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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,969 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2010 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 132015


  • 121,000 miles


When I turn on my car and begin to drive it, it makes a really loud noise. It is hard for me to turn either right or left. Also when I am accelerating in the freeway or in the street the car slows down and no matter how much I accelerate it stays in the same speed. I took it in to pepboys auto center and was told that it has an internal noise and that it has something to do with the electrical steering. They also mentioned that the car can lock while im driving or turning and in turn can cause me to have an accident, so that I should take it to the Nissan dealer since pepboys does not fix electrical issues. I however do not have money to take it into the dealer. While driving I was also not able to accelerate quickly enough when getting into the freeway because the car slows down and does not allow me to go any faster.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 232014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • miles
In certain situations, foot/shoe may cause trim panel to the right of gas pedal to became dislodged, thus inhibiting acceleration/deceleration and creating a dangerous situation. Fasteners for trim panel appear to fail and/or are loose.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #8

Nov 302010

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
I went to service center several times, but they couldn't fix these. When I am driving my car slowly under 10 mph, there is noise from front wheels everyday, it is loud. I can hear a continuing sound when I turn my car to left or right on road. When I am driving my car on local road, there is noise from gear-knob button(shift-knob button). I found my car doesn't have door-lock with key. When I lock the front door, other doors are not lock together. But the manual doesn't say like that.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 062013

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


After driving for about 10 minutes, the transmission did not want to come out of low gear. At 35 mph, I was at about 6,000rpms in drive. I confirmed the overdrive off button is not engaged, nor is it in "L", and the emergency brake is off. When it has been cooled off for about 3+ hours, it will drive fairly normal for about 10-12 minutes until warmed up, then it all starts again. Even once it is cooled off, there is a slight drag on power and it will begin to have erratic shifting (similar to a regular automatic transmission slipping) after a few minutes on take off it feels like the parking brake is on, but it is not. The service engine soon light comes on, the vdc control light comes on, and another light that is above the vdc light comes on. Codes P0720 and P1778 were found by a local non-Nissan dealer who checked them as a courtesy for me. Have discovered that Nissan has extended the cvt transmission warranty on certain Nissan up to 10 yrs or 120,000 miles, my Sentra is included among others. Get more info at: however, my local Nissan dealer says if it will cost me 4 hours labor at $125 hr to tear down for a full diagnosis. If not covered, I have to pay that. A call to another Nissan service center explained the same expense. He also told me that there are many coming thru that are under the replacement program due to a defect that causes engine coolant into the transmission. For that problem, Nissan will replace it but they expect the customer to pay $2,000 toward the bill. That is ridiculous for a manufacturer defect in design that they have acknowledged that causes the failure. I have found in the Nissan factory cvt manual that the problem is internal and mechanical according to its own diagnostics see that manual here I have a 2010, but it is the same.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #6

Jul 132012


  • 59,000 miles
Driving to Oklahoma from el paso, two hours into the trip we are going up the mountains and the car stops shifting. We went from 70mph to 40 mph all the way up the mountain. The car did this for the entire trip. We contacted casa Nissan once we returned from our trip. My car was due for its regularly scheduled tun up so the representative said he would check out the issue during service. The representative assured me the problem was due to low transmission fluids and the fluids were filled and serviced. On August 10,2012 we went back to Oklahoma and the same problem occurred. We are back in the Nissan dealership and the same representative advised me that they would have to replace the transmission. September 2011 they had to replace the engine in the car and now its the transmission.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 272012

Sentra 4-cyl

  • miles
Throttle fails to return to idle after I take foot off the gas pedal. Reported to dealer, who checked it out, but found nothing. If it repeated, they said to return it. It did repeat, several times. I plan to call them again to have it checked out. It sounds very familiar to the recent Ford escape and Mazda tribute throttle problems.

- Petaluma, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 152012

Sentra 4-cyl

  • miles


Dear madam/sir, this is in regards to my 2010 Sentra that experienced a sudden acceleration on 15th of January 2012. Pictures of the sudden acceleration incident and explanations can be found at as per Nissan┐'s-usa recommendations I towed my car for extensive diagnostic investigations at marrazi Nissan, in naples fl on February the 21st. Nissan -usa did not send me a copy of the detailed technical diagnostic report that my car was subjected to for the past 3 weeks. Clearly the brakes were depressed since the 5 feet skid mark on the sidewalk is visible ┐┐check the pictures posted. The shoe was narrower than the distance between the brake pedal and the acceleration pedal, so this does not explain the sudden acceleration. Not only that, but in 2005 Nissan introduced the override accelerator input, meaning depressing the brake will cut off the acceleration. Conclusion: It was a malfunction and clearly a sudden acceleration incident. Nissan usa will not state whether according to their investigation the vehicle is safe for driving and does not pose a road hazard. The car is still under full warranty, I have not been able to drive it for nearly a month. I am afraid to drive this car since in my opinion it poses a safety hazard. The car is still at john marazzi Nissan who never even called me, not even after I left them a message and sent them a fax. I'd like to know after the Nissan-usa expert investigation if my car does not pose a road and safety hazard.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 242011


  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Sentra. While driving at an unknown low speed with a foot on the brake pedal, the vehicle attempted to surge forward. The contact kept his foot on the brake to keep the vehicle from surging forward while the engine continued to rev. The vehicle was then shut off. Upon restart the vehicle operated as normal. The failure occurred again three days later. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were in the process of diagnosing the failure. The failure and current mileages were 11,000.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 112010

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,990 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Sentra. The contact started the vehicle, and was unable to shift from park to reverse. She then shut the vehicle off and checked outside of the vehicle to see if the wheels were straight, thinking maybe the wheels were locking the transmission. The consumer stated when she started the vehicle again, the engine began to race, she stepped on the brake again and tried to put the vehicle in reverse, when suddenly the vehicle accelerated backwards. She was unable to stop the vehicle and consequently, she hit another vehicle and a grocery cart. The consumer stated she placed the vehicle in drive, but the vehicle continued to accelerate at a high speed. She finally turned the key off and the vehicle came to a stop. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The contact did inform the manufacturer. The current and failure mileages were approximately 7,000. A police report was filed. The consumer stated on five separate occasions, prior to the accident, the vehicle would surge forward. Updated evoq 02/04/11. Updated 12/11/2011 status update. 06/14/11 the consumer stated the problem is still on going. The consumer stated when the vehicle was started in the mornings, from sitting overnight, the RPM's increased to 500, with the slightest movement of the shift lever from park. The RPM's would drop once the vehicle was put in reverse. Updated 09/15/11 updated 12/05/2011 updated 12/22/11. Updated 09/10/12

- Uncasville, CT, USA

problem #1

Feb 212010


  • 700 miles
My new Nissan Sentra 2010S very quickly veers to the left at 50-65 mpg in the highway. I did not step my foot on accelerator nor brake at that time. It happened 3 times occasionally since I purchased my car on Jan 2010.

- Arlington, MA, USA

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