2002 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.8 from North America


I am sick of working on it


Will not start or stalls repeatedly. Started after I filled up with gas, thought it was the fuel filter/fuel pump. Husband replaced the pump to the tune of $250. No results. Also replaced the harmonizing pulley. No results.

No one can answer what is wrong. I am a student and cannot afford to take to the dealership. From info here may try ECM or crank sensor. So frustrated.

General Comments:

Uncomfortable seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2009

6th Nov 2009, 22:13

We have a 2002 Nissan Sentra GXE. Trying to figure the same thing out. Went down the same road, and we put it into the shop and had the crank position sensor fixed. Now it's fine. They told us to change the fuel pump, but the Nissan dealership replaced the crank position sensor and everything is like new again. It's been about a month now with not a single problem. I hope this helps.

2002 Nissan Sentra XE 1.8 from North America


A good starter car - cheap on gas


Recall items - Crankshaft sensor went at around 140,000, although other recall issues did not.

Ignition on coil on cylinder 3 just went at around 167,000km's. Other than that, it's been pretty good...

My dog ate one of the rear seat belts, which was almost the end of him.

As for Dealers in Manitoba - I didn't find any good Nissan dealer who I would trust with my car. My most recent check-up was a huge disappointment. They couldn't diagnose the ignition problems (which was causing the car to lose power and then come back) They said it was a weak battery - so after the problem kept getting worse, I took it to my local mechanic and he was able to help me... So I had to pay two guys to find out what was wrong. But I expect as it's getting older, more problems will start showing up.

General Comments:

It's been a good starter car, although knowing what I know now, I probably would have gone with a Honda or a Toyota, mainly because there would be a dealer closer to where I live.

The Sentra has a rough ride, it's quite noisy inside, but on the plus side the car for the most part has been reliable, held up good to the extensive driving and harsh Manitoba Winters...

It's gone through some snow drifts it probably shouldn't have, and it's gotten me home on those cold winter nights.

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

Review Date: 14th February, 2009

2002 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.8 from North America


Very poorly made. Cheap!


At 13,000 miles hood wouldn't open. The dealership said that the warranty was good for 12,000 miles. refused to fix it under warranty. Service manager made them fix it.

At 14,000 miles a/c wouldn't turn off unless I turned engine off, and restarted car. Dealership insisted that the vehicle was designed that way.

At 30,000 miles heat sensor went and heat gauge always appears to be over heating, but it is not.

At 34,000 miles engine light came on and the codes read bad oxygen sensor.

At 39,000 my automatic transmission started slamming into gear when I started it in drive. Meter said shift solenoid was bad. Had it replaced and still have the problem.

General Comments:

It's been a terrible car, and I believe my transmission is on the verge of going.

I owned a Maxima before and it was a good solid car. this vehicle was cheaply made, and manufactured poorly.

If I had all these problems fixed at the dealership, I probably would have paid thousands of dollars.

I've already paid out over a thousand dollars and still have all of these problems.

When the transmission goes I'll probably junk it. Too much aggravation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th April, 2008

10th Apr 2013, 01:41

As far as the starting in drive goes... Aren't you... NOT supposed to do that? If you have an auto transmission, it has that "P" there for a reason...