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#65 of 86 My son's 2010 Sentra SE-R
Aug 28, 2010 (10:19 am)
I am bummed to hear some of the issues people are having with their Sentras. I took my son's car in for the first oil change this morning (3750 miles). I was in and out in 35 minutes and $30. He drives the car (mostly back and forth to school, 11 miles each way) and this is the first time I have driven it in a few months (purchased in February). All I can say is that this car has no issues. Tight, everything works like it should and it is a complete blast to drive. I hope the folks that are having problems get them worked out. This is our 4th Nissan and we have always had great luck with them.
#66 of 86 Electrical problems redux
Aug 28, 2010 (1:24 pm)
So far, knock on wood, the latest fix seems to have "taken". I should add some positives- we took the car back and forth twice to Beaumont (before the electrical issues started), a 4-1/2 drive, and got fantastic mileage- 36 mpg average. I always use middle octane gasoline and that may have added a few miles. Today, in town, with a lot of stop and start, I averaged 25.5. Please don't be bummed. The Sentra is a great deal and with the 5-star crash rating, a perfect car for a teen!
#67 of 86 Nissan Sentra CVT
Aug 30, 2010 (9:40 am)
Hello, My wife and I just purchased a Sentra 2.5 SL with the CVT transmission. A word to anyone interested in buying.... STAY AWAY FROM THE CVT TRANSMISSION! I have experience with the nissan product line (sales) that is why we bought the Sentra, the 2.5 is a good engine but the transmission I am finding is terrible! - Let me explain... On a demo ride or basic in town driving the transmission is fine. The issue is merging or passing in traffic. There is nothing from a performance standpoint. The car will maintain speed but acceleration is awful. in order to pass on the highway you need to "slingshot" the intended target. It is not a matter of pull out and pass. even pulling out from a side road and getting up to speed to go with traffic flow is a dissapointment. You will find the engine revs to 4-45 hundred rpms with a very slow increase in speed. The other downside is the fuel economy suffers. We only get about about 29 mpg, (not bad) but my '96 Neon gets 33 mpg with a 5 speed and I have no power issues. - On the positive side, I do like the way the CVT acts on a downhill. With your foot off of the accelerator the car maintains speed (does not speed-up, requireing braking)
Choose wisely, I much would have prefered the 5 speed over the CVT now I know I should have followed my gut.
#68 of 86 FRESH OFF THE LOT
Sep 01, 2010 (6:57 pm)
I just purchased a 2010 Nissan Sentra SR on sat. it broke down on me on Tues. afternoon. WTHeck is going on with these Sentras?
#69 of 86 Re: FRESH OFF THE LOT [cocobonvon]
Sep 01, 2010 (7:25 pm)
Now, that is depressing. I actually got 2500 worry free miles out of mine. So far, the electrical fix is holding after 9 days. I am starting to relax. When you say "broke down," what do you mean? If the electrical systems died entirely, you might have the same problem that I did with the weld not being done correctly where the battery must be recharged by the alternator. My Sentra is also an SR. I haven't had the bad steering or CRV problems that others have complained about.
#70 of 86 Re: FRESH OFF THE LOT [texassue]
Sep 01, 2010 (8:32 pm)
I went into the store, came out and it wouldnt start. the lights came on and everything but it didnt seem to crank. the funny thing is the hood popped on its own. I did get it to start but as soon as i reversed, it stopped. The dealership is so far telling me its a defective cable to the battery but then why would the lights turn on? they did give me a loaner and towed my vehicle however is this a one time offer. Im worried about this cause i drive to different states so am i gonna be on the highway and fearing for my life?
#71 of 86 Re: FRESH OFF THE LOT [cocobonvon]
Sep 01, 2010 (8:49 pm)
Yes, that sounds like the same thing. My dash lights all came on too the first time, second time dead as a doornail for everything. You are probably in the earliest stages when the cable has jiggled loose but not quite all gone. This cable is on national back order which tells me it is a widespread problem that will eventually result in a recall. Call NISSAN USA and file a report and ask if they can speed up you getting that part from their end. That's what I did and I think they were able to get my cable to me earlier than anticipated by the dealership. Another car with the same problem came in to the dealership while mine was there. We should all compare VIN numbers to see what factory is implicated. However, the good news is that once the cable was replaced, all seems well- HOWEVER, I had a brief set back because they need to program both your keys when they do this or it may not start with the un-programmed key.
If you are under warranty, this should NOT be a "one time offer". They are obligated to fix it until it is fixed, assuming this is a new car under the usual warranties, and after four times within a year (or twice, if you make the argument, and I think you can, that this is a safety defect), it can be declared a lemon. My dealership towed me twice at their expense.
#72 of 86 Re: FRESH OFF THE LOT [texassue]
Sep 01, 2010 (8:56 pm)
OH MY!! This is why i bought a 2010 so i wouldn't run into issues. Im shocked i thought nissan was suppose to be a good car brand.
I fell head over heels for this car, I was even told that when we drove in the lot and i saw it that i had a twinkle in my eye. .
I thought they only did recalls if there are too many deaths?
what happens during a recall?
sorry my first new car
thanks for your help
#73 of 86 Re: FRESH OFF THE LOT [cocobonvon]
Sep 01, 2010 (9:32 pm)
I hear you- I had a Taurus I bought used and only at about 150,000 did it start to have ANY issues. It is now 175,000 miles, my son's car now, factory cold AC, still going and blowing. Like you, I decided to treat myself to a new car so I wouldn't have issues so my mind was blown with this problem. I researched the NISSAN SENTRA carefully and it seemed like safety and reliability were its strong suits. However, I predict with today's car market and reputation being key, your dealership will hang with you to solve the problem- mine did, and I didn't even have a loaner like you have. It has been nine days since my replaced battery cable, car has started right up, and one thing I noticed right away was that I had COLD rather than COOL AC- the mechanic said this was because the car was finally getting the proper voltage to all systems. The cable enables the battery to recharge properly from the alternator...otherwise, the battery runs on its own voltage until it runs out. That's why your lights and all came on but the car didn't start up. Sounds like your dealership is on the right track. The first time, mine replaced a fuse because the radio went out- the second time, the battery. Only the third time did I have a curious mechanic who ascertained the bad weld and the need to replace the cable. Open up a case at Nissan Customer Service. Be sweet but get across your considerable vexation that a new car has these problems! They will open up a case and contact your dealership and it helps to have them looking over the dealer's shoulder. They may be able to make sure your cable gets swiftly to the dealer. Plus, it is documentation in case you need to pursue a lemon law claim. Hopefully, neither of us will.
By the way- a recall doesn't happen from deaths only, but from a known and systemic defect that can affect safety and needs repair. The fact this cable is on national back order tells me that the problem could be widespread and therefore could initiate a recall. Makers are generally reluctant to do this because it is their nickel, even for cars out of warranty.
#74 of 86 Any advice for my 2009 nissan sentra problem?
Sep 20, 2010 (10:15 pm)
First of all, I want to thank you for posting your problems about your nissan sentras. I have been having issues with my 2009 nissan sentra since I about it mid-last year and it is good to know I am not the only one going through this . My car swerved since 2009 and still swerves whenever I am driving on the freeway. The terrifying problem usually starts when I reach 70mph and then I am forced to reduce my speed to maybe 60.
But just 2 days ago, the swerves was 100 hundred times more terrible and life threatening. I really thought that I was going to cause a big accident and I prayed to God desperately to protect my life. I had to immediately exit the freeway and went to the nearest Nissan dealership to see if they could take a look at my car. GUESS WHAT? The useless service manager told me that "sorry if I had come in the morning they could check it out...and that they only service like 10 cars a day". By the way i got to the shop around 3pm and according to their entrance, their hours was till 5pm. I begged the guy and he refused to budge one bit. Why don’t they change their hours or simply do their job? They treat people like the customers are doing them a favor.
This kind of horrible service is the same I have received from FOUR, I repeat 4 several dealerships. No matter how much I tried to reason with them and plead, they refuse to fix the problem. They made me look stupid as if I couldn't drive and continuously lied to me that nothing's wrong (your posts confirmed to me that the problems were real and I am not crazy). ARE THEY WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO ACTUALLY DIE BEFORE THEY DO ANYTHING? I DETEST Nissan and would never encourage anyone (even my enemies) to buy it, not only does their car suck but their service guys are plain deceitful, greedy and pretty much heartless.
So my next question is, does anybody know any solution to fix this dangerous freeway driving problem? I don't know much about cars, so is there like a temporary solution to do while I research into other brands and do a trade-in? I need to drive the freeway every week and really need a car that works and wouldn’t kill me.
Thanks in advance for your useful responses