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:
86,008 miles

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2005 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

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 #5

Jan 062013


  • 170,000 miles
Camshaft position valve- engine would misfire and buck while driving first thing in the morning and at low speeds, but would be fine at high speeds.

- Sea Bright, NJ, USA

problem #4

Oct 182012

Sentra 4-cyl

  • miles
NHTSA action number: RQ06001 requires Nissan to fix the recalled crankshaft sensor in our car because the part has been recalled for safety reasons, however Nissan refuses to fix this problem. It is unsafe to drive and needs to be fixed.

- Ogden, UT, USA

problem #3

Dec 082009


  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Sentra. While driving approximately 45 mph, the engine staled with the illumination of the entire instrument panel. The contact was able to coast to the side of the road safely. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the crank shaft position sensor was replaced at the owner's expense. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 07V527000 (engine and engine cooling); however the VIN was unavailable. In addition, whenever refueling the fuel would spray out of the fuel tank filler neck. There was a recall related to the defect under NHTSA campaign id number 05V269000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage). The VIN was inelgible under the recall; however the dealer had taken responsibility of the repair expense. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

- South Paris, ME, USA

problem #2

Aug 222012

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 82,457 miles
The head gasket failed prematurely on my 2005 Nissan Sentra at 82,450 miles. There was issues when the vehicle would start up in the mornings or on cold starts. Engine would misfire 3-5 seconds after starting. I immediately took the vehicle to my local Nissan dealership. Computer codes P0303 and P0300 were detected. Coolant was found inside cylinder number 3. a Nissan service technician confirmed it was a failed head gasket and said that this problem is common this generation of vehicles. Vehicle was very well taken care of. All the vehicle's maintenance was performed at the Nissan dealership at the proper and recommended intervals. This a very common problem in 2000-2006 1.8L Sentra that must be addressed. Head gaskets should not fail at this mileage range, especially when the vehicle was 100% up to date on maintenance.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 302012

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
I bought this car new in 2005. Shortly after I purchased this car, I noticed that it was hard to start on some occasions. I thought it was a problem with the battery and thought nothing of it and would just replace the battery when it died. On the June 30, 2012, the car would not start at all. Took it to a place to have fixed and was told the head gasket had a hole in it and my coolant was leaking in one of the piston chambers. When the tech explained what happened to the car when I start it up, it was exactly what I have been experiencing with this car for a very long time. I told him that this was an older car problem and he relayed to me that this was a common problem with this car. This is a very expensive repair and should have been fixed by Nissan as it seems to be a flaw in its design. Will never buy another Nissan again.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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