really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,892 miles

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2001 Nissan Sentra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 012004

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


Vehicle with just over 30000 miles has severe braking system problems, requiring signficant and costly repairs. Appears to be common with 2001 Sentra.

- Congers, NY, USA

problem #5

Apr 152002


  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
My engine failed again while driving 70 mphs on the freeway, the very day after the car had been repaired for yet another defect sensor. It was a miracle I did not crash and kill anyone including myself. Each and every time I have taken the car in, I have requested it be checked for a short in the wiring. Each time I was told no. I later learned thar meant if it didn't show up on the computer, then they wouldn't look for it specifically. Following the latest hazard, I got in Nissan's face. Nissan found a defect oxygen sensor this time. Upon retesting the vehicle, the emc (the brain of the vehicle) was found to be defective. I was also told had I driven the car any longer, the air conditioning unit would have blown too. Well, that explains all the lousy gas mileage this past year. So, here it is a week later and my vehicle remains in the shop with a back ordered emc with no available stock date in sight. I am renting a vehicle and am receiving very little assistance from Nissan as to getting a rental vehicle in the meantime. I am quite concerned I have purchased a brand new spanking yellow lemon. I am quite concerned this vehicle, even with a new emc, will produce other defective sensors once the warranty has expired due to wear and tear from the old one. There are 45 sensors in the vehicle and only 5-10 have blown so far. I am quite certain others are close to failure too. I am just as concerned when both the Nissan representative and the service manager told me this part has been on back order for a very long time as so many vehicles have endured this problme, that the vehicle has not yet been recalled.

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 032004


  • miles
While driving 35 mph consumer applied the brakes and pedal went to the floor. Then, vehicle stalled while in motion and hit the vehicle in front. Upon impact, both air bags did not deploy. Driver and passenger sustained minor injuries.

- Fort White, FL, USA

problem #3

May 152003


  • miles


The brake wore quickly which caused extended stopping distance.

- San Carlos, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012003

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Multiple issues with 2001 Sentra. Steering has become progressively tighter. Dealer claims no problem. Crunching noise from shocks/struts when driving over speed bumps or when exiting driveway onto road (uneven pavement). Worse when cold. Dealer claims no problem. Brakes make scraping noise when applied. Worse when cold. Car has become very uncomfortable to drive - tight/difficult steering and noisy suspension. Drives like a 10 year old Chevy instead of a 2 year old Japanese car. I should have kept my Honda!!!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 202002

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,350 miles
The consumer hit a vehicle in front due to the rear wheels locking up and a possibility of no front brakes. Scc

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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