definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,857 miles

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2001 Nissan Sentra electrical problems

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2001 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 152006

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,990 miles


Safety-related defect: The horn wire inside an internal wiring harness on my 2001 Sentra failed spontaneously on or about February 15, 2006, rendering the horn inoperable and incapable of passing the Rhode Island state safety inspection. Three different employees of the dealer (inskip Nissan, warwick ri) made statements to me indicating that this type of horn failure happens repeatedly, is well known to them, and is not caused by any external force, such as collision or road damage. I have inspected the area, which is near the underside of the radiator, and it is clear that the wiring harness is well protected by various front-end components and hard to get at. The broken wire was repaired by the dealer on 4/5/06 at a cost of $180 for a little over two hours work. The dealers service clerk told me exactly what the cost would be at the time she wrote up the repair order, prior to inspecting the vehicle for the cause of the horn failure. I suggested an inexpensive bypass wire, and she stated that others had effected a repair in that manner (further evidence that the nature of the failure is well known the them) but also understandably stated that they were not permitted to perform the repair in that manner. I submitted a copy of the repair bill to Nissan Consumer Affairs on 4/8/06 asking for reimbursement of the $180 as a safety-related defect, and they wrote back on 4/12/06 denying the claim. The NHTSA should look into this by inspecting dealer service records and initiate a recall.

- East Greenwich, RI, USA

problem #5

Jun 122004

Sentra 4-cyl

  • miles
My car completely stopped on the higghway after my check engine and oil light came on.I took the car to a dealer.they said I had 4 recalls on this car and they repaired 3 of the 4 recalls. Later that day they said they had to go back in my engine because the timing will not set and the car is stiill shuuting down. The car is still in the shop.the 4 recalls were susp bolt, ECM foam, headlamp and crank sensor.

- Queens, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 012004

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
1. horn stopped working. Diagnostics have isolated the problem to a short in the wiring harness likely due to the way it is routed around the vehicle radiator. Dealership says it has seen this problem before. Radiator and associated hardware will have to be removed to get to the short, requiring an entire day of down-time plus extensive hourly repair bill. 2. non-operating horn prohibits required state vehicle inspection. Vehicle fails inspection. 3. repairs still have to be made.

- Somers Point, NJ, USA

problem #3

Nov 152004

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,150 miles


Horn stopped working, wiring harness was corroded.

- Port Monmouth, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 212001

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 43,000 miles
My vehicle broke down this morning, the problem is an active recall that Nissan is now performing on my vehicle. The breakdown and diagnostic checkout of the my vehicle replicates the same vehicle, year and problem that Nissan is repairing except they say that my VIN number is not on the recall list.

- Tehachapi, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 222002


  • miles
Engine quit while driving on interstate without warning. Engine check light came on. Car had no power. Car had to be towed. Told that crank position sensor needed to be replaced. This was replaced and then told that vehicle was still not working and that the wire harness was broken. The computer and wiring were moving around. Waited for this part from April 24th to May 31st. This part was replaced on June 3rd and was told that engine would still not run. I have been without my car since April 22nd; please give me more information.

- Lowgap, NC, USA

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