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Nissan Sentra 2006 and earlier



  • narenjinarenji Posts: 161
    I saw the G35- looks sorta like the new Altima, but this one is supposedly rear wheel drive. Looks good, but it's to be a "high-performance premium sports sedan" so I'm guessing it'll be priced close to the I35, not close to the G20. The G20 looks like it'll still continue basically the same next year. I didn't know that this site existed, and is Nissan's official site for news. I think they should upgrade the G20 engine to the new 2.5L from either the Sentra SE-R or SE-R spec V. The 2.0L engine is a bit underpowered for the market the G20 competes in. The site does say the G20 continues as a 2002 model, and the G35 should be out by spring 2003. They should probably name the G35 with a different alphabet, because it really doesn't share anything with the G20.
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    Yes, they should have called it a J35 - RWD and such. But I read somewhere that the G35 is supposed to compete with the Lexus IS and the BMW 3 series. That would be a tough battle. As for making a G25, I would say that might cut into the Altima's market. People would say that it is a dressed up Altima. I always thought of the G20 as a nice handler, not much of a hot rod sitting next to a stick-shift Maxima.
  • rukeitharukeitha Posts: 3
    Hi, All! I'm a first time buyer so just about everything is new to me. I'm interested in the Nissan Sentra 2001 GXE 4door automatic. Do you know or have you experience negative things regarding this vehicle? If you just want to contribute advice to a first-time car buyer (like what is the "MA"), that would be welcome, too.
  • jay104jay104 Posts: 2
    Just bought a '01 Sentra and love it!! Does anyone know where i can get Sentra accessories online. I checked out a few sites and was unhappy with their selection. Thanks for your help!
  • katraakkatraak Posts: 33

    I you are looking at the Nissan Sentra GXE then it is a very good choice. I own a '00 Sentra SE and after 14000 miles I can say that this may the best econocar in the market right now. There was a rattle in the driver's side door which was fixed under warranty, other than that no problems at all. The GXE you are looking at has 127 HP which still is more than that of the Civic DX (115 HP) and the Protege DX (103 HP) you are also considering. If I were you I would test drive all the cars and then choose the one you like best. If you can overcome the funky rear styling of the Sentra then you can't go wrong with it.


    If you'd want to buy accessories for your Sentra online then may I suggest this website.

    They have a wide selection of OEM accessories and for a limited period they also offer free shipping, by UPS ground, in the continental US.

  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    if you could list the sites that you have visited then I/we could give you some other alternatives.... you might want to contribute to this thread also - qbrozen "Buying Parts on the Net" Mar 28, 2001 8:43am

    rukeitha - I see that you are having an interesting choices between those three cars. I'd say from personal experience that the Sentra is almost trouble free. Of course, the Civic and the Protege are good choices as well. You might want to choose it over the other for looks or comfort. Do some comparison shopping using Edmunds database. Read over what you should look for in a test drive. You should try to take each car for a 10-15 minutes test drive through different road surfaces if you can. Good luck!
  • katraakkatraak Posts: 33
    mention was the "MA" charge. I belive it is the advertising charge that Nissan levies on the dealers. The dealers inturn pass it on to the consumer. I guess the amount varies from dealer to dealer but I have yet to see an "MA" charge above $300. You can always negotiate with them to completely waive it or reduce it substantially. One good thing is that Nissan dealers are almost always willing to negotiate
  • zhzzhz Posts: 29
    I paid $400 for the "MA" fee for my 2000 GXE. BUT, they were offering $1500 below invoice so, I end up buying my GXE for $13235. incluing the 7% tax and their doc. fee.
    What I care about is how much I have to pay. I don't really care what they call/label those fee or how much they want to label them. Let dealer make some money. They have to eat, just like us.
    2001 GXE doesn't have the key hole on the passenger side door, HEHEHEHE. I only use the key for ignition anyway.
  • katraakkatraak Posts: 33
    Somehow I am under the impression that you are from Columbus, GA. Am I right? If infact you are from Columbus then I live in Auburn, AL, which I guess is less than 40 miles from your place.
  • baltychenbaltychen Posts: 50
    Well, My fourth alternator now. Yesterday, the alternator just died on me. The battery and brake lights were on when I spotted on the freeway. Pepboy changed for me last September. Only just last ten months. The voltage regulator dead and caused the battery boiling shoting fluid acid out of the battery. I have to use baking soda fluid to neutralize the acid. It looks like the aftermarket alternator is not an answer. Next time, I'll get a new on. Peopboy just charged me the labor for a remanufactured alternator. Thank God.
  • mdrivermdriver Posts: 385
    Sure the dealer has to eat. All I ask of a dealer is to be forthright with the price (no funny business with the $$). The "MA" fee seems like the usual dealer shenanigans. If they want to make $400 profit, then come right out and say so. Some dealers are quite honest and upfront with their pricing, but others still attempt to hoodwink customers with the usual add-on fees. The internet makes the consumer more knowledgable than ever. It seems some dealers still haven't got that message yet.
  • zhzzhz Posts: 29
    I am from Columbus, GA. I guess you got that "impression" from the I bought my 2000 GXE from Atlanta though.

    Let dealer do their own number game. I only care the amount I have to pay -- how much I have to write on the check. I personally don't think the invoice price is what they really paid those cars for. They paid invoice minus dealer holdback and something else -- at least for those "big cities'" dealerships.
  • gsbhasingsbhasin Posts: 21
    Hi good folks.
    I am offered a used 98 Sentra GXE (automatic) 70,000 miles for $5500. I am new to the USA. Is this a good price to buy or is something fishy here? I think Edmund's TMV is $2000 more than that figure.

    Or is it some fraud or salvage title etc.?

  • zhzzhz Posts: 29
    That's a good deal IF it's in good condition.
    Of course whoever offer you that deal won't tell you if it's a fraud. You'd have to find out yourself. Take it to a mechanic and pay them to check it out. And hopefully it's from one of those flooding area, like Houston couple of months ago.
    There are other places to check out the title. You have to pay, too.
  • sentrafansentrafan Posts: 40

    Thanks for the link. I just ordered a micro-cabin air filter from them for $26.84, no shipping or tax. Gotta love this forum :-)
  • katraakkatraak Posts: 33
    I am thinking about getting the indash 6 disc CD changer. Nissan MSRP is $399 and you can pick it up at for $126 with free shipping. Too good a deal to pass it up. If anybody else is interested in a dash mounted CD changer then you may want to look at this deal.
  • zhzzhz Posts: 29
    I bought couple of oil filters from For $4.47, it's a pretty good deal too.
    I don't know how good the micro-cabin air filter will be. I might get one too. And I also need to get a set of splash guards.

    would you post the procesure and how hard it is to install the cabin filter when you get it? thanks.
  • jay104jay104 Posts: 2
    I want to put a spoiler on my '01 sentra, any
    suggestions where i should get this done, dealer, private etc. I also want to get white guages. Any idea how hard they are to install? Thanks for your help!
  • gserep1gserep1 Posts: 92
    I have been gone this week to the hot desert of southern California, and I am glad to be back to a place thatis under 80 degrees F. I just read this thread about Nissan, and I will have to check it out. Having an SE, I have most of the good accessories already, but I WOULD like to put on the inside rear view mirror that has both a compass AND a thermometer. I wonder what that costs at Nissan_accessories. The dealer wants $209.00. I also wonder how much electrical wiring has to be installed. I was told that the wiring was already in place just above in the headliner, but have not been able to verify it. I have not seen ANY Sentras with this option, but I HAVE seen the 6 disc in dash CD Changer. I am thinking of installing the changer and changing the single disc CD with a Cassette player. I really miss my cassette player, since I have so many cassettes that I still listen to.

    Well I will make this one short. I am in the San Francisco area until Monday, and back to San Diego on Tuesday in time for work.

    I have missed all of my friends, but ai am sure that we will be chatting next week.

    Bye for now,
  • dannym11dannym11 Posts: 18
    I've been thinking about the same rear view mirror. I went onto another Sentra site and asked if anyone had installed it and one guy posted the full Nissan installation instructions. Go to the site and perform a search under public forums, modifications, cosmetic using a couple of relevant keywords. This site is a great resource for all things Sentra by the way.
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