2002 Nissan Sentra Reviews - Page 6 of 19

2002 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.8L from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles

Summary:

Great car for anyone! It never had a mechanical problem!

Faults:

The headlight lens assembly seem to become stained; they would not come off, so I replaced them with SE-R headlights.

The radio has started to take a little longer than usual to load CDs.

General Comments:

Nothing at all really, since I've had it. The previous owner kept up with maintenance, and had all the records. He gave me a car fax report. I thought it was well taken care of and seems to still hold up. I do all maintenance myself, and the car runs smoothly and great!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2008

2002 Nissan Sentra Senta SER Spec-V 2.5 Liter from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5 Liter Manual
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance121400 miles

Summary:

Good the first 100,000 miles... now its emptying out my bank account

Faults:

Changed the oil 300 miles ago, checked the oil today and there is NONE!

Burning oil at an EXTREME rate. I'm dumping $40 in oil every 10 days.

Experience problems with hard start, takes usually 3-5 times.

General Comments:

When I first got her she ran like a champ; now she acts like shes ready for a retirement home : (

Overall the car handles really well.

Brake pads are still good after all this time.

Comfy seats to go along with the sporty interior (red and black).

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

Review Date: 10th February, 2008

31st Aug 2008, 01:02

The car isn't that bad, the biggest glitch is that it's supposed to be a sports car but the engine doesn't last very long if you drive it like one. These engines run in Altimas for 200000 miles, no problem as long as they're not abused. Obviously if you bought a 175 Hp manual 6 speed light car, it wasn't to drive it around at 30 mph :)

2002 Nissan Sentra GXE from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired8000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Prizm

Summary:

Too many problems to be so small

Faults:

Clear coat wore off mirrors and the area around the trunk at about 30,000 miles.

Lights in gear shifter box went out at 10,000 miles.

Thermostat went bad, warped radiator cap and busted the hose at 70,000 miles.

Windshield washer fluid tank will not hold fluid; no leak in tank though. Explain that one!

Car began to shudder at start up at 85,000 miles. Went to the dealer and for $80 they said they couldn't find a problem with the car, yet it kept shuddering. They did offer to change my sparkplugs for $210. Yeah, right. My oil change place was able to do the same sparkplugs for $11.

Thermostat went bad, again at 86,000 miles and now the car has decided to not actually crank occasionally. Everything comes on, but the car doesn't start. It's more finicky than a cat.

It's been great so far, but all these problems are ridiculous. No more Nissans!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th February, 2008

2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R 2.4 - 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4 - 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired3000 miles
Most recent distance59000 miles
Previous carFord Probe

Summary:

I will never buy another Nissan

Faults:

I've had the same problem as others with my Sentra. In fact, my horn just blew around 58,000 miles. It's also not a fuse.

The interior integrity of the car is awful. My visor mirror cover snapped off in year 3, and I rarely use it. The upper console holding the map lights and the sunroof switch hangs down from the roof. When you close my back passenger doors, the inside handles pop out.

Also, if I start my car and move it a little bit, like out of someone's way, and then turn it off, I can't restart the car.

My favorite problem is the brakes--sometimes they work well, sometimes they don't, especially if it's wet outside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th December, 2007

11th Dec 2007, 16:43

Yes, you sure found that out! You are not the first one to suffer the idiosyncratic Nissan. Next time, get a Corolla. You won't be disappointed.

2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 2.5 liter 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 liter 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles
Previous carNissan Ford Taurus

Summary:

This car is an expensive piece of crap and all the disservice at Nissan will forever keep me away

Faults:

My engine unexpectedly exploded and caught on fire on a highway in the middle of nowhere around 15K miles.

My car wouldn't start even at the dealership when they said they finished fixing the car! Had to buy a new battery since the original one melted.

Car stalled out at the dealership before even getting on the highway (luckily).

Car stall's out repeatedly while driving on the highway.

Car stall's out repeatedly at red lights.

Engine consumes quarts of oil (sometimes all the oil) in less than 3000 miles.

Engine gets so hot the CD player melts my CD's.

Blinker's flicker fast, headlight's burn out.

The 2cd engine blows up at 25,000 miles.

The car keeps stalling out everywhere (parking lots, driveways). Car sometimes won't even take a jump and needs to be towed home.

The third engine blows up at 32,000 miles.

A "new perfect engine (2004) " gets put in. I have a mechanic road test it, and at 1000 miles, there is no oil left in the engine. This one gets thrown out, and another junk engine put in.

I have to buy another battery, according to the Nissan manager in Lynn MA on route 1 to fix the stalling out problem. After paying $150, the car stalls out again before I make it home a few miles away. I almost get hit on the highway.

The clutch needs to get replaced.

The factory speakers inside the car stop working (on and off).

The engine keeps consuming excessive oil (and this is the good stuff- mobil) I keep paying for the best oil changes every 3000 miles, sometimes sooner.

Internal lights stop working inside the car.

Speedometer and Tachometer are on and off working.

Service engine light comes on and off throughout whole life of the car. Never a low oil light, not even when the engine runs out of oil and blows up.

The fourth engine eventually won't start or take a jump, Nissan won't touch the car until the engine is completely destroyed, as many times as I bring it to them with problems. Then they just put the same defective engine back in.

The fifth engine stalls and eventually blows out.

A mechanic notices that my exhaust pipe is rusted through, and I have to pay for that myself ($700) since the undercarriage warranty expired at 60K. The car was actually rusting in less than 70K and less than 3 years, even though I paid for the best car washes with undercarriage protectors.

I had a final engine put in around 60K miles. It started stalling out around 67K, and I had to sell it for cheap to a used car salesman. No person would buy the car after seeing the Carfax and no Nissan dealership would even consider buying the car, or accepting it as a trade in. I wonder why...

General Comments:

This car is underpowered, and the stock rims ($760 a piece) crack when you drive over pot holes. I never modified the car. Good thing because that would have voided the warranty and then Nissan would have blamed all the problems on whatever change I made to the car, no matter how unlikely. With all the money I spent trying to fix this car I could have been making payments on any 60K car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th November, 2007

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 61 reviews