15th Nov 2005, 12:34
Wow. From Nissan to VW. Be sure to post on your new VW. reference that this is you old post!
19th Apr 2006, 17:52
Very interesting. Have Sentra GXE 01. Bought at 55k miles, now 95k. Took car recently to fix all the recall problems. I perform all periodic maintenance. Drive at ~80-90mph, 50miles/day. And not a single problem/failure... Go figure…
22nd Jun 2006, 13:36
Have the same problems on 2001 Sentra GSX. MAS was replaced, Computer was replaced and a gas pedal was stuck.
P.S. sentra is not made in Japan it is made in Mexico as well as all new Sentra.
13th May 2007, 21:54
I currently own a 2001 Nissan Sentra GXE (157 000km) and have had a few problems with it up to now. I bought the car in August 2006 (the car is a rebuilt, therefore I got a good price) and have had a few problems with it. The horn stopped working a few days after I bought it, cost me about 40$ to repair. A few months later, the alternator broke and I had to replace both lower control arms (I'm a student and I can tell you that 800$ out of my pocket hurts!!). Aside from that, the rest was regular maintenance like oil, filters, belts... Overall, I find the Sentra real fun to drive, especially compared to other cars in it's class. I own a manual transmission and I can tell you that the sentra beats any other compact cars in it's class in terms of HP and accessories. I easily do 140km/h (85MPH) and the car is not shaky at all. Moreover, the seating is very comfortable and there is plenty of room (in the front seats anyways!) even for a tall person. With good maintenance, I think this car can last up to 300 000km/h. I guess there is a bit of rattling when things get a little bumpy, but I barely notice it. Fuel consumption is relatively good, though not exceptional at around 8L/100km (however I drive fast). In my opinion, 5th speed should make the engine rev a bit lower. Engine is at 3500 rpm at 120km/h, should be around 3000 rpm (in my opinion). I'm very pleased overall, aside from the reparations.
21st May 2007, 12:09
I think you guys should've looked a generation older! I have a 1999 Sentra GXE Limited Edition that I bought used 3 years ago with 150,000 miles on it. Its now up to 240,000 miles and still going strong - only problem is wiring with the dome light (it won't go off when the doors are shut, so I just leave it off to save the battery). The gas mileage is reasonable, the A/C still works and the car passes our state inspection with flying colors.
22nd Jul 2007, 13:29
I have a Nissan Sentra GXE 2001 that I bought brand new.
Soon after I bought it, I had to have all four wheels replaced under a recall because of defects.
Then about a year later, the car started stalling in traffic. This was the engine sensor problem, which was fixed under a recall. I had all the other recalls done.
Shortly after the warranty expired, the odometer stopped working. Since it was two weeks after the warranty expired, the dealership felt sorry for me and replaced it for free.
About a year ago, the drivers side power window started having problems in that it would roll down very slowly. Eventually I had to start grabbing the window and pulling up to get it to close. I had to have the window regulator and track (because it had bent) replaced for about $450.00 at the dealership about two months ago.
Right now the passenger side window is starting to exhibit the same behavior. I plan to bring it in right away to have it looked at.
I also noticed a couple of days ago that the horn does not work either :(
I have had Datsuns\Nissans in the past with great luck, but will never buy another Nissan, so help me.
17th Aug 2007, 18:19
We also have 2001 Nissan Sentra GXE.
We bought brand new with extended service contract.
We have had all service done at dealership and all recalls were taken care of in timely manner.
"Check Engine" light came on recently and car started idling low and rough.
We took it to the dealer to get it checked.
It turns out it has a leaky head gasket.
If that is not bad enough. The car has only 67k miles, but warranty expired in November '06.
We were advised to call Nissan (800-nissan1).
We filed a claim with Nissan and will hear from them on Monday, whether they will cover the repair.
The claims person said we had a good case. 67k miles, dealer serviced, less than a year out of warranty. I would hope we had a good case. But, this car has been nothing, but trouble.
21st Aug 2007, 09:21
We have a 1997 Ultima with 150k miles, and it still drives like a Cadillac - no major repairs.
Because of this car, we bought a 2000 Nissan Sentra as an extra car and it also drove like a Cadillac for over a year. One morning I went out and it wouldn't drive. The car was shaking, shutting off, the horn wouldn't work, lights were blinking on and off, and the service engine light was on.
I took it to a nearby transmission repair shop, not knowing what the problem was. This guy was honest enough to put it on the computer and said it is a computer problem, and he called the Nissan dealer who said it is a recall problem and they would fix it for free. I then had the car towed to the Nissan dealer who replaced the ECM Foam per the recall, but now he said the computer is dead. I asked him if the ECM foam defect would have caused the computer to fail and he said no. I asked him if the ECM foam was in the computer and he said no.
Nissan wants $717.00 to install a new computer. I am not a mechanic, but feel this ECM foam problem caused the computer to fry. I called Nissan corporate to find out if the ECM foam would have caused the computer problem, and to find out if they will cover it. They said they would call me back, but haven't.
After reading everyone's comments, I wonder if this is just the beginning of all my problems with this car, and I should just junk it. If someone knows where the ECM foam is please advise. I do not trust the Nissan mechanic or Nissan Corporate.
9th Sep 2007, 06:31
Hi, I have a 2001 Nissan Sentra SE automatic with 112,000 miles, I bought used with 32,000 miles. I had the following problems: battery was changed once; front doors power windows regulators were replaced once, one was covered under extended warranty; A/C was not cooling due to a leaking hose, replaced and it cools as before, icy cold; and the radio/CD player display light stop working five months ago, not repaired because it is not a big deal. Change oil every 5,000 miles, engine runs great, passed Smog Test like a brand new car, four disk brakes are excellent. Fog lights, electric windows, electric locks, alarm, ignition key with chip built in, power mirrors, remote trunk opening, and everything else electric works great. Last week after replacing drive belts, engine was dying at start; somehow computer lost idling RPM, dealer reset idling RPM learning for free, and no more problems. The main thing, there is no timing "belt", it has a timing chain that it doesn't have to be replaced every 70K miles.
I had before a Toyota Celica GT 1998; A/C never cooled well, replaced clutch, compressor, belts, and still the same. Changed 3 batteries, high compression power steering wheel hose, engine head gasket, timing belt, and water pump, way before reaching 90K miles.