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#1905 of 2065 Re: I Hate My Nissan [drewns]
Mar 20, 2006 (8:45 pm)
I'm just beginning to diskllike my 2001 Sentra GXE as well. (I'm new to this forum--on a lark, I googled "Sentra" and "problems" and ended up here... I had no idea I'd find so many others with the same exact story and difficulties!) I bought the car brand new after reading good reviews on Consumer Reports, and made a somewhat reluctant switch after being happy with Hondas for many years because I felt at that time that Nissan was giving more car for the same money--)
My Sentra only has 33,000 mi. on it and has been well-maintained. A while back, the "service engine soon" light went on. It was intermittent at first but then stayed on...When I took it into the dealership this week, they charged me $100 to diagnose it and said the mass air flow sensor had gone out and that replacing it for $570 would fix the problem. I asked "how can this be happening on such a low-milage car, and why should a little part cost so much?" They said that they don't just replace the little part--they replace the entire housing around it because "that's how Nissan prefers it." I refused service, thinking I might get it done cheaper elsewhere. (I even called every junk car place and no one had the part...) An independent mechanic I talked to said that he couldn't get the part from anywhere but Nissan, and that I was better off just having them do it since after talking to them about obtaining the part, (and discussing my car specifically because they realized it was me/my car he was inquiring about) he got the impression my car was having "serious computer problems that they'd be better at fixing."
I have also had the "sticky gas pedal" issue I've read about on this forum, and the dealership wants another $100 to do an induction cleaning service.
I feel like this car is barely out of warranty but this won't be covered, and that from what I've read here despite Nissan knowing about this commom defect, they don't seem to give a damn to make it right, and that even after some people have replaced the sensors and cleaned the buildup they are STILL having problems.
My question is this: has anyone out there had ANY success working things out with the folks at 1-800-Nissan1, or do I basically have no recourse but to pay up and hope this fixes my problems? Incidentally, the car has never had great power, and compared to my peppy old Civic, it just feels like a real dog in the performance department and I feel totally screwed. Help!
#1906 of 2065 2002 Sentra Computer (ECU) replacement
Mar 23, 2006 (4:18 pm)
Long But important Post
Before this happens to you,
Last week had car stalling but restarting fine. Before going to the dealer repair shop I looked up some info on the internet and found that there were two recalls (of which I wasn't informed) relating to stalling and starting . You all know them as the crank sensor replacement and the foam around the ECU replacement.
I called the dealer and they confirmed that my car was under this recall and that thet would do the work at no charge.
The day I was to bring it in the car would'nt start. They had it towed in and did the recal work and it stalled on the test drive. After 4 hrs of labour (at my cost) to find the new problem they determined that the ECU needed to be replaced because it was faulty. $1600.00 later my car is now running (don't know for how long. Lost all confidence in this car.)
My beef is :
If the recall to the foam around the ecu was neccessary so that the emitted sulfur does not cause corrosion to the ECU and eventual failure of the ECU. I believe that thier failure to inform me by letter or phone to do this work caused the eventual failure of my 4 year old computer.
I don't think I was responsible to pay for this.
I am considering taking recourse and want people with similar problems or advice to come forward.
#1907 of 2065 Transmission Fluid Oil Change
Mar 24, 2006 (12:54 pm)
Does anyone out there know when NISSAN recommends having the auto trans fluid changed? I have a 2001 Sentra XE with 47Kmi and have never towed or pulled anything.
Your advice would be GREATLY APPRECIATE.
#1908 of 2065 Re: Coils [sandman46]
Mar 24, 2006 (2:18 pm)
As far as I know, there is a coil for each cylinder. Hope this helps.
#1909 of 2065 Nissan 2001 Sentra
Mar 25, 2006 (11:44 am)
Does anyone know if Nissan recommednds a transmission oil change by months or mileage. PLEASE HELP ME!!
Mar 28, 2006 (4:35 pm)
I'm having a problem with my 2000 sentra. Whenever I downshift, I'm losing a lot of power and my car will die. It's kind of hard to explain it. I changed the plugs, wires, distributer cap, and rotor but nothing seems to work. If anyone has any ideas, or if it has happened to anyone else, I would really appreciate it.
#1912 of 2065 Re: 2002 Sentra Computer (ECU) replacement [gense]
Apr 03, 2006 (11:02 am)
I also was NOT informed of this recall--I only found out about it when I took my car in 2 weeks ago for other problems (see my post regarding the mass air flow sensor that preceeds your post). I was just furious, because it turns out this recall went out in March of 2004! so we've been driving around for 2 years without knowing, causing god only knows what kind of damage. When I called Nissan corporate in NJ to inquire why I was never notified, the "CSR" (and I use that term ironically) insisted that according to their records the notice HAD gone out. She also claimed that it was MY responsibility to check w/ Nissan's site on a frequent basis to see if they had any recalls for my model.
I was incredulous--I said "You're telling me that you're putting the onus on your CUSTOMER to research problems due to YOUR faulty manufacturing even though the law says you must contact us?" and she said yes. She was extremely rude and would not budge on anything, I don't know what the answer is, but I'm telling you to prepare yourself for a fight. I'm also interested that you never got the notice either, and that surely your problems--and maybe mine as well--are the result of driving around like that all that time! As for me, I still haven't had the work done on my car--now that I've done this research, I am going to call them back, open a case number, and tell them all that I've found out about similar problems from this site. I urge you to do the same.
#1913 of 2065 car does not start
Apr 25, 2006 (7:14 pm)
I am a mechanically ignorant person. I have a 1997 nissan sentra that has recently started giving me a lot of trouble. The car will not start suddenly. At this point everthing else works like power windows, lights, horn etc. so it is not the battery. It will start working by itslef after a couple of days and would stop again. I have taken it to 3 mechanics and spent a lot of money on it. Does anyone know what the problem might be?
#1914 of 2065 i just got a 1993 nissan sentra se
Apr 27, 2006 (12:17 pm)
yeah i just got a new nissan sentra se and i dont know what i should do to it?