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Nissan Sentra 2007



  • webaggiewebaggie Posts: 5
    Oh - after re-reading your post, you said $2K under MSRP. Sorry, I was thinking dealer invoice, duh. So, that would mean basically they were showing dealer invoice less the $500 current rebate to get to the $2K off MSRP.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    Not hard to figure out why. The regular Sentras are not getting very good reviews from the automotive press, they are priced at the high end of the compact car spectrum (i.e. close to Civics vs. Elantras), and they have love-hate looks (which means a certain segment of the car-buying public won't buy it just because of looks). Toss in the competition the Sentra gets from Nissan's own Versa, and I think it's a tough row to hoe for the Sentra. Maybe the Spec V will enliven interest in the Sentra.
  • The Versa is surely stealing Sentra sales. And the new Versa sedan will steal even more.

    I don't think the Sentra is selling in the numbers Nissan hoped. But I'm also hearing complaints on how expensive the Civic is.

    I do know this: here in MA, it's impossible to find a Fit and the Versa is in short supply. People are going "micro", it seems. Plus, a loaded Elantra is at least $2000 less than the Civic (or Sentra).
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    It isn't just a sentra problem. as you said, the sub compacts are stealing sales from the compacts. Just as sentra sales are down, the civic is down 15% from last year.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    I suspect mid-sized cars are stealing sales from compacts also. Some mid-sizers don't cost much more, if any, than a Sentra.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    really? you have proof of this? if anything the civic is selling a lot better than it ever has! especially since this conversations is about sub compacts stealing sales, and that means in honda's case; the fit. Which is so hard to find that it would be impossible to sell more of them than civics!
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    link title

    and there is your proof, but i'll highlight for you

    Civic * 29,721 28,969 -1.1% 68,140 78,479 -15.4%
    Memo: Civic
    Hybrid 2,813 2,232 21.5% 6,520 7,177 -11.5%

    Don't get the wrong idea, I'm by no means bashing honda, just pointing out a trend. I think there are several factors with the civic,
    1. it was redesigned in 2006, so it went up in price and the discounts dissappeared
    2. the accord will be redesigned for 2008, and is being heavily discounted and taking sales
    3. Its loosing sales to both the prius and fit.

    at any rate, it's still in the top 5 for car sales.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,024
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  • ike3ike3 Posts: 81
    I've also discovered that Canadian Sentras also have ABS and EBD as STANDARD equipment on the S and SL models, and available as part of a package on the 2.0 base model. Another difference is that the push button start is not available, but only key operated. That's not a negative, for some of us.
    The supplied AM-FM radio and CD player is NOT MP3 compatible, unlike some other car brands. To get the MP3 you must upgrade to the Rockford-Fosgate Audio System.
    Makes me wonder why I can get these missing features on a Ford Focus right now.
  • coil_ninecoil_nine Posts: 2
    Which would you choose, a SentraSL or VersaSL sedan? We are torn. (I'll cross-post to the Versa forum)

    Here in western MA we travel significant distances. Not like AZ, but pretty good.

    The SentraSL and VersaSL both have the interior stuff we want, like cruise control.

    The VersaSL has way significantly better rear legroom (we are tall). It ALWAYS comes with a stupid "option" sound and bluetooth package. Who cares about 6 CDs when we use an ipod? Lame.

    The SentraSL 2.0 has a bit more power for the distance and probably does not work as hard. Would it be better in the winter weather crud? Is the actual MPG equivalent?
  • rasldaslrasldasl Posts: 74
    I have a Sentra SL.
    Pluses: Mileage has been good (averaging about 30 on mostly highway driving) and it is very quiet and refined at high speeds. The CVT is great on the highway.
    Minuses: Door panels scratch very easily, seats are a bit low and that can be uncomforatble on a long trip. The CVT can be a bit jerky at low speeds, such as pulling out of a side street.
  • pulgopulgo Posts: 400
    I just got a Sentra S, CVT and Luxury package. On the short city test drive I got 33 MPG and that is with a brand new car.
    I am hoping for 35 MPG average.

    Time will tell. I will report back.
  • aladdinsanealaddinsane Posts: 182
    Hi all...

    Anyone know of a website with the latest 4-1-1 on the '08 versions of the Sentra?

    I'm eager to find out what Nissan has in store for the U.S. models, such as improvements and new features (if any).

    Please inform...

    Many thanx!

    Peace<- :shades: --
  • ike3ike3 Posts: 81
    No information that I am aware of yet. However, Nissan USA (the importer and distributor) could take a few cues from Nissan Canada. For example, make the ABS avbl across all trim levels, as a stand alone option. In Canada, they come standard. The addition of heatable outside mirrors on the upper two trim levels are standard there as well. Why not here as well? The addition of MP3 as standard on the existing radio would also be welcome. Without having to go for the pricey Fosgate upgrade. And last, but not least, upgrade their bumper to bumper warranty to 5 years/60,000 miles. Why, this is already done on the Mitsubishi Lancer 2008 model. And, folding outside mirrors. In fact, the Lancer has all those features, except for the heated mirrors. I'm not holding my breath that Nissan USA will implement some or all of these changes they should make. But then again, I don't have to compromise...there are other choices out there in this price category. Nissan USA are you listening? Will you adopt some of the features already offered by Nissan Canada for their market?
  • aladdinsanealaddinsane Posts: 182
    Hi, ike3...

    These are exactly the "improvements" that I spoke of in my original entry here. I've been to the Canadian Nissan website and I know what you're saying. Add to that list electronic stability/traction control and that's a pretty good list for Nissan to pick up on. The question is will they? Hmmmmmmmmm...the jury's out on that one! ;)
    What you say about there being other choices in this class is on the beam, so to speak. Time will tell. I'm still curious as to what direction Nissan will take the Sentra for '08. We'll see...

    Peace!<- :shades: --
  • ike3ike3 Posts: 81
    Aladdinsane, I don't see ESC/traction control offered on the Canadian Nissan site. Not that they couldn't offer it. After all, ABS is pretty much standard fare on their Sentra models.
    It would seem to me that Nissan will be a laggard when it comes to these additional features. These features all cost more money. The vehicle is already priced high, unless it is the base 2.0 model.
    Perhaps the only small car available right now that has these features are the VW Rabbit and Jetta. But fuel efficiency on their vehicles is much lower, and that's one tradeoff with them. However, they have a generous bumper to bumper 4yr/50k mile warranty. Something to think about.
    As you said, we will have to wait. Perhaps by July or August, some info might leak out by then as to what Nissan intends on doing to enhance the Sentra. And that's not an unusual thing to do. Many wait until the 2nd or 3rd year of the model run to add enhancements or features found in other markets. Nissan needs to do something more than what they currently have.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    The Corolla also offers ESC (aka VSC), but it's a pretty rare option. The Mazda3 offers it also, and it's on the Civic Si I think. Nissan is not exactly a leader in offering ESC or even ABS on their cars; ABS is optional even on the Altima.

    I don't expect much new on the '08 Sentra since it was a complete redesign for '07. Maybe some new colors, little tweaks, changes in packages.

    Since I expect Nissan sees Toyota and Honda as their main competitors (and not Mitsu and Hyundai/Kia), and Toyota/Honda have only 3/36 bumper-to-bumper warranties, I don't see Nissan making any change there. Unless they see Hyundai/Kia looming up from behind them on the sales charts?
  • raychuang00raychuang00 Posts: 541
    One thing I'd like to see Nissan offer with the Rockford Fosgate stereo on the Sentra is a true Apple iPod data connector so you can control your iPod directly from the car stereo controls. This has additional benefits of true line level output from the iPod for better sound quality and also the ability to recharge the iPod.
  • dwilliedwillie Posts: 1
    I have owned 2 Nissan Sentras, a 1997 and a 2002. Other than routine maintenance, I have 2 minor repairs. And one of those was on a recall. I am planning on buying a new car this fall, but this time it will not be a Sentra.

    I had planned on buying a Sentra, but I do not want a CVT. Perhaps I am not conversant with this transmission, but I do not want one. As I am not a mechanic, I can not offer any sage opinions on the durability of the CVT. But I can offer my opinion as a consumer. I do not believe the CVT will be accepted readily by the consumer,Nor do I believe that the CVT transmission will hold up any where near as well as the conventional automatic transmission. I live in a large metropolitan area, and I have noticed one surprising fact. While I see many 2006 Sentras (I really like the 06), I have only seen one 2007. I thought this was remarkable, until I went online to "build my Sentra." Then I understood; the only automatic transmission available is the CVT. Now I understand why I have only seen one 2007 Sentra. What a shame; as great as the Sentra has looked in the last few years, the 2007 is even better. But I will not buy one, not with a CVT. Perhaps the fact that so few are selling in my area is a coincidence. Then again, maybe it is time for Nissan to either junk the CVT or else give the consumer a choice of automatics. I wish Nissan would; I would be "building my Sentra" online instead of whining in this message!
  • rasldaslrasldasl Posts: 74
    If you don't want a CVT try the Versa S with the conventional automatic. As for me, I have a 2007 Sentra 2.0SL with CVT. It's not perfect. Moderating your acceleration at slower speeds sometimes causes the dreaded CVT rubberband effect. But once you are up to speed it is smoother than any automatic out there. I go back and forth between the Sentra with CVT and a Focus with a 4-speed automatic. There is no question you have to drive them differently. With the auto you have to put your foot into it to get it going and then back off once it downshifts. With the CVT you have to just hold your pedal position and give the engine a chance to get up to speed. I would think if the CVT is your one and only daily driver you would get to the point of not even noticing it. Oh, and I do see lots of 2007 Sentras on the road.
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    The cvt has already been proven to hold up, better in fact, than traditional automatics. they've been used in the murano since it came out. as for the sales, the sentra started off slow (more likely because of the 2006 engine problems) but has been posting double digit growth the last couple months. last month it was a 24% increas over may '06.

    the bueaty (and reliability) of the CVT is in its simplicity. It uses a special belt and two pullys to replace god knows how many gears and other moving parts in a standard automatic transmission. The cvt's that nissan uses aren't just some ill concieved gimmick. they spent a lot of time, and a boat load of money perfecting them. Far from dropping them, expect to see other manufactures start offering them. I know saturn and ford are putting them in some vehicles now, and most hybrid cars use some type of CVT.
  • d1699d1699 Posts: 3
    I bought the last 07 2.0S Sentra on the dealers lot before the rebate expired...unfortunately it wasn't equiped with the convenience package that included cruise. The service mgr didn't recommend aftermarket...and Nissan didn't make one anyone had an aftermarket cruise it working okay and what brand?
    It sucks not having one available from Nissan and backed by them but it would be nice to have one on the car.
    Any advice would be appreciated
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Nissan Sentras are not so rare of a car that you are forced to buy one that doesn't have the equipment you want on it. You should have shopped around until you found one with the convenience package or bought some other car. Even if the rebate expired, another rebate would come around again soon.

    You are going to have to just live without having cruise control until you can get rid of the car.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    Well, the trim and equipment levels for 2007 were in need of shuffling and Nissan has come to it's senses and shuffled. It was almost comical watching the scene playout in the midwest winters with the std. leather seats and no available seat heaters on the Sentra SL. Unfortunately, the comedy continues, however, at least the sunroof can be obtained on the S model now.

    2008 Nissan Sentra and Sentra SE-R

    The new, sixth generation Sentra, which debuted in 2007, offers more style, space, quality, performance and interior flexibility for active lifestyles than any previous Sentra. For 2008, Sentra adds a number of significant enhancements, including additional standard equipment and package content changes for various models.

    Inside Sentra&#146;s spacious cabin are thoughtful and useful features, including a 60/40 split double-fold rear seat, available hidden trunk storage compartment and available integrated overhead compact disc holder. The 2008 Sentra is also available with a range of unexpected amenities &#150; ranging from the luxury of leather-appointed seating to the convenience of Nissan&#146;s Intelligent Key keyless entry system.

    The 2008 Sentra is again built on Nissan&#146;s &#147;C&#148; platform and offers a standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, standard 6-speed manual transmission or available fuel-efficient Nissan Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and responsive handling.

    The new Sentra SE-R, also launched in 2007, is offered in Sentra SE-R and Sentra SE-R Spec V models &#150; both featuring sporty styling, enhanced performance, sporty styling and additional standard equipment versus non-SE-R models.

    The 2008 Sentra SE-R features Nissan&#146;s refined QR25DE 4-cylinder engine rated at 177 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque (on regular unleaded fuel), matched with an Xtronic CVT&#153; (Continuously Variable Transmission) with paddle shifters for smooth, sporty performance. The 6-speed manual-equipped Sentra SE-R Spec V features a high-output version of the QR25DE engine, with top end engine modifications that help it achieve 200 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Contributing to the Spec V&#146;s outstanding performance is unique suspension tuning, larger diameter brakes and an optional Helical Limited Slip Differential.

    Inside the cockpit of both Sentra SE-R models are a number of unique styling features, including sport bucket front seats with red seat stitching and embroidered SE-R seatback logos, aluminum foot pedal pads, leather-appointed steering wheel and an additional two-gauge meter pack featuring oil pressure and acceleration/deceleration g-force gauges.

    Enhancements to the 2008 Sentra and Sentra SE-R include:
    - Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) standard on 2.0 S models
    - Cruise control standard on 2.0 S models
    - Moonroof Package now available on 2.0 S models
    - New charcoal interior on 2.0 S models
    - Driver-side power window with one-touch auto up/down and safety reverse feature
    - XM Satellite Radio standard on 2.0 SL models (required monthly subscription sold separately)
    - Vehicle Security System standard on 2.0 S models
    - Driver front seatback map pocket (2.0 S)
    - Spanish interface programming for trip computer
    - Standard daytime illumination (2.0, 2.0 S and 2.0 SL models)
    - Folding assist grips replace fixed assist grips
    - Standard driving/fog lights with body-color surrounds on 2.0 S and 2.0 SL models
    - Sentra 2.0 with 6MT has been discontinued
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    The 2.0 S is now a very well-equipped small car. I wonder what the MSRP will be, given all the added equipment?
  • d1699d1699 Posts: 3
    thanks jaxs1....I was looking for some advice...not some tool telling me how stupid I am. You're the exact reason why I don't bother with forums...too many people with nothing better to do than dispense useless jibberish!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Unfortunately, after-the-fact advice about what he "should" have done isn't very helpful. He's asking if cruise control can be installed aftermarket. Do you know, or does anyone else know?

    Let's skip the lectures. :)
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    You may have a Rostra aftermarket cruise installed on your Sentra. I recommend having a independent shop that specializes in automotive electronics install the cruise control.
    The Nissan dealer service dept. will have little if any experience installing this unit.
    If you live in a fairly populous area you should not have a problem finding an installer for Rostra cruise control. They are commonly installed on entry level Toyota, Hyundai, Chevrolet and Scion vehicles that are not equipped with factory cruise.



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  • d1699d1699 Posts: 3
    Thanks Moparbad...I did find a local installer who's had experience with these and came highly recommended...and I do believe it's a Rostra unit.
    Thanks again!!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Let us know how it turns out!
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