1st Generation (1990—1991) Sentra Problems

This generations ranks 6th out of 59 Nissan generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the brakes (25%), electrical (25%), and the engine (25%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Knocking Noise in Time With Acceleration 1 complaints at an average of 162,000 miles in the 1990 Nissan Sentra.
  2. Squeal When Braking 1 complaints at an average of 60,000 miles in the 1990 Nissan Sentra.
  3. Would Not Start 1 complaints at an average of 152,000 miles in the 1990 Nissan Sentra.

What Sentra Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Nissan model years.

Watch out for the 1990 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1991 0 2 9 0.0
1990 4 2 3 0.27

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