3rd Generation (1996—1999) Sentra Problems

This generations ranks 12th out of 59 Nissan generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the brakes (15%), electrical (15%), and the hvac (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Total Brake Failure 1 complaints at an average of 118,000 miles in the 1997 Nissan Sentra.
  2. Breaks Down All the Time 1 complaints at an average of 92,000 miles in the 1997 Nissan Sentra.
  3. Premature Brake Wear 1 complaints at an average of 84,000 miles in the 1998 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 1997 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1999 4 3 17 0.75
1998 3 5 28 0.97
1997 3 7 27 2.08
1996 3 7 24 0.85

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