pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
87,750 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. replace cvt (3 reports)
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2018 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 052024

Sentra S 1.8L

  • CVT transmission
  • 122,560 miles


I need my car because my mom has cancer and I take her to Dr appointment and now I'm use my vacation time trying to find someone to work on it and when I came home from work almost red line my car on freeway the dealer said $5668.90 to fix it so now I'm thinking of pulling money out from my 401k

- Reymundo T., Norwalk Ca, US

problem #8

Nov 252022


  • CVT transmission
  • 78,689 miles

I didn't have time to change all the documents of the discussions that went on with Nissan Corp. Bottom line, I bought this 2018 Nissan Sentra from a Ford dealership Rusty Eck Ford, used around 75,000 miles in Nov 2022. I complained at the start about the shuddering and when I took it back to the dealer, he did a test drive and his response back to me was I need to probably learn how to drive again. The peddles were different.

So I took it to a 2nd service center who found the issue to be with the CVT Transmission, and I would have to get it replaced. I found out there was a suit filed and I was notified that I was part of the class action lawsuit.

From Feb 2022 - till this May or June of 2023, I had a Nissan service center quote $4700 to replace. But then in March of this year, I had to drive to Manhattan KS to deliver to the son of my roommate (my roommate had committed suicide in South Beach Florida 12/21/22 - days from flying back. But driving back home from Manhattan to Wichita, going around 70 in a 75 - 100mph drivers, my CVT went out. So I was in this traffic, praying to GOD to get me to the off ramp going quickly down to 10mph, while other cars just barely avoiding a pile up. Got it off the ramp, and paid the tow to Nissan service in Manhattan KS.

Begging the Nissan Corp, all their sales team, all their service managers to own up to this - I kept arguing the fact, that at mile 1, they knew there were defective parts.

I am on a fix income, my family all are dead, I tried Go Fund Me, tried to find a lawyer, (Kansas sucks...if I would have moved back to California, I would have had representation.) Finally the car was still on the lot at Nissan Manhatten, getting threats from the service manager to get it off his lot. So, I had to surrender the car back to the loan company, still owing over $17,500. The auction was held last month, I got a bill due, payable in 10 days of 9/29/2023 was $16,014.79

It went to collections and has blew up my credit score I know there is nothing anyone can do. I would have committed sucide, except, I said I was going to. The key to being successful in committing sucide is to be silent. When someone goes silent....that is when one should worry. But I am convinced that Nissan corp, the Manhattan and Wichita Service centers would have hoped I would have just carried it out.

I was turned down because I missed the milege. I still say - you knew, from MILE 1 that defective parts were installed in the 2018 Nissan Sentra CVT Transmission. Mine went out before I had purchased the vehicle.....but...thank you for letting air it out.

- Terry Alan J., Wichita, KS, US

problem #7

Jul 052023

Sentra SV 1.8L

  • CVT transmission
  • 96,000 miles

My transmission went out 41,000 miles ago had it replaced under warranty at Nissan. I’m currently at 96,000 miles and my warranty is expired and my CVT transmission is out again I do not have the funds to fix it and Nissan will not help me fix it this was my means of transportation for work as I am a delivery person for Walmart and Doordash. I'm at a dead end right now I’ve even thought about giving it back to the finance company but the finance company will not take it back because it does not drive. I don’t know what else to do. I heard there was a lawsuit against them, but I don’t know where to find any information to contact anybody 2018 Nissan Sentra SV is trash unless you like replacing your transmission every 50,000 miles do not buy a Nissan

- Chris R., Cottonwood, US

problem #6

Jun 222023


  • CVT transmission
  • 73,081 miles


I purchased this vehicle 13 months ago. Recently I've noticed what appears to be some "skipping" of the transmission. There's a delay between my pressing the gas for acceleration and the car actually catching whatever and slipping into gear (or whatever). It's noticeable as of now. Visits to two Nissan dealerships have resulted in nothing. I will be keeping an eye on this since I am the only driver of this vehicle. Two weeks ago I was sent a letter in the mail that extends the warranty on the transmission 84 months/84,000 miles.

This vehicle is a 2018 Nissan Sentra that I purchased last year. My question is , Can I get authorization for the dealership to replace my CVT now and not wait until I am stranded in some out of the way place because the issue was not present when they test drove it?

I visited the dealerships on 4/17/2023, 4/17/2023 and 6/9/2023 and was told that they did not detect anything. Has anyone had a similar issue? If so, how was it addressed?

- Veda S., Jacksonville, FL, US

problem #5

Jul 132020

Sentra SV 4 Cy

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

The transmission makes a loud clicking/popping noise when the gears shift.

- trwatson79, Bryant, US

problem #4

Jul 152022

Sentra S 3.2L

  • CVT transmission
  • 101,563 miles

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My car stopped accelerating normally and was losing power so eventually I deemed it unsafe to drive. I was told by a mechanic that it was just a speed sensor or the computer needed reprogramming. I took it to the Nissan dealership and they said that the entire transmission needed to be replaced. Mind you I had only had the car about 10 months. I was declined the warranty since it’s a 2018 and was not told the car had any major concerns. I had the transmission replaced and it’s $4,391. It’s been in the shop since July 2022 and the place I bought it from is permanently closed so I couldn’t take it back or exchange it.

I haven’t been able to work without a car. I’ve been working sporadically so the bills fell behind and now I’m going through eviction stuff and facing repossession etc… it all started with this transmission replacement. I’ve been so stressed out. I hope things turn around. 🧿✨️ I'm still paying this car off and it's lead to a lot of stress in my life.

- Lotrease S., Plant City, FL, US

problem #3

Feb 022022

Sentra SV 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles


I tried to repair the issue with the transmission, and after spending over $2000.00, the car is still sitting in my driveway.

- Jacqueline C., miramar, FL, US

problem #2

Sep 292021

Sentra SV 3.2lV6

  • CVT transmission
  • 57,563 miles

Now I can’t get back and forth to work. This has caused a big problem for me because the warranty has expired. I cannot afford to fix this problem. I am still paying off the loan. I don’t know what to do. Help me please. I have no transportation now.

- Joanna L., Atascadero, California , US

problem #1

Oct 132020

Sentra SV 1.8L

  • CVT transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Right around 45000 miles I noticed that my car started to shake and jerk. I had it to a few dealers who could not replicate the problem. Right at 50000 it started to stumble and shake at around 20 MPH and would not accelerate properly. The dealership diagnosed it as a faulty brake light switch and replaced it. The car continued to jerk, shake, and jolt especially in hot temperatures.

The CVT continued to act up randomly until about 64000 miles, I had to make a 1200 mile trip and on the way home in the West Virginia Mountains the RPM shot up to red line, the car would not go above 60 MPH and there was a terrible whine coming from the transmission. The vehicle was taken to Nissan again where the test drive found no CVT issues.

I was advised to drive the vehicle and film the issue I was experiencing, I was able to get several clips of the CVT jerking and shuddering. Later the same week I returned to Nissan and left the car with them, they provided a rental vehicle. The CVT did in fact shudder for them finally and it was determined that I needed a new CVT. Thankfully I had an extended warranty that covered all but $190 of the replacement transmission. The new CVT has gone about 12000 miles with no issues at all.

- Austin P., Spring Creek, PA, US

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