hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,842 miles

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2001 Nissan Sentra electrical problems

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2001 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Mar 212016


  • 210,000 miles


Car constantly shuts off while driving, steering and brakes lock up as well. It does this idling at lights and while driving making turns. Very dangerous! I have replaced several sensors (at my expense) to try to keep the car going, but I'm terrified to drive it as I fear it will stall again in traffic and potentially kill me and my family. Checked my VIN against the many recalls that would cause these problems and states that none of these recalls apply to this car! Nissan used to be a good company, now it's just a lemon factory! not to mention their dealership service is absolutely useless! I don't see how such dangerous and potentially deadly issues do not have recalls on them!!!

- Ogden, UT, USA

problem #20

Jun 012015


  • 201,845 miles
While driving down the road at 40 plus miles an hour the catalytic converter clogged and caught fire causing a misfire in cylinder one and ruining the ignition coil for that cylinder. I contacted Nissan after seeing online that the exact same part has malfunctioned on several other cars of the exact same year make and model. I was instructed to take it to a Nissan dealership and have them diagnose the problem for a $89 fee. Even if I had the 89 dollars to pay to have it diagnosed it would not have paid it. I did not use faulty material in the manufacture of the vehicle and feel that any diagnostic fee should have been absorbed by Nissan North America since they voluntarily recalled the part. It could have burst into flames and ignited the unused fuel in cylinder one killing me and my children. Upon further investigation into my vehicle it had already had the part replaced once and it started to fail again after I was the unlucky person to buy it. After the purchase of this vehicle, I have replaced the head due to a sand like material that eats away the head gasket. This material is a product of the catalytic converter crumbling and being sucked into the engines cylinders. I have replaced countless sensors and even the cars computer to try to solve the issue. After fixing the issue myself and removing the suspect part I have not had any issues with the vehicle. I am very displeased with the way Nissan has chosen to deal with the issues that consumers of their product have. It was explained to me that since the dealerships are privately owned they can charge for diagnosis even if it is to verify if the previously recalled part is eligible for the recall. Had it not been eligible it would be responsible for any repair attempts made by Nissan. So I fixed it myself and vowed never to buy another Nissan vehicle.

- Winchester , TN, USA

problem #19

Apr 022015

Sentra 4WD 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Was driving with children in the car on the highway home from work, and car shut off and stalled. Losing all power, and making it hard to steer off the road. Took it to a local car shop, they had told me there was a recall regarding this issue. And call Nissan Consumer Affairs and they had told me there were no open claims.

- Williamsport, PA, USA

problem #18

Sep 012014


  • 141,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle jerked and stalled and the service engine warning light illuminated. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 141,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #17

Sep 112014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 61,569 miles
Car was driven the day before, ran just fine. Next morning, after driving about 1 mile, began running terrible. The ECU (ECM) is no longer sending a signal to the number 2 ignition coil. I know that these cars had a recall on the foam covering the ECU, that recall was done and foam removed. Car only has about 60,000 miles on it because in belong to a 90 year old lady, she bought it new. I have found that hundreds of these cars now have bad ECU, time for a recall!!

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #16

Aug 232008


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician advised the contact that the computer would have to be replaced. After the replacement the RPM reading would remain at 2000 and the speed would remain at 30 mph without depressing the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic stated that the idle air control valve would have to be replaced because the wires had been damaged when the computer was installed. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Stamford, CT, USA

problem #15

Jun 262011


  • 73,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and would not restart. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was told that the engine control module failed. The dealer advised that there was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 03V477000 (electrical system: Ignition module) but the vehicle was not included in the recall. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 73,000.

- Summerset, OH, USA

problem #14

Mar 042010


  • 151,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Sentra. The contact was driving 40mph and the service engine light came on. Shortly after the vehicle stalled. The contact coasted the vehicle to the nearest emergency exit. He had the vehicle towed to local service station. The vehicle still has not been repaired as of the time of the complaint. The contact informed the manufacturer and he was told that they were aware that the problem exist with his vehicle, but there was no recall for his specific vehicle identification number. The manufacturer stated that they are only covering two engines types and the contact vehicle was not included in the recall. The contact will have to get his vehicle repaired at his own expense. The contact was told by local dealer after his vehicle was inspected that the failure was his ecn which is the computer in his vehicle. There are no spark and no fuel going into the vehicle. The failure and current mileages was 151000.

- Bayside, NY, USA

problem #13

Feb 012009


  • 148,948 miles
The service engine soon light went on 2/1/09. Trouble was reported on 2/5/09 when vehicle was delivered for service at midas auto service, 463 glynn St., fayetteville, ga. Refer to invoice where a relay/ECM was replaced. The vehicle was driven home to owner's residence at 6302 morgan place ct., atlanta, ga. A potentially catastrophic event followed when the owner was driving the vehicle was driven on an atlanta interstate and the car cut off and a serious wreck was somehow averted. Vehicle was subsequently towed to Firestone complete auto care; 2460 N druid hills rd. Ne. symptom was described: ┐┐cut off while driving. Oil light and battery light came on first┐. the service report said in part, ┐has blown ignition fuse and no power to the coils, replaced fuse and everything seems to be working ok. The remaining comments can be found in the service report. Vehicle was driven home. Next problem occurred on 2/9/09 when owner was leaving to go to work in the morning. The vehicle engine cut off on a local route. The car was subsequently towed to midas auto service, 6550 roswell rd., sandy springs, ga. The diagnostic package revealed, ┐┐ codes P0140, P0505, P0137, and P0460 which indicated a total emissions failure on the cat converter and all four O2 sensors. Subsequently, the vehicle ignition relay circuit (relay replaced 2/1/09) repeatedly blew fuses. The vehicle was subsequently driven back to midas auto service, 463 glynn St., fayetteville, ga without incident. The diagnostic evaluation and subsequent research indicated that the ECM module was defective. The safety recall from NHTSA campaign id no. 03V477000, came up in the midas research and it was determined that the lining material from the ECM box had not been replaced.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #12

Jul 262005

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
1. power windows (both front driver and passenger side front) failed to operate properly in my 2001 Nissan Sentra VIN: [xxx] within 12 month after it was purchased brand new. I took it to the Nissan dealer (coral springs Nissan) and was told that it was not under warranty and was not manufacturing defect. I recently search on the internet and found many other 2001 Nissan Sentra encountred the same problem. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2. my second problem started recently where my car's engine suddenly quits running after 15-20 minutes of normal driving. If I let it cool down and wait 10-15 minutes, it starts and runs for another 10 minutes before quiting again. My Sentra was recalled once( campain#: 01V357000) in Jan 2004 to replace the fault crank shaft sensors, yet I am still having this problem. On NHTSA website I see information about campaign#: 03V455000.,however Nissan customer service is not acknowledging that crank shaft sensors in my car need to be further replaced for the second time. Please review my situation and advise. Best regards, [xxx]. updated 07/19/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Greenacres, FL, USA

problem #11

Mar 022005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


My 2001 Nissan Sentra gxe started sputtering in Feb 05, also an electrical buzzing sound would occur at the same time. The car stalled out once while driving. Taken to dealership and I was told the ECM was bad. It was replaced free of charge (hidden 8yr/80,000 mile warranty on that part). The next day it was doing the same thing. I took it back to the dealership and the starter/ECM sensor was replaced. I'm still not convinced the problem is fixed and worry every time I drive it.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #10

Jan 062005

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,225 miles
Intermittent problems car stalling while driving, car rough idle, car not starting, car spurting while driving, car not going into overdrive car has been towed twice, been to two dealers, and 1 mechanic that told me that it is in the computer system and that the dealer needs to fix the problem. From my research, diagnostic codes are either not being reported by a bad sensor or the ECM is not storing the diagnostic codes.

- Port Monmouth, NJ, USA

problem #9

Nov 302004

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,090 miles
Nissan Sentra 2001 had a recall to remove the foam covering the ECM. I had this done June 2004..the problem with the foam was as it cured, if there was a crack on the surface lining, corrosion of the resistor could cause the ECM to malfunction. Well I had the foam removed but I feel the corrosion was probably already occurring so in 6 months the ECM went bad. Nissan refused to pay to replace the ECM.

- Manteca, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 192004


  • miles
Recall for crankshaft kit and recent shut down of engine. The vehicle was service at the dealer for a crankshaft sensor recall. After the recall was performed the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who performed a diagnostic test on the vehicle. The test indicated that the crankshaft sensor was the problem. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer the vehicle was then towed to the dealer who stated that I the diagnostic test he runs came up as the crankshaft sensor then the consumer would not have to pay the diagnostics fee. The diagnostic was run and the test indicated that the crankshaft sensor was the problem. The dealer then stated that although the test indicated that it was the crankshaft, it really was not the sensor but the wiring around the crankshaft. Therefore the consumer had to pay the diagnostic fee. The consumer feels this is completely dishonest and irresponsible of the dealer.

- North Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #7

May 142004

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles
2001 Nissan Sentra SE - horn has been dead for months - wiring assembly near radiator is shorted May 14, car died during operation and started only intermittently - mostly not - wiring defect to engine control module - no service engine light warning.

- Winthrop Harbor, IL, USA

problem #6

May 112004


  • 60,000 miles
Electrical system malfunctioned. As a result, all electrical components failed.

- Flomaton, AL, USA

problem #5

Feb 272004


  • 65,000 miles
Consumer received recall 03V477000 concerning electronic control module ( emc) material: Vehicle was taken to the dealer for recall repairs, and immediately started having problems with the horn not working. Approximately a week later, vehicle would not start even though the dealer performed recall repairs.

- Bordentown, NJ, USA

problem #4

Mar 152004

(reported on)


  • 70,000 miles
Consumer received a recall notice. The sensor light came on, and the motor stalled. This vehicle was having an assortment of electrical defects, including power windows.

- Baldwin Park, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 182004

Sentra 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving, the check engine light appeared on the dashboard and remained until the vehicle was turned off. The consumer was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and the mechanic was not able to duplicate the problem. Other failed parts were: Electronic control module, catalytic converter, electrical coil, and the crank sensor.

- Campbellton, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 062003


  • miles
Vehicle experienced an electrical failure.

- Springfield, MA, USA

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