I've had my 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S since Feb. 2009. It had 58,000 miles on it when I bought it, and now has 122,000. Overall it has been a reliable car. In addition to the normal wear & tear stuff with any car you buy, I recently have had to change the rear struts, rotors & brake pads, left lower control arm, right tie rod end, and had an alignment. Overall, so far the car has been good to me.
March 2005, I purchased my first Nissan. Faithfully maintained. Over a year and over 3K later my mechanic gave up and said take it to Nissan - 3rd cylinder misfire. How can so many owners have the same problem and Nissan doesn't recall it? NO MORE NISSANS for me.
I have had dozens of cars and this has been the best. Purchased used with about 40,000 miles, now about 90,000. Only repairs have been wearout items like tires, battery, etc. Always starts. Have the 5 speed stick shift and it has lots of power, even with the a/c on, which by the way, works very well. Has power windows, power brakes, cd, a/c, cruise control, remote trunk and mirrors, just enough gadgets to be comfortable. It's not a luxury car, but for an econobox, its really a great great car.
Update, still driving it after almost nine years. Showing some wear, but always starts. Goes great in snow and rain if you buy good tires. Small repairs over the years, usual brakes, tires, battery. One wheel bearing, alternator, emission stuff. Engine still strong, does not burn a drop of oil. Most repairs done at home, a few in the shop.
Its no Lexus, but will probably run at least a few more years. Not much spent for repairs or to buy the car.
Car is toast. Kraft Nissan in Tallahassee just told me that the car is toast (engine is toast). They said that they had replaced the head gasket and resealed it. They blamed another company. I checked out the other company, saw hardcopies of the service order, and the results.
I'm left with the following conclusions:
2005 Nissan Sentra engines don't last 10 years. Kraft Nissan did a poor in their repair
What this tells me is that it is foolish to buy a Nissan in Tallahassee. Bad cars and indifferent service.
ive had nothing but problems with this car. The bumper randomly fell off, the cd player wont eject or take a cd, the visors wont stay up, battery went out after 6 months, blown head gasket, the passenger side windows wont roll down or if you get them down wont go back up, break light switch went out, check engine light wont go off...keeps saying cylinder 3 is misfiring and all the coils, plugs, injectors have all been replaced and STILL cant figure the problem out. This has all happened within the last year. And nissan has nothing to say about any of this. WORST CAR EVER!! i will never again buy nissan or recommend it to anyone. Not even your worse enemy deserves this pain in the ass.
Nissan needs to own up to this car having issues. Multiple people have had the same exact issues im having. Need to make a vehicle that is sturdy and reliable and actually worth the money. This is the shittiest car iv ever owned.