really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,216 miles

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2003 Nissan Sentra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 282010


  • 52,647 miles


1. head gasket and crank position sensor problem caused engine stopped working without warning. This happened twice in the past 3 month, once on a highway, once on a local expressway. 2. after fixing the problem above, brakes suddenly stopped working at about 25 mph within 2 miles driving, leading to an accident.

- Middle Island, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 242007

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
- the contact called regarding the 2003 Nissan Sentra. The driver was traveling at 45-50 mph when the engine suddenly shut off, and the vehicle continued to move. The driver applied the brakes and the vehicle would not stop, and the steering wheel locked. The road conditions were icy. The vehicle hit a cement wall. The driver and passenger air bags deployed. There were no injuries. The contact was given a police report. The failure mileage was 50,000. The vehicle was towed. The insurance investigator was going to inspect the vehicle on 2/27/07.

- Morton Grove, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 062003

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased my Sentra in Dec of 2002. One week after I bought it, I had to take it in because it clunked when you turned the wheel. Took it back to dealer and front suspension was loose. Fixed the clunk. Started to notice that 2 qts of engine oil was gone and the coolant level kept dropping even though I kept pouring more in. Took it back to dealer, claimed there was air bubble in engine and to let it go. Still noticing engine oil smell and coolant level low. Dealer claims nothing is wrong. Passenger side window leaks, had run channel replaced twice. Around 7000 mi, I noticed that the tranny squeaked B/w 3rd and 4th gear. Been to dealer 4 times, claim to tighten mount bolts, belts, and exhaust manifold. Still squeaking. Rear bumper is now falling off and gear shift is starting to stick. Had rear brakes adjusted at 7500 mi and again at 11000 mi. Brakes still seam spongy and lose stopping ability. Been to dealer around 20 times since December.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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