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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,034 miles

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2008 Nissan Sentra drivetrain problems

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2008 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #10

Feb 022016


  • 105,000 miles


Starts to slow down at highway speeds after driving for one hour

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #9

Mar 102016


  • 150,000 miles
Bad transmission

- Sikeston, MO, USA

problem #8

Sep 132013


  • 90,000 miles
On vacation left roanoke, va headed to gatlinburg, tn on the interstate just before getting off at the tn exit the transmission starts slipping, then stops working completely. Contacted the local tn Nissan dealership. Car was under warranty, all servicing documentation was provided supporting the transmission warranty.(you must have it serviced at some set number of miles or the warranty is void on the transmission.) we were advised the transmission would have to be replaced with a brand new transmission. The Nissan dealership was unable to give us a rental, as they were already all out, for some event. We had to find our own way for vacation and getting home. (thankfully we had some friends that were traveling with us. 6 people in one car plus luggage!) went back got the car. Now this year we again leave for vacation and now we have an issue, cvt is going into limp mode is what I have heard it called. Car will not go over 55 mph. Contact the dealership when we returned. 3 weeks later a call and we are told they know about this issue in these models but they have no way to fix this issue even though its a new transmission, fluid changes help he says, and these cars don't like when there are 4 persons in the car. Really a brand new transmission and it has a problem they knew about but was still installed, as a warranty replacement. Broken transmission replaced with a known bad transmission?

- Vinton, VA, USA

problem #7

Jul 132013


  • 60,000 miles


When purchasing my used vehicle from el monte Toyota, notice sensor for tire on, was told be fixed, months later learn rim missing sensor. Light in car also don't work. Driving car immediately was stalling out shutting off when idol. Took car back week later since within 30 day warranty spoke to customer service on recorded call and she didn't thoroughly document conversation. Upon waiting four hours next week, tech drove the car never do a diagnostic. After warranty expired car regularly shut off triggering transmission codes. Out of pocket I paid for transmission flush twice, throttle body replacement, brakes, learning there was transmission recall 2010. Falling behind in payments excessive repair expenses took car to fix at Nissan to get a list more of defects I couldn't afford. I filed a claim with Toyota and was denied by the manager. Had they ran the diagnostic when I brought it in all be avoided. However was advised dealership's are aware of recalls and sold me the car anyway? and refused to fix when I returned and dismissed a claim die to their negligence. Never buy a car from that dealership and will let anyone looking know of my costly experience. Expect that from a car lot not a reputation like Toyota.

- City Of Industry, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 102014


  • 70,000 miles
When my car was coming to a stop, my knee hit the ignition key. The engine turned off though the car gear selector was in "D". the steering also was locked. Fortunately I was stopping the car at the signal. If this happened on the freeway, my family would have been at risk. I understand there was recalls related to this type of situation but Nissan never got in touch with me nor there is no recall. This is very dangerous and Nissan needs to do a recall to save the car driver and passengers.

- Springfield, PA, USA

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problem #5

Feb 192014


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the vehicle came to a complete stop and was unable to accelerate. The contact mentioned that the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the cam shaft sensor needed to be replaced. On another occasion, the vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the engine and transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 54,000 and the current mileage was 55,000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 232013

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 67,318 miles


This is the third transmission on the vehicle, last one was one year ago. The airbags sensor came on all of sudden for no reason and they wanted to charge me a bunch of money just to check it (not to repair it, just look at it first). After they changed out the transmission it magically fixed it self? the tire sensor is displaying that it's faulty / not working properly.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #3

Jul 062012

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 56,354 miles
This is the second transmission that has been replaced on the vehicle and it only has 56,354 miles on it. It's not being abused in any way, I only got this vehicles because it's economic on gas and I only drive it about 5-15 miles a day during the week. My fear is that, my luck, the transmission will go out again when I'm outside the power train warranty period and I'm screwed. Now I'm debating whether I take a loss and sell it way below what I paid for and get another vehicle that's not a Nissan. I have also been having issues with the tire sensor, which I keep hearing is a problem with this vehicle and the dealer refused to fix it under warranty, they want $200 to fix it. I have also had a weird vibration coming from the front of the vehicle which I'm told is cause by a "hood latch" and they keep adjusting it every couple of months instead of fixing it permanently.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #2

Aug 102012

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 67,672 miles
This is the third transmission installed on this vehicle. After 67,672 miles the first one broke down where the car had to be towed 95 miles to the Nissan dealer. The second one broke down at 68,845, only 2 weeks after getting it back, 173 miles. Nissan extended their warranty on this cvt transmission, because of the problems, from 5 years 60,000 miles to 10 years 120,000 miles. Since the transmission broke down at 7,672 miles from the initial warranty, the BBB advised the lemon law cannot be applied since it is after the initial warranty 5 years 60,000 miles even though it was extended. Nissan being aware of this will not buy back the vehicle but just keeps replacing the transmissions until 10 years 120,00 miles. The cvt transmissions on this car keeps burning up where they no longer work. It is very unsafe and unreliable to take on any long trips. They are aware of this problem and just keep replacing it with rebuilt transmissions.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 262012

Sentra 4-cyl

  • miles
I have recently had problems with my 2008 Nissan Sentra. Was told my rear tires are cupping and that my tire warranty that I paid extra for is void because it is an issue with the rear suspension of the actual car that is causing the car not to ride properly. I only put 19,000 miles on these new tires. Was told if I replace the tires this will just happen again & again. Nissan inspected the car and said the rear member is not damaged or bent but the car is out of alignment. They also said that these car were built so that the rear is fixed & cannot be aligned only the front can be aligned. Their suggestion is to add shims to the rear to help the car to ride better & be more in alignment and that should help the problem it is creating with the rear tires cupping. When I purchased my car they convinced me to also purchased a rather expensive extended warranty that was said to cover almost everything. Now I am told the warranty does not cover this ( because it is an add on part, not a replacement part) and that I am expected to pay for this. First of all this sounds like a bandaid fix to a problem Nissan should be addressing if this part of the vehicle is faulty. I have not had any damage or accident to the rear of my car that would cause this. It clearly is some sort of defect. Not sure why they would make a car that cannot be aligned in back. Now they are telling me that although it shows no obvious damage, maybe I hit a pothole that caused it to go out of alignment. This is ridiculous! I think they are grasping at straws to make excused for their vehicles defect. Even if I did hit a pothole...if the car was built & manufactured properly, a pothole should not throw the entire fixed rear alignment out of wack enough to ruin new tires. If this is how they make cars then I don't plan on buying my next car with Nissan. Sorry Nissan but you just lost a good customer!

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

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