2001 Nissan Sentra Reviews - Page 9 of 11

2001 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carChevrolet C10

Summary:

Can't complain

Faults:

Nothing except that the map light switch sticks sometimes.

General Comments:

I've driven my Sentra for 2 years and 6 months now and put 30,000 miles on it. Nothing had gone wrong with it. I really like the fact that it's inexpensive to own and drive this car. I normally get 27-29 mpg commuting to my work. When I take a long-distance trip, I get about 34 -35 mpg. Insurance cost is cheaper than Honda Civic is another advantage. The ride is somewhat on a bumpy side, but reasonably comfortable and quiet for a compact car. My Sentra doesn't excite me in terms of its looks, but I actually like the plain look of it (Cops don't pay attention to Sentras and I never had a ticket driving my Sentra).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2004

2001 Nissan Sentra SE 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carNissan Altima

Summary:

Lousy automatic transmission

Faults:

Lost the horn;

Radio LCD display loses its back-light display on a regular basis.

The original automatic transmission died at 35000 miles. The second warranty replaced transmission died at 78000 miles. Identical symptoms on both.

General Comments:

Generally it's been a good car if one ignores the fact it's eaten two transmissions. It handles well and the performance is decent for a 2.0L 4-banger. The radio back light started going bad after the warranty period and is a bit of a pain at night. Otherwise, a decent car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd January, 2004

2001 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance77000 kilometres
Previous carnone none

Summary:

Crap

Faults:

Within the first year had 4 recalls ranging from headlamp positioning to front wheel axis and wheel hub replacement.

After 2 years the center console light bulb burnt out. charged $80 labor for $1 part.

Horn became inoperable a few months later.

After 2 years 4 months "service engine soon" light came on. No reason. $90 to reset.

After 2 years 7 months "Service engine soon" light came on again. Reason was a malfunctioning Fuel Gage and fuel gauge sensor.

After 2 years 7 months "service engine light" came on again. Reason was malfunctioning (Brain - Computer)

After 3 years had to replace Catalytic converter and 2 intake timing sensors.

General Comments:

Will fix this last problem and sell immediately after.

My girlfriend bought the same car and she hates it too. Will influence her to sell it too.

Will not ever purchase another Nissan product.

G A R B A G E.

Buy a honda...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th October, 2003

8th Mar 2004, 04:07

All I must say is that I love my Nissan and would never think of buying anything else from japan... you should look into the lemon law sir...

14th Mar 2004, 11:41

Did you receive the recall notices on the sensors pertaining to the Nissan Sentra? The first recall on the sensors was in 2001, but some of the replacement parts were defective and had to be recalled again. Your problems with the car seem to indicate that those sensors were your original problem. Maybe you got a defective replacement sensor. Call 1-888-737-2647 for recall information. Good luck!

2001 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.8L from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8L Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.2 / 10
Distance when acquired74 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles

Summary:

This car has been nothing but a wallet-bleeding, dealership fighting headache!!

Faults:

In the first 20,000 miles of owning the new car, the rotors needed to be serviced because they were irregular and it was grinding my brakes, a new belt pulley in the engine was put on and the turning signals were short circuiting. The dealership could not find anything wrong with the turning signals.

I also complained that the radio would get so hot that my CD's were warping and so burning hot that I couldn't hold them in my hand after taking them out of the radio. I was told that was normal by the dealership because I probably played the radio too much.

At 30,000+ miles, an entire new brake system needed to be put on.

The engine light came on and went off several times and was eventually told at 73000 it needed a new catalytic converter. That was not put on my car until almost 3 months later after I filed a complaint with Nissan Consumer Affairs... the dealership said they couldn't put one on because they were on back order.

At the same time, there was squeaking under the hood and I had the radiator belt and the power steering belts replaced. 20 minutes after exiting the dealership and driving off the highway, at 40 mph, the car stopped in mid-motion because the steering belt was put on wrong and snapped.

2,000 miles later, the transmission is completely broken down and something is wrong with the electrical system and the horn and alarm no longer work... to no avail by mechanics trying to fix it.

Car doesn't run, doesn't work and is completely unsafe. It has been babied with every single required service that Nissan lists in its service book.

I have spent almost $10,000 on this car, still owe 2 years on the loan for it and it sits on the street and doesn't run because I don't have $3000 cash to repair it.

General Comments:

I will never buy a Nissan again and will persuade everyone I know, including my enemies, to never buy one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th August, 2003

10th Aug 2003, 22:04

That sucks, man. Next time you should spend the 10 or 15 thousand dollars on a vintage car like a caddie or mustang.

19th Mar 2004, 21:47

I also purchased the 2001 Nissan Sentra GXE. I am shocked at the alarming similarities in our stories. Everything you said has also happened to my car as well!?

1. I had my drive belts replaced more than once in less than a year.

2. My horn blew out.

3. My front rotors and brakes had to be replaced.

4. My car has been in for so many recalls I have lost count.

5. My belt pulley had to be replaced too.

We should band together and take legal action against Nissan!

Email: marksergi@beld.net

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