4th Generation (2000—2006) Sentra Problems

This generations ranks 42nd out of 59 Nissan generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (62%), fuel system (6%), and the hvac (4%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Broken Head Gasket 5 complaints at an average of 69,927 miles in the 2003 Nissan Sentra.
  2. Blown Head Gasket 117 complaints at an average of 78,041 miles in the 2001 Nissan Sentra.
  3. Lags in Shifting 4 complaints at an average of 84,494 miles in the 2006 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 2005 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2006 25 3 22 8.21
2005 154 3 26 24.94
2004 46 2 41 14.52
2003 23 7 39 9.57
2002 27 11 44 11.78
2001 20 8 41 8.78
2000 10 7 49 4.5

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