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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,876 miles

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2008 Nissan Sentra suspension problems

suspension problem

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2008 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 152008

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles


I currently own a 2008 Nissan Sentra. I have noticed that the rear of my car seems to slide out during winter weather. My tires also seem to wear quicker and my gas mileage is way below the mileage I should be getting. I had the alignment done twice when I first got the car back in 2008 but nothing changed and I just gave up. Recently I have read that many people have this issue but unfortunately my car is out of warranty.

- Robbinsville, NJ, USA

problem #7

Oct 082009

Sentra 4WD 4-cyl

  • miles
My 2008 Nissan Sentra has been wearing out tires rather quickly. I had the alignment checked by a local shop and they informed me that the rear tires were out more than twice the limit. They also informed me that there is no adjustment. I then took the vehicle to a Nissan dealer for an alignment. They aligned it and gave me the spec sheet. I noticed that the rear tires were out once again by more than twice the spec. I informed the dealer and they had the vehicle for 2 more days only to inform me that they could not align it and refunded my money. After speaking with Nissan they proceeded to tell me that they no problems with rear wheel alignment. In the meantime my tires are wearing and the vehicle handles very poorly in the rain.

- Gambrills, MD, USA

problem #6

Nov 172010

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Re: rear tire - 2008 Nissan Sentra the rear tires on the vehicle have been going flat or blown out more than 6 times over the last 67,000 miles. The front tires on the vehicle have never had this problem. A few times the tires have slowly deflated and I was able to inflate them a few times before having to replace them. However, there have been other times where the tire has blown out very badly on the highway. All these occurrences only happen to the rear tires of the vehicle. Once, I got one of the deflated rear tires repaired and then it blew out on the highway a few months later. Since this is a very time consuming process, I usually get the tire replaced. I have owned cars continuously since 1997 (2 Honda civics) and I have never had any persistent tire problems. Please look into this problem for me. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #5

Nov 062009


  • miles


I purchased a new 2008 Nissan Sentra. The first winter driving the car I noticed it drove poorly on wet or snow covered roads - it felt like it was sliding or wandering. I was going to purchase snow tires but did not. After about one year I noticed the rear tires were greatly worn. I paid to have an alignment done and also purchased new tires. I was told by the tire store that the rear could not be aligned due to a manufacturing defect. I then discovered that the alignment issue was well known to Nissan by this time. The car dealer should have checked the alignment, and if found defective should have fixed it prior to transfer of the car to me. I feel my safety was at risk due to the alignment problem. I feel this should have been a recall and the problem corrected by the dealer. I shouldn't have had to discover this problem myself, since it was a known problem by Nissan and its dealers.

- Rhinelander, WI, USA

problem #4

Aug 292009


  • 36,000 miles
2008 Nissan Sentra rearend toe out and can not be adjusted by dealership. This causes the rearend to be unstable on wet or slick roads also wears out tires in less than 12,000 miles.

- Fair Grove, MO, USA

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problem #3

Mar 212008


  • 0 miles
Rear tires worn completely at 15K miles. Dealer replaced out of pocket. Condition continued, other original 2 tires worn out at 23K miles. Dealer finally got a shim kit ordered from Nissan, they don't specify this as a problem. Dealer was "unaware" of rear axles being out of alignment and I had to pay $72 to get an alignment to prove it. No adjustments were possible to the rear end to bring it back in-line. The dealer had to pay for the second alignment after the repair. Nissan only paid for the dealers time and shim kit. Nissan should reimburse me for the new tires, $232, and both alignments, as well as the original tires the dealership replaced. This is a safety hazard as the rear of the car wanders when on ice or other slippery surfaces.

- Lander, WY, USA

problem #2

Jun 152008


  • 12,000 miles
With 12000 km on my 08 Sentra was informed my rear tires needed to be replaced. After much fighting with my service manager, dealership manager, and dealership owner they agreed to inspect the components of the rear suspension and was informed that it was out of alignment, and they could not bring it to within spec. The fix was a total rear suspension replacement...I now have a front strut bearing gone and have been waiting 2 months for parts...with my front end alignment out because of this, and no word on part arrival.

- Mcadam, 00, USA

problem #1

Jul 292008


  • 10 miles
The day of delivery of my 2008 Nissan Sentra, I noticed the rear wheels tilt in at the top, especially the left rear wheel, at least 5 degrees negative camber (I am an insurance auto appraiser ). it also appears to have slight tow in. This is a fixed non-adjustable beam axel, that was set up wrong in the assembly jig and welded up wrong. After some research, this affects 07 and 08 models. The tires will wear out quickly on the inside of the tread (not too noticeable from the outside of the car), and may blow out. At best I will be replacing rear tires all the time. I complained to the dealer 7/29/08 the week after delivery and he said Nissan is aware of the problem and is working on it. They were aware of this in 2007 and have done nothing so far, and are still shipping cars with defective rear beam axles. Can you please help somehow. I could get better mileage if the alignment problem was fixed also. Thank you.

- Crestline, CA, USA

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