2002 Nissan Sentra Reviews - Page 7 of 19

2002 Nissan Sentra GXE from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles
Previous carAcura Integra

Summary:

Heartache you don't need

Faults:

-Dip stick broke off while changing oil

-Engine over heats like mad

-Thermostat needed to be replaced 4 times. Kept cracking.

-Head gasket busted

-Head cracked

-Window washer fluid reservoir brackets broke

-Small backseat. Can barely fit my 2 year old son in.

-Engine light keeps coming on for spark plugs, but nothing wrong with them.

General Comments:

Ran nice for about 2 years and then I watched all my money getting poured into it for repairs. Don't get this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th September, 2007

25th Sep 2007, 13:03

The same thing happen to me! dip stick broke off and Jiffy lube put it back in broken!!!

My engine turned off while I was driving and now they are saying there was a recall on the ECM foam lining. all the things that happen were EXACTLY what happen to my car, so they replace the foam, but tell me oh your ECM is bad. My car is not old enough to have a messed up computer. I'm fighting with nissan that the foam lining that wasnt replaced (because I was never told about the recall) caused my ECM to fail. I have had such a headache with this call. 2 months already that its been broken and doesn't help I work 20+ miles from home. NEVER getting a nissan ever again!

22nd Feb 2008, 09:30

I just pawned this car off on a dealership to get a Toyota Rav4. Right before I tried to trade it in, I discovered more problems. The coolant reservoir was leaking, the spare tire was flat (I never used it so it may have been a time thing), blew another thermostat, and the ABS indicator light kept coming on and off sporadically.

Thank God Toyota didn't notice these problems. LOVE the RAV4!!!

2002 Nissan Sentra GXE from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles

Summary:

Not worth even a penny!

Faults:

At around 20,000 miles, the engine began to idle high. I had brought the car into 2 different dealerships 10 times last year (not exaggerating) for the check engine light coming on. They hooked the computer in the car up to another computer, and the code was an emissions code. I had, at the advisement of the service team, replaced the gas cap, not once, but twice.

2 weeks later, as always, the check engine light had come on again, and once again I brought it to the dealership, and once again it was an emissions code. Now instead of advising me to get a new gas cap, they told me that it is my purge valve. Needless to say, to this day my engine still idles high, and when brought to their attention that this problem still exists, they refused to refund my money for a problem they had not fixed.

Also, today I brought my car in to Walmart to get my oil changed, only to find out that the metal dipstick had broken completely off the plastic handle. So I decided to research both problems, and apparently I am not even close to being the only one having these problems.

I would never advise anyone to buy a Nissan, for their products are not up to standards, and their customer service stinks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st August, 2007

31st Aug 2007, 17:31

I've had nothing but problems with my 2002 Nissan Sentra ever since it had 7000 miles. I did buy it new and I never abuse my vehicles.

The Check Engine light came on and I took it to the Nissan dealer to have repaired. Not only did they not fix the problem, but the service was lousy. First it was an oxygen sensor. After two days of them having the car, and myself having to rent a car, they tell me after I called them that the part was back-ordered. They tell me we meant to call you.

I didn't want to keep paying for a rental, so I went to get the car and took it to an independent mechanic. They were able to get one the next day. I had it replaced and the light stayed off for half a day. The car ran rough, especially at red lights, and when I got off the freeway. Like it was ready to quit on me.

I know this is an inexpensive vehicle. I bought it for commuting, and had to keep using it while the light stayed on. I end out finding that the problem was the computer all along.

The car has only 67000 miles now. If the dealer would have diagnosed the problem right the first time, I wouldn't have to fork out for a new computer now.

The clear coat on the paint starting peeling after only 50000 miles.

My wife wanted me to get an Altima or Maxima and sell the Sentra. I'll sell the Sentra and buy anything but a Nissan.

19th Oct 2008, 09:56

Hay bud. Its the O2 sensors... change em.

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