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


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,000 miles

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2005 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 152007

Sentra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


I purchased my 2005 Nissan Sentra in December 2005. In September 2007, I began noticing that my car was overheating. In addition to my car overheating, the heat stopped working. I do not have very much money and my warranty has already expired so I had a family mechanic look at the car. I had the water-pump replaced, the radiator flushed, the heating and cooling sensor replaced, belts and hoses replaced. After having so many things done to my car, the problem was still not solved. I then decided to take it to a repair shop. The repair shop flushed out my radiator. When I picked up the car, the heat was working and it was fine. The repair shop is literally across the street from where I live. Before I got home, the car overheated and the heat went out. I took the car right back to the repair shop and the mechanic told me that I must have a head gasket problem. Ok, so I went back to the family mechanic because the repair shop wanted to charge over $1000 to replace the head gasket (which I didn't have). The family mechanic replaced the head gasket for me though he didn't see holes or cracks in the original head gasket. This still did not solve my problem. I finally decided to take my car to the Nissan service dept. They told me that I needed a radiator, I paid $560 just to have them replace the radiator. When I picked up the car, I didn't make it home before the car began to overheat again and the heat went out. I took the car back to Nissan service dept. This was five weeks ago. I still do not have my car. They are telling me that I probably need a head gasket. I gave the ok to replace the head gasket which will cost over $1500. I am still awaiting my car but am not sure that this will solve my problem.

- Willowbrook, IL, USA

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