2001 Nissan Sentra 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual 120000 miles
The background: I was about to buy an '01 Nissan Sentra with 120K miles but decided to think about it after the test drive. It drove ok except the idle was a little rough and it stalled a couple of times. The sellers had let it sit for months without starting it so I thought maybe the gas had gone bad so I decided to wait a few days then give it another test drive. Good thing I waited because the sellers couldn't get it started. They said it drove fine when they used to drive it regularly so I thought the problem would be simple so asked them to get it to my neighbor who is a retired mechanic. They finally got it started but had a really hard time driving it 10 miles to my neighbor's house.
The problem: It starts but then quickly stalls. You have to keep the RPMs high to keep it going, but that only lasts several seconds. The check engine light is on. My neighbor-mechanic has determined it is not the fuel filter, fuel pump, fuses, or gas. He's stumped but thinks it is electrical. He's trying to get a mechanic friend to do an electrical diagnostic test.
Monday, November 8th, 2010 AT 9:52 AM