really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,500 miles

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2004 Nissan Sentra body / paint problems

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2004 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 082014


  • 147,000 miles


August 2014:I was driving home from work on a city street doing about 45 when the car just shut off. I was able to coast into a parking lot with the residual power the car had. Luckily no one was next to me. The steering was gone since there was no power. After many attempts, I finally got the car started but had to put the car into neutral whenever I was at a light (because the RPM was at 500 and it kept shutting off when I applied the brake). Managed to make it home. Ended up being the cam/crank sensors that went out. Fast forward to November 2015 and I had to replace the cam sensor again!! car still idles at 500 RPM and always feels like it's going to shut off. Next issue is the power windows. Drivers side gets half-way down, but you have to pull the switch up quickly in order for it to roll back up. Cannot open/close passenger window from drivers side, only passenger side. Next issue is random leak in the trunk where the spare tire is stored. About 1-2 months after we had gotten some heavy rains, I noticed a slight mildew smell in the cabin. I sniffed around, didn't see or feel anything that was wet. Figured it was a cabin filter that needed to be replaced. Another month goes by and I can still faintly smell it. I open my trunk and it's coming from there. I pull everything out of the trunk; nothing feels wet, nothing looked wet, nothing had water stains on it (books, clothes). I pull back the trunk carpet, the trunk stabilizer and I notice there's mold on it and the mdf covering the spare is wet. I pull it off and there was about two inches of water in the spare wheel well! when I was driving to get stuff to clean it, it sounded like I had a kiddie pool in the trunk! to this day, I have no idea how it got in there - again nothing was wet or water-stained in the trunk. Also experienced misfires, fuel gauge (due to fuel pump). I don't feel safe in this car at times.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 192007

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 48,000 miles
I was involved in a motor vehicle accident on March 19, 2007. I was driving a 2004 Nissan Sentra. As I was leaving work on this day, I was pulling out to turn left onto the street. I had looked both ways twice before pulling out into traffic because the street was very busy. The person in the vehicle closest to me motioned for me to pull out. I did, but did not see the car coming that hit me. I was hit on the driver's side and suffered a cracked hip and pelvic bone as a result of the impact. I spent 2 1/2 days in the hospital and 6 weeks on crutches. Approximately a month prior to my accident, my insurance company raised my rate $10 a month because the safety rating on the car was a zero. When I contacted Nissan directly to report the incident and asked for compensation from Nissan for my replacement vehicle (my Sentra was totaled in the accident), their response was to dismiss me and to tell me there was nothing they could do for me. I feel that Nissan is responsible for my injuries due to the fact that they manufactured an unsafe vehicle. They refuse to accept responsibility for their failure in manufacturing. I have contacted several attorneys in an attempt to get a case against Nissan, but have been told by each one that a case would cost more than it would be worth. Is there nothing that can be done to hold Nissan responsible for my injuries??

- Little Rock, AR, USA

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