in Mexico that produce these units. I have fought Nissan tooth and nail over this, the last time I was at the sales dealer for service, they refused to service the vehicle, and actually asked me to leave their property. Regional representative from Nissan North America, Inc. In New Jersey was contacted immediately, that individual sided with the dealer with respect that I should go to another dealer for service. Engine still pins in cold weather, and rattles in hot weather. Water still leaks under the hood onto the drive belt. Have written to Nissan motors ltd. In Japan with no response. Will be losing approximately $6,000 when I trade out of the vehicle in order to get secure and reliable transportation, which will definitely not be another Nissan. Nissan North America refuses to give me any information to contact a "higher up" on the corporate chain, they say that information cannot be disclosed. To all current owners of new Nissan, I say cheers and good luck!

- Union City, NJ, USA

problem #1

Dec 212004

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
Concern: Engine lost almost all of its power. The head was cracked, and the #4 cylinder was missing one of the 2 compression rings. Car was in shop for over 40 days. Correction: Waited 30 days for parts, entire engine, exhaust system, and intake were replaced. Car still runs horrible, and now the transmission does not like to shift when it is cold. The car over heated and possibly causing a fire

- Coatesville, PA, USA

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