really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,834 miles

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2003 Nissan Sentra engine problems

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2003 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #12

Oct 282007

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Sentra. The check engine light illuminated and the vehicle lost power. The contact was informed of NHTSA campaign id number 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). He called Nissan and they denied that any recalls applied to his vehicle. The contact feels that his vehicle should be included in the recall because he is experiencing the same failure. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was 63,500 and failure mileage was 61,000.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #11

Sep 232007

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,200 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Sentra. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle lost power without warning. The vehicle would not restart and was towed to the dealer. The dealer stated that the cam positioning sensor failed. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle has not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 70,200.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #10

Jul 232007

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,850 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall and the check engine light illuminated each time he drove the vehicle. The vehicle is under safety recall number 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle is currently at the dealer and they are charging $280 to replace the sensors. The contact stated that the repair should be free since the vehicle is included in the recall. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage is 40,000 and failure mileage was 39,850.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #9

Jan 042007

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


Car will not start in the morning unless engine is warmed up for a few minutes, if not allowed to warm up it will move very slowly and if you try to accelerate it stalls. The check engine light came on, so I took it to the dealer and he said it was a bad cam sensor, so he replaced and this time the car would not start at all. He put back the old sensor and it started up but the check engine light came on again, the computer stated it's the cam sensor. He could not figure it out so he finally contacted Nissan techs and they didn't know what it could be. After 5 days they finally came up with the problem---valve-timing control "?" they want $ 1600 to repair the car, I can't afford it, so I contacted Nissan explained that the should pay for it because it sounds just like the recall NHTSA id 03V455000, they refused even though I am a long time Nissan customer. I am going to appeal the decision because I am reading a lot of similar complaints exist and they won't take responsibility for it. It's a real shame.

- Cheste, NY, USA

problem #8

Dec 082006

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 25 mph, the check engine light illuminated, and the vehicle stalled. There was a NHTSA recall, # 03V455000, regarding the engine and engine cooling. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #7

Jun 012003

Sentra 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 48,000 miles
: the contact stated the engine burned 3/ 4 of oil in the tank every 2000 miles. The service dealer replaced two engines and changed an oil block to try to fix the issue, but the oil consumption has continued.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 032006

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 44,000 miles


While driving at about 30 mph the engine stalled without any previous warning and car was going to stop suddenly but the driver was luckily able to react in time and depress the clutch pedal and cruise to a safe spot on the side of the road. Had the vehicle been at an intersection it could have resulted in a crash. Once on the side of the road the driver restarted the vehicle after several tries upon which the service engine light came on and the tachometer was not reading the RPM. The vehicle was slowly (5 mph) driven to a safe location where further diagnosis revealed a trouble code 0335 ( crank position/circuit malfunction). Even though there was a previous recall (03V455000) for this issue the dealer refused to acknowledge it and do any repairs at no charge stating that according to the vehicles VIN# there were no open recalls on it.

- Streamwood, IL, USA

problem #5

Jul 082005

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
This vehicle has had a number of recalls from its preliminary 02 model year to its latest 05 models. The four cylinder motor that powers this car with the engine code qr25de has a habit of ingesting butterfly valve screws. These screws secure plates that open at a certain RPM within the intake manifold to allow more air to enter the engine. Over a period of time these screws can work themselves loose become sucked through the intake system and enter the cylinders of the motor. Depending on the severity of the damage the results could leave the owner noticing abnormal throttle response because of loose plates, they may notice their motors are burning an increasingly large amount of oil or at worse immediate engine stall/failure that could occur at any speed. At times they may be totally unaware any damage has occurred until more screws become displaced. Screws have been none to score cylinder walls and close spark plug gaps as well. I am under the impression that Nissan is aware of this failure because the majority of owners stricken by this problem have had their entire motor replaced and at times just the intake manifold. However there have been a good amount of cases where dealers have refused to do warranty work on these vehicles. Some of the more mechanically inclined owners have attempted to remedy this problem by using an adhesive designed to secure screws by the name of loctite. Owners who have done this have had no problems what so ever, but for those of us not skilled enough to take this task on ourselves we are pretty much waiting for something to happen and hoping it doesn┐┐T happen at a very inconvenient time. Interestingly enough this problem has been seen in all B15 Sentra with this particular motor from 2002 to 2004 which includes the SE-R, SE-R spec V and 2.5 special edition. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #4

May 132004


  • miles
While driving 55 mph vehicle stalled. Consumer tried to restart vehicle but was unable to do so. Check engine light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that engine needed to be replaced due to a blown head gasket.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
Ac will not turn off front end makes a juttering sound dealer hears it but can't fix it. Windows fog up all the time most of the paint is missing from the front end, am told this is stone chips factory recall for exhaust system which can cause engine failure/fire has not been fixed after 4 attempts.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 232004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After vehicle was serviced for NHTSA recall# 03V455000 concerning crank position sensor vehicle experienced ongoing engine stalling. Consumer stated dealer refused to admit that vehicle was running in good conditions.

- College Park, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 252003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While the vehicle was parked, the vehicle caught on fire under the hood. The manufacturer sent a technician to review the damages and determined where the fire started. The technician has not contacted the owner with the findings from the investigation.

- Rego Park, NY, USA

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