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Nissan Sentra 2006 and earlier



  • hkchanhkchan Posts: 420
    It's hard to accept 7.9s for the Civic EX, 8.4s for the Civic LX and 8.6s for the Sentra SE.

    The result for the Sentra came from ineto6's link. The results for the Civics came from Edmunds' tests of the 2001 Civics, both with a 5-sp.
  • gserep1gserep1 Posts: 92
    Hello Again,
    Boy this is getting interesting. I LIKE IT, I LIKE IT! Edmunds also did a comparison test of the 2000 Sentra against 8 other vehicles including the Honda and Toyota. Both the Honda and Toyota finished at the bottom of the pile. In that test, only the 150 hp Chevy Cavalier and the Hyundai Elantra was faster to 60 MPH. The Cavalier has a 2.4L engine. 0 to 60 times are so subjective, so it is better to drive what feels best to you.The best time I saw for a Honda Civic was 10.4 seconds....hardly faster than the Sentra.

    That truck analogy was very good, and it sure opens up a new group of theories. I could site the 89 Thunderbird Supercoupe I owned that had a supercharged 3.8L 6 cylinder 210 hp engine. But because of the supercharger and intercooler, the engine made 315 lbs of torque. My automatic 92 5.0L V8 Mustang always got the jump on the Thunderbird from a take-off, but it was not long before the Thunderbird would overtake and pass the Mustang. I believe that the boost increased the horsepower, but the torqued did the work. By the way, the 315 lbs of torque was fully developed at 2600 rpm....way down LOW!

    This could go on for ages, and makes for very interesting reading. By the way hkchan, did you get a Sentra, or was it the Mazda Protege? I can't remember right now, but I seem to remember your name in another discussion a while back. Best of luck to you, whatever you drive. I love my Sentra.

    By the way, someone was right about that J.Lo thing. Guess I better keep up with the times, right? She looks good regardless of what you call her....I stand corrected.

  • hkchanhkchan Posts: 420
    Protege ES2.0. It will NOT beat your Sentra SE going 0-60.
  • hkchanhkchan Posts: 420
    The cars were driven by humans and humans make errors, but how are 0-60 times subjective?
  • gserep1gserep1 Posts: 92
    I remember back in the old days of Pro Stock drag racing. There was a driver by the name of Ronnie Sox, and he drove a new Dodge Challenger. At that time he was considered the fastest manual shifter in the business. What he could do with a fast car and a race track was legendary. I see different times on the same vehicle all of the time in magazines. This is the stuff that arguments are made of. Cars perform differently at different altitudes and temperatures, and yes...even DRIVERS. We have to take into consideration the condition of the car, and whether it was performing up to specs on that particular day. Some are better and some are worse. A brand new car, not fully broken in will sometimes perform worse than a car with a few thousand miles on it. While a car that has been beaten to death by a handful of magazine writers MAY have a slipping clutch, or transmission, or a misfiring cylinder, or any number of things that throw the numbers off THAT DAY! Have you ever driven a car that SEEMED faster, but actually was not that fast? Kids in cars with loud mufflers and lowered chassis's sure SEEM faster, but ARE they?

    Some cars USED to be specially prepared for car magazine drivers (remember "ringer cars")? These cars achieved numbers that the average Joe could never duplicate. That is why cars are sometimes torn down after a race to ensure that things are "legal".

    There are a lot of variables involved when testing cars for zero to 60 times. THIS is why I feel the numbers are so subjective.

    By the way, I drove that ES 2.0 Protege before I got the Sentra. I liked that too, but I liked the Sentra just a BIT better. That ES 2.0 was the BEST driving Protege I ever drove. Remember, I used to SELL Proteges and Grand Am's back in 1995.

    Thanks again,
  • corkfishcorkfish Posts: 537
    I don't where Edmunds gets performance figures, but they're consistenly off the mark. Here are the 0 to 60 figures from more reputable sources.

    Car & Driver 8 seconds
    Motor Trend 7.9 seconds
    Auto Week 7.86 seconds

    Honda Civic EX
    Car & Driver Nov 2000 8.4 seconds
    Motor Trend Dec 2000 9 seconds
    Auto Week 8.19 seconds

    Like I said, I don't know how Edmunds tests cars, but I've also noticed they seem to be way off on other models as well.
  • gserep1gserep1 Posts: 92
    Thanks Corkfish for this info,
    I am like you. I have driven these cars so many times before I bought my car, there is no way I could have made that big a mistake. The Sentra was CONSISTENTLY faster than the Civic in both manual and automatic versions. I TRIED to justify the extra cost and loss of horsepower to get the increased resale value the Honda has, but I just COULDN'T buy it after comparing it to the Sentra. The driving experience was just that much better...NO offense to ANY Honda owner. They are both great cars, BUT the 2.0L Sentra is FASTER, PERIOD!

    Good Luck to you again, and THANKS!

  • kstephankstephan Posts: 41
    Just to toss another thought into the mix--cars that can turn out great 0-60 times under optimal conditions are not necessarily quicker in real-world driving. I had a 2000 Civic Si before my Sentra SE, and the Civic's 0-60 was usually given as low 7's, beating the Sentra by at least a half second. But I guarantee you from personal experience that in normal, real-world driving, the SE is quicker. Why? Easy, ample torque. The Honda VTECs are very weak on torque, unlike the Nissan 2.0 DOHC. It's very hard to run out a car to 8000 RPM in street driving, unless you're insane, which I assume most of us in this topic are not. The Sentra SE has USEABLE power.

    So I'm sure in real-world driving, the SE would be *considerably* quicker and more responsive than a Civic LX or EX, which are also weak on torque, but don't have the Si's high-end power either.
  • jlim1jlim1 Posts: 50
    I'm in the process of deciding between a 2001 Mazda Protege LX and a 2001 Nissan Sentra GXE. Both are competitively close in terms of performance and price. I'm just wondering if any current Sentra owners out there can comment on the car's ride, comfort (engine, road noise), and reliability so far. Thanks.
  • I bought a 2001 GXE model about 1.5 months ago. The car is great!

    >I'm just wondering if any current Sentra owners
    >out there can comment on the car's ride...

    Excellent accelleration, great braking, absorbs bumps on the road well (disclaimer: I rode public transport for years before I bought the car), smooth steering.

    >comfort (engine, road noise)

    Engine noise tends to be a soft, background-type noise. Road noise is minimized so much that I sometimes open windows to determine where the other traffic is!

    >and reliability so far

    No problems were encountered in just over 500 miles of driving.
  • gewaltaktgewaltakt Posts: 9
    two weeks now and my sentra has been perfect! does anybody know of anyone who makes sunvisors for the 2001 sentra se? i', sure one from pep boys or the like would work fine but i'd rather have one made specifiacally for the sentra. thanks.
  • I'm in the process of choosing a new car, and have been impressed with the loaded Sentra SE and would seriously consider buying one except for one issue: the vibration and engine-mount rocking that comes through the 5 speed manual stick shift. Does anyone know of a solution to this problem? Or have you current 5 speed Sentra owners simply learned to live with it? Thanks for the help...
  • jcu1886jcu1886 Posts: 39
    You learn to live with it. I don't think there is a fix.
  • gserep1gserep1 Posts: 92
    I have had my car for a few weeks now, and I am not conscious of it anymore. I don't rest my hand on the gearshift once I have completed shifting, so it is not a problem. It is not severe anyway. If you like the power of the SE, then by all means GO FOR IT!

  • flytopherflytopher Posts: 1
    I have a 1992 4-door Sentra. My question is about the door locks. When I turn the key to unlock the driver's door, the lock is noisy, scratchy and stiff. When I unlock the passenger door with the key, the lock is smooth. They both work, fortunately.

    Instead of replacing the lock cylinder, what I would rather do is be cheap and swap the two cylinders, so the smooth one is on the driver's door.

    Can this be done? Does Nissan use different cylinders for the different doors, or is it the same part number?
  • canoolacanoola Posts: 6
    I'm looking (or rather trying to look) at Sentras here in central Mississippi. The local Honda dealer has 50 or so Civics on the lot. The Nissan dealer has maybe 10 Sentras. And in reading thru this forum other people nationwide seen to be seeing the same thing. And at the same local Nissan dealer there are plenty of Maximas and Altimas. What gives?
  • gserep1gserep1 Posts: 92
    I just bought my new Sentra SE during Memorial Day weekend, and I had 30 to choose from. In San Diego, there are 6 NISSAN dealerships...5 of them owned by the same company, and 1 dealer independent of the other 5. I looked at about 40 in this area, but could not settle on a good price, so I went north to San Francisco area. There were a bunch there.

    I am a former resident of New Orleans,Louisiana (born there)....and have relatives in Mississippi, from McComb and Liberty up to Jackson, and while visiting recently, I did not see very many Sentras there OR in New Orleans.

    I am at a loss as well. COME ON OUT WEST, and get one if they cannot get you what you want. LOL

    Take care!
  • kentwongkentwong Posts: 36
    How much did the Sentra SE owners pay for their Sentra recently? I am buying a SE with 5speed, Performance PKG, But no sunwoof. Thanks.
  • narenjinarenji Posts: 161
    Hey, I bought an Out of the Blue 5 spd SE with the Perf Pkg and no other options for 15,200 plus tax. I believe that's around 200 over invoice, and this is in Monrovia, CA, about 15 miles east of LA.
  • mdrivermdriver Posts: 385
    Where is everyone finding these SEs with 5sp manuals? At two large local dealers, with perhaps a combined total of 100 SEs, not one of them is a manual. A manual with ABS? Forget it! Meanwhile over at Honda, I would estimate at least 25% Civics are manuals. The irony is, the Sentra SE is much more in line with having a manual than the not-so-sporty character of the Civic.
  • gserep1gserep1 Posts: 92
    I bought my Sentra SE 5 speed w/ performance package, no roof, Just floor mats and in cabin microfilter for 15,101 + tax and license in Petaluma, California. They had 30 to choose from, and MOST were 5 speeds.

    Most of the dealers I visited had more 5 speeds than automatics.

    By the way, is the 5.9% interest rate still on for June?
    I'll bet that it is. They need to sell a few more 2001's before the 2002's get here.
  • jcu1886jcu1886 Posts: 39
    5 speed SE's were definitely a scarce commodity when I finally found one in Cleveland area in April. As you all probably know, only about 8% of cars sold in US now are 5 speeds, as opposed to 88% of sales in Europe (i.e., 12% automatics there). The way things are going, the 5 speed may soon be available only on high end performance cars.
  • mdrivermdriver Posts: 385
    Obviously we have a problem with distribution if Calif. has all of the SE 5spds and the rest of the country has autos. Still, I bet an SE 5spd with ABS (even in Calif.) is a hard find.

    Unfortunately to the average European, the fact that 92% of cars in the US are automatics, supports the "lazy American" stereotype. Even police cars in Europe are typically 5spds. Can you imagine the police in the US being told they have to start driving cars with 5spds?
  • kstephankstephan Posts: 41
    As anyone received a recall notice for their 2000 or 2001 Sentra yet? I received notification from MSN CarPoint yesterday that the NHTSA is issuing a recall of Sentras for a problem with bad bolts that could shear off in the lower control arms of the front suspension. The notice said all recall notifications would be issued by the end of the month. Wondering if anyone has heard more about this? Thanks.
  • qin2qin2 Posts: 26
    If someone has upcoming SE-R questions, should they be asked in this thread or in a new thread?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    This is a fine place to ask - go for it!

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  • gserep1gserep1 Posts: 92
    Please keep us informed on the recalls on the suspension bolts. I am very much interested in that bit of info. I did not buy the FOCUS because it also had recalls....(and was not as good as the Sentra in my view).

    I will ask my dealer, and check in NHTSA as well.


  • mayankhpmayankhp Posts: 22
    Hello, Everyone,

    I checked with by dealer about this recall, they said yes, it is a recall part on some Sentras and not all Sentras. They advised me to call 1-800-nissan with the VIN to find out exact recall. Nissan will start sending out notices from next week.

    What a bummer!!!!!! I am having 2001 Sentra Se.

  • newskate9newskate9 Posts: 7
    I was reading a message board I'm not registered in so asking a question here is easier! The folks there were talking about dynomat'ing the rear speaker deck, doors, etc. to reduce sound??? And maybe rattles??? Anyone hear of this? What is dynomat?

    I have a few rattles I want to get rid of and was hoping this might help.
  • t_zakt_zak Posts: 10
    Sounds like Nissan got a bad batch of bolts...

    I got a copy of the recall notice from my local dealer. The notice indicated that 3600 vehicles had been repaired under a Voluntary Safety Recall Campaign.This included 1800 vehicles repaired by Nissan prior to delivery to Nissan dealerships and 1800 at Nissan dealerships.

    Prior to owner notification Nissan wants to ensure an adequate supply of parts are available.Owners will begin to be notified on June 18.

    Dealers will receive an initial allotment of 30 bolts by Thursday June 14.

    One last item that concerns me is...
    Nissan is requesting that dealerships not place any orders for these bolts since they are currently on sales restriction.
    Maybe somebody knows what that means...

    Bolt part number(54459-4Z400)
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