27th Dec 2006, 15:38

I really like my 2004 Nissan Sentra. We have had no problems at all until recently, when our check engine light came on. The car would jerk a bit while driving it, and it also stalled in a parking lot. We did a bit of research and found that there was a recall in regards to engine temperature. We took the car in and had this taken care of without problem. That was two weeks ago. The check engine light came on again about four days ago and my husband took the car in today. He was told that the Cam Sensor had oil in it. Upon research, I have found that the 2003 models were recalled for a Cam Sensor issue. I am curious if the 2004 models are affected as well.

31st Dec 2006, 15:03

One of our friends bought their son a Sentra several years ago and in the first 30,000 miles just about every major part on the car broke down, including the automatic transmission. They parked the car with 40,000 miles on it and gave their son an old Chrysler LeBaron with 100,000 miles on it. He drove it another 100,000 miles with zero problems. After that experience they have not looked at another Japanese car.

1st Jan 2007, 09:49

I have a 2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8S and sometimes it won’t start right away. It just turns over and over and tries to start and finally when it does, it runs rough and then dies. The next time it starts right up like nothing happened. I took to the dealership and naturally it fired right up every time. Does anyone experience this problem?

2nd Dec 2007, 22:46

These Nissan's are not Japanese, but made in Mexico.

19th Jun 2011, 01:41

Just a note to the original reviewer: Nissan forgot to install a compression ring? Do you mean a piston ring? The part that stop oil mixing with combustibles? If so, you would notice this the moment you started the engine by the blue smoke coming out the exhaust.

9th Sep 2011, 17:32

The car is junk. I had exactly the same problems. To top it off, my cat went bad and the dealerships said it was my fault for installing an intake system???

Made in Mexico; need I say more?

14th Oct 2012, 00:44

I had all the same problems with my '05 SE. They blow head gaskets, eat catalytic converters. Constant check engine lights. Threw a rod getting onto the highway. :-(

A lot of people have had problems with this model. I thought it was just mine. Nissan dealer was crap. They told me it was my problem. 3/36,000 mile warranty went way too fast. I had 25 year old VW Jetta that was more reliable.