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2008 Nissan Sentra repairs by problem area

Engine (16%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (20%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (21%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 94 repairs.
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2008 Nissan Sentra repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (5%)

$500 - $999 (12%)

$100 - $499 (22%)

< $100 (60%)

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Chart based on 73 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2008 Nissan Sentra

Engine not specified

Nissan Sentra in Peru
Mar 2008 - Mar 2010
Nov 2008

6820 mi
La cremallera (spanish)- Steering rack 

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2008 Nissan Sentra 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Nissan Sentra in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2009 - Mar 2010
Apr 2009

14000 mi
brake master cylinder leaking fluid poor preformance 
Nissan Sentra in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2009 - Mar 2010
Apr 2009

7812 mi
Front passenger side Axle seal replaced. Under Warranty 
Nissan Sentra in California, United States
Apr 2009 - Jul 2011
Jul 2011

106000 mi

US $100
Engine dead. Dealership said oil and oiling system was good. I didn't have them go any further than finding no compression in any of the cylinders. 
Nissan Sentra in Illinois, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2011
Jul 2009

20000 mi
Clutch pedal return spring broken. Pedal still operated, but did not return to proper position. 

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2008 Nissan Sentra 4dr Sedan

177-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

Nissan Sentra in Quebec, Canada
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Apr 2009

13640 mi
Malfunction of the second O2 bank 1 
Oct 2009

20460 mi
Door hinge corroded 
Nissan Sentra in Texas, United States
Mar 2008 - Aug 2012
Jul 2008

4000 mi
Check engine light - small leak in the evaporative gas system. 
Aug 2008

5000 mi
Check engine light came on twice in August. Took it into dealer who found a small evaporative leak. The next week, it came on again. This time they said that there was a small cut on the gas cap O ring. 

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2008 Nissan Sentra 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.0L I4 CVT FWD

Nissan Sentra in Districto Federal, Mexico
Sep 2013 - Jan 2014
Sep 2013

44020 mi
Motor support needs to be replaced, due to excessive vibration. After replacing battery, Airbag blinking in the dashboard. 
Nissan Sentra in Connecticut, United States
Dec 2013 - Mar 2014
Dec 2013

73000 mi
Heard a loud clunk and the Check Engine light came on during a 125 mile trip to visit family. Took it to dealer we bought it from who then took it to Nissan. Nissan replaced the transmission as the CVT was still under a 100k warranty. 
Nissan Sentra in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2009 - Oct 2013
Apr 2009

15000 mi
This vehicle had a bent axle that came from the manufacturer. Nissan knew about it, & chose not to complete a recall hoping people would not figure it out. They did not charge me for the repair, but should have informed me of this problem. 
Mar 2013

71000 mi

US $460
"S" pipe disconnected from the exhaust. Common problem that happens often & is not covered under warranty or recall Suspension issues. Tire pressure sensor fail. 
Oct 2013 Overall noisiness and poor performance of the vehicle 
Nissan Sentra in Oklahoma, United States
Jun 2010 - Jan 2015
Jul 2010

67000 mi

US $1800
Valve Body went bad. Replaced valve body and Nissan replaced the CVT. Valve Body 
Jan 2015

153000 mi
Bad front struts 
Nissan Sentra in Ohio, United States
Nov 2014 - Jun 2015
Jan 2015

US $900
Transmission failure 
Nissan Sentra in Maryland, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

48000 mi

US $310
Diagnosed car since Brake warning light was on. Installed new ABS sensor. Diagnosed car since Brake warning light was on. Installed new ABS sensor. 
Nissan Sentra in Minnesota, United States
Oct 2015 - Dec 2018
Nov 2015

173500 mi

US $1200
Jun 2016

177000 mi
Tried filling an almost empty gas tank, but the gas pump kept stopping. 
Nissan Sentra in Illinois, United States
Sep 2017 - Dec 2017
Nov 2017

102000 mi

US $750
TPMS system 
Nissan Sentra in Wyoming, United States
Jan 2017 - Jul 2018
Jan 2018

255000 mi

US $1048
ABS module failed. Symptoms, car motion seized totally in subzero weather. Replaced with used module. Ultimately the car had to be towed FOUR times. The garage could not figure what was causing the brakes to seize in -10 (Celsius) degree weather and tried three repairs that failed. Fortunately they took responsibility and paid the bills after the first time. 
Jul 2018

271000 mi

US $900
CV joints  and control arms  plus subframe engine mounts [4] 
Nissan Sentra in Florida, United States
Jun 2017 - Jul 2017
Jul 2017

82000 mi

US $200
tire pressure monitoring sensor replaced 
Nissan Sentra in Arizona, United States
Feb 2008 - Dec 2009
Jul 2008

6000 mi
Sunvisor vanity mirror cover fell off (failure of pivot) 
Nissan Sentra in Florida, United States
Nov 2016 - Dec 2017
Dec 2016

110000 mi
CVT Transmission overheated. Code PO744. The fluid was changed and a valve was replaced, not sure exactly what was replaced though. It is a known issue on Nissan CVT transmissions and Nissan extended the warranty to 120k miles and 10 years. 
Nissan Sentra in Alabama, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2018
Nov 2010

35800 mi
Automatic trunk actuator switch was inoperative. Dealer replaced part and installed. Under warranty repair. 
Nissan Sentra in Wyoming, United States
Feb 2008 - Sep 2012
Mar 2008

1100 mi
Rattles in driver side side airbag and passenger side speaker area. Two rattles, one in the driver side airbag above the seatbelt, the other behind the passenger side speaker. Awaiting replacement rear seatbelts that are supposedly causing the driver side issue. They are still trying to determine the passenger side issue. 
Apr 2008

5000 mi
They tweeked the door and lubed the door channel, it got slightly better but not fixed. 
Aug 2008

11000 mi
Condenser cracked and leaked all the coolant. Replaced condenser and recharged system. When finished the window auto up feature didn't work and I had to take it back for another day to get them to re-flash the computer. After pulling battery for previous repair, system reset and disabled auto window up on driver side. Reflashed and it was ok. 
Sep 2008

13000 mi
Replaced motor for driver side window. Had them look at two tires that were worn to wear bars in only 13k miles. 
Nissan Sentra in Minnesota, United States
Jul 2008 - Sep 2016
Aug 2008 Speed-sensitive audio volume does-not work, replaced radio..still does not work mechanic said sorry! "Thats the way it is"! Thanks for going the extra mile.Out of alignment & Tires out of balance. 
Nissan Sentra in South Carolina, United States
Aug 2008 - Apr 2018
Jan 2009

11000 mi
A clunk and bump feedback through steering wheel. I have run into this problem with several 08 sentras. Happens when the steering wheel is turned sharply and you accelerate. There is a dull "clunk" noise. Raising the intermediate shaft fixed the noise. 
Jun 2009

19000 mi
Brake light came on on interstate. Earlier that day it felt like the back brakes where doing most of the work. Dealer bled brakes and refilled fluid and inspected system. 
Mar 2012

61000 mi

US $50
A/C clutch quit working, Dealer stated bad compressor the car was fixed under warranty with a $50.00 deductible. 
Sep 2015

104000 mi

US $159
Hose from the air filter to engine separated causing rough idle, harder than normal starting. Never threw a code. Replaced hose and sumptoms disappeared. 
Feb 2017

126000 mi

US $270
Wife hit a massive pothole some months back and saw a rapid decline in rt front strut performance. Left side was getting weak and front end had a noticeable rattle over rough road. Replaced both front struts with Monroe quick struts. 
Nissan Sentra in Ohio, United States
Jul 2008 - Oct 2012
Dec 2009

30000 mi
Engine light came on, dealer replaced O2 sensor free of charge, no problems at all since 
Jun 2010

36000 mi
rear wheel bearings went out. 
Nissan Sentra in California, United States
Jun 2008 - Sep 2012
Aug 2010

34000 mi
Rear suspension assembly was severely misaligned. The rear suspension is not independent, and hence cannot be adjusted. Replace the entire rear axle assembly. 
Jul 2012

67000 mi
Check engine light came on, spat out codes related to transmission. The CVT assembly was completely replaced under Nissan's speciall 120K CVT warranty. 
Nissan Sentra in Puerto Rico
May 2008 - Apr 2017
Oct 2009

16000 mi
the check engine light came on and the problem was evaporation valve 
Apr 2011

36000 mi
The doors wont open with the beeper they have to be manually opened with the key or by hand. 
Dec 2012

53000 mi
Transmission was slipping and you had to accelerate more and rev the engine more to speed up. The dealer changed the entire transmission. 
Dec 2013

64000 mi
Transmission was slipping cv joints where cracking 
Jun 2014

69000 mi
problems with rack and pinion transmission failed 
May 2016

88100 mi

US $250
front struts 
Oct 2016

91000 mi
Transmission had to be replaced with a new one under warranty 
Nissan Sentra in Tennessee, United States
Jun 2009 - Feb 2011
Feb 2011

31000 mi
Intermittent no start issues and the dealer could not find anything wrong and I only had a few miles before the warranty ran out so I traded it off. 
Nissan Sentra in New York, United States
Aug 2008 - Mar 2010
Sep 2008

4000 mi
Broken mirror cover on the passenger visor. Hinge cracked. 
Dec 2008

9000 mi
Ordered broken visor lid. Replaced broken visor lid. 
Nissan Sentra in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2008 - Aug 2014
Nov 2009

33480 mi

C $52
Catch for fuel tank filler flap door broken. Dealer re-assembled catch and installed missing C clamp. 
Jul 2012

73182 mi

C $982
Replaced both front wheel bearings Replaced both front wheel bearings 
Nissan Sentra in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2008 - Apr 2018
Apr 2008

2480 mi
The car made a noise on the passenger side when going over speed bumps or just driving. After the third trip to the dealer they felt that they would change the engine mount and see if the noise disappears. It is going in this week. 
May 2008

3100 mi
Engine mount was changed and noise stopped. 
Dec 2011

34720 mi
steering column changed front driver side axle changed 
Feb 2013

37400 mi

C $492
third brake light bulb, took 10 minutes. license light issue - no light electrical issue. Labor to diagnose the problem with license light at $85 per hour so it has not been fixed. 
Oct 2014

43600 mi

C $400
shocks and serpentine belt and rear light 
Jun 2015

47120 mi

C $300
stabilizing bar 
Oct 2015

49600 mi
inner and outer tie rods and all 4 brakes 
Dec 2015

49600 mi

C $300
Rear shocks bleeding both changed. 
Jun 2016

50840 mi

C $400
suspension stabilizer bar tie rod end 
Jul 2016

51040 mi

C $350
wheel hub assembly front left. Car made buzzing noise on the highway after 60 k/h, 
Sep 2016

52080 mi
driver side strut assembly and mount 
May 2017

53940 mi

C $500
back brakes and rotors 
Nov 2017

60760 mi

C $700
Nissan Sentra in Florida, United States
Dec 2008 - Mar 2009
Jan 2009

6000 mi
Tire inflation monitor warning light came on. Tire pressures were brought up to recommended amount. Light remained on. Dealer said it would re-set itself and did... but after a few hundred miles of driving. 
Mar 2009

6000 mi
Bumper cover clips came off and cover seperated from body. Replaced clips and re-attached cover. 
Nissan Sentra in Missouri, United States
Jan 2009 - Jun 2018
Dec 2011

65000 mi

US $50
left front head light replaced 
Apr 2012

75000 mi

US $500
Wheel hub and bearing wore out and was replaced 
Apr 2014

124000 mi

US $629
alternator replaced 
May 2014

125500 mi

US $10
Tranny replaced on 3rd party warranty 
Apr 2016

174500 mi
Hood became stuck shut. Tech repair hardware inside hood. 
Aug 2017

201000 mi

US $100
Used Tranny was installed under a separate warranty 
Jan 2018

208 mi

US $20
Driver side Headlight changed out passenger side Headlight Changed out 
Nissan Sentra in Ohio, United States
Dec 2008 - Jan 2011
Mar 2009 When turning on the air conditioning, the air temp never got cold. 
May 2009

2000 mi
Air conditioning would not cool. 
Jun 2009

2000 mi
No air conditioning problem returned. Found to be a faulty compressor. Compressor replaced. 

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2008 Nissan Sentra 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Nissan Sentra in Texas, United States
Apr 2008 - Mar 2010
May 2008 Right side door panels didn't properly align, dealer readjusted them for me and everything is perfect. 
Nissan Sentra in Washington, United States
Oct 2016 - Oct 2017
Feb 2017

183000 mi

US $210
Defective caliper was replaced. Caliper had damaged rotors. Rotors & brake pads were also replaced. 

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