Question about 2005 Nissan Sentra
Yes, I have a solution - an immediate recall or, failing that, a class-action suit. I leased a 2005 1.8L Sentra new from the dealership. It came with a 5-year/100,000K "bumper to bumper warranty." Today - April 2010 - it has just under 66,000Kms. on it. The car has been consistently maintained by reputable mechanics. For the last 2 1/2 years, the check engine light has gone on and off. Starting became rough. Code 4 was diagnosed but all "fixes" did not cure it. Car began starting rough and eventually would not start. Dealership service denied it was an engine problem. December 2009, I was persuaded that buying out the lease was cheaper than buying new. Stupid me. In less than 14 months, I've spent just over $1,000 on "fixes" and the damn thing is still acting up. Last tow and service cost about $250 and three days later the CEL came on again. It's only a matter of time before the head gasket goes and that'll cost $1,500-$2,000! The car is a hopeless lemon. AND I'm sure the dealership knows it because when I was processing the buyout in the showroom, and mentioned the CEL, service said, "Oh, your coolant is probably low. We'll top it up for you." Yeah, top it up and avoid doing the gasket...And now, since I've taken a look at the Auto Beef site, I know I was "had" - and there's a word for that.
Posted on Apr 28, 2010
1)The dealer probably wanted NGK plugs because those are the stocks and they wanted to make sure the car hasant been messed with by anybody else.
2)The car ran hot while it was idling because your headgasket was probably already blown, thus your running on less coolant. Being the reason you ran hot, even idling.
3) These headgasket's always seem to go. Some last longer than others and some just last forever. But these headgaskets are very common to just simply wear out.
4) Yes they should have done the full diagnostic when they first received the car the first time. If they would have simply checked the plugs before guessing at the problem.
5) This situation could have been avoided if they had made a proper diagnostic the first time.
6) There is nothing wrong with replacing the head gasket and driving it afterwards. Not sure what horro storys you have heard...
7) Recall wise... They don't always make up recall's for every little thing. Its just something that Nissan development team comes up with after a car has been manufactured.
My best advice is to go back to the dealership you first went to. Ask for the service manager and complain that their technician replaced the spark plugs obviously for no good resaon because it didnt fix the problem. Ask for your money back for the complete repair and see if you can work a deal to get that head gasket replaced.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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