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Nissan Sentra 2006 and earlier



  • sentrafansentrafan Posts: 40
    newskate9: I've had my 2000 SE w/PP for over 10,000 miles, and am also very impressed. The only problems I've had, like you, are the occasional rattles. Mine mostly occur in the far passenger-side of the dash board. What's maddening is that they are intermittent, which is why I'm reluctant to take it to the dealer. But I think I'll eventually do so, and you should too. They may not be able to fix it, but on the other hand, I've seen many Sentra owners complain of the same thing, so the dealers might have some experience with fixing the problem.

    Re: Front Fascia
    Richard79, too bad about the spoiler. However, it may be that not only Nissan, but all/many other manufactures make their spoilers this way as well. It's entirely possible that the same thing could have happened in a Protege or Civic. I'd say you still got a good deal and wouldn't worry too much about it (after getting it fixed, of course). I haven't heard of this happening to others.
  • rtirichrtirich Posts: 5
    I am getting ready for my first oil change on 2001 Sentra SE.I was thinking about going with Mobil 1 synthetic.Does anybody know the pros and cons of using a synthetic oil?
  • ineto6ineto6 Posts: 161
    you might want to head over to the maintenance and repair forum for heated discussion of this topic. However, my short take on this is

    1) You use it if you drive hard (redline alot)
    2) Use it if you want to extend the oil change interval (more than 3000 miles or 3 months - possiblly up to 7500 miles, but I wouldn't if I were you)
    3) Use it if you are going to keep your car for a long time
    4) Use it if you can change the oil yourself since the cost would be about the same as regular oil if someone else change the oil for you.

    In short, I used it before and I don't notice any significant gains in terms of performance or fuel economy. If I had a Corvette then I might have to use it. Also, the standard on synthetic is not strict enough so that Mobil has protested about how some other companies has labeled their oil as synthetic.
  • sowegasowega Posts: 6
    I would like to share my experiences since taking
    delivery of my 2000 SE in June of 2000. It has AT,
    ABS with SAB,and PP and cuurrently 28K miles. I live in this car! Lots of fun to drive!
    MPG to Date avg 29..All Highway
    I have had the wind noise problem at speed(over
    70 mph). I resolved that by cutting a 1/2" peice
    of clear plastic from a folder I purchased at Wal-Mart. I inserted this 8 1/2" long peice under the
    trim at the top center of the windshield.

    Now, I need some feedback. On two occasions after
    filling up with gas, the car has refused to go into O/D. You can downshift, upshift, dis-engage
    O/D, engage O/D. In both instances, I have had to
    shut the engine off and restart to clear the problem. The two times this has occured were three
    months apart. Has anyone else had this happen??
  • xpehbamxpehbam Posts: 1
    You may want to skip using synthetic oil if you have less than 3-5K miles on your car. The synthetic oil is very slippery and will prolong the break in for your car. Afterwards it's fine.
  • 11341134 Posts: 2
    I just bought a new sentra gxe today with Conv and lux pkg. No ABS/Side Air bag. The cost was $14420.00. How did I do? I think it was a good deal....
  • ajnmwnajnmwn Posts: 4
    I have been is the process of bargaining for a new 2001 Sentra GXE, auto, a/c, power windows locks, i believe they call this the convience package. The dealer has given me a price for 13,800. including destination. I think this is a fair price, but always feel like i am getting taken when buying a car. Should i watch out for any other add ons, when i go in and sit at the TABLE!:)? Plan on buying this week, all replies will be much appreciated. I will be buying in West palm beach Florida
  • ral2167ral2167 ohioPosts: 723
    i thought power locks and windows was standard on the GXE-- i thought the convenience package was bascially keyless entry and maybe fold down rear seat.... $13,800 seems a decent price on a sentra GXE auto with the convenience package of keyless entry.... you make sure you get keyless entry, as that's the nuts.
  • nisha3nisha3 Posts: 1
    I bought a 2000 Sentra GXE with the conv and lux package and with no abs/side air bag. I have tinted windows and a spoiler (all installed by the dealer). I paid 14,500 so you got an okay deal (the car is new but had 1200 miles on it when bought)

    My car has 7K miles on it and the engine is all of a sudden very loud-sounds horrible. Anyone else have the same problem?
  • bigzzbigzz Posts: 1
    I live in silicon valley ,city is sunnyvale,CA and am thinking about purchasing a 2001 Sentra SE with standard equipment. From what I've read here, Nissan Sentra is pretty good . Can anyone recommend a dealer who may be easy to deal with in the San Jose,CA, Sunnyvale CA, Monuntview,CA, etc, or around the silicon valley?

    Thanks in advance for any and all advice anyone can give me
  • quark99quark99 Posts: 136
    Go see John at Concord Nissan. Tell him Skip with the black SE 5-speed sent you.
    He's easy, and he won't try to wear ya down. If the deal doesn't work....walk away
    and let them come to you.
    Good luck.
    (Sorry you gotta drive 40 miles from Sunnyvale, but Sunnyvale ain't what it was when
    I graduated from FHS in 1972, anyway.....)
  • kissfan1kissfan1 Posts: 283
    I'm the proud owner of a Nissan Sentra. Just bought today up here in Canada.

    My Black Sentra SE will sit beside my Black 6 Month old Pontiac Aztek. I post often on the AZTEK board as that is such a controversial vehicle.

    I look forward to following the discussion on the Sentra.......Already I got a real good tip about the spoiler in the front.

    All the best
  • ajnmwnajnmwn Posts: 4
    Thanks for all the imput on the cost of a new gxe sentra with a/c, auto and convience package.
    I was feeling quite confident about the price of 13800.,(including destination) but when i called my salesman to ask for the drive off the lot price, he threw in the 499.00 dealer prep cost!!! Now i am looking at 14,300.00 plus tax, tag, title. Any thoughts on this.
  • ral2167ral2167 ohioPosts: 723
    my thought is dealer prep for $499 is part of the MSRP, not an add-on..

    then again, if you're happy with the the bottom line price of $14,300 and you like the car, then that's your call to make-- if i liked the car and could stomach the $14300, i might say to the salesguy-- "I'll pay that $499 extra for prep, but I want free oil changes for the first three years of ownership"-- if he says no way, you can tell him, "if you think that's unreasonable, now you know how i feel about the $499 extra for dealer prep." perhaps you can come to a meeting of the minds, and make both sides leave in a win-win situation. when i bought my solara a few years back, i got a year's free of oil changes-- no dealer prep--but i did pay an advertising charge that Toyota charged over and beyond the invoice...
  • ajnmwnajnmwn Posts: 4
    Destination charges were included in the MSRP, for 450.00, then the salesman told me about the prep charge of 499.00, i dont know, i think 14,300
    is high for the sentra gxe w/ convience package and still have to add on tax, title and tag.
    Thanks for your input on thoughts for the bargaining table:)
  • ral2167ral2167 ohioPosts: 723
    yes-- after i posted i read local nissan dealer ad in today's paper-- every nissan in stock is $100 below invoice-- so i think adding $499 for dealer prep is nutty. good luck
  • ajnmwnajnmwn Posts: 4
    Thanks for the update! I am going to stick to the 13800 price including the so called prep charge, will post back and let you know how i did!
  • kissfan1kissfan1 Posts: 283
    Are most of the owners on here driving the MANUAL or Automatic transmission.

    I'm buying the SE Sport package with the MANUAL transmission. I'm curious as to the miles per gallon everyone is getting. I'm getting 23 Mpg with my AZTEK.......I'm expecting much better with the SENTRA.

    All the best.
  • katraakkatraak Posts: 33
    I had a chance to find out the gas mileage on my recent trip from Atlanta to Michigan. When I cruised at 80-85 mph the gas mileage was 28.5 mpg, but when I did 75 the mileage improved to 31.5 mpg. It was cold outside and IMHO the mileage could be slightly better at higher temperatures. Mileage in the city varies between 24-26 and I don't drive very hard. I picked an auto because I have to deal with a lot of stop and go traffic, but the manual is very nice slick shifting and bit more power. BTW I have an SE with performance package
  • Hello again Sentra fans, and some more questions: First, I want to thank those of you who took time to answer my other questions. On the rattles, I'm going to try adding some friction via tape underneath some surfaces to see if that helps. Now some new ones.

    1. My car gives off HI volumes of static. It's unreal. If I drive the car for more than a minute or two, exiting it is a gamble. I've developed the habit of touching my leg to the metal on the doorsill so it doesn't hurt as much. I've closed the door with my hands at times and can actually see a spark jump from my fingers as they approach the door! I am not exaggerating. I've never had a car do this, has anyone had this problem? How to fix?

    2. My radio used to pick up far away stations with general levels of low static hiss. Just last week, I'm starting to hear a static popping noise when I listen to these channels (which I do for a reason so don't suggest I change the channel!). I cannot hear it on a clear channel, only on the far ones. The level of low static has also started tracking with engine RPM. This is new too. Is there a filter or something that may be blown or disengaged?

    Thanks for your help.

    And the fun part, I was going 80 the other day and needed to pass. Dropped into 4th and let her fly. Not paying attention, but went out around and back in, the shifted into 5th. I looked down and was doing 105. FUN!

  • wazappawazappa Posts: 32
    About the shocks you get when getting out of your car. I have this happen to me also. Whenever I get out of my car and go to shut the door. I get the worst shocks ever. I too sometimes can see sparks when I shut my door. The simplest way to not get a shock; is when you shut your door, close it by pushing on the window, and not touching the metal. You will not get these enormous shocks anymore. really it is a simple solution.
  • pul5916pul5916 Posts: 3
    I have a few questions, hopefully somebody can answer.

    1) Which one has better reliability, and better value.

    2) How can the altima have a much bigger engine yet only produce 5 more horsepower than the sentra se.

    3)Which is more comfortable and fun to drive.

    and last but not least

    4)When is the best time in the year to buy a somewhat used car. 2000-2001.

    I would appreciate any advice/help i can get.

  • ral2167ral2167 ohioPosts: 723
    i'm thinking that the altima is being redesigned for 2002-- so while you may be able to get a real good price on an altima, you also may have an "outdated" car in a few months-- so you have to weigh the good and the bad.... i've test driven both the altima and the sentra-- i kinda liked the sentra better--- but it's all personal preference...i'd buy a camry CE before an altima, frankly...

    i have no idea when is the best time to buy a used 2000-2001...
  • ineto6ineto6 Posts: 161
    I am guessing that you are comparing the Altima GXE to the Sentra SE.

    1. Reliability - I know that the Sentra is good since we had a GXE... my brother currently owns an SE

    2. The 2.4L in the Altima gives more torque (helps by the larger displacement) than the 2.0L in the Sentra SE. More torque gives better pulling power (helps for pulling heavier car). Also, I think that the 2.0L is actually more advanced and recently tuned by Nissan. Altima will get a V-6 soon.

    3. I bet that the Altima GXE is more comfortable since the SE has sports tuned suspension. Fun to drive would go to the Sentra SE.

    4. Not sure, but good deals can be had around holidays and when a new year model is out... usually around late summer.
  • If you are to choose a current model Altima, the best time to buy is NOW!, while the choice is good and you still can get the color and options you want. You can allways wait just before the release of the new version, but your choice will be much thinner and I'm not sure that you will get much more rebate and good financing than today.
  • Go to your dealership. I had problems like this in my NX2000 and they add a small thing that is designed to reduce the static under the hood. No more problems after that.

    I wonder if this static did come from the ignition cables? If the protection enveloppe of the cable is too thin, sparks can jump from them... Any other hints ??? ....
  • roninjoutenroninjouten Posts: 201
    Yep, I spoke with a Nissan guy yesterday, part of the Internet sales team. He said the Spec-V will start at $1600 more than the current SE. Considering one can get a fully loaded SE for 16,500, that would make a Spec-V somewhere in the neighborhood of 18k. Not bad for 17's and 180 hp. I considered placing an order but he said wait until June when he'll have his list of incoming cars.
  • ineto6ineto6 Posts: 161
    will have limited appeal since it will be available only in 6 speed manual. The performance would put it within striking distance of Preludes and the likes. It could almost keep up with the WRX from Subaru.... Pretty nice bang for the buck when you add the 400 watt stereo :)
  • roninjoutenroninjouten Posts: 201
    God bless Nissan for NOT putting an automatic in the Spec V.

    If one buys a performance oriented car with automatic, especially a 4 banger, it's akin to putting a limiter on the engine's performance. Not to mention having a really huge negative impact on handling.
  • be a great car but it will not be able to compete with the wrx
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