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Failed Mass Air Flow Sensor May Cause Driveability Issues on Nissan Sentra

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 105,141 (16,000–298,000)
Engines affected: 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L 4 Cylinder
13 model years affected: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
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Car wont rev the RPMs past 2000 and the car will not accelerate past 30 mph and looses acceration.
Rough Idle, stalls when coming to stop, hesitation while accelerating.
Same problem that has plagued virtually everyone else who has owned one of these: a bad MAF.
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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???
Car shuts off while driving any where.
Sometimes while my AC is on and I am either idling or close to idling, my engine begins to flutter.. so I either turn off the AC or take my foot off the brake a little to keep the car moving.
Would stall at stop or low speeds
Check engine light went on, took it to the dealership, they said it was the sensor. How could it go bad so soon? Not the first problem with this car!
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.
BOGGED ACCELERATION, STALLING AT IDLE
The car seems like its going to stall an smells like rotten eggs .could it be the mass air flow check engine lites on replaced a year an half ago,that code is comeing up
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.
Car hesitates or jerks in wet snowy conditions
Stalling when idling at a red light or just after starting my car (the cold seems to effect it).
Wont go over 20 mph
Hesitation or stop running at idle or very low speed. Will refer to dealer. Car in warranty.
Today I am having this issue repaired for the second time in the last couple years!
Engine lost driving power, immediately followed by steering and brake difficulty, while accelerating to pass another vehicle. Check engine, oil, power steering, break, and battery warning lights came on. The engine would turn over, but not start. Electrical power was present. Dealership ran a diagnostic and found CODE DTC P0101 (mass air flow sensor). Sensor was open and needed replacement.
Engine was nor idling smooth, loos of MPG, Autozone found the problem
Check engine light came on. Took my car to garage, they replaced with an aftermarket mass airflow sensor. Drove 10 miles, check engine light back on. Nissan dealership says it's due to the other garage using an aftermarket mass airflow sensor causing this. They want me to pay them to reinstall a Nissan mass airflow sensor ...
Stalls frequently when coming to a stop, sometimes just slowing down to turn a corner.