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2001 Nissan Sentra GXE from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance65600 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

A complete lemon

Faults:

My gas pedal sticks.

The head gasket ripped at 40,000KMs.

The Brake drums rusted out completely at 30,000KMs.

The car died suddenly and would not start.

Clogged catalytic converter not once, but twice.

Acceleration is decreasing daily.

General Comments:

Let me first say I researched and researched this car to death before buying it.

I read every comment possible on the new model Sentra and decided to go with it instead of the Honda Civic. I had a Civic for 8 years and was very happy, but the new Civic had lost its front wishbone suspension and I was sort of protesting it.

Well I ended up punishing myself. This car is a lemon. I should have realized it when it was designed in California and built in Mexico. There is nothing Japanese about it with regards to reliability.

In fact, in Canada the "salt on the road" test has shown that its brake drums are made of the cheapest metal known to man. Mine rusted out at 30,000KM. An old gentlemen came into the dealership after me and was told his had rusted out as well. He had only 9,000KM on his car!

I will attempt to list all of the problems I had. First we had acceleration problems. They said there was a Catalytic converter problem, but changed their minds at the dealer. The acceleration problem came back. They did a line cleaning. Again the problem returned. To this day the problem is still there and it takes more and more RPMs to shift. We have given up trying to pass cars.

The other problems including a clogged Catalytic converter caused by the torn head gasket, a gas pedal that sticks all the time and I no one can figure out how to stop it from doing it, and it has died twice for no apparent reason. Again no one knows why.

The fuel economy has been terrible. We did an estimate and we are getting the same kilometres as a mid size Honda Accord. In 9 months we will be able to sell this sad puppy and buy a Honda Accord. That day cannot come to soon.

I guess I should put in some pluses. It does have a lot of add ons like a better stereo, bigger wheels, and the body metal is superior to others in its class.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th July, 2004

20th Sep 2004, 11:48

You are right, I have a same car 2001 Nissan Sentra and same problem as you.

2001 Nissan Sentra GXE from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

A comfortable car that breaks down a lot

Faults:

I have had to have the car towed twice due to various engine sensor problems. Even though these were covered by my extended warranty, Nissan would not provide a rental car until they found the exact problem. Once the problem is identified, it's fixed quickly, but just finding it seems to take about 4 days on average.

It's in the shop right now for a bad idle air control valve, which is covered by warranty. The fan belt and tensions pulleys that also have to be replaced right now are not covered, but they MAY pay for them since they've missed the problem I complained about at my last 2 regular service appointments.

As for the lemon law, it doesn't apply (has to be the same problem over and over in a limited amount of time).

Customer service at the last dealer my car was towed to was horrible. They never called me a single time even though I didn't know exactly where my car had been taken. Once I found it, they wouldn't answer any questions. After 6 days I called and was told, "it was ready yesterday" and that nothing was wrong with it, even though it shut off on the freeway and would not restart.

There are small problems like the CD player eating discs, the engine slipping out of gear when it's cold, the rotors need refinishing even when the brake pads are good, the dipstick broke, etc. These are minor compared to what I'm used to dealing with, sitting on the side of the road!

General Comments:

There's ample storage/passenger space with few blind spots.

Handling is not so good when the wind picks up, the car is light for better gas mileage which means it gets blown all over the place if I'm driving alone. It's scary during storms.

I can't wait to get it back so I can start the process of getting rid of it and finding a quality vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th April, 2004

12th Apr 2005, 06:15

Handling is not so good when the wind picks up, the car is light for better gas mileage which means it gets blown all over the place if I'm driving alone. It's scary during storms.

I came on this website specifically to figure out if anyone was having this same kind of problem. I just recently moved far enough away from work where I now need to take the highway to work and going 75-80 mph in this Nissan is starting to scare me! I am ALL over the place! I don't know what to do and was wondering if anyone had any answers or solutions to this problem. My email is mv_arizona@yahoo.com. So far, I haven't had many of these problems you all have had, but then again I've only had this 2001 Sentra GXE for about 2 1/2 months. UGH! But it's going to make life EXTREMELY difficult if I practically blow off the side of the road when I drive!!

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 36 reviews