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#1747 of 2065 Questions and Answers
May 07, 2005 (7:34 am)
First, questions. Should I have the timing chain replaced at 60K miles on my 2000 sentra? It has the 1.8L . If so should I let a nissan dealer do the work? They sent me a flyer this week offering to do the job for $359.
Here are the highlights or my 5 years and 57K miles with the sentra GXE.
Wheels replaced do to recall. No charge.
Hesitation when engine is cold. This occurs without fail if I don't let the car warm up. I'll drive a block or so to the first place where I gradually let off on the gas in anticipation of stopping. The engine stutters just for a second and then runs fine. I don't have this problem in summer months. I took it to three dealers while it was under warranty and none could duplicate / diagnose the problem. I even left if over night so they could experience the cold engine. No luck. So far this is just an annoyance, but I fear someday the other shoe may drop.
Air Conditioner - faulty wire. During the first month after purchasing this car new I noticed that on some days the a/c would stop producing cold air for short periods. Of course the dealer could never find the problem until - you guessed it - 2 months after the warranty expired - they found a wire bundle that had a short. Problem solved for ten cents worth of wire and $100 labor.
Alternator belt. Shredded itself at about 38K miles. Seems premature to me.
Front wheel bearing. Starting grinding at 55K miles. Decided to replace both just in case. While they had the front wheels off the mechanic shows me the rotors. The outer 1/8 inch was rusted. He explained that while the surface that made contact was still serviceable, the outer edge would soon contact the pad assemble or something like that. I frankly didn't understand what he was saying, still don't. Anyway, I bought his sales pitch since he said that there would be no labor charge for replacing the rotors since they were already off for the bearing change. Total cost for the bearing and rotor replacement -- $480. ouch. By the way. The pads were still good. Has anyone ever heard of a case where the original break pads lasted longer that the original rotors?
I average 36 mpg on the highway, 30 in town, and 32 mpg combined and I check it on every tank. Best ever 40 mpg, worst 29 mpg.
Overall, not a bad car. Knowing what I do now I would make the same choice if I had to do it over again. This was the new model (basically same as current) in the summer of 2000 when I bought it and at the time was IMO the best choice in its class.
Lastly, if I ever meet the sorry so and so who designed the placement of the oil filter and catalytic converter I'm going to strangle him. The filter sits directly above the converter surrounded by other engine and suspension parts. This makes it extremely difficult to remove/replace and results in oil dripping on the cat. That leads to a burning oil smell for the first week after every oil change. Not to mention the thrill of burning your wrist on the cat as you struggle to detach the filter.
May 09, 2005 (11:45 am)
the ECU's (or ECM's as Nissan calls them) are known to be bad...i own a 2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec-V and the ECM died at about 50K miles, and i have the 2.5L not the 1.8. needless to say now, my car is once again back in the shop getting a new motor...one of the butterfly screws on the butterfly valve in the lower intake manifold backed itself off and was sucked into the #1 cylinder...a problem that a LOT of 2.5 sentra's and altima's have that Nissan is aware of but refuses to place a recall on. so yeah, 3 yrs old, barely 60K miles, and already a new ECM, Mass Airflow Sensor and now a new motor...never been so dissapointed in a car before in my life
#1749 of 2065 2004 Sentra CD Player problems!!!!
May 10, 2005 (12:42 pm)
I have a 2004 Sentra 1.8S. I put a CD-R in my cd player, which usually reads them fine, but now the cd player will not eject my cd. When I first turn on the car, it will read the cd and play it. But when I try to eject the cd, it will not come out, the "CD in" signal disappears, and the cd player makes a weird noise.
Does anyone know of a manual override for this? Is there ANY way to get the cd to come out without taking it to a shop? Thanks for your help!
#1750 of 2065 Re: Vote now! [pat]
May 18, 2005 (3:49 am)
I have a 2002 se-r and have also had a mass airflow sensor go bad. Rather than pay the 500 plus dollars for the part, I went online to junkyards and got the part for $120 and had my mechanic put it in for $70. No problems since. This is a relatively common problem with Sentras. The real issue with this part is that only Nissan makes it. You can't just go to NAPA and get the part. This part is small and way overpriced. Overall though the sentra is not bad for reliability but the dealerships are the way they are due to the lack of company support.
May 18, 2005 (4:19 am)
They fixed my trunk leak last week under warranty. The rubber stripping was loose or something. I had wetness around the spare and the cardboard had a stain. For some reason the jack was on top of the carpet. Put it back and saw and felt the wetness.
Got the part in and fixed 2 days later.
May 18, 2005 (5:48 pm)
Okay, I tried to start the car, and when I put the key in the ignition and attempt to turn it toward the on-position, there is a distinct ticking (even-speed) noise heard--it stops once the car reaches the on-position, and the car does not start.
However, while in the on-position, it tries to start--and this can be heard as the engine turns; it just does not turn on the car.
The lights, radio, windows, locks, everything works. Just not the car itself.
Problems leading up to this problem include the 2002 Sentra quitting while driving. No warning, just stopping while driving. It would start right up again after having stopped, however now it does not.
I switched out the fuel pump relay, but it was to no avail either.
Do you guys think that the problem is a faulty fuel pump itself or is there another culprit?
#1754 of 2065 Re: I Hate My Nissan [flacitybug]
May 20, 2005 (3:34 pm)
I have a 2002 Nissan Sentra at my check engine light has been on forever, my gas pedal sticks and my driver and passenger windows don't work they have been like that since 2003. My husband took apart the driver window since Nissan dealer New City Nissan in Honolulu Hawaii said they would not cover under warranty, what he found was a completely frayed cable that makes the window go up and down, the motors work well but a frayed cable cannot go through a pulley. Nissan wants anywhere from $450. up per window to fix, seems to me with all the comments that I have read on web sights that this is a Nissan problem and should have a recall. I have been on the phone on hold with Nissan for over an hour so far this time they are impossible to reach, guess they don't like the customers that feed them. No more Nissan products for us we also have a Nissan Frontier bought 2 cars the same day sure don't get any service I guess you live and learn.
#1755 of 2065 Re: I Hate My Nissan [isy]
May 20, 2005 (3:50 pm)
Sorry to hear about your problems. But I hear similar complains from the owners of other makes as well. On the other negative note from Nissan I've heard that they are delaying new Sentra intro in US. Nissan's Carlos Ghosn was talking about a few month delay. Does anyone have the specifics on it?
#1756 of 2065 Re: Sentra problems [slash1]
May 20, 2005 (6:42 pm)
I have a 2002 Sentra GXE; 101K miles: 1,000 over the extended warranty that I had purchased.
I went in for the recall on the ECM foam a couple of months back, however I believe that the damage to my ECM was already done, as not long after having had the recall, my car started dying while driving.
After attempting to self-diagnose, I finally had it towed to the Nissan dealership this morning.
Their diagnosis? Their reader was not able to connect to the car--the same problem I was having with my OBD II Reader.
So, their "diagnosis" was that I needed a new computer--and THEN they could see if anything else is wrong with the car.
They haven't even checked wires/cables going to the ECM--they are just charging me for a new ECM.
Mind you, I would be okay with this, had there not been a reason leading up to this ECM failure--the reason for the recall was to stop the result of not having the recall in the first place--as they say on their recall page on the Nissanusa website: "This may also result in the "Service Engine Soon" light coming on or poor driveability. If the engine stops running while driving, this could result in a crash without warning."
My car still did this until recently when it just would not start.
I'm stuck over the weekend without a car because, after having called multiple Nissan spokespeople (via their (800) numbers), I was left on a string: I can't get my car from the Nissan dealership without paying for a new ECM which (1) I'm not ultimately sure is necessary, and (2) I would have to pay for--but I believe should be covered.
Needless to say, should there be no responses to this post, I'm quite an irate Sentra owner at this moment in time--a shame because I enjoyed my red car.