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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,330 miles

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2011 Nissan Sentra drivetrain problems

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2011 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 192016


  • 80,000 miles


2011 Nissan Sentra with 80,000 miles and the cvt transmission is making a high pitch noise when accelerating. It increases in RPM but doesn't increase power. Nissan is aware of the issue with these transmissions but refuse to do anything about it if the car is out of warranty. This could be very dangerous if trying to pass another vehicle with oncoming traffic. This and many other problems with the cvt transmission are all over the internet. They extended the warranty for earlier models but won't do anything for newer ones. When I called and opened a complaint with Nissan Consumer Affairs they called the next day and told me there would be no assistance from Nissan and as far as they were concerned the case was closed. I took the car to a Nissan dealer and the vehicle tech said he thought it was the cvt going bad. He said they have a lot of problems with cvt's and his opinion was he wouldn't own one

- Morristown, TN, USA

problem #6

May 262016


  • 12,600 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Sentra. While driving 55 mph on an incline, the accelerator pedal was depressed and the speed decreased to 25 mph. The check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission fluid overheated and needed the cvt cooler upgrade service kit and performance of cvt fluid flush. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 12,600.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #5

Apr 202015


  • 113,000 miles
I bought a 2011 Nissan Sentra brand new one owner just the other day I was driving. As I got of the highway I stopped at a light and once it turned green tried to gas it but it doesn't move. I tried to put it in L nothing, reverse nothing car revs but doesn't accelerate. Took it to a mechanic they said transmission is gone. Really disappointed 4 years and cars transmission went. Would not recommend to anyone 8th Nissan in the family and I'm worried now because they are all cvt. After this never buying another Nissan they knew about the problem. Extended the warranty on the 2007-2010 models but no recall. 2011 Nissan Sentra highway driven daily and Nissan don't want to fix it. I financed the car for 5 years still owe $5000 and they want $5500 for new transmission. Very disappointed with the quality I got for 24000 car special edition sr model defiantly wouldn't recommend to anybody. Beware very common problem with this vehicle don't buy cvt transmission.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #4

Oct 062014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles


A 3 year old car suddenly would not shift gear ( defective shifter assembly ) from park to drive, first was told by Nissan it is covered by powertrain warranty (60K miles ) and was told by the dealer it's not. Why is the consumer have to pay for factory installed defective part ? we are not talking light bulbs or fuses which lasted longer than an important gear of a car.

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 092014


  • 21,010 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that the air conditioning unit continuously emitted warm air. The dealer replaced the controller unit. Also, the contact was unable to shift the vehicle into park on several occasions. The steering wheel also locked intermittently and the contact had to apply the brake pedal and force the steering wheel to turn. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer more than three times, but the failures recurred. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified of the failure several times. The approximate failure mileage was 21,010.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

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problem #2

Aug 072012


  • 3,700 miles
Brand new car under 4K miles on it I was driving between 60-65mph on the busy I95N of fort lauderdale miami cars speeding up to 70mph with my family on a vacation then all of sudden the service light pop up and after that the car lost its power so I coasted on the side of the road really scary. It seems that the problem with this Sentra are still active even with new cars so Nissan are we gonna wait for the next incident?

- Bergenfield, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 162012


  • 12,000 miles
The following problem with the car can potentially cause bodily injury. Please record and compare with similar complaints. When the vehicle is warmed up (after about 20 minutes of driving) and the gas pedal is pressed genteelly, it experiences severe rocking back and forth motion during the driving. It unexpectedly accelerates and then unexpectedly decelerates, occasionally to almost complete stop, repeatedly. The tachometer reading will suddenly jump to above 3000 RPM and swiftly jump back down below 1000 --żż all within 2-3 seconds. Then it returns to normal range at 1000 -1600 RPM depends on amount of gas pedal applied. The car accelerates and decelerates in sync with the RPM changes. When the car is decelerating, the car makes squeaking noise and it feels like the brakes are applied to the maximum. If the gas pedal is continuously pressed at the same level, above symptoms repeat at uneven intervals, frequently in between every 5-10 seconds. If the gas pedal is pressed more, the above symptoms get worse with larger range of RPM changes, louder noise, and more severe jerking. When the vehicle is stopped with the engine on, it is hard to start moving and accelerate -- lack of power and the RPM suddenly jumping up and down. According to the dealer, a coil inside the transmission is at fault and the connection between the engine and the transmission was assembled wrongly.

- Redlands, CA, USA

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