really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,940 miles

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2006 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 212015


  • 106,000 miles


I was driving to work on the freeway going about 60mph when all of a sudden my 2006 Nissan Sentra ( SE 1.8) gave a small jerk and the rpms reduced drastically. I also began to lose my steering and no matter how hard I pressed the gas pedal the car wouldn't accelerate. I was able to make it to the shoulder, I turned off the car and after a few minutes it was fine. Then later that night as I was sitting with the engine at an idle, the car suddenly died but it did started back up. I decided to take it to my mechanic and it died 2 or 3 times while I was driving it. The mechanic couldn't find anything wrong. My check engine light never came on and the car didn't throw a code. I brought the car home and parked it because I do not feeling safe driving it. Tonight I sat in the car and turned it on to see if it would start. It did start but every second or so there was an loud click from the engine after which the car would give a sizeable shudder. Also the rpms rev'd when I put the car in neutral or park. They would dip when the car was in drive or reverse. I see on the web there is a recall for the camshaft and crankshaft position sensor. I haven't called Nissan yet but after reading other complaints on this website I have no hope they will honor the recall as my VIN isn't included. I hope someone at the NHTSA forces an expanded recall. It isn't right that those of us having problems have to pay for a known problem. In addition, my car is now sitting because I'm scared of driving it just to have it die, causing me to lose steering and possibly brakes. I will let my mechanic know about the recall to see if in the end, my car is also one of those unlucky ones that have the same issue but don't fall under the recall.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #7

Mar 132014


  • 190,000 miles
When driving my car at 49 mph in a quick avenue was shut down and the car lost power in the system acelaracion, I had to stop and re-start the car; acceleration pedal did not respond when I driving, has happened to me several times, and I had to change the electronic throttle body and in the mechanical service with the scanner delte fault codes.

- Mc Allen, TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 052013


  • 210,000 miles
When driving on a us road, stopped the car accelerate without a vehicle was turned off, not moving or accelerating, I had to turn it off and back on the engine to get to Mexico I had to change the body acceleration and the problem persists, the mechanic says it is the body acceleration. The body acceleration is returned to program. Thanks a lot.

- San Nicolas De Los Garza, TX, USA

problem #5

Nov 012010

Sentra 4-cyl

  • miles


2006 Nissan Sentra. Consumer states engine light came on and vehicle suddenly slowed down and then stopped the consumer stated she had to turn off the vehicle and then turn it back on in order for the vehicle to start again. The consumer was informed the vehicle needed a new tp sensor. The consumer stated the tp sensor was replaced. However, she continued to experience problems. Updated 11/12/10.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 012009


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Sentra. While driving approximately 2 mph with pressure applied to the brakes the engine rpms increased excessively. The vehicle surged forward until it was shifted into park gear. The contact stated that the brakes did no function when the failure occurred. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000. The current mileage was 96,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #3

May 102006


  • 50 miles
My 06 Nissan Sentra, that I purchased to replace the Taurus that the frame failed has a prob. With the cruise control-- when in cruise, going down the road, when it needs to keep up to speed, it shifts down two gears, instead of one, and the speed increases faster than it should, and then it shifts up one gear, then back to drive-- there times when if the driver is not used to it-it gains on the traffic in front, faster than any other car I have driven, and if the driver is not very attentive it could cause an accident or at least scare the driver, and cause them to over react, in my opinion. This is not right and should be looked into before someone gets hurt.. we do not therefore use the cruise-- this has been happening ever since the car was new-- and when I called Nissan and the dealer, they said it prob. Was normal, not a good enough answer, in my opinion-- it is almost as bad as the Toyota prob. And I think it is all in the electrical set up, which I think is going to be the downfall of the modern cars. It was not necessary to complicate something that was working right for years, and not they want to make the brakes electric. To much electric junk to go bad and cause problems, and all so the veh, 's have to be taken into the dealer or shop. To have expensive repairs, and cause prob's with inspections all the time, also expensive, and not warrented thanks

- Chatham, NY, USA

problem #2

May 262006


  • 1,800 miles
My heart goes out to the victims of Toyota's reckless negligence. In May 2006 I had a brand new Nissan Sentra and I pulled into a driveway across from my apartment and all of a sudden my car accelerated and it felt like it was possessed. It sped probably 70-80 mph and I thought I was going to die. Luckily, for me the car rammed into the condo of the driveway I pulled in. My airbags popped out and I was able to get out of the car with only a cut on my forehead. My neighbor witness the whole thing. When the fire department came they looked at the car and said it was a miracle that I was alive and not badly hurt. I did research and found the others with the same car had experience this. I tried to contact Nissan, I even hired an attorney. My insurance company said the couldn't find anything. Well, I know that this car was defective and if not for the condo I would had died. Now that this event has happened with Toyota I need to know what I can do to follow through with what happened to me. Mind you I'm still paying for the car that is totaled.

- West Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 172007


  • 27,672 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Sentra. While depressing the brake pedal at 3 mph, the vehicle would not stop. It dramatically accelerated and caused the contact to crash into another vehicle. A flashing red warning light was illuminated on the instrument control panel at the time of the failure. The vehicle was severely damaged and was towed to a dealer. The cause of the failure was unknown. The vehicle is currently being repaired. A police report was filed. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 27,672.

- Winter Park, , FL, USA

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