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#1364 of 2065 Nope, not again....
Jul 21, 2002 (1:00 pm)
I bought my 2001 Sentra GXE new, in April of 2001. It was a PROBLEM from the start. First off I bought the car from Bennington Motor Car, where I got screwed with the price, and the techicians couldnt not fix a car to save their lives. The first 12 months were a nightmare...it was in the shop 26 TIMES. I tried to get the lemon law but nissan has so many loop holes in their contract that there is no way to do it, not even with legal advise.
Here are some of the problems I had with it....
-2 days after I bought it.....clicking noise coming from drivers side, front wheel
they said it was nothing but there was a recall that finlly took care of the problem about 3 months later.
-Trunk WOULD NOT CLOSE this was an on going problem. it would bounce back a good 3 or 4 times before it caught.
garage said it was a latch problem and was replaced....funny........it didnt work.
trunk was "misalligned"
-Breaks pulsated....which I brought the car to the shop and I signed a paper, (which i asked what it was and was told it was just for permission to work on the car, when in fact it was a warrenty waiver) SCREWED AGAIN BY NISSAN.
Rotors were worn, but not the break pads *intresting* machanics said it was warp from highway driving when the car heats up and than hitting a puddle and it cools quickly *rolls eyes*
anyways, it was covered under the lil thing they like to call "warrenty" and I was told they had replaced the rotors, but when in fact i found out that they had only been turned down, not replaced when the breaks went again (see below)
-after a long road trip the hubcap melted to the rim.
-belt squeeled. Took to Bennington Motor Car, and they tighted it, but apparently to much cuz when I got to Massachusetts, it broke off cuz it was TOO TIGHT!!! Car had to be towed.
-belt tensioner broke
-belt to loose, fell off
-starter went at about 14,000 miles
-breaks went again- had to replace rotors, no break shoes though.......this time it wasnt under warrenty and you can only get them through NISSAN MOTOR INC....so I was screwed with those prices...
$340 for new rotors.
-seat belt broke
-lost lighting to dashboard, what told it was an "out bulb". Replaced worked fine, but lost shifter lights about 5 hrs after driving it off the garage lot. Replaced that too....than 2 days after getting that replaced, the radio lost its lighting, and the dome light wasnt working now. GOOD JOB!!! They deined it was ever an eletrical problem.
-Factory CD players EJECT button broke off...GOD DAMN IT!!
-Alarm would go off randomly. This is intresting seeing as the ALARM SYSTEM NEVER WORKED IN THE FIRST PLACE
-trasmission was sticking...seemed to always get stuck in 2nd gear
-Over drive broke...
-Oil leak...faulty seals
-motor in passengers side door broke
and than there was the RECALLS....
I think that there was about 4 or 5 of them on my car, which I hear issnt that bad considering FORD FOCUS has about 7.....which BENNINGTON MOTOR CAR ALSO SELLS.
I have owned a Ford Escort, and it was a POS but I dont think that it compared to the Nissan.
Luck would have it that i totalled it with 38,000 miles on it when I plowed into a car stopped in front of me at about 65mph. THANK GOD ITS GONE!!
Oh yeah, and in the accident....NO AIRBAGS!!!!!!
Not a single one. Lemme remind you that I hit a stopped object head on, at 65mph. Smashed the frame to hell, along with the entire front end, nope no airbags, no airbag light, no nothing, but an ambulace ride to the hospital and pounding headaches, and a $500,000 lawsuit on NISSAN.
One other thing that turned me off to nissan was the fact that I was just ignored everytime I tried to call NISSAN OF AMERICA....no returned phone calls, no updates, no nothing. I can be sure of one thing. Never again will I own another nissan.....anyone considering this car, i strongly advise against it, and trust me, im not the only one....a friends sister, as just as many issues with her 2001 sentra gxe.
Closing I will say this.....Your better off buying an American Product, but personally....id rather buy the New 2002 HYUNDAI ELANTRA GT.
(at the same price, better warrenty, leather, moonroof, cd, cruise, power everything, awesome sound system, much much more, and much sportier, and betting looking than the ghetto boody nissan sentra)
Jul 21, 2002 (1:04 pm)
I had the same issue with my nissan,(2001 nissan sentra GXE) as a matter of fact it was the last sounds that came from my car as i plowed into the car infront of me...i mean, other than the crunching metal sounds that came from plastic and metal searing together.
#1367 of 2065 Girl_racer
Jul 22, 2002 (1:10 am)
, i'm thinking about to get a Spec V, and read your note, kind of wonder how did u get that lemon. I owned a Nissan Stanza GXE 1987, bought it grand new and still running. But any way your not is very interesting.
#1368 of 2065 My New 2002 MEXICAN Nissan Sentra (Espaņol)
Aug 03, 2002 (4:15 pm)
El 20 de Julio compre por primera vez la Marca nissan, la verdad es que el sentra ha estado tan recomendado que por eso lo escogi. Asi que lo traje en carrera desde nuevo y la verdad que la aceleracion no fue muy buena. Hasta cumplidos los 5000 Kms (3500 Miles) se desahogo y ahora corre como todo un campeon.
Espero que sea un buen auto y que dure muchos aņos. La verdad que me gustaria estar preparado sabiendo cuales son las piezas que primero se daņan para ir ahorrando y preparandome para cambiarlas.
(ask for the version in English at carlo_garciahotmail.com)
#1369 of 2065 Hello carlito
Aug 04, 2002 (1:30 pm)
Welcome to the Town Hall!
We are an English-only site, so if you could repost in English, that would be much appreciated!
I'm sure lots of us would like to know what you have to say about your new Sentra, but most of us do not know Espaņol and it's not very community-friendly to ask us to email you for the translation.
We are pleased to have you as a new member here and we hope that you will enjoy our community. Please drop me an email if I can help you find your way around!
#1371 of 2065 I think it goes something like this
Aug 07, 2002 (8:25 am)
... and I need to brush up on my spanish anyway, I'm learning...
"On July 20 for the first time I bought a Nissan (car). Its true that the Sentra has been so recommended, and for this reason I chose (it). Having completed 3500 miles, I am relieved and it runs like a champ.
I hope that it is/will be a great car and that it will last many years. It is true that I would like to be prepared, knowing which are the parts that will need repairing first so I am ready to change(fix) them."
I may have butchered that. But I tried. I think this person is intending to ask about Maintenance and the Sentra, to which I would tell him/her to check out the maintenance section of edmunds.com.
PS-When will we get pricing for next years 2.5LE model, with the Altima engine?
Aug 13, 2002 (8:16 am)
I read with great disappointment of girl_racer's bad Sentra experience. Once in a while, every car manufacturer has a few lemons in the crop - even Acura, BMW, Cadillac, Toyota - you name it, and someone has had a terrible experience with one of those products. This does not mean that all examples of that product are crap. I had my "lemon" Olds Alero repurchased by GM, and I replaced it with a Sentra based on solid reliability / satisfaction ratings and recommendations from Consumer Reports, etc.
Aug 13, 2002 (4:09 pm)
First off, let me say i sympathize with you on your problematic experieince with your nissan sentra. Ironically, i've owned 3 (2 sentras and a 200SX) and never experienced a problem with either. I'm a very aggressive driver, and I love to push my cars to their limits, and sometimes beyond. In 2000, I purchased a brand new Sentra XE, 5SP Tranny. After about a year and a half, I had 53,000 miles on it, and not one problem. I live in Southern Califorina, and here, stop and go traffic is a very common occurance. I never had any problems with the brakes, or any other mechanics of the car, although, I did have that clicking sound when I first bought the car. It was a suspension part that was replaced under the recall. I have to agree with jlgolden, every car company from BMW down to Kia has cars every now and then that are sub par on quality. For example, Hyundai, which you mentioned in your post, used to be rated as a very unreliable, poor quality car. Through many efforts, redesigns, etc, Hyundai is making a huge effort to turn that reputation around. Since then, they have become more respected in the car industry. I can understand your frustration, one of my best friends had her car in the shop about every 3 days. It was a Honda Civic. Now, Hondas have always been known for their reliable cars, but let me tell you, this car made a Yugo look desirable. It's all about the luck of the draw, really. I've never had any problems with the Nissans I've owned, and as I said, I pretty much drive my cars like they were Corvettes. The 1995 200SX I owned had 97,000 miles when i got rid of it in 1999, and the 2000 sentra I had, had 53,000 miles when i got rid of it in May of this year. I now own a 2002 Sentra SE-R SpecV and I absolutely love this car. It's unfortunate that you had to experience this loss, and I really hope that Nissan stands behind their cause and does the right thing by compensating you for your loss. As for the Dealership, you pretty much got screwed, and should hold them liable as well. I've had problems with a Nissan Dealership here in San Diego before, but a few calls from my lawyer, and they shaped up real quick. You just gotta call them on their crap. At any rate, I'm just rambling now. But in closing, I wouldn't discredit a whole crop of cars because they had a few bad lemons. That's your personal choice of course, and I respect that. But would you stop eating at your favorite restaurant cuz you had a couple times of bad service or a mediocre meal? Nah. As a loyal Nissan owner and a HUGE fan of Nissan's cars, I hope someday, you give them another chance:)