hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,923 miles

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2001 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 262016


  • miles


The car is jerking and the engine light is one and the place where I took it show a recall of the crank position sensor issue. I put in my VIN on your site and it said that there is no issue but yes its showing up. What is need to be done to get this corrected by Nissan?

- 142 Bristol Forest Trail, FL, USA

problem #9

Jul 092016


  • 95,000 miles
Was driving at a speed of around 45 mph on a busy Colorado roadway and the car all of the sudden stalled. Lost engine power, power steering and brakes. Luckily coasted to the shoulder. The car had to be towed to an automotive shop. It was diagnosed and it was determined the crankshaft and camshaft sensors had failed. I called Nissan on 7/12/2016 and reported this safety issue (reference number 22954833). On 7/14/2016 I talked to [xxx] at Nissan and he said this was recalled in 2003 and an already closed recall. I asked him if he was going to report this incident to Nissan engineers department, because it is a safety issue and a recent recall issue. I stated that because the car stalled while driving that put people?S lives at risk. I asked the Nissan representative [xxx] if there have been any other complaints with this car's model about the fact that the crankshaft and camshaft sensors are still failing. He said he didn't know. The Nissan representative [xxx] stated to me that with the age of the car this is expected to happen with these parts. I stated to him that because the crankshaft and camshaft sensors are still failing, therefore causing a car to stall while driving is a safety issue and should be reported. He said he was not going to report it to anyone. I stated I was going to report it to the NHTSA, because it is a safety issue and they need to know the issue still exists from their previous recall. The Nissan representative [xxx] then stated if you want to contact them go ahead. Please take my submission seriously. If this was recalled in the past and is still happening I fear people's lives are at risk. I hope you have a database that keeps these complaints compiled and if this is happening to other people please get these recalled so the problem can be resolved and no lives are lost. Thank you for your time, I appreciate it. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #8

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 #7

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 #6

Mar 032015

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 154,000 miles
Randomly while driving in a highway at 60 mph the engine suddenly stops running and then turns back on. This could result in a crash since I lose control of the vehicle at that speed. I noticed there is a recall issued by NHTSA id # 03V455000 for Nissan Sentra 2001 regarding this issue. I contacted Nissan by phone and they informed there are no recalls pending on my vehicle. I also contacted Nissan by E-mail if my vehicle was or was not included in this recall. If not, I would like to know if safercar.gov can include my vehicle in the recall and have it fixed.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Aug 012012


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Sentra. The contact indicated that the vehicle stalled several times and the service engine sensor illuminated. The contact was able to restart the vehicle each time, but the failure progressed. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop more than once, but the failure could not be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired and continued to stall. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 03V477000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- San Lorenzo, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 062014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated while driving 40 mph the vehicle stalled and lost power. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Franklin, MA, USA

problem #2

May 282012

Sentra 4-cyl Diesel

  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician stated that the ECM would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.

- Flat Rock, NC, USA

problem #1

May 152013

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 81,232 miles
In the past 6 months, I have experience the car shutting down when the car is idle, at a stop, or during movement a low speeds such as making left or right turn. I have had different mechanics looked at this issue, but neither one was able to pin point the issue. They have reset the 'service engine' light so many times, but this issue keeps returning. Researching this issue on the internet, I found a recall on Nissan Sentra that seem to have the same experience as I have been experiencing (01V357 and 03V455). I called Nissan for details on this issue and they explained that my VIN number was not in the list of recall vehicles. I filed a case with Nissan (case# 11305573) however, I would like to bring this issue to your attention since it might cause injuries to others when the engine shuts off without warning. I believe my vehicles with similar VIN should also be checked for faulty ECU and/or wire sensor.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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