Nissan Sentra - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Nissan Sentra owners have reported a total of 4,375 problems for their cars built in the 24 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Nissan Sentra. The 2013 Nissan Sentra cars have the most problems reported (586 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Nissan Sentra

  Common problems of Nissan Sentra

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Nissan Sentra cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (936 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (572 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Nissan Sentra

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
936
  Air Bag
572
  Power Train
521
  Electrical System
434
  Service Brakes
318
  Equipment
245
  Vehicle Speed Control
213
  Steering
140
  Other Fuel System
124
  Suspension
121
   
  Structure
111
  Visibility
104
  Tire
100
  Gasoline Fuel System
95
  Electronic Stability Control
69
  Wheel
62
  Unknown Or Other
60
  Seat Belt
56
  Exterior Lighting
44
  Seats
24
  Latches/locks/linkage
12
  Parking Brake
5
  Interior Lighting
4
  Child Seat
2
  Air Brake
2
  Traction Control System
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Nissan Sentra of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Sentra model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Nissan Sentra model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Sentra Model Years

Sentra
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 27168,2781    
0.16
  2017 70231,3632    
0.15
  2016 131164,2943    
0.27
  2015 199220,1324    
0.23
  2014 251206,8965    
0.24
  2013 586154,9096    
0.63
  2012 172140,5187    
0.17
  2011 15895,5708    
0.21
  2010 16292,4309    
0.19
  2009 7165,81110    
0.11
  2008 197121,91611    
0.15
  2007 17697,49712    
0.15
  2006 141138,64213    
0.08
  2005 204119,34314    
0.12
  2004 226126,51115    
0.12
  2003 22271,97216    
0.19
  2002 379114,04017    
0.20
  2001 298106,04718    
0.16
  2000 23167,01319    
0.18

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Nissan Sentra is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2019 Sentra
8
  2018 Sentra
16
  2017 Sentra
19
  2016 Sentra
18
  2015 Sentra
21
  2014 Sentra
36
  2013 Sentra
97
  2012 Sentra
20
  2011 Sentra
24
  2010 Sentra
26
  2009 Sentra
3
  2008 Sentra
34
  2007 Sentra
24
  2006 Sentra
19
  2005 Sentra
13
  2004 Sentra
26
  2003 Sentra
31
  2002 Sentra
37
  2001 Sentra
30
  2000 Sentra
23
  1999 Sentra
6
  1998 Sentra
12
  1997 Sentra
10
  1996 Sentra
29


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