definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,375 miles

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2008 Nissan Sentra transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 172011

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles


In 2008 I purchased a new 2008 Nissan Sentra. Following the purchase I have incurred numerous issues and safety hazards. The vehicle began jerking during acceleration 3 months after purchase, I informed dealership of issue and was informed that nothing was defective within the vehicle. 11 months following initial diagnose transmission was replaced 11 months after. The replacement transmission was covered under warranty. The gears shifted from 65 mph to 40 mph while traveling on major highway, 3 year old toddler was present. Shift in gears almost caused major accident. Following replacement of transmission, traveling on garden state parkway, car once again shifts gears and drops from 65 mph to 40 mph, once again almost causing major accident. This vehicle has had numerous recalls. Contacted Nissan's Consumer Affairs, was told to return to original dealer and nothing else could be done. Due to safety hazards I have been without a vehicle and have had to rent a vehicle to Transport to rutgers university where I attend full-time. My current issue with this vehicle places my life and well being in danger. I have contacted Nissan Consumer Affairs and was informed to return the vehicle the original dealer. The original dealer has since sold the dealership to his son, and the new dealer refuses to assist me, stating that the previous dealership and the new dealership have no affiliation with one another.

- West Long Branch, NJ, USA

problem #3

Nov 232009


  • 26,000 miles
At 26K miles a very loud, grumbling, droning noise started coming from the vehicle's transmission. Apparent at 25mph. The cvt transaxle assembly was replaced by the dealer but the noise is still present. It is worse than before. The noise inside the passenger cabin is unbearable, deafening specially at higher speeds. It feels like the vehicle is stuck in low gear. It is very difficult to hear other cars outside as I have to increase the volume of my radio and open windows to try to mask the noise. Similar complaints have been filed with other Nissan models using the same type of transaxle.

- Berkeley Heights, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 032009


  • 30,000 miles
When stepping on the accelerator the car will not move, the engine revs up but the automatic transmission does not move the car. If you keep your foot on the accelerator in a couple of seconds, the car will slam into gear and move with a load bang. This is an intermittent problem, has occurred approx. 6 times in 30K miles. This can occur from first starting out or while driving if you let your foot off the accelerator and then go to accelerate it doesn't accelerate, it is like it is in neutral.

- Louisburg, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 202008


  • 8,500 miles
Tire monitoring system light came on and transmission went out.

- Fontana, CA, USA

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