Notes: The 2005 Sentra earned its clunker status after numerous reports of blown head gaskets.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
91,800 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. added coolant (1 reports)
  3. head gasket job (1 reports)
  4. replaced hoses + belts (1 reports)
2005 Nissan Sentra AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2005 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 052011

Sentra Special 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles


Check engine light came on at 90,000 miles. cylinder 3 misfire, replaced it. few weeks later check engine light back on, I take to the shop nobody can figure out the problem. Few weeks later no heat, back to shop. After three days of testing... blown intake manifold gasket. Didn't have 1200.00 to fix so I put antifreeze in and I have heat again. The following winter no heat, so we cont to add antifreeze when needed and have heat. Meantime have replaced thermostat twice. Here I am 60,000 miles later in Jan. 5 degrees outside and no heat again! This time I think we're forced to replace head gasket but 1200.00 is alot of money and from what I've read replacing the head gasket is only temporary!!! This is my 4th Nissan and I'm appalled that there was no recall! I will NEVER by another Nissan again. Shame on you Nissan.

- , Lewiston, NY, USA

problem #4

May 012010

Sentra S 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

I have a problem with my car. it works when it wants and it does work when it wants. Just recently i have done several things to my car. And I must say i love my car really do. Change it regular but recently it has been acting up. The heat failed and the throttle would not act right. It lost power and gas just sucks. Especially gas price these days.

I have been through several tune ups and replaced water pump and thermostat. yet it still over heats. I have replaced ignition coils and throttle valves. Still my car has problems. I'm starting to hate the new cars these days where its nothing but electronics which is really hard to tell what the problems are. It all started in November of last year. When I do buy a new car it won't be a Nissan maybe other car.

- , Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #3

Oct 012009

Sentra S 1.8L 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 75,000 miles

It started getting cold outside and I turned on my heat but barely any heat would come out of the heater. Then I noticed while idling the temp gauge started going up. So the next morning before I started the car I opened the radiator cap and noticed that the radiator was low. So I added some coolant to the proper level and started checking for a leak. Only I never saw any evidence of a leak anywhere.

- , New Boston, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 102007

Sentra SE-R 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

Our daughter purchased new around college graduation. Nissan brags highly of their wonderful new grad loan program. Everything went great. At 30,000 miles no heat, temperature gage kepps running hot + cold. Took it dealers where purchased, needed full head gasket job that was covered under warranty. Sucks but things happen. Read next complaint!!

- , Ellington, CT, USA

problem #1

Dec 012008

Sentra SE-R 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

See previous compliant about same car. Now live in Boston area so took car to nissan dealers near work. Dealers says they fixed car, charged $ 200+ to change belt, hoses. On 40 minute drive home from same problem exists. Leave message for dealer that I'll bring BACK to dealer 1st thing in the morning. On my way next morning the car starts running choppy, engine light runs hot, car will not drive properly. Call dealer from toll booth they advise to cool down car (not me) and drive to dealer asap. Leave car at dealer, very upset, isn't it nice they shuttle you to work 2.5 hours late. They now call me and tell me I have blown head gaskets and will need a head gasket job not covered under warranty. Since the first head gasket job was under warranty this different nissan dealer should of been able to access my vehicle repair records, saw that it had the same problem issues and known it was a 2ND head gasket issue. But instead they didn't fix the problem and charged $200 and sent us on our way. Now the Nissan dealer in CT where the car was purchased suggested I contact Nissan Warranty and ask for some assistance regarding the 2nd head gasket job in under 64,000 miles on a 2005 vehicle. (repair work held off until I heard back from Nissan) It took nissan 4 days to come back to advise "not covered under warranty". Did they take any responsibility? NOOOOO!!! Do they want to find they route of the problem? NOOOOO! Do they care that we will NEVER BUY ANOTHER NISSAN AGAIN! I GUESS NOT! We own a 2004 and 2005 nissan Sentra and will be sure to advise anyone who asks that nissan does not stand behind the car they sold us. You would think that Nissan could of taken responsibility for the over $1,000 2nd head gasket repair. What's $1000 to them? I know were not the only ones with this problem but people do not take the time to let other people know and that is how companies get away with treating the individual customer this way!

- , Ellington, CT, USA

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