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Nissan Sentra 2006 and earlier



  • Has anyone purchased an '01 SE and removed the spoiler? If you have, how did you plug the holes? I was thinking about selling the spoiler to someone with an XE or GXE. Has anyone done this, and if so, how much did you sell it for?

  • adc100adc100 Posts: 1,521
    Its quite common. You need to take it back and tell the dealer to reprogram the ECU.
  • Well, I decided not to disconnect my battery to clear the light and I was not going to take it in to the dealer to pay their "small nominal fee". This morning, when I started the car, the light did not stay on. It's been about 500 miles since I had the light come on so that must be the distance to travel before the light will clear. No ill-effects with my Sentra. Thanks for all your advise folks.
  • adc100adc100 Posts: 1,521
    is not a function of miles. It has to do with operating cycles/engine temperatures, etc. Perhaps someone can give additional information.
  • brother's 2001 SE got poor mileage for a couple of months. He later found out that the fuel cap had a crack that caused vapor to escape. He got the cap replaced and the mileage is back to normal.
  • out there that were first disappointed to miss out on the SER, but now aren't too pissed?

    Don't get me wrong, I wish I had one for the performance but it's only 1/2 a second quicker to 60 - 7.4 vs 7.9s, the guages don't look as nice as the white ones in my SE (purely IMHO), and those red seats don't look too hot either. I've got most of the goodies (LSD, front strut tower brace, 7 speaker stereo, 4 wheel discs) that the SER has. The body looks nicer on the SER but it's kind of nice to be a bit of a sleeper.
    I'd still like one but it doesn't keep me up at night these days :).
  • Danny, I agree. The higher horsepower ratings for the SE-R don't seem to translate into way better performance over the SE. The old 2.0-liter engine is a well-developed, responsive, strong engine--in comparison, it sounds like the new 2.5 engine has some work to be done. So the horsepower difference is a bit deceptive.

    Suspension-wise, the SE w/PP is at least a match for the base SE-R, and it wouldn't be that hard to bring it up to Spec V performance with some mods.

    I agree with you about the gauges and seats. Exterior-wise, neither the SE or SE-R seems to "look the part." I think Nissan really needed to do something special with the SE-R's styling (like introduce a two-door, or even a five-door like the Protege5, which someone else suggested before) to capture people's imagination. The current design just isn't very sporty looking. At least the old SE-R evoked the BMW 2002 a bit.

    So, no regrets here about getting the SE instead of waiting for the SE-R. Not that I would mind having a Spec V, mind you...
  • After looking at all reports of SE-R I am happy camper with my SE. BTW guys, what mileage do you get on your cars? I constantly get ~25MPG in winter and ~28 in a warmer time. It is 50-50 of city and highway with a heavy foot. I found that driving at > 80MPH (what I normally do) gives 28-29 MPG at best. Also I tried once 91 grade and, man, what a waste of money. Car wasn't any faster, got the same MPG and it was LOUD. Never again.
  • lgoldin, my mileage is pretty similar to yours. Most of my driving is around town, and I usually get 24-26 mpg. The highway mileage is a little disappointing--I got slightly over 30 mpg once or twice, but usually it's a bit below (at speeds in the 70-80 mph range). These figures are pretty close to the EPA estimates for the car. Not great, but not horrible.
  • My mileage hovers around the 28 mpg mark, with mixed driving, usually a bit more highway than city. I usually get about 300 miles on a full tank till my low fuel light comes on (which means there's ~2 gallons left). It was a bit lower than that at first.
  • The 2.5L needs a couple years to be more refined. It is a fairly large four cylinder so it won't be as smooth as the 2.0L. Of course, you can dampen the noise and vibration, but that would only add to the weight of the car.

    My brother's car gets better mileage using Texaco than Exxon... maybe 1 or 2 miles better...
  • corkfishcorkfish Posts: 537
    Motorweek got 0 to 60 in 7.1 seconds. Also, this doesn't include the aftermarket dealer installed parts from NISMO available in the fall
  • narenjinarenji Posts: 161
    I've test driven the new 2.5 L engine in the SE-R, and the Altima, and it doesn't feel as good as the good old SR20DE. The 2.5l doesn't seem to want to rev as much and is louder doing so. It does have good power, but the SE-R didn't feel any faster than the Sentra SE. The SR20 could give better fuel economy for a 2.0L engine, but other than that, it was sweet. May it rest in peace.
  • I bought one of the first 2000 Sentras to hit the Chicagoland area, and made several posts here when this original thread started. Since then, I've moved to Los Angeles, given the first Sentra to my wife, and bought another car for me -- a 2001 Sentra GXE. Seems like a good time for an update.

    The 2000 Sentra (GXE Automatic) has not had any problems, except for a noise under the hood. Sounds like the air conditioner compressor, so I'm going to have it looked at this month, but I'm not particularly concerned.

    In fact, this car just took my wife and I on a cross-country trip from LA to Chicago to New York and back to LA, and we didn't have any Sentra-related difficulties at all. We're almost out of warranty, mileage-wise, although the car is only two years old.

    Our second Sentra, the 2001 GXE 5-speed, has about 7000 miles on it. So far no problems. Literally none. Zero. Zip. >nothing<. Even the 2000 had a few teething problems.

    The power steering isn't as strong in the 2001, which is nice, although I'd disable it altogether if I could. Also, a small oddity: on our 2000, the passenger door has a keylock. on our 2001, the passenger door does not. I guess that's one of the ways that Nissan got themselves profitable in 2001. (Both cars have the keyless entry system -- Nissan tells me that cars without the keyless entry system have locks on both sides.)

    One car has been in for the recalls, the other is going in this weekend. None of the recall problems have occurred, I'm pleased to say.

    The only regret I have in purchasing either of these Sentra is this: having two identical cars (except for color) sitting side by side in our parking garage is a bit embarrasing. But they're going to be there for quite a while. :)
  • adc100adc100 Posts: 1,521
    I've had my SE for over a year now. The origional AutoTranny went out at 100 miles. Since then no problems. The SR20DE is a tremendous engine. I think the 2.5 has some oil burning issues and durability is not yet proven. Unlike many-mine gives good milage. I drive very conservatively and am 55 years old so thats expected. I routinely get 34 on a trip and 27 in suburban driving. That 34 is at usually 60-65 mph. Probably a lot less than most drive. One thing with an auto that gives good milage is to keep the rpm's below 2500 and getting and keeping the torque converter locked up. If you do that milage goes up bigtime.
  • Anyone know what Nissan is offering now on the Sentra??? I've heard $500 cash back and maybe low rate financing? Anyone know what the rate(s) are and if it's financing AND a cash rebate? I'm looking to move fast on a GXE and any feedback on recent prices paid would be welcomed. I'm in NJ. Thanks.
  • Hey everyone. I'm a proud owner of a 2002 Sentra SE-R. I was just wondering if any of you have put on an aftermarket muffler? Does anyone know of a good one to use, and how much it might cost?

  • corkfishcorkfish Posts: 537
    One thing for certain, buy one that's stainless. I put an HKS cat-back exhaust on my 93 SE-R and it rusted out after a year. It cost's more, but you'll save in the long run. Stillen, Greddy and Borla are the first places I'd look. Keep in mind that Nissans racing division (NISMO) will be offering modified SE-R's right from the dealer with full warranty. They'll have intakes, headers, and exhaust systems. Available in the fall.
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    I was wondering if anyone has adjusted the timing on their 1995-1999 Sentra/200SX. I have a 1995 with the 1.6l engine and I swear the timing marks are not on the crankshaft pulley. I know I need to fill them in with white color to see them with the timing gun, but I can't find any notches or anything (I see the pointer on the block). I've cranked the engine about ten times and checked from the top and under the car. There are never any notches lined up where I can see them. I really think they aren't there. Has anyone else messed with the timing or had this problem? The notches are supposed to be on the crank pulley closest to the block right? (There are sort of two pulleys on the crank, a big one close to the block and a smaller one after the big one). Thanks!
  • Thanks Corkfish, i'm goin with my friend Wednesday to look at some mufflers. I'll keep those brands in mind. I know for a fact that Borla is a little more expensive then what i'm looking for. I went to the flowmaster site, and i heard the 60 series delta flow muffler that's designed for small engines. It sounds pretty good, but i didn't see a price listed there. Anyone else know from experience what's the best for my car?

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