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.
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