really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,200 miles

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2011 Nissan Sentra engine problems

engine problem

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2011 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 052011

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 1,200 miles


This is 2013 and my car still has this problem unresolved. This is an intermittent problem which has happened 4 times when the car is almost undriveable. Driving along on snowy roads (have noticed less significant issues other times such as going into 1st gear on its own twice and some small pulses here and there ) when the car will have a pulse or catch like you have quickly stepped on the brakes but no brake lights go on. The rpms increase from 1500 to 3000 and then the car stops briefly. Lower speed and still happens. Leaving from a stop is when it gets really scary. Any amount of gas pedal will cause the car to come to almost a complete stop with no brake lights. Almost rear ended a couple times. It keeps stopping you when you try to ever so gently give it some gas and eventually you can get it going. This behavior will continue until it wants to stop it. Turning car on and off sometimes help and sometimes doesn't. the second time this happened last 3 trips to work. Taken to dealer several times and no diagnostic codes have been recorded. First time adjusted sensor for vdc - must not have been adjusted from factory. Second time - no codes - say they adjusted some other sensors. Third and fourth times - if no diagnostic codes can't do anything. Contacted Nissan and waiting for a solution.

- Sauk City, WI, USA

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