2020 Nissan Sentra Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical system and service brakes issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

The 2020 Nissan Sentra is no stranger to the marketplace, as the model has been around for many years. This newer version claims owners should “refuse to compromise.” However, that is all that customers feel like that are doing when dealing with the defective electrical system and faulty service brakes.

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Problems with the Electrical System

While the Sentra isn’t considered a high-end luxury car, owners are still expecting the basics to work as intended, but that’s not the case.

Just read this NHTSA complaint. “I was switching lanes and the car blind spot sensor usually tells me when someone is in my blind spot, but when I was switching lanes today it failed to tell me, therefore resulting in me getting into an accident.”

Nissan hasn’t issued any communication about this type of problem. With that said, there is a recall that shows the level of quality put into manufacturing this vehicle. NHTSA Campaign Number 20V507000 says that some vehicles have a right-hand LED headlight that wasn’t aligned correctly during production. Because of this, there is insufficient illumination to the roadway at night, which increases the chance of an accident. When this problem is combined with the one illustrated above, a disastrous event is sure to occur. So, it’s agreed that customers should never compromise, which is precisely the reason it’s time to find another brand to drive.

Problems with the Service Brakes

Another basic function that should just work as intended is the service brakes. Yet, the Sentra is just a complete failure in this area.

One more NHTSA complaint reads, “This car’s emergency brake sensors have gone off twice now in the past two months. There is no car or any object in front of me and the sensor applies the brakes while in motion. Also, when slowing down to a stop at city speeds the car jerks and /or surges forward and I have to apply the brakes harder otherwise the car continues to move forward.”

One has to wonder what is going on at the Nissan plant to create such substantial defects; and these aren’t the only systems suffering. In fact, even the wheels create trouble that Nissan has scrambled to fix. Service Bulletin #PM946 2020 Sentra states that dealerships had to stop selling some Sentra models until the wheels could be replaced. It turns out that steel wheels were incorrectly installed with the wrong center caps and/or pressure sensors. To repair this, dealers had to cease sales and inspect all of the wheels in its inventory. Then, the wheels needed to be replaced with aluminum instead of steel, with the appropriate tire pressure sensors and center caps. What a fiasco that cost dealerships countless hours, just because Nissan couldn’t figure out how to install the right wheels. But, that seems to be commonplace with this automaker, as shown through the other defects. It seems it is Nissan that needs to stop making compromises.

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Thomas G

    I had it one for a year, intimate wipers work crazy, no room inside, sits way too low..no clearance at all. Can’t see out the back window, watch the trunk so you don’t hit your head.. This vehicle is overall junk… Never again

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