Purchased this car about a month ago. Had only driven 200 kilometers when I noticed a loud noise and vibration from the transmission. Turns out it needed a new torque converter. Replaced by the dealer however I still notice the vibrations others have mentioned (juddering stuttering) especially in normal mode when driving at 20 to 80 kilometers an hour. Most annoying as is the constant buzz at any speed. I only drive in sport mode now as it reduces the vibrations due to the engine revving higher. The problem is that the car is underpowered. They should have left the 2.0L My 2008 Sentra has no vibrations whatsoever at any speed with the 2.0L. Piece of junk - avoid buying this car!!!
I purchased my Sentra SV on 12/30/2014. After reviewing several other compact cars including Chevy, Ford, Toyota and VW as well visiting various websites including Edmunds, Kelly Blue Book, IIHS - Insurance Institute for Hwy Safety and the Department of Transportation 1-4 star crash test ratings buying the Sentra was an easy decision.
I watched several videos of both expert and not so expert reviews. Take all reviews with a grain of salt as everyone expects a vehicle priced under $20k to perform like a BMW or Benz. Let's be real about this.
Okay. For all the people that complain about engine/transmission noise all the time I want to tell you that you are driving it wrong.If you floor the car of course its going to make noise. If you drive sensibly the car is extremely quiet and has an incredible ride. In terms of convenience hopping into this car and going from point A to point B is a delight. Getting in and out is effortless, there is ample headroom and the car is extremely spacious. I have not had any stuttering issues at 13,000 miles. The car hasn't had a single issue either. Fuel economy is great and the sport mode does make the car kind of fun. I never use Eco. I bought the car for 16,700 new.
I bought my used 2014 sentra after having awful luck with old used cars bought out right. With big expectations I was let down. I've always had 99-05 Hondas and they performed great. This car is great for a new driver or a commuter car but not for high speed travel or busy city driving. Awful pickup, seriously has the worst pickup. Takes probably a whole minute to get from 30 mph to 60. Handling and suspension is "okay", was definitely expecting more from nissan. I was also expecting more interior features. The SV is supposed to be the in between model, it does not come with Bluetooth or other system controls most base models come with today. To say the least, I am let down.
Purchased my 2014 Sentra SV used with 38,xxx miles in August 2015. Everything was fine for the first thousand miles then the transmission began slipping. I did my research on several cars before buying, including the Sentra, but dismissed the claims about the transmissions- BIG mistake. Now, not even two months after purchasing, i have an appointment with my local Nissan dealer to look at my transmission. It's jerking, little or no power, sends the RPMs up to 5,500 randomly, and I feel totally unsafe in this vehicle. This is my first Nissan and likely my last. My two prior vehicles made it to well over 100,000 miles with few major repairs and certainly not a transmission. A 2014 model vehicle with less than 50,000 miles should not need a new transmission.
Update---Ended up trading the vehicle in Apil of 2016 for a 2016 Hyundai Veloster. I shouldn't have left Hyundai when I did and learned my lesson the hard way. 10 yr/100,000 mile power train warranty and the dealership is very easy to work with!