What's Wrong with the Sentra?

There are 717 complaints over 32 Sentra model years. These can be broken down into 6 generations with their collective PainRank™. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Generation Breakdown

Compare NHTSA
Gen Years Score Problems Recalls Inv. TSBs
6 2013—2017 12.81 161 22 56 30
5 2007—2012 14.04 213 10 4 201
4 2000—2006 11.35 300 41 870 289
3 1996—1999 1.17 13 22 1 104
2 1990—1995 1.19 30 9 5 69
1 1991—1991 0.0 0 2 2 11

Recent Sentra News

NJ Garbage Company Lawsuit Says the 2014 Sentra's CVT is Trash

A lawsuit has been filed in New Jersey saying the 2014 Sentra has a defective Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that shakes, jerks, has trouble accelerating, and experiences sudden downshifts.

The lawsuit, Pinto of Montville Inc. v. Nissan North America, Inc, was filed by a garbage collection company which is oh so appropriate given the CVTs trashy reputation.

The plaintiff claims Nissan has concealed the defective transmissions while never ordering a recall, even after years of owner complaints. In addition, the automaker allegedly falsely advertised the transmissions as having fewer moving part to reduce friction and heat which makes the transmissions last longer.

The lawsuit mentions that Nissan issued a warranty extension campaign, but that only included the 2007-2010 Sentra, not the 2014.

Stalling Engine Recall for the 2016 Sentra

Nissan is recalling 2016 Sentras that stall while driving. Of course, that won’t be a problem for some of you since many of the same Sentras can’t start at all.

Nissan says in April the automaker discovered a Sentra that wouldn’t start during an inspection at the assembly plant. The automaker opened an investigation which showed a problem with a harness terminal pin.

The recalled Sentras were built between April 11, 2016 and April 26, 2016.

Recall the Stall, 2016 Sentra Edition

More than 1,500 Sentras have an engine harness that can lose its connection to the electronic control unit (ECU). As any cable company tech representative would tell you on the phone have you tried plugging it back in again?

The engine room harness supplier, Yazaki, identified an oversized diameter continuity check pin had caused a permanent change of the shape of one of the harness terminal pins. The shape of the pin was too large to maintain a connection to the engine control unit, resulting in a poor connection.

The recalled Sentras were built between 4/11/2016 and 04/26/2016.