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Nissan Sentra Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending September 30, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Nissan Sentra

Nissan Sentra Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
CVT FWD
Salesman said Nissans often need nothing but routine maintenance for over 100,000 miles full 2008 Nissan Sentra review
2007 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Longest running Nissan model. full 2007 Nissan Sentra review
2007 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
CVT FWD
Owned many Nissan products & all have been pleasant. Tough little car full 2007 Nissan Sentra review
2004 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed manual FWD
NissanĀ“s legendary reliability and superb building. full 2004 Nissan Sentra review
Nissan Sentra Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
CVT FWD
Recall on master brake cylinder. 4 wheel alignment (toe) was grossly out of spec from the factory. TPMS is not reliable. full 2007 Nissan Sentra review
2006 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
The powertrain. full 2006 Nissan Sentra review
2005 0 My complaints about this car are limited, but critical. In the time I had this vehicle, I drove less than 80k miles. In that time, I had to replace a head gasket (At 50k), and was about to do so again (at 79k) before I made the decision to sell it and get something else. The window motors are attached to the windows using plastic pieces that break easily, and are non-replaceable, requiring the entire window motor and armature to be replaced (For around $200, just for parts) rather than replacing the 10 cent plastic clip that broke. The CD player started acting up at around 25k miles, and by 45k was dead and gone. I admit that this was several years into ownership, but it wasn't that frequently used. full 2005 Nissan Sentra review
2004 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Entire car feels like a rattle trap. Transmission going bad after only 30,000 miles. Starts hard. full 2004 Nissan Sentra review
2003 4dr Sedan 165-horsepower 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
This car was in the shop more days then I actually drove it. Worst vehicle I have ever owned. full 2003 Nissan Sentra review
2002 4dr Sedan 165-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Lots of problems reported full 2002 Nissan Sentra review
2002 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed manual FWD
1. Paint poor in 1st year, chips off 2. Engine sensors die often (recalls galore) 3. Pre-Catalytic converter disintegrates and particles are sucked into engine and kill it. 4.Butterfly valve screws and plate fall into engine from intake manifold. & mo full 2002 Nissan Sentra review