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:
66,915 miles

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2005 Nissan Sentra fuel system problems

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2005 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #17

May 142013

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 175,054 miles


While heading to work, my car lost power due to a screw from a power intake valve (butterfly valve as the dealership referred to it) coming loose and falling inside the #1 cylinder chamber. Inside the chamber, the piston quickly bent the spark plug electrodes together causing the car to shut off and lose power. I was inside morning rush hour traffic at the time of the incident and was nearly in a rear end collision as a result. The dealership pointed out inadvertently that there was a service bulletin covering this issue. I researched these bulletins and found bulletin ntb05-058B. This covers the exact problem that happened to my vehicle. There is a catch with this bulletin. I own a 2005 Nissan Sentra ser specv manufactured in Oct. 2004. The company claims my VIN falls outside the service bulletin by mere weeks. This problem had not been properly addressed and my engine failed because of such. I have contacted Nissan Corp. Directly and they place me in the hands of Nissan regional. I was given excuse after excuse as to why my vehicle would not be repaired by the factory. #1. vehicle fell outside the service bulletin date range. #2 age of vehicle and mileage even though a brand new engine was placed in Oct 2008. #3. customer loyalty was in question as Nissan did not service my engine. When I inquired how oil changes were relevant, I was told the technicians would have found this issue during a twenty-one point inspection. I asked for clarification as to why I would believe Nissan would have dissembled my engine, found a loose screw and re-assembled my engine all during an oil change. Also, this problem should have been addressed properly when my engine was replaced in October of 2008. Loosing engine power in heavy traffic, nearly being in an accident is not a matter I want to take lightly. Do I have a valid argument against Nissan?

- Vanceboro, NC, USA

problem #16

May 132014


  • 166,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that gasoline spilled onto the ground before the fuel tank was filled to its capacity. The failure recurred on several occasions. The manufacturer was notified and did not provide a remedy. The failure was not diagnosed by a dealer or mechanic. The failure mileage was 166,000. The current mileage was 166,811.

- Danielson, CT, USA

problem #15

Aug 122006

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
The service engine light comes before starting vehicle and then throttle pedal has no effect. Starts fine runs smooth but will not accelerate. I have to disconnect positive battery post for about 5 minutes and then reinstall battery cable. So far will work fine for a while. The service engine light comes more frequent now but throttle pedal will work some times. I am worried that this will start happening when driving down the highway and stall the car. We bought the car with 17000 miles and now has 107000 miles on it. I checked for recalls but none yet.

- Gatesville, TX, USA

problem #14

Jul 162012

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


My car overheated, then I took it to a mechanic and the entire engine was blown and I had to pay $1200 to fix it and come to find out, there was a recall on my make and model and year on the water pump which would have caused my car to overheat and thus not having to have my engine blown. When I called to find out about the recall Nissan informed that my vehicle was not one of those included but it matched the year, make and model"??" I want answers...

- Bristol, TN, USA

problem #13

Sep 112011

Sentra 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that gasoline spilled from the fuel tank once filled to capacity. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the fuel valve needed to be replaced. The contact believed that the failure was a manufacturing defect. Updated 11/16/11 the consumer stated she had 1/4 tank of gas. She went to two different gas station trying to put fuel in the vehicle. Both times, it clicked off after a dollar of gas and released gas back out. The dealer replaced the control valve. Updated 01/19/12

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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problem #12

May 152011


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Sentra. While adding fuel to the vehicle it began to spill out of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic stated that the vapor canister needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. NHTSA recall campaign id number: 05V269000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage) may be related to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #11

Jun 232011


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Sentra. While attempting to refuel the vehicle, fuel spilled from the filler neck and onto the passenger. The dealer advised the contact that his VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 05V269000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage) and offered no further assistance. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. No repairs were performed. The current and failure mileages were 100,000.

- Doyles Town, PA, USA

problem #10

May 072011


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated whenever fuel was dispensed into the fuel tank, the fuel would spew out from the fuel tank filler neck regardless of the fuel capacity. There was a recall associated with the failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 05V269000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage) but the VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 109,000.

- Virginia Beach , VA, USA

problem #9

Sep 152010


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Sentra. The contact was refueling the vehicle as gasoline began to spill onto the ground. The contact stated that it would take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to fill the fuel tank. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 05V269000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage) and was informed by the manufacturer that his vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 105,000 and the current mileage was 112,000.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #8

Mar 092010


  • 78,500 miles
I bought me a 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8 on January of 2010. I was told by the dealer that they get great gas mileage and are a very reliable car to have. I have learned fast this was not so. My car is now not wanting to start, it is shifting very hard and sometimes wont shift and I can smell something burning especially when driving up a hill, my keypad will not work to lock or unlock my car but will open the trunk, the lock-unlock button inside the car will not work, and none of my windows will roll down. This is bs. I have told and will proceed to tell everyone I know to not buy a Nissan. This has made me not want to trust any of your vehicles again and I will probably go to a diff. Dealer and get something well worth my money. I am not paying 8,000 dollars on a car that just keeps tearing up, especially when parts are way to expensive!

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #7

Feb 032010

Sentra 4-cyl

  • miles


My car has had problems with the gas tank and fuel pump line. I just recently paid a large amount of money in January of 2010 to get a new gas tank put in the car because the gas tank would reject gas when I would pump gas causing gas to over flood onto the ground which is dangerous. I went to a non Nissan dealership and I can't afford to keep going places to fix the problem that is not my fault. However, the check engine light is still on in my car. I have been to Nissan dealers in indianapolis, Indiana and they told me that they will not fix the problem. I need the car fixed at a Nissan dealership that will not turn me away. I purchased the car in 2005 and shortly after that, I had to get the fuel pump line fixed. I really need some help and guidance. Times are too tough to be repeatedly turned away. I am afraid that something vital might happen if the problem continues to be ignored because gas issues can be dangerous. I have found recalls on my make and model and I need someone to acknowledge these recalls. I was told in the past years that my Nissan did not have any recalls and I was given false information.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #6

May 162009


  • miles
Suddenly could not fill gas tank, due to the fuel backing up into the hose. Causing the gas hose to click off, as if the tank was full. Researched problem on internet, found recall for 2005 Nissan Sentra vehicles which was in regards to the fuel system-hard start/long crank time. Called Nissan northamerica and was told my VIN was not included in this recall"?" told to take vehicle to Nissan dealer for diagnostic report. Paid $100 for this dealer to tell me the problem was the E-vac canister and not the recall part. Showed dealer the details of the recall which included the E-vac canister being replaced then the fuel tank. Dealer said it did not fall within the spects of the recall, so they would not fix it. I mentioned that it was the fist step of the over all repair of the recall. Was told that does not matter. I have in front of me a report that states all 2005 VIN numbers are part of this recall. Yet I cannot get Nissan to even acknowledge this problem. I am again told to take the vehicle to the dealership, (because over 30 days have gone by since the last time I had it diagnosed by a Nissan dealer) and have it diagnosed again (pay 100.00) so that I can again be told that the E-vap canister is defective, only then will the representative at the Nissan northamerica customer service department refer the complaint to and elevated level to have a more technical customer service department individual look into the problem. (oh and I can request my $100 back. But it doesn't mean I will get it back!!) so the vehicle remains defective. Guess it is time to contact the Massachusetts attorney generals office about Nissan's knowing negligence for the safety of every person that might be near this vehicle if it explodes while I am trying to fill the gas tank!

- Beverly, MA, USA

problem #5

Mar 022009


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Sentra. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 05V269000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage). She took the vehicle to the dealer to have the fuel leak inspected. They checked the vapor hose connections in the fuel tank and determined that there was no fuel leak. Currently, the vehicle is leaking fuel. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and they stated that the Nissan manufacturer would not honor the recall to install a new fuel tank for free. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Tuscon, AZ, USA

problem #4

Aug 282008


  • 48,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Sentra. Engine service light came on and within a week I was unable to pump gas into my tank at a normal pace. Only able to put in a little at a time without gas shooting back out of the tank. Within a couple of weeks, I was unable to start my car. I was told that the vent control valve was malfunctioning and that it would not effect the running of my car, but now I am $500 looking a new fuel pump. I have noticed online multiple complaints from other Nissan owners with the same problems. Is someone looking into the on going problem? I bout this car for the fuel efficiency and the well known reputation of a long lasting car. Not very satisfied when it is only 3 yrs old!!!!

- New Castle, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 252008


  • miles
Ses error P1446 - defective evap canister vent control valve ( from what I have been treading online many people have had problems with Nissan and their evap valve and it getting stuck open or closed which causes a very serious safety hazard but Nissan is doing nothing about this. I recently got this ses code and looked it up online and found a slew of people pointing directly to the problem with the valve and it getting gunked up or stuck. Mine is a 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8L but I have seen this problem reported on a wide range or Nissan models. Please look into this problem before somebody gets hurt but Nissan's neglect.

- Round Lake, IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 012007


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Sentra. The engine light illuminated on the instrument panel and the contact waited before taking the vehicle to autozone. She was informed that one of her control valves had closed. She attempted to have the vehicle diagnosed by the dealer, but they were unable to perform an inspection. Throughout this process, the contact went to fill up the vehicle with gasoline, but the pump kept clicking and indicated that the tank was full. The clicking would occur every few seconds. The contact was unsure if the failure was due to the vehicle or the actual gasoline pump. The contact smelled a strong smell of gasoline inside the passenger compartment, and went online to research possible defects. She discovered NHTSA campaign id number 05V269000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage) for the same failure; however, the manufacturer stated that her VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle has not been repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 50,000 and current mileage was 58,000.

- Trotwood , OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 132008


  • 47,000 miles
There is a recall on 2005 Nissan Sentra's with the vapor return hose and I took my car to hove Nissan dealer in bourbonnais il and they told me that there was no recall on my car but when I look it up on the internet it is telling me that there is a recall on 2005 Nissan Sentra with the same problem that I am having with mine I also took my car to be diagnosed at the dealership and they told me the same thing that my vapor hose is in need of repair. My car is not allowing me to put gas in my car and I am loosing gas and running out of gas, I also understand that the engine can also ignite in a fire.

- Kankakee, IL, USA

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