2001 Nissan Sentra GXE from North America - Comments

17th May 2004, 10:09

The reason for the woes of this car, and the other Sentras is that they are now made in Mexico! Cars made in Mexico have problems similar to yours no matter what the make. Look at the VWs. Same problems, different company. Do not put your hard earned money in a car made in Mexico.

29th Sep 2004, 11:23

I have the same problem on the Nissan Sentra with the Horn. Has anyone figured out how to fix it without paying mega bucks? Is there a manufacturers recall on it?

14th Oct 2004, 17:17

I totally agree with you, I had more issues with my sentra and will never ever by a Nissan again.

28th Oct 2004, 21:35

I also have these problems. My brakes are starting to squeak too much I guess I'm gonna have to spend money.

I own an 85 sentra and it has not given me all these problems my 01 sentra seems to be older than my 85 with all the problems that it has. Everyone take notice that all Nissans of North America are now built in Mexico or most of them anyways. Nissan is no longer a "Japanese" car like people call them (import) check your dirvers manuals and find out where it was built. My problem free and dependable 1985 sentra was built in Japan.

2nd Nov 2004, 10:54

Yes same problem I have a 2001 leased Sentra due the 25 of November and I have no horn, but the alarm still works. The dealership is replacing the catalytic converter that's under warranty, but the horn will cost 90.00 to rewire. Oh yea and total miles on the car is only 33,000. what can I do for the horn, it won't pass inspection? Thanks Joymattgrace@aol.com.

28th Jan 2005, 07:34

I have a 94 Nissan Sentra and it was going great until the day I payed it off. I was so happy that I was making my last payment, I went the extra mile to make a personal appearence to pay the car off. Everything was great until I was on my way back to work and the transmition went out. I got it repaired and 5 thousand miles later the engine went out. I had it replaced with a second hand engine and now the thing runs hot after going about a mile down the road. All of this was happening when it was my only source of transportation. I am out done with the brand and will never purchase another.

2nd Mar 2005, 15:14

Why don't you try a dodge stratus proud made in the USA, and you will see your wallet on diet.

8th Nov 2005, 12:06

I love my 2001 Sentra. Haven't had a single problem with it.. and my horn still works. Would defiantly buy another one.

5th Apr 2006, 20:49

My 2001 Nissan Sentra GXE was towed away from the side of a busy highway after leaving me sit 4 days ago, and frankly, I don't care if I ever see it again. Unfortunately, I'm still paying on it.

I won't waste anyone's time listing all the problems, just "ditto" on everyone else's, EXCEPT... my horn still works (at least it did the last time I used it)

It's all very, very, very frustrating.

Never again!

9th May 2006, 21:12

I wish I'd found this site before August 2005 when I bought my clean-looking (and mechanically checked) 2001 Sentra with 75000 km.

My duh moment: It took three months to figure out that my horn didn't work (wasn't driving much and had no need for the horn). The original mechanic confirmed it wasn't a fuse; replaced the horn and still nothing.

Just took it to the dealer for maintenance and when I mentioned that I have never had a horn since I owned the car, was told there's a known problem with the wiring insulation and the horn is one of the first things to go. Uh. If it's a known problem then why do I have to pay for this? Isn't it a mechanical defect that Nissan should pay for?

To be fair, I've had no other problems with the car, but I've owned it for less than a year and have only driven 8,000 km...

20th Jun 2006, 14:55

I got a used Nissan 2001 Sentra GXE in 2005. It's a combination of mechanical problems and poor customer service. The service engine soon light keeps coming on, and the gas mileage sucks. I'll never buy a Nissan again.

19th Aug 2006, 15:49

I too own a Nissan Sentra 2001 GXE which has been nothing, but a headache - at 45,000 km the brakes were gone. I kept blowing headlights because of a short in the wiring that the dealer agreed to replace any more of them for free. I have had the Engine Light on constantly and two Catalytic Converters - one at 80,000 km and one at 152,000 km. Also had two engine coils, the engine pulley, both O2 sensors, an air flow meter all replaced, and the wiring harness is completely corroded so I never know what will burn out next. In fairness to the dealer, they have done what they can with a crappy car and done a lot of stuff for free that they did not have to. It sure doesn't make me like the car any better!

30th Sep 2006, 11:12

Most of everyones comments are in connection with recalls. For example the check engines light is the result of a faulty soldering on a sensor. Do your homework and look up all the recalls on this car.

5th May 2007, 11:05

Did anyone ever get there horn fixed? If yes, what was the repair?

16th May 2007, 07:58

We also own a 2001 Nissan Sentra GXE. We had the first one at the dealership back in March 2000. The car is now 7 years old and has a mere 134,000 km on the clock, but used every day. We had initial problems which were all covered under warranty (not a problem!!) and of course there were a few recalls which were a little frustrating.

We have just got that same problem with the Horn not working. I have checked that the Horn works and the fuse and wiring. What is this "Spiral Cord" broken all about???

We are generally very happy with the car, it is smooth and quiet and serves its purpose well.

You can get problems with any vehicle,no matter what price you pay for it, don't forget including BMW & Mercedes, but they cost more to repair!!!

1st Apr 2008, 17:01

I also have a 2001 Sentra GXE. Everything stated in the above comments has happened to my car as well. I'm at 108K miles.

The Horn doesn't work, but it's made me a better person.

Check engine light has come off and on for a year or so - PO420 codes: replaced the Mass Air Flow Sensor and light went away. PLEASE DON"T PAY SOMEONE TO DO THIS FOR YOU - IT'S FOUR BOLTS AND A QUICK DISCONNECT. I had a quote for $800 and I did it myself for $150 and it took 10 minutes, tops. Anyway, the engine light is back on and O2 sensors may not be the problem as indicated by the onboard computer. It may in fact be the catalytic converter - $600-$800 range.

Belts squeak, headlights are fogged over on the inside due to leaking housing, cd players both don't work, and I replace my headlight lamps every couple of months. It still gets me a to b, but it is annoying. Also, I am still getting about 28 mpg - not too bad for a car with the check engine light on.