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


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,700 miles

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2005 Nissan Sentra drivetrain problems

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2005 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 152015


  • miles


Engine die while driving on the fwy & won't restart. Been close to cause an accident. Happening very often...

- Arleta, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 152014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
Traveling on main highway w/ air temp (oat) 90 degrees. Running A/C. coolant temp showed normal. Vechicle stalled and coasted to a stop. Waited and it started. Did this four more times before destination. Code 335 reading (camshaft sensor). 1.8L engine. Not 2.5. replaced both camshaft and crankshaft sensors.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 012012

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 74,900 miles
I am the first owner of Nissan Sentra 1.8S 2005. At mileage 74,900, the check engine light turned on and a Nissan dealership retrieved the code P0303 cylinder 3 misfiring on September 1, 2012. I also noticed, the coolant started to drop. Specifically, first time I reported the coolant drop to a Nissan dealer on October 9, 2012 (at mileage 75,557) who ran a pressure test but asked to come back if I noticed the coolant drop again. When the coolant dropped again, the Nissan dealer detected a coolant leak in number 3 cylinder January 4, 2013 (at mileage 76,577) and replaced the engine gaskets, thermostat asmy, engine oil and all necessary parts needed for repairs on January 7, 2013. I paid all the expenses for repairs as Nissan. I filed a formal complaint with Nissan and they informed me that since there is no recall and the car?S powertrain warranty has expired, Nissan will not reimburse me the expenses for the repairs done at the Nissan dealership. I consider myself lucky that I noticed the drop in coolant and the engine was not significantly damaged. I wonder what could have happened if I were in the middle of a busy freeway and the car engine ceased. This is a dangerous component failure with life threatening consequences. Given that this failure has nothing to do with the driver of the car and can happen anytime, I would like to know why Nissan never recalled. After reading few online bulletin boards and complaints at NHTSA (, it appears to me that it is a known problem for this vehicle model.

- Burlington, MA, USA

problem #2

May 232012


  • 124,600 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 50 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was moved to the shoulder, restarted and began to function normally. The vehicle was driven to a private mechanic where it was confirmed that the crank shaft sensor failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the issue and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was 124,600 and the current mileage was 125,800.

- Charlottsville, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 032009


  • 57,000 miles
Driving on the highway. Engine check light came on. Car would only do 10 miles per hour on a superhighway - very very dangerous. I was able to drive 2 miles this way on very side of road to side road where I parked. When I started it up again it drove normally. This check engine light is very dangerous. I see there is a lot of trouble with Nissan Sentra. Alot of trouble. It is time for this govt Agency to start working for consumers and stop being front men for car companies. The car only has 57000 miles on it. I was scared out of my mind and very frightened. I am 73 years old.

- Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA

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