2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8 from North America


Runs fine until 50K miles


Engine shaking at 50K miles. when car starts and when in reverse.

Engine light constantly on, despite fixing all "problems"

General Comments:

Possibly a lemon.

Do not buy this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2007

2004 Nissan Sentra SE 1.8 1.8L from North America


A huge pile of junk... the problems never end


The day after I got the car home, a squealing noise started under the hood. I took it back to the dealership and they said the belts were loose. After they tried to tighten the belt, they said the belt wasn't loose after all and it was coming from the pulley on the alternator. Whatever the problem REALLY was, it was never resolved while I had the car.

After I had been driving it for a week or so, the transmission began making a chirping sound when it shifted from 2nd to 3rd gear and sometimes gave a tiny lurch forward. The dealer said this was a minor issue and was simply fixed by topping off or changing the fluid. This did nothing whatsoever to fix the problem. The dealer then claimed they couldn't hear the sound, but it was easily heard even with the radio and a/c on. I looked at an online Nissan repair site and according to it, it was a major problem caused by something faulty INSIDE the tranny, meaning it would have to be completely disassembled in order to fix it.

The CD player stopped working only a few months into driving the car and that was never fixed, although I probably could have just replaced it.

Engine power was nearly nonexistent and it seemed the engine was mightly loud to be a small car.

Fuel economy was crap. My new Corolla has the same horsepower and the fuel economy is exponentially better.

The car also got knocked out of line very easily even in normal, highway driving conditions.

General Comments:

All in all, I hated the car from almost the moment I bought it and often lamented getting rid of my Ford Focus.

My husband and daughter hated the car from the moment they laid eyes on it.

I like some other models made by Nissan, but I'm not sure I would ever trust Nissan again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th April, 2007

2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8 from North America




Well I am having transmission problem. I will put it in drive and have to push the pedal to the floor to move. Won't shift to second and on highway RPM are at 4000. Took it to Bankston Nissan in Lewisville twice now and they cannot duplicate the problem or find anything on the sensors or computer. I did bring it in last Saturday and had a service mgr see for himself that it was a problem. He told me to bring it in Monday. Well I am 2 days in a rental and they tell me they cannot find a problem with it.

WELL when my 16 yr old son or I DIE because the transmission goes out on the highway I guess it won't be an issue anymore.

I am so frustrated and my warranty ran out.. I came in right before the 60,000.

I do not know what to do now...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th November, 2006

7th Mar 2007, 18:06

Lol!!! Sorry about your luck, but I think you're overreacting as far as you and your son dying because of your transmission going out. That's just ridiculous.

I come to this site to see educated reviews, not just random banter and exaggerations.

14th Oct 2008, 14:37

Actually I agree that a transmission going out on a freeway could very easily become a life threatening situation. My transaxle broke (different car) in the middle of the road and it was a miracle no one was injured (traumatized, yes, injured, no). And that was just a plain road. Had I been going 50 or 60 on a freeway, I'm certain my family would not have survived.

Car problems are more than just annoying, they are dangerous.