2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 2.5L I4 from North America
Good purchase value, lousy reliability
Shift knob replaced due to excessive wear (warranty).
Shift boot replaced due to excessive wear (warranty).
Crank position sensor replaced (warranty).
Throttle position sensor/actuator replaced (warranty).
Replaced IAC valve (warranty).
Brakes warped at 18,000km and continue to cause trouble up to 60,000km; replaced discs with aftermarket drilled/slotted, big improvement.
Steering wheel assembly loose; required gasket replacement.
Throttle position sensor/actuator replaced (again, not on warranty).
Transmission grinding from 2nd to 3rd gear; syncro ring worn?
Interior blower resistor blown and replaced.
CD player no longer functioning; radio works OK.
Coolant temperature sensor replaced.
Intermittent stalling and power loss issues for the life of vehicle.
We'll I will say right off that this will be my last Nissan. Over 4 years of ownership enough has gone wrong and continues to go wrong on almost a weekly basis that it has turned me off this brand of car for good.
When I purchased the car it was a good value. The performance was really second to none in this price segment, especially the handling. Many nice upgrades that in 2002 one could only get by spending many more dollars.
For years I was overlooking the frequent recalls and problems because most of it was on warranty. However, I seem to be coming to the end of my rope with this vehicle.
One only has to search through the sentra comments here to read about the frequent stalling and power loss issues that many owners seem to be facing. And quite honestly, the frustration is in the diagnosis. If it was a problem that can be pinpointed and fixed, then we could be done with it. However, over the years I have brought the car in about every 6 months due to this issue not only to Nissan, but to other indepentent shops and usually a problem cannot be found or replicated. Its not uncommon that a Nissan dealer would keep the vehicle for 4 or 5 days and not be able to correct or diagnose the issue. What usually happens is "we'll, lets try this, but we can't guarantee anything". What? If Nissan can't figure it out, who can?
Its hard to believe that 2000 model year owners are having the same problems as 2004 model year owners. Nissan just can't seem to figure it out.
It's a bad PR move on Nissan's part. When I go to buy another car, I would really like the Altima SE-R, but why would I risk putting myself through this again. Once bitten, twice shy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd November, 2005
15th Sep 2006, 18:13
I also own a 2002 Sentra SE-R, it is the worst vehicle I've owned in my lifetime.
I've just had the engine replaced (failed 2K miles after warranty expiration), now the tranny is leaking.
I'm shocked how poorly this car is built, engine (QR25) is the worst.
Nissan has a problem with this model (also Altima) and the areas of concern are:
- Pre-cat located in the header will (not if, but when) break and the debris will get inside the engine scratching the cylinder walls (oil consumption at best)
- Butterfly screws haven't been properly tightened in the factory, and do fall into the combustion chamber (thru intake manifold).
- Transmissions are given to grind on 2-3 shift, with time R and 1 will grind as well.
- The trunk leaks.
This is just couple of common problems, stay away from this type or better yet brand.