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NISSAN SENTRA - 2004 NISSAN SENTRA Problems & Complaints

 
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by Nissan North America, Inc.

There are 168 complaints filed for the 2004 NISSAN SENTRA

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2004 NISSAN SENTRA. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2004 NISSAN SENTRA, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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ENGINE

3/17/2016 - WOODLAND MILLS, TN
MY CAR USUALLY TAKES TWO TRIES TO START. AFTER IT WARMS UP AND I'VE BEEN DRIVING, IT STALLS SUDDENLY, AND I'M STRANDED FOR SEVERAL MINUTES. WHEN IT DOES START UP AGAIN, IT GOES A SHORT DISTANCE, AND AS SOON AS THE ENGINE WARMS UP AGAIN, IT STALLS AGAIN. TODAY IT STALLED ON THE WAY HOME, THREE TIMES, IN LESS THAN 4 MILES. I WAS LEFT SITTING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, HOPING I WOULDN'T GET HIT. I HAVE ALSO HAD IT STALL IN THE MIDDLE OF A BUSY INTERSECTION, AND AM VERY CONCERNED ABOUT IT STALLING WHEN I PULL OUT IN FRONT OF OTHER TRAFFIC TO CROSS A ROAD. I AM AT RISK OF A CRASH BECAUSE OF THIS. IT HAS STALLED WHIIE DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAY, CITY STREETS AND ON RURAL ROADS. ONE NIGHT IT STALLED OVER A DOZEN TIMES AS I WAS PASSING THROUGH A BAD AREA OF TIME TEN O'CLOCK AT NIGHT. NISSAN IS GOING TO COST SOMEBODY THEIR LIFE IF THEY DON'T GET ON THIS AND FIX EVERY NISSAN THAT IS EXHIBITING THESE KINDS OF SUDDEN STALLS. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE SUMMER 2015 AND IS GETTING FAR WORSE. I CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY FOR A MANUFACTURING DEFECT. THIS FORM IS INSUFFICIENT BECAUSE IT IS FORCING A ONE DATE LIST FOR PROBLEMS AND THIS IS HAPPENING REPEATEDLY. THERE ARE NO DOCUMENTS TO UPLOAD, I JUST SIT IN THE CAR AND WAIT FOR IT TO FINALLY START AGAIN.

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ENGINE

3/14/2016 - HALETHORPE, MD
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2004 NISSAN SENTRA. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING FROM A STOP, THE VEHICLE JERKED AND THE ENGINE RPM'S REVVED RAPIDLY WITHOUT WARNING. THE FAILURE RECURRED INTERMITTENTLY. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED THAT THE ENGINE CONTROL MODULE HAD FAILED AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 127,000.

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ENGINE

12/10/2015 - KATY, TX
AUGUST 2014:I WAS DRIVING HOME FROM WORK ON A CITY STREET DOING ABOUT 45 WHEN THE CAR JUST SHUT OFF. I WAS ABLE TO COAST INTO A PARKING LOT WITH THE RESIDUAL POWER THE CAR HAD. LUCKILY NO ONE WAS NEXT TO ME. THE STEERING WAS GONE SINCE THERE WAS NO POWER. AFTER MANY ATTEMPTS, I FINALLY GOT THE CAR STARTED BUT HAD TO PUT THE CAR INTO NEUTRAL WHENEVER I WAS AT A LIGHT (BECAUSE THE RPM WAS AT 500 AND IT KEPT SHUTTING OFF WHEN I APPLIED THE BRAKE). MANAGED TO MAKE IT HOME. ENDED UP BEING THE CAM/CRANK SENSORS THAT WENT OUT. FAST FORWARD TO NOVEMBER 2015 AND I HAD TO REPLACE THE CAM SENSOR AGAIN!! CAR STILL IDLES AT 500 RPM AND ALWAYS FEELS LIKE IT'S GOING TO SHUT OFF. NEXT ISSUE IS THE POWER WINDOWS. DRIVERS SIDE GETS HALF-WAY DOWN, BUT YOU HAVE TO PULL THE SWITCH UP QUICKLY IN ORDER FOR IT TO ROLL BACK UP. CANNOT OPEN/CLOSE PASSENGER WINDOW FROM DRIVERS SIDE, ONLY PASSENGER SIDE. NEXT ISSUE IS RANDOM LEAK IN THE TRUNK WHERE THE SPARE TIRE IS STORED. ABOUT 1-2 MONTHS AFTER WE HAD GOTTEN SOME HEAVY RAINS, I NOTICED A SLIGHT MILDEW SMELL IN THE CABIN. I SNIFFED AROUND, DIDN'T SEE OR FEEL ANYTHING THAT WAS WET. FIGURED IT WAS A CABIN FILTER THAT NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. ANOTHER MONTH GOES BY AND I CAN STILL FAINTLY SMELL IT. I OPEN MY TRUNK AND IT'S COMING FROM THERE. I PULL EVERYTHING OUT OF THE TRUNK; NOTHING FEELS WET, NOTHING LOOKED WET, NOTHING HAD WATER STAINS ON IT (BOOKS, CLOTHES). I PULL BACK THE TRUNK CARPET, THE TRUNK STABILIZER AND I NOTICE THERE'S MOLD ON IT AND THE MDF COVERING THE SPARE IS WET. I PULL IT OFF AND THERE WAS ABOUT TWO INCHES OF WATER IN THE SPARE WHEEL WELL! WHEN I WAS DRIVING TO GET STUFF TO CLEAN IT, IT SOUNDED LIKE I HAD A KIDDIE POOL IN THE TRUNK! TO THIS DAY, I HAVE NO IDEA HOW IT GOT IN THERE - AGAIN NOTHING WAS WET OR WATER-STAINED IN THE TRUNK. ALSO EXPERIENCED MISFIRES, FUEL GAUGE (DUE TO FUEL PUMP). I DON'T FEEL SAFE IN THIS CAR AT TIMES.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

12/10/2015 - KATY, TX
AUGUST 2014:I WAS DRIVING HOME FROM WORK ON A CITY STREET DOING ABOUT 45 WHEN THE CAR JUST SHUT OFF. I WAS ABLE TO COAST INTO A PARKING LOT WITH THE RESIDUAL POWER THE CAR HAD. LUCKILY NO ONE WAS NEXT TO ME. THE STEERING WAS GONE SINCE THERE WAS NO POWER. AFTER MANY ATTEMPTS, I FINALLY GOT THE CAR STARTED BUT HAD TO PUT THE CAR INTO NEUTRAL WHENEVER I WAS AT A LIGHT (BECAUSE THE RPM WAS AT 500 AND IT KEPT SHUTTING OFF WHEN I APPLIED THE BRAKE). MANAGED TO MAKE IT HOME. ENDED UP BEING THE CAM/CRANK SENSORS THAT WENT OUT. FAST FORWARD TO NOVEMBER 2015 AND I HAD TO REPLACE THE CAM SENSOR AGAIN!! CAR STILL IDLES AT 500 RPM AND ALWAYS FEELS LIKE IT'S GOING TO SHUT OFF. NEXT ISSUE IS THE POWER WINDOWS. DRIVERS SIDE GETS HALF-WAY DOWN, BUT YOU HAVE TO PULL THE SWITCH UP QUICKLY IN ORDER FOR IT TO ROLL BACK UP. CANNOT OPEN/CLOSE PASSENGER WINDOW FROM DRIVERS SIDE, ONLY PASSENGER SIDE. NEXT ISSUE IS RANDOM LEAK IN THE TRUNK WHERE THE SPARE TIRE IS STORED. ABOUT 1-2 MONTHS AFTER WE HAD GOTTEN SOME HEAVY RAINS, I NOTICED A SLIGHT MILDEW SMELL IN THE CABIN. I SNIFFED AROUND, DIDN'T SEE OR FEEL ANYTHING THAT WAS WET. FIGURED IT WAS A CABIN FILTER THAT NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. ANOTHER MONTH GOES BY AND I CAN STILL FAINTLY SMELL IT. I OPEN MY TRUNK AND IT'S COMING FROM THERE. I PULL EVERYTHING OUT OF THE TRUNK; NOTHING FEELS WET, NOTHING LOOKED WET, NOTHING HAD WATER STAINS ON IT (BOOKS, CLOTHES). I PULL BACK THE TRUNK CARPET, THE TRUNK STABILIZER AND I NOTICE THERE'S MOLD ON IT AND THE MDF COVERING THE SPARE IS WET. I PULL IT OFF AND THERE WAS ABOUT TWO INCHES OF WATER IN THE SPARE WHEEL WELL! WHEN I WAS DRIVING TO GET STUFF TO CLEAN IT, IT SOUNDED LIKE I HAD A KIDDIE POOL IN THE TRUNK! TO THIS DAY, I HAVE NO IDEA HOW IT GOT IN THERE - AGAIN NOTHING WAS WET OR WATER-STAINED IN THE TRUNK. ALSO EXPERIENCED MISFIRES, FUEL GAUGE (DUE TO FUEL PUMP). I DON'T FEEL SAFE IN THIS CAR AT TIMES.

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STRUCTURE: BODY

12/10/2015 - KATY, TX
AUGUST 2014:I WAS DRIVING HOME FROM WORK ON A CITY STREET DOING ABOUT 45 WHEN THE CAR JUST SHUT OFF. I WAS ABLE TO COAST INTO A PARKING LOT WITH THE RESIDUAL POWER THE CAR HAD. LUCKILY NO ONE WAS NEXT TO ME. THE STEERING WAS GONE SINCE THERE WAS NO POWER. AFTER MANY ATTEMPTS, I FINALLY GOT THE CAR STARTED BUT HAD TO PUT THE CAR INTO NEUTRAL WHENEVER I WAS AT A LIGHT (BECAUSE THE RPM WAS AT 500 AND IT KEPT SHUTTING OFF WHEN I APPLIED THE BRAKE). MANAGED TO MAKE IT HOME. ENDED UP BEING THE CAM/CRANK SENSORS THAT WENT OUT. FAST FORWARD TO NOVEMBER 2015 AND I HAD TO REPLACE THE CAM SENSOR AGAIN!! CAR STILL IDLES AT 500 RPM AND ALWAYS FEELS LIKE IT'S GOING TO SHUT OFF. NEXT ISSUE IS THE POWER WINDOWS. DRIVERS SIDE GETS HALF-WAY DOWN, BUT YOU HAVE TO PULL THE SWITCH UP QUICKLY IN ORDER FOR IT TO ROLL BACK UP. CANNOT OPEN/CLOSE PASSENGER WINDOW FROM DRIVERS SIDE, ONLY PASSENGER SIDE. NEXT ISSUE IS RANDOM LEAK IN THE TRUNK WHERE THE SPARE TIRE IS STORED. ABOUT 1-2 MONTHS AFTER WE HAD GOTTEN SOME HEAVY RAINS, I NOTICED A SLIGHT MILDEW SMELL IN THE CABIN. I SNIFFED AROUND, DIDN'T SEE OR FEEL ANYTHING THAT WAS WET. FIGURED IT WAS A CABIN FILTER THAT NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. ANOTHER MONTH GOES BY AND I CAN STILL FAINTLY SMELL IT. I OPEN MY TRUNK AND IT'S COMING FROM THERE. I PULL EVERYTHING OUT OF THE TRUNK; NOTHING FEELS WET, NOTHING LOOKED WET, NOTHING HAD WATER STAINS ON IT (BOOKS, CLOTHES). I PULL BACK THE TRUNK CARPET, THE TRUNK STABILIZER AND I NOTICE THERE'S MOLD ON IT AND THE MDF COVERING THE SPARE IS WET. I PULL IT OFF AND THERE WAS ABOUT TWO INCHES OF WATER IN THE SPARE WHEEL WELL! WHEN I WAS DRIVING TO GET STUFF TO CLEAN IT, IT SOUNDED LIKE I HAD A KIDDIE POOL IN THE TRUNK! TO THIS DAY, I HAVE NO IDEA HOW IT GOT IN THERE - AGAIN NOTHING WAS WET OR WATER-STAINED IN THE TRUNK. ALSO EXPERIENCED MISFIRES, FUEL GAUGE (DUE TO FUEL PUMP). I DON'T FEEL SAFE IN THIS CAR AT TIMES.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

12/7/2015 - SPRING GROVE, MN
TAKATA RECALL. THE CONTACT OWNS A 2004 NISSAN SENTRA. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE FUELING THE TANK, THE FUEL GAUGE FAILED TO PROVIDE ACCURATE READING FUEL LEVELS. THE CONTACT RECEIVED NOTIFICATION OF NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 15V287000 (AIR BAGS) AND STATED THAT THE PART NEEDED FOR THE REPAIR WAS NOT AVAILABLE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE MANUFACTURER EXCEEDED A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME FOR THE RECALL REPAIR. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 155,000. PARTS DISTRIBUTION DISCONNECT.

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ENGINE

11/30/2015 - NOBLESVILLE, IN
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2004 NISSAN SENTRA. WHILE DRIVING AT 70 MPH, THE VEHICLE ENGINE FAILED WITHOUT WARNING. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO A DEALER WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED THAT CAMSHAFT POSITION SENSOR CODE 0335 FAILED. THE VEHICLE WAS BEING REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE VIN WAS UNKNOWN. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 101,000.

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AIR BAGS

10/15/2015 - JERSEY CITY, NJ
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2004 NISSAN SENTRA. WHILE DRIVING 25 MPH, ANOTHER VEHICLE FAILED TO YIELD AND CRASHED INTO THE FRONT OF THE CONTACT'S VEHICLE. THE AIR BAGS FAILED TO DEPLOY. THE CONTACT SUSTAINED RIB INJURIES THAT REQUIRED MEDICAL ATTENTION. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. ON ANOTHER OCCASION, WHILE AT A STOP LIGHT, ANOTHER VEHICLE CRASHED INTO THE REAR OF THE CONTACT'S VEHICLE. THE AIR BAGS FAILED TO DEPLOY. THE CONTACT DID NOT SUSTAIN ANY INJURIES, BUT RECEIVED MEDICAL ATTENTION. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE VIN WAS INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 15V287000 (AIR BAGS). THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS UNKNOWN.

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STEERING

9/4/2015 - MOUND, MN
I WAS DRIVING EAST ON I494 NEAR A MAJOR INTERCHANGE, IN VERY HEAVY TRAFFIC. I WAS IN THE CENTER LANE GOING APPROXIMATELY 60-65 MPH WHEN MY ENGINE SUDDENLY QUIT. I QUICKLY CHECKED THE LANE ON MY RIGHT AND IT WAS CLEAR SO I MOVED OVER AND ONTO THE SHOULDER. MY BRAKES AND STEERING WERE GOING QUICKLY, BUT I WAS ABLE TO BRING THE CAR TO A FULL STOP NEXT TO THE GUARD RAIL. I WAS RIGHT NEXT TO A TWO-LANE EXIT TO I35, WHERE THE TRAFFIC WAS FLYING PAST ME; SEVERAL CARS ALMOST RAN INTO ME, WITH ONE EXTREMELY DISTRACTED DRIVER CROSSING THE LINE ONTO THE SHOULDER AND HEADING RIGHT AT ME. IF HE HAD NOT LOOKED UP IN TIME I DOUBT I WOULD BE HERE TO REPORT THIS. I WAS ABLE TO GET A TOW TRUCK, BUT TRAFFIC WAS NOT EVEN SLOWING OR YIELDING FOR THE TOW TRUCK DRIVER. IT WAS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION. WHILE WAITING FOR A TOW, I WAS ABLE TO RESTART MY CAR AFTER ABOUT 10 MINUTES, BUT WAS TOO AFRAID TO TRY DRIVING IT IN THOSE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS. THE REPAIR SHOP I WENT TO DIAGNOSED A FAULTY O2 SENSOR CAUSED BY A LEAKY FLEX PIPE AND WANTED OVER $800 TO REPLACE THE PIPE W/ CATALYTIC CONVERTER, GASKETS, O2 SENSOR. AND SPARK PLUGS. SINCE MY CAR WOULD START BUT I DID NOT TRUST IT, I DECIDED TO DRIVE HOME (25 MILES) BY CITY STREETS AND BACK ROADS. ON THE WAY THE ENGINE AGAIN FAILED WHILE WAITING FOR A LIGHT TO CHANGE. AFTER 10 MINUTES IT STARTED AND I WAS ABLE TO GET HOME. I TOOK IT TO MY MECHANIC, WHO FIXED THE FLEX PIPE. A FEW DAYS LATER THE ENGINE DIED AGAIN AND RESTARTED AFTER ANOTHER HARROWING WAIT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. THIS TIME THE CAR GAVE A CODE FOR THE CRANKSHAFT SENSOR, WHICH MY MECHANIC REPLACED. SINCE THEN MY CAR HAS NOT QUIT WHILE DRIVING, BUT DOES HESITATE AND I AM AFRAID WHILE DRIVING IT. I MAY HAVE MY MECHANIC REPLACE THE CAMSHAFT SENSOR AS WELL, SINCE THAT IS ALSO A KNOWN ISSUE. I AM SUPPOSED TO MOVE TO CALIFORNIA, BUT DON'T TRUST MY CAR TO MAKE THE TRIP SAFELY.

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SERVICE BRAKES

9/4/2015 - MOUND, MN
I WAS DRIVING EAST ON I494 NEAR A MAJOR INTERCHANGE, IN VERY HEAVY TRAFFIC. I WAS IN THE CENTER LANE GOING APPROXIMATELY 60-65 MPH WHEN MY ENGINE SUDDENLY QUIT. I QUICKLY CHECKED THE LANE ON MY RIGHT AND IT WAS CLEAR SO I MOVED OVER AND ONTO THE SHOULDER. MY BRAKES AND STEERING WERE GOING QUICKLY, BUT I WAS ABLE TO BRING THE CAR TO A FULL STOP NEXT TO THE GUARD RAIL. I WAS RIGHT NEXT TO A TWO-LANE EXIT TO I35, WHERE THE TRAFFIC WAS FLYING PAST ME; SEVERAL CARS ALMOST RAN INTO ME, WITH ONE EXTREMELY DISTRACTED DRIVER CROSSING THE LINE ONTO THE SHOULDER AND HEADING RIGHT AT ME. IF HE HAD NOT LOOKED UP IN TIME I DOUBT I WOULD BE HERE TO REPORT THIS. I WAS ABLE TO GET A TOW TRUCK, BUT TRAFFIC WAS NOT EVEN SLOWING OR YIELDING FOR THE TOW TRUCK DRIVER. IT WAS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION. WHILE WAITING FOR A TOW, I WAS ABLE TO RESTART MY CAR AFTER ABOUT 10 MINUTES, BUT WAS TOO AFRAID TO TRY DRIVING IT IN THOSE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS. THE REPAIR SHOP I WENT TO DIAGNOSED A FAULTY O2 SENSOR CAUSED BY A LEAKY FLEX PIPE AND WANTED OVER $800 TO REPLACE THE PIPE W/ CATALYTIC CONVERTER, GASKETS, O2 SENSOR. AND SPARK PLUGS. SINCE MY CAR WOULD START BUT I DID NOT TRUST IT, I DECIDED TO DRIVE HOME (25 MILES) BY CITY STREETS AND BACK ROADS. ON THE WAY THE ENGINE AGAIN FAILED WHILE WAITING FOR A LIGHT TO CHANGE. AFTER 10 MINUTES IT STARTED AND I WAS ABLE TO GET HOME. I TOOK IT TO MY MECHANIC, WHO FIXED THE FLEX PIPE. A FEW DAYS LATER THE ENGINE DIED AGAIN AND RESTARTED AFTER ANOTHER HARROWING WAIT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. THIS TIME THE CAR GAVE A CODE FOR THE CRANKSHAFT SENSOR, WHICH MY MECHANIC REPLACED. SINCE THEN MY CAR HAS NOT QUIT WHILE DRIVING, BUT DOES HESITATE AND I AM AFRAID WHILE DRIVING IT. I MAY HAVE MY MECHANIC REPLACE THE CAMSHAFT SENSOR AS WELL, SINCE THAT IS ALSO A KNOWN ISSUE. I AM SUPPOSED TO MOVE TO CALIFORNIA, BUT DON'T TRUST MY CAR TO MAKE THE TRIP SAFELY.

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