2013 to 2016 Nissan Sentra Transmission Problems and Complaints

The biggest complaint about 2013 to 2016 Nissan Sentra vehicles is problems with the transmission, but owners and well-known auto reviewers have reported the vehicle is unsafe and unimpressive overall.

If you speak to someone who has owned a Nissan Sentra, you might hear them complain about having to replace the transmission at a cost of $3,000 to $4,000. The lucky ones, had this happen while the vehicle was under warranty. Others complain they had to bear the cost themselves, but either way the inconvenience was tough on them and their families. Many have stated online they didn’t feel safe in the vehicle anymore.

Even those who have never owned the Sentra were not impressed. A 2015 Consumer Reports review on the 2013-2015 Nissan Sentra commended the vehicle on its price and interior, but as for its drivability the reviewer remarked “It doesn’t have a sporty bone in its body.”  More recently, a December 2016 Consumer Reports review stated the 2017 Nissan Sentra’s driving experience as “ho-hum, almost joyless.” So it doesn’t appear that the new models have changed much from the previous versions.

The Japanese automaker first launched the Sentra in 1982 as a subcompact car, but its size grew to its current midsize in more recent years. After 35 years of building the Sentra for the American car market, you would think that Nissan would make changes to improve the vehicle’s reliability and driving experience, but it is certainly not the case.

A popular complaint about the vehicle includes a dangerous condition involving the lack of power when accelerating in the Nissan Sentra. Some have described the experience as involving shuddering and jerking as the driver shifts between gears or complete loss of power that leaves them stranded.

The dealerships often try to downplay problems by telling owners the rough ride is characteristic of the vehicle and there is nothing to worry about. Tell that to a family whose children are put at risk and it’s not likely to go over well. Most drivers who have had problems with the Sentra, whether it’s been fixed under warranty or they paid for it themselves, simply want to get rid of it and cut their losses.

Here are some of the complaints we have heard:

  • Transmission problems/replacements
  • Accelerator failure
  • High RPM’s
  • Gear shifting is rough/jerks
  • Unexplained beeping or humming noise
  • Catalytic converter issues
  • Early replacement of strut bearings
  • Poor battery performance

Nissan did extend a consolation to one unhappy consumer whose transmission they replaced. The owner was provided  a 7 year – 100,000 mile extended warranty with bumper to bumper coverage and a zero deductible.

Most owners were not as lucky, but there are steps that can be taken under California Lemon Laws, the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act as well as federal lemon law Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act that protects them when a product such as a vehicle doesn’t perform as it should.

Lemon Law Claims Help  — Call 800-235-6801

lemon law attorneyMotorists who are grappling with ongoing problems with their Nissan Sentra or another vehicle could be eligible for compensation under California Lemon Laws.

Johnson Attorneys Group is dedicated to helping people and has served thousands of clients over the years. We helped them resolve their lemon law cases and we can help you. Call us for a FREE CONSULTATION at 800-235-6801. Remember that our attorneys fees do not come out of your settlement because the manufacturer is required to pay them directly to us under California Lemon Laws.

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16 Comments on “2013 to 2016 Nissan Sentra Transmission Problems and Complaints”

  1. I Have a 2016 Nissan Sentra with transmission problem.Just got the vehicle 2017/2018.Vehicle is been parked since 2018/2019.Im still paying for it and can’t drive it.What should I do?

      1. I have a 2016 Nissan Sentra with transmission issues i gear shifting is rough, jerks I called the dealer but they told me that they extended warranty until the 84,000 miles since mine just turn 100,000 is not cover by the warranty no more they told me that i have to pay $4,000 to 4,500 dollars to get it fix..

  2. Good Evening

    We have a 2016 Nissan Sentra that has 114,300 miles.

    The transmission has gone bad and our mechanic informed us that it needed to be replaced.

    After doing some research I came across this article and was wondering if we would be able to get some assistance in having our issue resolved.

    Thank you and have a wonderful day!

  3. I had a 2016 Nissan Sentra and in late 2019 the car stopped I had it towed to the dealer who checked it and gave me a diagnosis of transmission and related problems that would cost me over $6,000+ to repair. I couldn’t afford to do that since I had a high carnote with Consumer Portfolio. I told them to go to Nissan and pick the car up. They did and sold the car way under value. They expect me to pay the difference that’s impossible now because I am living on Soc. Sec. I don’t have the money to pay. I had missed the Class Action suit. I need to know who should know about my situation.

  4. Hi, I have Nissan Sentra , 2016, once I replaced the transmission, after four i am having the same problem. The transmission is gone again. I hope you can resolve this problem. Thanks.

  5. Hi. I have a 2014 Sentra. Took good care of it but have been told my cvt transmission is failing. Had the transmission fluid replaced as required. It started jerking, bucking etc. So Nissan says it is out of warranty because i have 109,450 miles on it. The car was not even 6 years old when i bought it. I live in Ohio but cannot find any “class actions” here to join. They installed a defective transmission in the car, which i have had since it was brand new and now I cannot drive it because it is dangerous to me and other drivers on the road. I called Nissan Consumer Affairs and they blew me off. I am not a member of the other class action settlement pertaining to the sentra cvt transmission because my problem happened after. Do you know of a law firm that can help me with this. How can Nissan install these defective transmissions and sell them to unsuspecting consumer and just keep getting away with it. Shouldn’t these be recalled? Thanks.

    1. Hi Linda,
      Thank you for reaching out to us. Unfortunately, our California practice is not familiar with cases subject to Ohio lemon laws. You will need to find a local lemon law attorney to help you with this. I’m so sorry you are going through this and I hope you are able to get some help.
      Sincerely,
      Susan Schaben,
      Johnson Attorneys Group

  6. Hi, I have a 2016 Nissan Sentra. We bought this car almost two years ago and we were told by the Nissan dealership that we need to change the transmission. The car was giving us problem for a few month and we just found out about the transmission. The car only has about 87,000 miles. We were told that warranty already exp. Changing the transmission will cost about 4,000

  7. Hi, I have a transmission problem with my 2016 Nissan Sentra. I bought it new off the lot. I gave it to my daughter as a graduation gift. She told me on March 27th she was having trouble with the car. Her dad drove it and we called Firestone of Hattiesburg, Ms. 1-601-264-1772 . Firestone ask what was it doing and we told them and now they want to say, its our fault. They should be the expertise. We told them the car was not engaging when you first put it in drive but eventually it will engage and drive, Sometimes it will jerk. Firestone gave us a call back and spoke with Tia Topps and Sharon Topps and stated it was the ball joints. I questioned it and they said, yes the ball joints. Why, I didn’t like the price so, I paid the bill and the car up but it didn’t last. Like I said we call them back two days later and reported that the car was doing the same thing and they said, bring it back. I told them she is in the middle of her tennis matches (schedule) we will bring back as soon as we can. When she took it back on May 14th then Firestone tells us its the transmission so, I ask ? it wasn’t my ball joints, it was the transmission. Firestone replied, its hard telling from ball joints than the transmission and said ma’am you told us it was doing but they call back and said ball joints. Ball joints: Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Ball Joint (Front)
    Clunking Noises From the Front Suspension.
    Excessive Vibration From the Front of the Vehicle.
    Uneven Wear on Front Tires.
    Steering Wheel Wandering to the Left or Right

    Transmission:
    Delays in movement
    If your vehicle stalls for a second or two before moving after shifting gears, it should warrant your concern. Car owners experience this issue commonly, for a variety of different reasons, and it could indicate a variety of different issues. Whether it serves as evidence for gear box malfunction or transmission fluid problems, bringing your vehicle into the shop is a must.

    Someone please help me. I paid $906.23 when it should of been on a transmission. She must have transportation and its not looking good credit wise.

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