5th Generation (2007—2012) Sentra Problems

This generations ranks 45th out of 59 Nissan generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (24%), transmission (14%), and the wheels (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Piston Slap/ Knocking 11 complaints at an average of 51,287 miles in the 2010 Nissan Sentra.
  2. Transmission Failure 19 complaints at an average of 97,207 miles in the 2007 Nissan Sentra.
  3. Grumbling, Droning Noise 2 complaints at an average of 44,000 miles in the 2008 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 2010 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2012 51 0 26 15.86
2011 36 2 31 13.19
2010 34 3 33 20.91
2009 17 1 32 7.41
2008 48 3 36 17.98
2007 42 1 37 12.83

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