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Nissan Sentra Failed Mass Air Flow Sensor May Cause Driveability Issues

Nissan Sentra Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2011

Engines Affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder

Average Mileage: 121,594 mi (35,000 mi - 227,000 mi)


The mass air flow (MAF) sensor can fail, causing various drivability problems. Our technicians remind us that proper diagnoses should be performed to confirm the cause of any driveability concerns.

  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 156,000 mi

    Car shuts off while driving any where.

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 90,000 mi

    Rough Idle, stalls when coming to stop, hesitation while accelerating.

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 130,000 mi

    Would stall at stop or low speeds

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 105,000 mi

    Same problem that has plagued virtually everyone else who has owned one of these: a bad MAF.
    5:05 PM

    I am curious why everyone states to use an OEM MAF rather than aftermarket? I have spent the better part of the day reading about this model and the thousands of complaints that have been lodged about the OEM MAF. Seems like Nissan has had a problem with them since day one, and that they have had a higher than normal failure rate (some failing after just a few hundred miles). So unless they (Nissan) have changed something, I don't see what the advantage is of buying another one of their high-priced OEM's for this? It just doesn't make sense. It appears as though the OEM MAF has plagued these cars since their inception. So unless Nissan has actually changed them so that they work better, why not buy aftermarket for a mere fraction of the price? I have seen some aftermarket ones by certain manufacturers that have pretty good reviews. I can buy as many as 8 aftermarkets for the price of 1 OEM. So has Nissan finally fixed something with their MAF's, or are they still just selling the same junk MAF that's been driving everyone nuts???

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 140,000 mi

    I had my mass air flow sensor replaced in april, i was now having the same exact problems again 8 months later, come to find out they said when they replaced my mass air flow sensor the last time that it would not connect into my car so they rewired it and now the wires are fried so they are trying to tell me i have to buy a whole new wiring harness for 1000 bucks, i am a single mom and do not have that kind of money.

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 78,000 mi

    The engine power droped and will slow down and stall. No pick up. Replaced Mass Air Flow meter and sensor. Occurred second time at 129000 miles amrked replaced again.

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 183,000 mi


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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 86,000 mi

    Stalling when idling at a red light or just after starting my car (the cold seems to effect it).

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  • Visitor, , 140,000 mi

    Today I am having this issue repaired for the second time in the last couple years!

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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 35,000 mi

    Car hesitates or jerks in wet snowy conditions

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