Last post on Feb 07, 2012 at 8:24 PM
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#10 of 14 2009 Electronic Stearing
Sep 27, 2010 (10:41 pm)
I have just had my Nissan in the shop again for it's general maintenance and told them again how heavy the car feels when driving. I likened the steering to that of a truck. It was explained to me when I picked up my vehicle that models below the Altima. have this electronic steering rather than hydraulics. Now not being a mechanic but coming from a family of brothers, I knew what he was talking about. Bottom line for me is the car is not responsive, if you have to swerve it is very difficult to bring back to the correct lane. This can be frightening and hazardous. I have complained about this from the first time we took the car in for maintenance, but this is the only time I was finally told this is the design and it makes for more difficult steering and handling. This was never explained when I purchased the car and has soured me on Nissan. I have owned four other Nissan products and been very happy but when the service folks can tell you the car is hard to drive, this is a bad design, and only on the less expensive models, you begin to form your own opinions. For me when I am able to trade this car away I will, and I am currently looking, I will not be looking at another Nissan. I am very disappointed that the only answer I have is live with it or get rid of it.
#11 of 14 Re: Nissan Sentra 2.0S Feeling a tough ride upon braking [shopclassgirl]
Jan 09, 2011 (5:36 pm)
I have the same prob w/ my 2010 Sentra SR. You described it exactly!
I went to the dealer to test drive another Sentra, it had signs of the same feeling around 20mph. It really is annoying, and wish i had taken longer test drives on the back streets. On the highway its awesome, just don't do any city driving, or around town.... about 70% of what i need it for.
I've had a few episodes w/ it..
#1 transmission range switch failure.. replaced.
#2 TCM short.. replaced. <9K mi symptoms: The car would start up and not display the gear on the dash board. shifting thru the gears wouldn't change the display. I had to turn off the car, and try it again. When in this state it would drive horrible. The problem is intermittent and sometimes causes a check engine light, but the last few times they haven't found the codes stored. I'm hoping that replacing the TCM has fixed this..
#12 of 14 Re: Nissan Sentra 2.0S Feeling a tough ride upon braking [b0bbert]
Jan 09, 2011 (8:15 pm)
b0bbert, I'm sorry to hear of your similar troubles and the even further difficult issues you seem to be experiencing.
I hope all of what's been replaced is at least covered at no charge, under warranty, as would be expected. I truly hope you get everything finally taken care of. And most of all, I wish we, and the rest of our family of "Sentra Suckers" fare better in our next auto choices!
My latest issues are when I'm bearing left while going downhill, I get this almost knocking sound coming from the left rear, like in the strut, or possibly a bearing. YES, they said tech found nothing and everything looks normal! If I hear "it's normal" again, I'm going to go "abnormal" and hit something! The auto industry is the biggest rip in this country and the car makers know once you drive off the lot, you're stuck and their job is done. I can't stand it. Lawmakers find such other meaningless things to fight for, yet the business practices among the auto dealers will always go without a second look.
The quality I once associated with Nissan was definitely NOT put into my Sentra. That's seriously unfortunate!!
#13 of 14 nissan sentra 09 bad battery?
Jan 24, 2011 (8:07 pm)
car was bought new in june 09...it has run great till this morning....went to start it and all I heard was the starter doing the clicking sound....car has 26k miles. Jumped it with wifes car and started up fine...drove about 7 miles and went to start this evening and dead again. I will run a bit longer tomorrow to see if it holds. Did not leave anything on overnite. Here in TN it got real cold last night but battery should not be bad yet. any IDEAS?????
#14 of 14 Re: Nissan Sentra 2.0S Feeling a tough ride upon braking [shopclassgirl]
Feb 07, 2012 (8:24 pm)
its been awhile - thought I'd report in.
yes, the parts I've had replaced have been covered by warranty. I've stopped asking the dealer to look into the lunge at ~20mph and the 40mph roughness.
TCM issues have been resolved w/ new parts, been happy for ~30k at this point.
The CVT weirdness I've just gotten used to it, I still gripe to myself about it, and would not buy another Nissan or CVT because of it.