really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,530 miles

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2014 Nissan Sentra brakes problems

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2014 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #19

Aug 272016


  • 28,000 miles


Extra braking required to come to a stop - this is an intermittent issue but similar to the issue reported for the 2013 versa. The braking required most times to come to a stop from a uniform speed can vary at times so that significantly more effort to stop the vehicle is needed. Example, on my neighbourhood street, approaching the stop sign at 25mph, normally very little braking needs to be applied. At times, we have noticed that a lot more effort is needed to stop the vehicle even at such a low speed. This incident has occurred several times in the 2 months since we've bought the car and would lead to a crash if the braking system does not respond in a uniform way.

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #18

Apr 062016


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Sentra. While driving approximately 10 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to stop the vehicle. As a result, the contact crashed into a guardrail, a pole, and another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the shoulder and back that did not require medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #17

Oct 012015


  • 17,000 miles
Airbag passenger light comes on randomly and stays on from seconds to minutes. At times the passenger seatbelt light comes on also. In addition, had brakes inspected by dealer only had the car 3 months dealer states the brakes are fine but they keep making noise. Car max did not mention any recalls to me on air bags car has 18,700 miles

- East Point, GA, USA

problem #16

Oct 302015


  • 10,044 miles


Brakes are very weak for being a light weight vehicle. Stopping power is very underwhelming. Coming to a complete stop even after cruising speeds makes me feel anxious...my vehicle only has 10,066 miles on the odometer but the braking power feels very underwhelming for a fairly new low mileage vehicle.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #15

Jun 092014


  • 5,000 miles
Four months after purchase of this vehicle, the brakes go to the floor as if bleeding an old brake system. This happens when car is in reverse or going forward. I have to pump the brake several times to rise the petal up. Brake pressure is always low having to press almost to the floor to stop.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #14

Jul 072015


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Sentra. While driving approximately 40 mph attempting to stop at a traffic light, the brake system failed to respond. The contact switched lanes to avoid striking the preceding vehicle and was rear ended by another vehicle, which pushed the contact's vehicle into oncoming traffic. The vehicle had to be towed to a body shop. The vehicle was picked up after one month and driven to the dealer. The technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 5,000.

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #13

Jun 132015


  • 3,650 miles


Brakes made horrible groaning noise as I pushed down on the pedal. Vehicle failed to stop in an adequate manner, thus propelling me into the road where I was hit by an oncoming vehicle.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #12

Jun 042015


  • 2,900 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Sentra. While driving 45 mph and attempting to engage the brakes, the brake system failed. The driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a cement wall. The driver did not sustain any injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 2,900.

- Rock Prings , WY, USA

problem #11

Jul 172014


  • 7,810 miles
I have the same issues as described in your investigation "PE14-014." In addition, while driving the vehicle on a paved road at approximately 45 mph, all of a sudden, it was as if the vehicle took over the steering, causing me to hit a curb. No damage was incurred, however it was very scary. My concern is obvious, what if the vehicle does this again when I am driving on a freeway @ 65 mph? this was not an isolated incident when "the vehicle" hit the curb. The ability to be in control of the steering has been taken over by the car several times. This is a new car and I find it extremely hard to believe I am having all these problems. These are not everyday general maintenance issues. These are major issues which could easily cause a serious accident whereby I would probably be found to be at fault, when the real person at fault is the vehicle manufacturer! this is being documented and saved by me should, god forbid, a serious accident happens. Any direction you may have is appreciated.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #10

May 072015


  • 20,000 miles
The rear brakes started to make grinding sound only going 5mph without applying any brakes. The noise was very loud so we took it to a car shop immediately for them to inspect and they found that the whole driver side rear drum brakes have completely came apart as the passenger side was close to happening to. They do not know how this would happen. We then took car to Nissan dealer for them to inspect and for warranty possibilities and they came back saying this is. Not covered as they say this is. Ot a defect and have not had any claims regarding this kind of issue and diagnosis was that the car was driving with E brake on but our mpg hasn't changed in anyway. This is very concerning especially for less than 1 yr old car.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #9

Oct 142014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 5,025 miles


I noticed since October of 2014 that when I applied the brakes in the car, they pulsated under my foot. (the car was purchased in April 2014) it did not happen every time, but I was puzzled...it continued off and on for months and eventually I took it back to the dealership and they kept the vehicle fixed it and returned it to me. I read the receipt and noticed the problem was as follows: Front pads coming apart internally causing the rotors to become warped; and both rear wheel cylinders coming apart internally. I was pretty shocked at this, and 3 days after being repaired I noticed the same pulsing again and took the car back. They kept it for a full week, and told me they can find nothing wrong with it. I called the Nissan corporation and advised them I did not want to drive this car because its unsafe. They told me they would review my request, and then advised me that they will not be repurchasing or taking the car back. In the meantime, I drive this car with great fear and care as the pulsing is more frequent, especially if the brakes are applied slowly, the pulsing happens jarringly at the end of the braking. One of the technicians I spoke to told me that they had an internal notice for this model, but only if a customer brought it in. I feel that taking it back to Nissan again is going to get me nowhere and that they will once more decide nothing is wrong. In addition, the vehicle is financed by Nissan, and this month I did not pay for the vehicle and I am surprised and puzzled as to why no one from Nissan has called to ask for payment. What can I do now? I am afraid to continue driving this car. Thank you

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #8

Feb 132015

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
Took new 2014 Nissan Sentra in 2times to tri cities Nissan to be looked at and fixed week after got it when trying to stop the front end shakes real bad like tires are falling off. They told me it was normal for the front end to shake I also informed the brakes would be hard then to the floor they said oh its fine. So I took it to the bristol office they said oh not good this was on fri said bring it to use tue we will brake it down find the problem well after leaving dealership on my way to work everyone in front if me locks up their breaks but guess what I got to do hit the back of a truck at 37 miles an hr. Cuz my breaks did noting when I pressed them so that gave me a 100 dollars ticket for following to close when I really wasn't I just didn't have any breaks which I asked them to check out at Nissan and doesn't. just said they did. List my job dye to missing work. Two minutes without a car im still having to pay for all the money it cost me to get a ride. I could of killed someone or myself and children. What happens if its not 38 next time. Is sorry gona be good enough if someone gets killed or hurt just because someone doesn't want to do their job. Now my insurance went up I have to deal with the wreck when I did everything possible by guidelines of warranty by Nissan. When it finally gets out if shop Nissan is still responsible. And without a job or way to work how am I supposed to pay everything I worked hard to vet N take care of my kids now im stuck and listing everything because tri city Nissan failed to do their job how is that right. The only thing good out of all this was no one got. Killed or hurt.

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #7

Dec 312014

Sentra 4WD 4-cyl

  • 4,400 miles
My brakes go to the floor randomly, seems to be from park to reverse so far. Have to pump them back up. The Sentra has been at the dealership on 3 different occasions. As reported to this Agency back in August 2014, I contacted Nissan Corp. Who did nothing. The second visit to the dealership (October 2014) they replaced the rear master cylinders which seemed to work up until now, took vehicle back in December 2014 and they bled the brakes, but its doing it again, and on December 24th, while at a local bank drivethru lane, stepped on the brakes and nothing causing me to strike the cement abutment and damage the hubcap (which the dealer replaced free of charge). Then on December 31st, new years eve, while at a local store, while backing out of a parking place, had no brakes again, and had to pump them up. I am scared to drive this vehicle now, and will be calling dealer again, and contacting Nissan Corp. It is leased, and I would like to get rid of it now before an injury occurs. Maybe I can get a 2015. This is complaint number 2 on this website.for the same issue.

- Bonita Springs, FL, USA

problem #6

Sep 242014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 900 miles
When my vehicles slows down and brakes to a stop it begins to shake slightly. The shaking causes the car to hesitate slightly back and forward. In addition, sometimes the break pedals are slow to come back up once I have pressed the brake pedal. The issue is usually seen in the mornings when I am first drive the vehicle and begin to brake. I believe Nissan has sold me a lemon vehicle. This a brand new vehicle and I have not had it for more than month.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #5

Aug 112014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 2,298 miles
Randomly my brake pedal goes to the floor with no braking ability. It has happened on several occasions, thank goodness while backing up or parked- have had no braking ability. I took it in the a Nissan dealer ( I had it towed), and they deemed it ok. Infact they said, I would have to pay for the towing, since they had no ticket. In the end I did not pay it. They bled the brakes at the end of the service appointment, for awhile the brakes were fine. But recently it has started again, which I wonder if air is getting in the line somehow or something else is wrong. I called Nissan Corp, and their position is that, "trained technicians deemed it ok". well it is not, and I am going to take it to the dealership where it was leased. It is hard to believe that Nissan Corp would take this stance when brakes are involved. The problem is it doesn't do it all the time, but what if I am driving 55 miles an hour and no brakes" what then" I am upset, but I will get to the bottom of this. Thank you.

- Bonita Springs, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 022014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 50 miles
Right after buying my Sentra I noticed creeking everytime I would turn then took it in and they replaced the struts. It still creeked after they replaced the struts so they added rubber rings it helped for a few days but its still creeking but every so often. 2 nd my car pulses when coming to a stop and when I release the break as well. 3rd the is a whisling noise that gets louder the faster I go and if its windy its even louder, it sounds like it is on the front left side. My car also shakes roughly time to time. The dealer is now saying they cant hear anything therefor will not fix any of these issues. I called Nissan usa and opened a case she said the same thing, if they cant duplicate the issue they wont fix it, then I was told to by rep to trade it in if I dont like it.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #3

Aug 302014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 16,150 miles
I was driving straight. I saw a car in front of me, and began to brake. As I depressed the brake pedal as I normally do, the car was not slowing down, so I quickly pressed it further. Finally the car had stopped after the brake pedal was all the way to the floor. I can consistently replicate this issue. I will contact the dealer today.

- Baldwin Park, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 302014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 603 miles
After car had sit over weekend started car and brake pedal went to the floor. Car drove fine but after sitting 2-3 hours did same. Dealer says its vacuum bleeding off but after reading about I believe something is needed to be done. Will be back to dealer tomorrow.

- Athens, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 302014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 242 miles
Turned the car on to back out of my driveway. I put the car in reverse and started backing down the driveway. Everything was fine when all of a sudden it seemed as if the car turned off. And the brakes would not work. I tried multiple times to brake and it wouldn't stop. My car went down the driveway which is situated on a hill and hit a utility pole. Once the car bounced off the pole it came to a stop. I placed the car in park and tried to restart the car. It took me 2 times of pushing the start button before the car would start again.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

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