definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,471 miles

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2002 Nissan Sentra steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 172006

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 38,754 miles


Steering is stiff when turning especially in cold weather. Took to windsor, Canada dealership and was diagnosed as rack and pinion. Did steering fluid flush to see if it would clear up. It improved slightly (weather is warm now) but is still a problem. I am 60, do not drive on bad roads, do not abuse car. Regular check ups and oil changes have been done. Was assured car would still be safe to drive, just be careful when turning. Have negotiated with company for a discount as this is expensive repair and cannot afford at this time. Will get 10% discount when I can afford to do it. Car has less than 50,000 miles on it and I wonder why a major part has gone wrong at such a low mileage. This brand was recommended as a low repair car and I am very disappointed. I bought car in dearborn, mi.....later moved to Canada. Dealership in windsor, on, Canada is where it was diagnosed.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #3

Aug 052005

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
: the consumer stated while driving, the vehicle vibrated and jumped from side to side. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they determined the rack and pinion and power assist system needed to be replaced. The head gaket was leaking, the driver side window was I noperative, the oil stick was broken. Updated 02/24/06.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #2

Dec 102005

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Nissan Sentra 2002 with less then 28000 ml has leaking engine head gasket and radiator and broken steering rack and pinion and steering power assist. Car was purchased new and never had an accident. Car is dangerous to drive - steering does not work. Nissan sold me a lemon car and refuses to repair it.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #1

Nov 182004

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,130 miles
The rack and pinion steering gear assembly on our 2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R was replaced by hall Nissan of chesapeake, Virginia. We took our vehicle into the this dealer for an annual state safety inspection. We informed the service department to check the steering system. We had experienced play in the steering wheel. The movement was up and down in the steering column. After the service department inspected our car we were told that the vehicle would not pass the Virginia safety inspection unless the rack and pinion steering gear assembly was replaced. We were able to get the manufacturer (Nissan) to "good will" half the cost ($971.52) of the replacement. Our vehicle had 37,130 miles on the odometer on the date we brought it in for the annual safety inspection (11/18/2004). Our vehicle has never been in a crash and is not misused in any way.

- Suffolk, VA, USA

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