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73k miles needs new engine? 2002 Sentra SER

2002 Sentra SER with 73k miles on it - motor running sounding different for a while - but not a dramatic obvious noise - had a mechanic drive it but nothing jumped out at him regarding the noise.
Then sluggish starting out from stop signs. Then the oil pressure light came on. Checked oil and was out. Not due for oil change and do check oil in between changes - had been adding a quart here and there and oil started looking very dark. No oil leaks on ground.
Dealer says using oil means you need to replace the engine with another engine of approximate same mileage because it is not cost effective to start taking the engine apart to find and repari the problem - labor intensive, costly, and the bad oil may be damaging the cat converter as well which is another expense.
Engine goes at 73k miles??? Any one else run in to this? Agree replacement?? or better suggestions?? Does manufacturer have any responsibility at 73k miles?

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  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2009

    just bought a 2002 sentra ser spec v, the problem is a recall, google sentra recalls and you will find the problem, my car also already had the recall done, but not well enough the same exact problem described in the recall came back, this is the web site i found it at, contacted nissan waiting for word back

  • dimitri katsaounis Jan 16, 2012

    my 2002 spec v was also diagnosed with multi cylinder mis fire and low compression after a recent problem with a flutter in engine and "service engine soon" warning came on. after only 165 000 km. dealer also recomended engine replacement. what is this b.s.?



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Did u add oil and attempt to start car? What's it doing? How often did u have to add a quart of oil (in miles)?
It does sound like it was consuming too much oil, but once u run it dry, there is no warantee that will cover it, so manufacturer can't (won't) help u on this. I agree, an engine rebuild would be VERY expensive due to no oil damage, the best thing to do (if the car is in good shape otherwise, trans. good, body good) would be to find a used motor from a scrap yard (must be careful to check mileage and that the 'donor' car wasn't in a bad front end collision which may cause engine problems) or a re-manufactured engine. Any further questions, let me know, sorry for the bad news.

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