really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,097 miles

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2001 Nissan Sentra engine problems

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2001 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Jan 312005

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,230 miles


On June 24,2004 I had a crankshaft position sensor and emc foam removal recalls done on my 2001 Nissan Sentra. My vehicle has totally shut down with out any noise or warning while driving at least 4 times since December 2004. There were no accidents or injuries involved. I had taken my Sentra to a Nissan dealer for a diagnostic check on Jan.31,2005 and they told me that the electronic control module did not show any codes and that it was a loose battery cable so they replaced it. Less than 24 hours later the vehicle shut down again while driving and was taken back to the dealer asap. The service rep then told me he put his best technician to work on my vehicle and he found the crankshaft possition sensor was bad and it was replaced, but when I question the rep about the emc codes again he told me that he did not know what the problem was because my Sentra was the first vehicle to do this with a recalled sensor. I am very concerned about the emc and this recalled sensor because this is a very serious safety issue. Nothing was done by the Nissan dealer to assure me that my vehicle will not do this again.

- Leetsdale, PA, USA

problem #16

Dec 182004


  • miles
There was no accident, but when my husband took the car to get the oil changed the mechanic realized that the dipstick had broken off and had fallen into the tube. The mechanic also told my husband that there were other people that had the same problem. He said that it was a Nissan fault on the car. I don't feel that we are responsible for paying to get it fixed since the dipstick is made of plastic and is so close to other heated engine parts. Being so close to those other parts surely made the piece melt and later break off.

- Princeton, WV, USA

problem #15

Jun 032004


  • 15,965 miles
Check engine light appear on dashboard and remain on. Three repairs were done on vehicle before the recall notice came out therefore consumer would like to be refunded. Campaign id number : 03V511000

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #14

Aug 122004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles


While driving at high speeds vehicle stalled.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #13

Jun 082004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Took 2001 Nissan Sentra to penzoil to have the oil changed. When the service man attempted to pull the oil stick out to verify the new oil level, the molded plastic handle of the stick broke, leaving the metal stick out of reach, down the long metal tube that leads to the engine. To make matters worse, part of the molded plastic was attached to the top of the stick, making retrieval by magnet an impossibility.

- San Marcos, TX, USA

problem #12

Jun 162004


  • miles
While driving vehicle stalled. The consumer restarted vehicle, and had the it towed to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic determined that electrical system needed to be checked. The consumer informed the mechanic that this problem occurred more than once, and the problem had not been resolved. The dealer determined that the problem was that the ECU (engine control module) failed.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #11

Jun 112004


  • miles


While I was having my oil changed, the dipstick broke. Nissan tells me that this will cost $366 to fix!!! after looking online, hundreds of other people have had the same problem. The guy at troncolli Nissan in atlanta says that its basically "tough luck" because I should have paid the insane prices of a dealership oil change. Nissan needs to recall this because it is obviously a problem, and if they fix them before they break it will be only a small cost.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #10

Jun 142004


  • 27,500 miles
The top of the plastic dipstick in my 2001 Nissan Sentra broke off today and the dipstick itself slid down into the engine when this happened. From what I've seen, this is common with many other Nissan Sentra. I now need to find a replacement dipstick and was fortunately able to retrieve mine (even though it's now broken). However, some dealerships are trying to charge over $100 to retrieve the dipstick. This is a problem that needs to be recalled. Also, my power windows are starting to stick and not go up and down. My car is barely 3 yrs old; this shouldn't be happening. There needs to be a recall on this too.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #9

Mar 262004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,110 miles
The handle of my oil dipstick on my 2001 Nissan Sentra gxe broke. I was told that I would have to pay $500 inorder to get the handle out. This has happened to many people and there should be a recall and should be fixed free of charge. I still haven't been able to get the dipstick out.

- Parkville, MD, USA

problem #8

May 032004

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 80,731 miles
While driving at 65 mph the vehicle started to smoke and stalled on the highway. The vehicle has had a problem with sputtering three times but it did not stall. The dealer examined the vehicle and found that the coil assembly failed. This vehicle has had seven recalls and four of them have been engine related. Upon picking up the vehicle the check engine light came on. The dealer examined the vehicle again and found that the catalytic converter was defective.

- Assonet, MA, USA

problem #7

May 032004

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles


3 of 7 recall notices related to engine sesnors others related to wheel replacement;and front suspension bolts engine light eluminated prior to 3rd engine sensor recall notice; diagnostic done; 3 weeks klater engine sputtered, stopped and smoked while driving on a highway at speed limit, near collission; 2001 Nissan Sentra towed to dealer; $485 engine coil assembly maintenenace done; 2 miles off lot engine light on again; Nissan wants to charge for additional repairs needed because they say the engine repairs are not connected to the engine sensor recall notices. They say the repeated purchase of tires are also not connected to the wheel replacement recall for which the wheels were not upon their inspection. Issue is wheels are separating and engine continues to fail and I keep spending money in the hopes a 21 year old can drive safely.

- Assonet, MA, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Feb 242004

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,899 miles
While driving, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, who performed a diagnostic test to determine the cause of the problem. The consumer believed the problems associated with the vehicle were related to recall 03V455000 and 03V477000.

- Toa Baja, PR, USA

problem #4

Nov 082003


  • 64,000 miles
While checking the engine oil part of the dip stick got stuck inside the oil compartment, and consumer was unable to remove the stick.

- Beckville, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 172003

(reported on)


  • 27,000 miles
The consumer was informed of the recall for the crank position sensor 01 V 357 000 after the vehicle experienced the defect.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 272003


  • miles
The consumers vehicle experienced symptoms of a recall related to a crank position sensor but hte vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 162001

Sentra 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving on highway or city traffic the check engine soon light would come on intermittently and the vehicle would shut off.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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