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Nissan Sentra 2006 and earlier



  • mayankhpmayankhp Posts: 22
    Hi Dear,
    I am sure, by this time you must have made up your mind, whether to see dealer to replace your a.c. (ordered)part or to live with existing cooling tempreture. Just curious to know about it.

    By the way how is life going? Long time no message from you, what's up?

  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    gserep1 Jul 11, 2001 2:55pm
    Yes, you have to make a practical choice with kids still in college. If you are interested in a 6-speed CL then check out

    I know you'll have lots of replies to others on here when you get back :))
  • gserep1gserep1 Posts: 92
    Hello Again,
    I have been out of the area for the last few weeks, and I have not had access to a computer...(imagine what withdrawal I was going through, LOL). I have been in Ridgecrest,California deep in the Mojave desert. The average temperature last week was about 100, but it got as high as 112. I had to do some training on the operation of some new aircraft servicing generators that your government just bought. Next week I will be in the Fresno area at another Navy base. After that, I should be back in San Diego taking it a little easier.

    I am still waiting for parts for my car (if you can believe that). I talked to my service advisor just yesterday, and he tells me that the parts are still backordered. UNBELIEVEABLE on a new car, huh? It is a good thing that mine works SOMEWHAT, and that I don't live in a very hot area, or Iwould have been in bad shape.

    On my trip last week, I was provided a rental car, while mine stayed parked. Saves on the miles, but I sure missed my car. I had a 2001 SATURN with 12 thousand miles. The car was a piece of junk already. The engine was pretty peppy, and the air conditioning froze meat, but the driveability of the car was horrible. Plus it was missing all of the creature comforts...NO power windows, no power mirrors, no cruise control, no tape player (not even a cassette player), and the brakes felt like stepping on a Hershey bar...very mushy. Plus I could not get my seat to adjust to the full upright position, which caused me to drive around partially reclined. Enough about that car. I had the option to return it this week, or keep it for the trip next week....I decided to turn it in, and use my own car, as I will be driving to San Francisco next weekend anyway, and the base is only 180 miles from my home there. I will be calling NISSAN USA next week and see if I can find a way to expedite my parts. I LOVE my car otherwise. I instantly noticed the difference between the Saturn and my car. The Sentra was parked all week, and got some much needed rest.

    Thanks cyranno99, I am very much interested in getting a 6 speed Acura CL. That 6 speed will make me go ahead and buy that car for sure.

    I am also thinking of doing that audio swap as well. I need to go onto Crutchfield's web site, and see what will fit my car.

    In reply to "01sentrase", the 95 200 SX is a "rear drive" car unlike our front drive arrangement, and as such, the engine is mounted front to back, or "longitudinally", unlike our transverse arrangement. Nissan can put the filter on either side of the block when they reconfigure an engine for a specific application. My experience with the 2001 SE oil filter placement shows me that it is not an ideal place to have it, but I have seen much worse...(case in point, my 2000 VW new beetle). That filter is a real pain to get to, and quite messy, because it spills all over the lower radiator hose, and some other wires. The WORST was my 1995 Taurus SHO with the 3.2L V6. The filter was up front, but you had to be double and triple jointed in the wrists to get to it, plus it drained all over the starter when it came off. That meant about 1/2 hour of cleaning when I changed it to avoid the oil smell.

    To "narenji", thanks a lot for the kind comments, and all that I can say about filter placement is make sure that the engine is not HOT, when you do the filter. It sits just abouve the exhaust manifold pipes, and like I said before, I dropped my filter on the heat shield (which is a mesh-type arrangement, and it took a half day to get all of the oil out. It smoked like an old clunker, which was very embarrassing for a new car. I will be more careful next time for sure.

    Well, I will be quiet for now, and look forward to hearing from some of you in the very near future. I will be driving my car next week on my trip to Fresno. I don't think that I can stand another week of driving GM JUNK. Some GM cars are great, but when you get "corporate rental car junk", it is depressing. I shudder to think that in a few more thousand miles, someone will buy this thing on a wholesale rental car lot. That is really scary. I wouldn't wish that car on my enemies, it is so bad.

    To "mbbstims", I believe that the Nissan engine is every bit as reliable as the Toyota and Honda engines. They are all great, but I do believe that the Honda engines are a bit smoother, but a lot more "labor-intensive", when repair work is warranted. I plan on driving mine MANY hundreds of thousands of miles. If I care for it properly, it will last. I would venture to say that any of the above-mentioned cars will perform better than most of the "domestic" (and I use that word "loosely") cars.

    I really miss talking to you guys and girls when I am away on travel, but it is really nice to play "catch-up" when I return.

    Thanks again, and take care,
  • gserep1gserep1 Posts: 92
    Hello Again,
    How is that "screeching noise" you talked about in your earlier posts? I certainly hope that you have gotten that repaired by now.

    Oh by the way everyone, I just could not resist asking if any of you have seen the newest Nissan Sentra commercial that features the 2 crash test dummies fighting to be the first one to drive the Sentra? I thought that was really cute and very original...of course I COULD be a little biased, don't you think? I really got a few chuckles out of that one for sure.

    I will probably wish that I had waited for the new 2002 Sentra when I start seeing them on the road, but I know thatthey willbe really expensive at first. I'll live!!

    Thanks again,
  • katraakkatraak Posts: 33
    This board is hardly active when you are away. I am sorry that you had this awful experience in the Saturn and to think I almost bought the Saturn instead of my Sentra. My friend has a 95 Saturn that held up beautifully but I finally couldn't pay MSRP for the Saturn.
    Anyway, regarding the engine noise I was experiencing I took the car to the dealer and asked him to take a look. He told me that the noise is valvetrain startup clatter and most SR20DE's had the noise. Like you suggested I will switch to Mobil1 and Purolator PurePlus on the next oil change and see if the noise subsides.
    LOL I have seen the Sentra commercial and liked it. I guess the 2002's would be coming to dealerships in another month or so. First thing, I will test drive the 3.5 Altima and then the Sentra Spec-V. Still, I wouldn't trade in my SE as I would be taking a big hit on depreciation.
  • gserep1gserep1 Posts: 92
    Thanks For Your Quick Response,
    I have been out of town in the desert this last week. I get the same noise in my car when I start up. I will be looking for a Purolator Oil filter with a check valve to keep the oil in the head. This will help keep that noise down. I have not been successful yet in finding this filter. When I find one I will let you know.

    I will be using my car this next week, so I will tell you how the air conditioner works in 100 plus degree weather. I will be glad to get my parts in to get this car fixed once and for all.

    I am looking forward to hearing from all of my friends this coming week. Please keep me up to date.

  • mbbstimsmbbstims Posts: 16
    Thanks for the opinion on the longevity of the Nissan engines.Iwould like to get 150k to 200k out of my next car and I did not know if the Nissan Sentry was capable of that. had a Datsun many years ago,I think it was a B 210.I took care of the car well but it still went through 2 head gaskets before 100k.Have you,or anyone else out there heard of any head gasket problems with the ewer Nissans?

    Thank you for your help,
  • narenjinarenji Posts: 161
    I think I'm going to venture out and get some jack stands and creep under the car to see where the filter etc are at. I will also need to get a car manual, probably haynes. I saw the Mazda's filter when it was getting serviced once. So you take your car to like one of those service places where you work on your own car, but use their tools and their equipment for a fee? I wonder where I could find one around here... After you had problems with your A/c, I checked the temperature of my car's a/c, and it seems to be putting out about 46-47 degrees. My 8 year old Mazda is putting out about 41 degrees. Of course, the Mazda has the older r-12 refrigerant, which is supposedly colder to begin with.

    So is my temperature measurement cold enough? It sometimes doesn't seem like it. When you turn the fan speed up, the temperature reading drops precipitously. It's only about 54 degrees on like 3, but the same thing happens in the Mazda as you turn the fan up. When I called my dealer and another local one, they both said that 46-47 degrees is plenty cold for a r-134 powered a/c unit. Are they being honest? Hope your car is fixed soon.
  • I was wondering if any of you had experienced this. When I drive around in the city my car doesn't get very cold (even with the fan all the way up) but on the highway it's so cold I can barely keep the a/c on at even the low fan speed.
    Is this normal or something to get checked out?

  • zhzzhz Posts: 29
    I went for a 250 mile trip yesterday. The A/C work SO well that it was "frozen". I had to turn it off. It was working fine -- freezing cold air, after that. They (people from said that 2000+ sentras are known to have this problem.
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    Yeah, I am sure you'll like the CL. The oil filter placement for it is a breeze to change.... just like the current Maxima. Tell me about hard to reach oil filter. I had to crawl under my old Integra and reach up into a little space... there's no other way around it - partly because it was a four cylinder and partly because it is FWD. You can spill lots of oil through the filter when the engine is warm/hot. The Sentra oil filter placement is fairly easy to get to.

    Have fun on your trip :)
  • mdrivermdriver Posts: 385
    I sure hope they build some more 5sp Sentras for 2002. I can't seem to find any 01 5sp. Plenty of automatics though. I've heard that the SE will be discontinued and replaced by the SE-R. For someone who doesn't necessarily want more power and lower fuel economy, as will be the case with the new 2.5L, but still wants the good handling, you better get an 01 SE while you can.
  • jliu_2000jliu_2000 Posts: 7
    2 airbags of my Sentra GXE were deployed during a not-so-serious accident. I didn't have dealer fix it because they quote totally $2,000 for parts and labors for 2 airbags.

    Any one has any suggestions ? I couldn't sell the car before the airbag is fixed. Thanks
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    probably true since they will not make the 3.0L V-6 either. The G20 will run for a couple more months as a 2002 before it will get replaced by the G35 in the Infiniti line-up. So it makes sense for Nissan to get rid of the 2.0L engine.
  • narenjinarenji Posts: 161
    Not to be rude, but I haven't heard anything about the g20 being replaced by the g35. I was pretty sure that the I30 was a dressed up Maxima and that the I35 would replace the I30. I've heard rumors that the next g20 will have the 2.5L Sentra V-spec engine standard, so I guess it would be called the G25. The Altima is supposed to get the 2.5L of the Sentra V-spec standard, with the 240 hp 3.5 V6 optional. The Maxima is to get the 3.5 V6 standard, but with 260 hp. Correct me if i'm wrong...
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    no prob.. check out - you should see a picture for the G35 on the right side. I don't think that they want a G20 and a G35 for next year, right?
  • ryuanryuan Posts: 1
    Hi, everybody

    I am a rookie here and also to cars. Is '96 Nissan Sentra GXE 4-dr Sedan chain belt or rubber belt? How long should it be changed? And usually how much does it cost? Thanks.
  • mdrivermdriver Posts: 385
    I'm fairly certain that the 1.6L engine has a chain which needs to be changed about as often as you change the pistons - in other words, never.

    Check your manual to be sure.
  • peejaypeejay Posts: 2
    Hi all,

    Does anybody know how to take off the EM shift knob? I have been told to twist it counterclockwise, but I tried it and it didn't want to come loose! Any suggestions?
  • peejaypeejay Posts: 2
    Ooops, meant to say OEM shift knob.
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