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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,420 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.

2008 Nissan Sentra brakes problems

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2008 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #11

Oct 052015

Sentra 4-cyl

  • miles


Petition for defect investigation and recall expansion for my 2007-2008 Nissan Sentra vehicles experiencing master brake cylinder leakage. A complaint was sent in to the North Carolina consumers council, by a complainant. The complainant stated the master brake cylinder leak was due to a leaking rear seal resulting in a loss of brake fluid. It was also noted the vehicle had an original master brake cylinder that was never serviced. It was discovered the vehicle was slowly leaking brake fluid for several years with no external sign of a leak. Upon inspection, the vehicle had a significant quantity of brake fluid accumulated in the vacuum brake booster, located to and attached to the rear of the brake master cylinder. The condition was described in recalls 08V311000 and 09V431000.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #10

Feb 012014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • miles
Per Nissan recall 169.202, my 2008 Sentra is equipped with robert Bosch master cylinder. The master cylinder has been inspected and needs to be replaced. The dealer was contacted as soon as this information was made known to me, but the dealer refused to honor the recall. The dealer was not helpful. All information and the link to this form was supplied to me by Firestone, not by the dealer. This recall and repair of the master cylinder should be honored.

- Brentwood, MO, USA

problem #9

Feb 212012

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 47,751 miles
While driving vehicle engine lost power and vehicle slowed. When an attempt was made to determine the cause of the power loss heavy black smoke and flames were observed from the engine compartment. Vehicle became fully involved within 3 minutes. Local fire department responded to extingush fire. Cause undertermined. Fires point of origin was in the area of the ECM/brake master cylinder. Well maintained vehicle, no fluid leaks, mechanical issues or warning lights prior to incident.

- Sedley, VA, USA

problem #8

Jan 012011


  • miles


2008 Nissan Sentra. S10 appropriate handling-letter to the secretary from regarding Toyota braking problems the consumer stated the brakes failed on his failed. When he attempted to apply the brake, the vehicle continued to accelerate. The next the day, the consumer went to the dealer and had the front pads replaced and the rear pads cleaned. The consumer has not experienced a failure since.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #7

Jan 202010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that the vehicle would shake when she depressed the brake pedal. The failure progressed and she noticed that the problem occurred very often. The vehicle was taken to a tire center and the tire mechanic stated that the rotors were defective. The contact called the dealership who stated that the brake pads would be replaced when they were worn. The vehicle was not repaired when the complaint was filed. The contact had not spoken with the manufacturer. The current mileage was approximately 70,000. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 112009


  • 5,100 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that while driving at very slow speeds, she attempted to engage the brakes and they vehicle failed to respond. Since she was driving in the direction of a building, she was only able to stop the vehicle by crashing into a handicap sign and shut the engine off. There were no injuries or damage to the vehicle. She attempted to drive the vehicle and it would not move forward. The "brake" warning light was illuminated on the dashboard. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer has not been notified. The current mileage was approximately 5,200 and the failure mileage was approximately 5,100.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 022009


  • miles


Gas pedal too close to brake, toe hits accelerator when applying brake. Happened several times before I realized why car was lurching when I hit the brake.

- N. Barrington, IL, USA

problem #4

Feb 272009


  • miles
I was not notified by mail of a recall on of my brakes master cylinder. I was told that Nissan doesn't send recall notices by us mail anymore....only by email. What if I hadn't taken it in for an unrelated issue? my brakes could have failed at the worst possible time.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 052009


  • 6,767 miles
The week of Dec 21 2008 I received a recall notice from Nissan about a possible defect in my breaking system on my 2008 Nissan Sentra. I made an appointment for this to be handled on Jan 5, 2009 at 9:20 am est. I was told to bring the vehicle in to correct this possible defect. I brought the car in to pittsburgh East Nissan and was graded by dj, I gave him the vehicle recall notice paper and he told me to have a seat in the waiting room. At 10:30 am - dj, came over to me and told me we don't have the part in stock and they ordered it for me and I will be on the list to call me back to replace the part, I was like what?, I sat here for nothing and you did absolutely nothing to my car, dj told me that's the way Nissan does it, I have to bring the car in and then they order the part, then I get called back in to replace the part..... this does not seem logical to me for a recall, I wasted my time (twice) because they don't want to have extra parts in stock"???" help me change this policy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 032008


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Sentra. On November 3, 2008, while slowing down for a traffic light at 25 mph, the brake pedal extended to the floor when it was depressed. The driver crashed into the front driver's side of another vehicle. The driver received injuries to her left leg, arm, and lower back. A report was filed with the manufacturer. The insurance company stated that the vehicle was destroyed and is investigating the crash. The penbrook pine police report number was 2008-086387. The current and failure mileages were 16,000.

- Penbrook Pine, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 172008


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Sentra. While depressing the brake pedal at 5 mph, the contact could not stop the vehicle. It accelerated backwards and caused her to crash into another vehicle. There were no warning lights illuminated on the instrument control panel prior to the failure. The vehicle sustained minimal damage. She notified the dealer and is awaiting their response. A police report was filed. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 10,000.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

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