Nissan Sentra

The Nissan Sentra started out in 1982 as a subcompact car; however, like most vehicles, it has grown with age. In 2000 it was reclassified as a compact and then in 2007 grew to be a labeled a mid-size by the EPA thanks to its interior passenger and cargo volume, with the Versa replacing it in the entry-level market.

They were originally built on Nissan’s B-Platform (later moved to the C platform) and referenced as B11(1982)-B17(present).

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The Sentra finally crossed over into the “compact” class when the redesigned model launched in February 2000. When new, this redesign was considered a substantial upgrade, compared to the “cheap” economy car it replaced. The 2000–2006 2.0 L and 1.8 L automatics use the RE4F03B transmission. The 2.5 liter 2.5S and SE-R automatics use the RE4F04B transmission. The 2004–2006 SE-R Spec V’s horsepower were rated at 175 hp at 6,000 rpm and 180 lb·ft of torque at 4,500 rpm.

In the 2002 model year, a new SE-R was introduced powered by the 2.5-liter QR25DE 165 hp and 175 pound-feet 4-cylinder. The SE-R came in a base model with a 5-speed manual transmission or optional 4-speed automatic. The 5-speed manual was dropped in 2004 models, which consequently made the only available transmission a 4-speed automatic. A more aggressive front fascia was added thanks to a Nissan Skyline inspired front bumper for 2002–2003 models. Black housing headlights, fog-lights, side-skirts, a rear spoiler, a dual-tip muffler, and 16″ aluminum-alloy wheels were also standard. This trim also featured a sport-tuned suspension, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and sport seat cloth.
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B16 (2007-2012)
Nissan released the sixth generation (B16) Sentra in 2007. The Sentra is bigger in every dimension than the B15 model, being 2.3 in. longer, 3.2 in. wider, and 4.0 in. taller. The wheelbase is also 5.9 in. longer than the previous model. This generation is based on the C platform architecture that also underpins the first-generation Nissan Rogue.

For 2010, the Sentra received a mid-cycle refresh. It revisions included a new, Altima-inspired grill, a revised lower fascia and slightly different headlights. In back, new taillights (though almost identical to previous years) and additional chrome trim pieces on the trunk and side moldings highlight the major changes. New trim lines are offered to balance out the prices. Inside is a new red back-lighting color for the speedometer and knobs, and a new CD player with an optional navigation system. The new audio system includes iPod and USB integration on certain models, as well as a backup camera. Fog lamps are no longer standard on the 2.0S and SL model and leather seats are now only available as an option rather than standard on the SL model for 2010, which is reflected in the new, lower MSRP.


SE-R/Spec-V
Nissan introduced a new version of the SE-R to the North American market for the 2007 model year. The SE-R is available in two versions: SE-R base and SE-R Spec V. Both get four-wheel disc brakes in place of the standard Sentra’s disc/drum setup, unique interior and exterior trim and 17-inch alloy wheels. Both are powered by a redesigned 2.5-liter QR25DE engine. Each model also comes standard with a sport grille, lower body side sill extensions, rear spoiler, fog lights, chrome exhaust-tip finisher, smoked headlight surround and smoked taillights. Unique interior features include black sport seat cloth with red stitching and SE-R embroidered logos, sport metallic-tone accents, aluminium pedal pads, and twin pod meters with oil pressure and G-sensor displays.

A sunroof package was optional, featuring power sliding glass sunroof with tilt feature, and dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors. An Audio package, featuring a 340-watt Rockford Fosgate 6-CD audio system, with eight speakers (two subwoofers, four mid-range woofers, and two tweeters) was also available.

The SE-R base model is rated at 177 hp at 6000 rpm and 172 lb·ft at 2800 rpm and comes exclusively with Nissan’s Sport-tuned Xtronic CVT continuously variable transmission and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Suspension upgrades included a front-stabilizer bar (23.0mm) and sport-tuned springs. It featured 11.7″ vented front discs and 11.5″ rear discs brakes.

The SE-R Spec V is rated at 200 hp at 6600 rpm and 180 lb·ft at 5200 rpm and comes with a 6-speed manual and optional limited-slip differential. It is capable of 0–60 mph times of 6.7 seconds and a 1/4 mile time of 15.1 seconds at 92.6 mph. Front disc brakes are also increased to 12.6″. Exclusive suspension upgrades include a sport-tuned suspension with lowered height, sport-tuned shocks and struts, reinforced upper cowl, trunk-mounted V-brace, and a larger front stabilizer bar. Unique interior features included red front seat belts, leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching, and a leather wrapped shift knob. 2012 was the final model of the SE-R and Spec V performance variant.

B17 (2013-present)
Nissan unveiled the seventh generation Sentra in August, 2012. The new Sentra is completely redesigned inside and out, with styling upscaled to look more similar to Nissan’s other sedans, the Altima and Maxima including LED tail lamps, LED accents in the head lamps, and a new navigation and electronics system.

The new MRA8DE 1.8-liter 16-valve DOHC inline-four is offered for better fuel economy than the previous model, ratings are 30 city/39 highway. The engine output returns 130 hp and 128 lb·ft of torque. It provides less power than the outgoing Sentra, but due to a new platform, it is 150 lbs lighter in weight.

Similar to the outgoing model, the new Sentra is offered in S, FE+ S, SV, FE+ SV, SR, and SL trim levels. All trims will be equipped with a reworked CVT except the base S model, which has an optional six-speed manual transmission.

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COMMON COMPLAINTS
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The B15 models have a common complaint of a Blown Head Gasket
There are numerous complaints that all point to the head gasket. Heating problems, cooling problems, rough idle, and if ignored you will be looking at a cracked head.

The B16 models also seem to have some common engine issues. Engine knock and potentially a need to replace the short block.

The B17 has had reports of transmission issues. Pulsing and vibrating when decelerating, or poor CVT response.
There have also been reports of the passenger airbag not being activated when a passenger is present.

Sentra Recalls

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LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
Recall for 2015 Nissan Sentra

Summary: Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2015 Nissan Rogue vehicles manufactured June 9, 2015, to June 10, 2015, and 2015 Nissan Sentra and Versa Note vehicles manufactured June 5, 2015, to June 13, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the driver side front and rear doors may not fully latch. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 206, “Door Locks and Door Retention Components.”

Consequence: A door that does not fully latch may result in the door opening while the car is moving. The distraction may increase the risk of a crash and/or a vehicle occupant may fall out of the vehicle if they are not wearing a seatbelt, increasing their risk of injury.

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AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Recall for 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra

Summary: Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Altima, LEAF, Pathfinder, and Sentra, model year 2013 NV200 (aka Taxi) and Infiniti JX35 and model year 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the occupant classification system (OCS) software may incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult.

Consequence: If the OCS does not detect an adult occupant in the passenger seat, the passenger airbag would be deactivated. Failure of the passenger airbag to deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of injury to the passenger.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE
Recall for 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra

Summary: Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Altima, LEAF, Pathfinder, and Sentra, model year 2013 NV200 (aka Taxi) and Infiniti JX35 and model year 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the occupant classification system (OCS) software may incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult.

Consequence: If the OCS does not detect an adult occupant in the passenger seat, the passenger airbag would be deactivated. Failure of the passenger airbag to deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of injury to the passenger.

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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY
Recall for 2013 Nissan Sentra

Summary: Nissan is recalling certain model year 2013 Sentra vehicles manufactured from September 11, 2012, through October 4, 2012. Some fuel tank assemblies were not properly sealed during the manufacturing process. As a result, a small amount of gasoline may leak from the tank when it is full.

Consequence: A gasoline leak in the presence of an ignition source may lead to a vehicle fire.