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Nissan Sentra 2006 and earlier



  • adc100adc100 Posts: 1,521
    Is adding a 6th gear would mean the engine would be running about 3K rpm th 85. I'm just not sure the engine can comfortably pull 85 mph at 3000 rpm without "lugging". 85 mph takes some serious HP and the SE is drag limited at about 118 mph (runs out of HP). Obviously the SR20DE engine is one of the strongest and finest 4 bangers ever made.
  • not once you reach a cruising speed, then it's more about the gearing. I think he's looking for a tall gear that's a true overdrive. I have a similar complaint about my 5 speed turbo jetta as it's really buzzy at freeway cruising speeds (80-90 mph).
  • gserep1gserep1 Posts: 92
    Hello again,
    I meant no disrespect either. I believe that with a 6th gear, the engine produces enough GRUNT to cruise comfortably. That engine makes 136 ft lbs of torque. That torque is NOT at high rpm, but rather, down low where you need it. It is TORQUE, not horsepower that gets you down the road when it is rolling. I will NOT venture to tell you just HOW much over 115-118 mph that car will go with a 5 speed...suffice to say, it will go faster. I mean on long, straight stretches late at night when no one is around to run into. I can validate that one.

    Obviously, I do not run it that hard all the time because gas mileage suffers, it vibrates pretty hard, and it beats the living crap out of the oil. The engine makes a lot of heat at that speed. The car does pose a significant resistance to the wind. It is not lowered to the ground...just stock. Wind noise is considerable at high speeds.

    The old SR20DE engine is great just the way it is. Just a bit noisy and buzzy (as most 4 cylnders are apt to be). Honda is a notable exception.

    I just know that it is a very capable engine that in my opinion could use a true overdrive gear ratio. NUFF SAID!

  • adc100adc100 Posts: 1,521
    No disrespect, but your research mised the fact that engine was new for 2000-correct me if I'm wrong. Thats why I went with the SE.
  • Does anyone know if there are any changes on the 2002 sentra gxe compared to the 2001 model. The body looks exactly the same to me.
  • zhzzhz Posts: 29
    The Cruise Control is NOT standard on 2002 GXE anymore. And hopefully less bugs.
  • Anyone know any websites where leftovers from '01 can be found? Other than checking used places?
  • Hi all....ok I need a little advise here. I purchased a K&N Air Filter for my 2001 Nissan Sentra SE. I had a difficult time opening the air box to install the filter and was concerned I might damage the electrical cable connected to the air box hose so I disconnected it. I replaced the original filter with the K&N, however I was an idiot and neglected to reconnect the air box electrical connector before I started the car. I received a Service Engine Soon warning light when I started the vehicle and decided to turn off the vehicle to double check what I did. That's when I noticed the electrical connector disconnected and reconnected it. The vehicle seems to be operating with no trouble at all, however the Service Engine Soon light remains on and I'm hoping I haven't damaged anything. I understand that the steady light indicates a possible problem with the emmisions system, but it would be obvious this light would turn on if the vehicle suspected a problem with the electrical contact to the air box. Of course, I could take the vehicle in to get a diagnostic which more then likely would determine nothing is wrong and reset the light for a fee I don't want to pay. Does anyone have any suggestions. Thanks...
  • freddy_kfreddy_k Posts: 376
    Hi all

    I'm looking at a few different cars, mainly the Sentra, Protegé, and Civic. I'm hoping to get some honest opinions on the pros and cons car, I know that no car for this price is perfect, the questions is if it's right for me. Comfort and quality are my cheif concerns, but I'm also a bit of an agressive driver. Has anyone had any problems with dealers, mechanics, or general quality? Does anyone regret their purchase?
  • Aren't you still covered by your warranty? Just take it to the dealer and have them check it out under warranty.
  • We are in the same boat. Given your requirements, I would give a hard look to the Protege. Not my choice--not even on my final "short list"--but sounds like what you would like. I am looking for reliability and comfort myself. I'm pretty much down to Sentra, Civic, and Elantra. To me, the Civic just has the most solid reputation for quality of the bunch. However, I read about quite a few problems in their threads. I also read a lot about how the driving experience is not exciting at all in Civics. The Sentra does very well against these competitors in magazine comparisons. They say they feel like they cost much more. I would like to buy a Sentra myself, but I don't read very many glowing reviews in this thread about them. There are some, sure, but it does not seem to be a whole lot. They also ad 2 or 3 recalls last year, so I'm waiting to see how they act this year. The Elantra gets nothing but glowing praise from the people who own them. Edmunds is doing a long term test on one now and it is holding up very well. But, it's a Hyundai--and acceptance in society is hard in a Hyundai. As much as we love to say "Buy the car that makes you happy" the reality is a lot harder. The Protege seems to have the most loyal owners in this town hall. Everyone loves the handling and overall driving feel of this car. Reliability and safety do very well, too. I am not a big fan of its looks, so that is why I'm not interested. Good luck to you--let us know what you come up with!
  • robbk6robbk6 Posts: 13
    This is not a guaranteed fix but here is my experience with the 'light of death'. After a ghetto airbox mod I disconnected the sensor (I believe an air temp sensor) in the air intake prior to the box. Of course the light of death made its presence known. When I reconnected the sensor the light didn't go off until I had driven nearly 1000 miles. But it did go off with no extra haggling. If the light bothers you take it in, or you can just wait and see.
  • adc100adc100 Posts: 1,521
    with the 2L, I say thats the way to go. I would go now with the Protege. It came in second to the SE for me a year ago.
  • You can get a SE-R with the Altima's 2.5 for a little more than $15,500. (You can here, anyway.) Proteges are not cheap--the most basic DX with air and CD will be at least $12k. Check it out, it's worth a shot.
  • tomcat630tomcat630 Posts: 854
    Protege's resale isn't that great either. There is a Hertz used car lot near me with 00 and 01 Pro's going for 8-10K. Almost the same price as Escorts. Same year Sentras/Corollas are much higher.
  • freddy_kfreddy_k Posts: 376
    After running around dealerships tonight, The Sentra and Protege with similar engines and the same options turned out to be only a couple hundred bucks difference, the Mazda a little higher. The Sentra leans toward performance more while the Protege leans toward comfort more. I still haven't decided which to go with.
  • lgoldinlgoldin Posts: 90
    If you need rear seat space, then Protege is the choice. But if not, then Sentra might suit you better in Canadian winter because it has heated mirrors. Just imagine driving with side mirrors covered by ice. Also side mirrors are larger in Sentra than in Protege. Also Sentra has more storage space inside and variable wipers which Protege lucks. Another nice feature of Sentra is that when the key is in ignition you can't lock the car by mistake. Protege has a different feature. It locks all doors when engine is running. Friend of mine who has Protege had this problem twice. He ran engine to heat the car while removing snow from the car. He ended up calling his wife to bring him a second key, because doors where locked.
    Again if you consider to carry adults on the rear seats, then Sentra is not a good choice.
    BTW, what version of Sentra are you considering? GXE with a lux package?
  • freddy_kfreddy_k Posts: 376
    I'm looking at the Sentra GXE. The problem is that I want the sunroof, but not the fancy wheels and 'appearance' stuff. Hubcaps are just fine. The car is for the wife and for when my Miata is too impractical to take, but since she doesn't care much what she drives as long as it has a sunroof and keyless entry, I get to shop for the car (yay!) The back seat doesn't matter as long as they fold down, I'm thinking more about snowboard and ski storage.
  • lgoldinlgoldin Posts: 90
    I think Sentra would match your requirements better. Since the car is for your wife who doesn't care about handling much, then Protege looses most of its appeal. Luxury package gives you also some nice touches your wife would like. Something like sunglass storage and illuminated vanity mirrors. So, you can get a little of upscale feel. Also GXE has better gas mileage than Protege.
    Just my opinion. Most likely biased, since I own Sentra. But look at what Protege was praised for : handling, look, space, fun to drive. From those four things your wife would care probably only about the look and it might become a selling point. If she doesn't mind any of them in terms of look, then I'd say go for Sentra GXE with a luxury package. Less expensive, more features, better on gas.
  • Wow I wish we could get a sunroof on a GXE in the US. Here, the SE-R is the only Sentra to offer a sunroof. To get the sunroof, you have to buy the Rockford Fosgate audio fanatic package AND--on the base SE-R--the automatic transmission.
  • freddy_kfreddy_k Posts: 376
    That is too bad. You can always get an aftermarket roof. The price is about the same that dealers charge, and they are warrentied against problems. I had one installed in my Escort and it was really worth it. It's something worth looking into. Some people worry about cutting a hole in their roof, but this is exactly what the manufacturer does anyway.
  • corkfishcorkfish Posts: 537
    I have a 1993 SE-R that's been bulletproof ( and I've abused the car by smoking Maximas with automatic transmissions). I've performed proper maintenance and can say that it's been the best car I've ever owned ( and I've had a Saab, Honda Accord, Toyota, BMW, and a couple of old mustangs). The new ones are nice, but the performance is a little disappointing given the hype surrounding it's introduction. Keep in mind that Nissan's aftermarket performance division, Nismo, will be selling souped up versions with headers, exhaust etc. right off the showroom floor with full warranty.
  • freddy_kfreddy_k Posts: 376
    Thanks, I appreciate the opinions

    I've ended up going with the Imprezza, which I didn't really consider. After dropping by the dealer on a last minute decision I was very impressed by the Subarus incorporation quality, comfort and performance. It really matched my needs, and wants, nearly perfectly. Unfortunately I had to give up the sunroof and cruise control, but otherwise the base Imprezza came with all the options

  • Isn't the Impreza more expensive than the other cars on your list? You think the quality of Subaru is higher than Honda? Hey, that's why you shop around--you never know what you'll get! Enjoy!
  • freddy_kfreddy_k Posts: 376
    I found the interior quality of it is better, and nicer, then all three of the other cars, though none were really anything to complain about. The Protege has a fancier looking interior then the Sentra, but it's not actually any better quality.
    For mechanical quality, I trust all of them, which is what had made the decision tougher before I found the Subaru.
    The Imprezzas price starts out at where the GXE tops out at, but the starting imprezza comes with almost all the same options, short of those mentioned above. Even the base comes with the 165 hp engine now, which offsets the extra 400lbs on the car.
  • Just for future reference, Impreza has only one "z." Enjoy anyway!
  • After being unable to decide between the toyota corolla or the sentra I have finally decided on the Sentra XE.I do not care to pay for options I consider unnecessary and that's why the XE.However, I am considering the air conditioning package.Can any of you Sentra owners tell me if you have had trouble with your AC? I have already read of some who have but I am trying to determine if several owners have had problems or an insignificant few.I have also heard that the AC may be too cold even when turned down.
  • your air conditioning can never never never be too cold. 8-) I was deciding between 2 vehicles with the + or - same options and the great air conditioning system on the Nissan sold me. We live in south Mississippi about 90 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • glh2glh2 Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Sentra SE with 13000 miles. from day one, we have been getting a strong, noxious rotten egg/sulfur smell. The dealership repeatedly tells me that it is the gasoline but I have tried different brands to no benefit. The smell is worse on rainy days. The only way to remain in the car is to use the recirculate air button on the HVAC system.
    I have been told that it can also be the catalytic converter but the dealership refuses to analyze the problem any more.
    Any suggestions?
  • Yes glh2,
    I have owned a '01 Sentra SE for the past year, with 14,000 miles now. At first during the break-in period of 1,000 miles I did smell that sulfurish stink ocassionally. I asked the dealer about that and he said that it was indeed the catalytic converter. He also told me that it is normal at first, but if it was still present after 3,000 miles, then take it in to be looked at. My car stopped farting just as he predicted. I would take it to another dealer if possible or call one so that you can get it taken care of if your primary dealer won't address the issue.

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