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#1692 of 2065 Nissan's overly sensitive brakes
Aug 14, 2004 (10:15 pm)
Do any of you guys have annoyingly grabby brakes? This complaint has been lodged against the G35 a million times, and I've heard one mention of it on the 2000+ Sentra. After a few weeks of driving my 95 200SX SE-R (Sentra) in a brake-heavy commute, my knees have been killing me ever since from all that leg lifting needed for smooth braking. One explanation is that the pedal itself is mounted too high. In my car, I measured the pedal's surface being over 5 inches above the ground surface it's perpendicular to. Is that a lot?
Can anything be done to make brakes less touchy, or is this one of those fixed engineering designs we're stuck with for the life of the car? Can we buy an aftermarket pedal that's angled differently, or better yet, simply adjust ours so the default position is lower?
Here's the Sentra article that mentioned the habit:
#1693 of 2065 Re: Back order parts, no ETA, no loaner, where went customer service [customerx]
Sep 17, 2004 (5:03 am)
Just to let everyone know. I STILL DON'T HAVE THE PART! Nissan keeps telling me oh it shipped it will be there next week and then next week and then next week. This part has been on order since the end of June. I am gonna be near 4 months soon. What is going on. Has anyone ever heard of this before? I think they have some serious inventory & shipping issues and now my wallett is getting hit. I can't believe Nissan would treat someone like this.
Sep 17, 2004 (1:28 pm)
Brought the car in last week, and they said 22 mpg in the city is acceptable. Even called Nissan...and they basically blew me off. This will be my last Nissan product. To bad to, we love our '01 Altima, it seems to get better mpg's with the bigger engine.
Have already done the Toyota thing, guess we'll try Honda next time!
Rented a '04 Grand Am last week in New Hampshire and drove it down to Baltimore...not a bad car actually. Comfortable and the mpg's were great for a 6 cylinder car. With all the hills I encountered in Westchester, it didn't miss a beat. It hauled a-s to! Didn't care for the funky red dash lights though. Would actually consider buying one in the future!!
Sep 18, 2004 (7:10 am)
I just went to Nissan's website and noticed they have info. about the new 2005 Sentra, but I didn't take the time to read it all.
I did take their virtual reality, 360-degree tour of the interior-exterior of the 2005 model, but didn't notice any differences from the 2004.
Anyone know how long the 2005 Sentra has been out, available? And what are the more important design, specs. changes from the 2004 model?
#1696 of 2065 No major changes to the 2005
Sep 26, 2004 (4:05 pm)
Noteable: the 2.5S model is dropped. There is a 1.8S package that adds the 16 inch alloys from the SE-R (NON Spec-V), as well as rear spoiler, and a few other things. Cruise control and trip computer now standard on the 1.8S. The 1.8 model gets the upper console compartment and body color door handles that used to be available only on the GXE/1.8S. Getting ABS and Side Airbags on the 1.8S requires checking off most if not all options boxes, but that is nothing new with the Sentra line.
Finally, somewhat of a surprise: the next-gen Sentra wont be available until what appears to be calendar year 2006: (taken from www.nissannews.com)
"The Nissan Sentra will continue to be Nissanís core entry in the compact passenger car market in North America. It will be re-engineered to meet consumer demands for a stylish, economical and performance-oriented small car. The next generation of the all-new Nissan Sentra will be introduced in 2006."
Thats a bit too long for this model. By that time, the car will be seriously lacking in rear-seat room, refinement, interior convenience, and fuel efficiency. Its a good little car for the money, and I love my 2.5LE, but without the option of that model (or the 2.5S) I would have probably by-passed the Nissan dealership.
#1697 of 2065 Re: Back order parts, no ETA, no loaner, where went customer service [customerx]
Sep 28, 2004 (12:45 pm)
Okay so to be a fair person I figured I should let you know how it turned out. The part arrived yesterday and the dealer fixed the car right away. I am picking up the car tonight. The dealer didn't cut be a brake- aprox $800.00 for the part and instal, but Nissan is sending me a check for the 4 weeks I had a rental (Minus taxes). So at least I am getting something $760.00 from Nissan. Mind you the rental wasn't that much because I bought a new car in August. However, at least I got something from Nissan- I suppose they could have gave me nothing at all. Although they should have paid for my rental all along. 3 1/2 parts waiting for a part with out a commitment from Nissan that they would pay for anything and paying insurance on a car that didn't drive for that time was/ is aweful. I still won't ever buy a Nissan again but by paying me I may not tell as many people about it anymore.
#1698 of 2065 Re: Back order parts, no ETA, no loaner, where went customer service [customerx]
Oct 01, 2004 (4:58 am)
After hearing this story I think I will stay away from Nissan. I was planning on buying an Altima but I think I will look at Honda for my next car. Thanks for sharing your story customerx.
Oct 01, 2004 (5:11 am)
Do you think Honda is any different? They have an even worse warranty and reputation for service than Nissan. (check out the JD Power rankings for dealer/service satisfaction... Toyota and Honda occupy the bottom).
The key in purchasing any Honda/Toyota/Nissan is to do a little research and find a dealership that will truly support its customer base. Having a dealer that will work with you through any issues, including getting corporate attention, is very important. For the named makes, find good dealers can be hard.
Oct 01, 2004 (5:41 am)
Alpha, I've never had any problems with the Honda dealer I currently use for maintenance on my '95 Accord EX. Of course I haven't had any problems with the car like cusomerx had. The only dealings I had in fixing my '98 4Runner was semi-bad. My warrenty went out the first week in January and I tried to have the antenna motor fixed near the end of January. The Toyota dealer at first refused to fix it under warranty but relented and met me half way with the cost of repair when I gave them a poor rating on their questionaire. I have since changed dealerships for maintenance work.
I was very impressed with the Altima when I had one for a rental car for 10 days.
Thanks for your imput Alpha, I do value your opinion.
#1701 of 2065 Trouble with 2004 Nissan Starting..HELP
Oct 19, 2004 (10:04 am)
I recently purchase a used 2004 Nissan Sentra, still under warranty. Now, when i drove it home, everything was great. But as notice, when i would drive it hard, or would greater need for acceleration, ex:like passing car's or merging. After i would arrive at my destination and let the car sit, then go back out to the car and try to start it, it would try to start, chug and chug, so i would stop, and try again, and with a little more chuggin it would finally start. Now, it only does this when i driver at higher speeds. Doesn't effect it when i'm driving around town or anything like that. Now i had my local dealership look at it, and they found nothing wrong with it, but it has to be something wrong. I spoke to a mechanic i know, and he said it sounded like a fuel problem.
So i was wonder if you guys have idea or suggestions, so maybe i could point somebody in the right direction, or check it out myself.Because i do not want to be stranded somewhere if this thing gets worse.