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#1701 of 2065 Trouble with 2004 Nissan Starting..HELP
Oct 19, 2004 (11:04 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.
#1702 of 2065 Re: Trouble with 2004 Nissan Starting..HELP [pageripper]
Oct 25, 2004 (5:27 pm)
Since it's under warranty, that's good. Try another Nissan dealership nearby, maybe another dealer may find the problem. Maybe if you own a "1.8S or 1.8" you shouldn't really rev it up, those 2 models aren't exactly made for performance/racing. I own a '02 Sentra SE-R Spec-V and rev up to 6500 RPMs all the time, but I don't get the "chug-chug" problem like you. Well, hope Nissan finds the problem.
#1703 of 2065 Re: Trouble with 2004 Nissan Starting..HELP [nismotuned3]
Oct 26, 2004 (7:32 pm)
Well, its been in the shop for the second time as of today. Dealership wasn't able to "duplicate" the problem, all they did was adjust some air flow regulator or something along that lines. So far it seems ok. But i haven't been out since i brought it home from the dealership. I spoke to another mechanic i know, and he said it sounded like a fuel issue. Seeing that the main time it happens is when i drive at higher speeds, as in on the freeway or passing cars, not being a rally racer or anything like that, its a 1.8S , so i know it has limits as towards speed and all that. But it still should have troubles starting after i come out and try starting it after its been sitting for 30mins or more. Oh, and another thing, the MPG has gone down, the model is supposed to be getting 28-35mpg, but i check it last couple of times I've been filling up, and I've been getting 26-28 mpg... now that really made me think it was some kind of fuel issue... so I'm really confused, so i hope that maybe this trip to the dealership today fixed it. If not, I'm about ready to take it to my own mechanic; voided warranty or not!
Oct 27, 2004 (3:59 pm)
My mileage is no where near what the EPA says. Dealer checked it out, and all is within specs. Wish I had bought the Corolla!
#1705 of 2065 Re: Mileage [sandman46]
Oct 27, 2004 (6:09 pm)
Well, i've talked to a few mechanics out there about EPA. Sentra's supposed to get 28/35 or something like that, i get mileage like that of a V6 SUV lol! It's in the style of driving, if you're a high-revving happy driver like me, don't be surprised about your gas mileage. But if you're the calm and steady driver, not going past 3000 RPMs, then i would assume there's something wrong lol. (Don't forget, sometimes brand name gasoline makes a difference)
#1706 of 2065 Re: Mileage
Nov 01, 2004 (8:06 pm)
It is almost totally impossible to get the EPA value! I drive, with light foot, in which many will cut ahead, and keep rmp under 2500, what it kill it is the stop-and-go, if you stop all the traffic light (red), the mileage will be crazy! Also, the tire pressure is the right amount! If you get 26-28, on "pure city" driving, is very impressive, my mileage with 80% highway driving is slightly higher than EPA city! lol... try hard to work on your MPG
#1707 of 2065 Re: 2005 Sentra [ottomatic]
Nov 11, 2004 (5:38 pm)
I like my 2004 Sentra, for the most part. Bought it in February 2004 and as of Nov. 10, I have 26K on it. It is in the shop right now, bad right front suspension, trunk lock assembly and poor gas mileage. I track all my miles and average 29mpg with a 1.8L where the EPA sticker says it should be 35mpg - never got it. With 26K in 8 months, you can be assured it is not city driving. I was told by the service manager that 29 was not unreasonable. I countered that a 20% reduction is unreasonable. If you are buying for mileage, take a closer look at Honda or Toyota - forget Nissan, whether 2005 or not. I got hoodwinked, never again.
#1708 of 2065 Re: 2005 Sentra [pfinnell]
Nov 11, 2004 (6:31 pm)
You "average" 29MPG. Those are your exact words. If thats the average, you have lower MPGs and higher MPGs in there. I'm sorry, but with regards to MPG, its caveat emptor, as the EPA cycles are very very defined conditions. If you were truly buying for mileage, you would have surely noticed the Corolla's significantly higher MPG (3-4 gallons per mile), and gone that route. Im sorry, but I do have to agree that 29 MPG average is not a problem in your vehicle.
Nov 11, 2004 (8:17 pm)
Having had 2 Corollas previously, a '88 FX and a '96 DX, I will agree that Toyota's are top notch when it comes to higher mileage in their automatics. 3 to 4 higher mpg's are actually about right. I've finally resolved myself to this fact and am enjoying driving my Sentra GXE now. It rides like a much bigger car, and the brakes beat Toyota hands down.
With only 2 problems which were fixed under warranty, the car has been very reliable in the 1 1/2 years of ownership. And my kids really like driving it. So far, it's met it's desired purpose for our family, a cheap to keep and own vehicle. It does what it's supposed to do!
#1710 of 2065 Re: Mileage [sandman46]
Nov 11, 2004 (8:25 pm)
Glad to hear you're happy. I love my 2.5LE. Poor cupholders and a tight back seat are my main complaints. You definitely hit the nail on the head.... Nissan's brakes offer a much better pedal feel to me than do comparable Toyota's (though the Corolla pedal and capability with ABS are actually quite decent)