2005 Nissan Sentra SG-L 1.6 from Malaysia


This car has many surprises!!


My Sentra 1.6 SG-L (2005 model) is only slightly over 2 months old. Just did my 5000km service. I was very happy with my car initially, but I had to replace the unit shift or "computer box" as problems were detected during the 5000km service. One week later the alarm was giving me problems and needed to be replaced. I have to manually open the driver's door with the key as it is connected to the alarm which need to be changed out. Luckily there is a 3 year warranty period and these parts were replaced for free.

I am very surprise to have so many problems with a 2 month old Nissan Sentra which is the latest model. Maybe it's just my bad luck!! My previous car was a Proton Wira and even after 60,000km it did not give me any problems.

The people at Nissan Service at Jln Ipoh, KL provides excellent service and they seem sorry for me that this car is giving me quite a lot of problems.

General Comments:

It's a good car to own if it does not give this much problems.

Luckily it's under warranty. Suggestion is to quickly sell off this car once the warranty is over or else I will need to pay thru my nose for the repairs!

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Review Date: 28th January, 2006

31st Jan 2006, 22:55

My sentra had a bad accident (frontal impact). I thought it is going to be a write off, but the guys at Jalan Kemajuan did an excellent repair job, the car (a 2 years old) is now like a brand new car. I strongly believe your sentra after being rectified these minor problem, it would last for years due to its reliability.

2005 Nissan Sentra 1.6 SG 1.6 from Malaysia


This car is value for money in its range


Ever thing is OK, except wheel alignment a bit out when I first have the car.

General Comments:

This is my second car ever since I got my driving license. Overall, it is a very good car. It has good pick up, good handling and very stable at 90km/h when O/D feature is on. The sound proof is quite good as well.

However, it isn't very smooth during gear changing compare to Toyota Vios (which you only feel minimum impact).

Its fuel consumption is normal, in average it is 11km/litter in city. Yes it is much expensive than Toyota.

The engine sound is very loud when I start my car in the morning. I had checked with the technician, they said it is normal as engine is warming up.

It is not very smooth when the RPM is above 3 (around 80km/h) with OD feature turn off (RPM will drop to 2 when OD is on and car speed maintain at 80km/h). I turn off the OD is because one of my friend told me OD will consume more petrol.

Other than these, it is very comfortable and a good car. I definitely will buy one again if my doubt of the above is cleared.

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Review Date: 29th September, 2005

29th Sep 2005, 14:10

Don't believe your friend. Overdrive is the total opposite of wasting gas. It conserves gas because it acts as a higher gear for highway speed travel. With the overdrive off, the engine is revved up at 3000 rpms and wastes fuel, wears the engine prematurely, and could wear out 3rd gear. So my advice is that you take full advantage of the overdrive feature cause it will save you gas, money, and keep your car in better condition.

2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8 Special Edition 1.8 from North America


Fun to drive, but in the shop every other week


The first problem was a check engine light. Dealer blamed a faulty ignition coil.

The issue seemed to be solved until 20 miles later. The engine light came on again. The dealer got a downstream cat reading from OBD II and did not know what to do, so they reset the computer and sent me on my way.

Next the car over heated. Towed into the dealer. They replaced the thermostat. The dealer used a prob and got a 500 HC reading from the radiator. They knew something was wrong, but sent me on my way.

The engine light kept comming on. Driving down the road the engine lost over 80% of its power. At 3,200 miles the engine needed to be replaced. took a whole month to get the engine in.

Now I'm having a problem with the transmission. It likes to shift when it feels like it not when it is suppost to.

The transmission would not shift out of 2nd gear. I did have reverse neutral and park, but drive only had 2nd. Magically when the dealer looked at it noting was wrong, and blamed it on ice on the shift linkage.

General Comments:

This car does handle very well and the rockford sound system sounds great.

These cars are usuilly reliable, but I'm the lucky one who picked the broken one.

BTW the reason the engine went bad was because the factory forgot one of the compression rings on the #4 cylinder.

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Review Date: 6th February, 2005

3rd Jun 2005, 19:47

I have an '05 Sentra--transmission went out at 10,000 miles. The dealer replaced it--it then went out again 3,000 miles later. The comments you made about the transmission is exactly what my car did. You may want to have another dealer check it out.

19th Oct 2006, 06:59

What is the engine serial number that had the problem? can you email me at rbsy898@yahoo.com thanks.