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Nissan Sentra 2006 and earlier



  • Remember my New Sentra purchase story where it had the deep scratch on the hood. Well they buffed it out by "heating up the paint until it flowed enough to fill in the scratch." Again I was not very happy about that solution, but the only SE auto w/o sunroof available for a LONG time so I had to take it. Well now after a couple of washings it appears the wax they put over it wore off and now I can see the buff swirls in that area when in direct light! Is there anyway to eliminate that or am I just screwed with a messed up finish now! I am also concerned in five years I am going to have a nice primer finish in that area! Maybe three years if they really buffed the hell out of that area! Any comments or suggestions.
  • rberusrberus Posts: 25
    If the gas cap holder is supposed to be a little piece of black metal on the inside of the gas cap, then mine came with it.
  • I recently picked up my 2001 Nissan Sentra SE and it has a gas cap holder which seemed a little odd to me since the gas cap also has a permanent attachment so that it just hangs there when filling with gas. Quick question I traded in a 1996 Sentra for this one. When I got my 1996 Sentra I was told only to use 89 octane gas, the manual for the SE says 87 octane - any opinions.

  • If the 2001 Sentras are shipping with something akin to a gas cap holder, I'm going to stop by my dealership and see if they can hook me up with the same thing.

    Boomer1946 -- 87 octane will work fine in the Sentra, in fact, it's preferred. Don't know why you were told to use 89 octane in your 1996 Sentra, but it wasn't necessary. I had a 1995 Sentra and only used 87 octane.
  • fpm2fpm2 Posts: 13
    After wrestling with numerous dealerships about what I should pay for a Sentra SE (almost all said that I should pay sticker), I found one dealership who wrote up my order at what I think is a good price. I ordered a 2001 Sentra SE (Radium), 5-speed, with Perf. Pkg., Sunroof, and, of course, floor mats. The price with destination was $15,794. The best part is I didn't even haggle with this guy. He tells me that he can get me the car right away, but from reading everyone's posts, it sounds like it takes awhile. How long should I expect to wait?
  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    was that an out the door price? damn man... If I give you my fax number send a copy of the invoice... that's a nice price. I would love to get the SE, and I'm looking in about a month for a new car...
  • fpm2fpm2 Posts: 13
    Sorry, the price doesn't include tax.
  • Hi, I purchased a 2000 Sentra SE, 5 speed, w/Performance package, about 3 months ago. I love it but was wondering if anyone else, with a similar car, has found that there is a considerable amount of noise on the highway at speeds of around 55-65 mph. It almost sounds like I should shift into a higher gear. I can't quite tell exactly what the noise I'm hearing is, it's just loud. I traded in a 93 Taurus, am I just used to a quieter ride or could there be a problem? I have also found that when I start the car there is a loud screech that, I believe, is coming from the fan belt. I am planning to bring it in to the dealer, but was wondering if anyone has had a similar problem?
  • A while back in one of the car mag online sites (I don't remember which) I saw a "future model" listing that indicated that the Sentra would be available with a supercharger this year. Has anyone heard anything about this?

  • Maybe what you're referring to is the resurrection of the Sentra SE-R. It is supposedly going into production later this year with an all-new engine that is rumored to have over 170bhp. It'll be quite a little screamer if that is the case. :)
  • I went to the dealer yesterday to investigate the gas cap holder situation on the Sentras, notably, that most of us contend it does not exist. Here's the deal. All Sentras have a black, vertical, metal thingamajig that is located near the rear (if the door is open) of the gas cap door. This piece is the Sentra's version of a gas cap holder. If you take the gas cap cord and drape it over this holder, it works reasonably well. A previous post mentioned that the Altima's gas cap holder will fit on the Sentra. Comparing the design of the Sentra's door to the Altima's, I agree. The Altima uses a completely different type of holder. It's an orange plastic piece that's rounded-out and horizontal, and you simply place the gas cap in this holder while refilling. I like this holder better -- it's the one I'm most familiar with. I inquired into getting this piece for my Sentra, and the parts guy said I would have to order the entire gas cap door! This is ridiculous, because this piece easily snaps in and out of the door and probably cost less than a dime to produce. Well, whatever. One other note -- the Sentra does has a cord that attaches to the cap, whereas the Altima does not. So, given that I'm the absent-minded type, I prefer the Sentra's style of gas cap holder over the Altima's. At least it's impossible for me to drive off without my gas cap.
  • I recently bought my Nissan Sentra SE 2001, with
    Black color
    Performance Package,
    Automatic Transmission and
    floor mats.

    The price without taxes and licensing cost me: cost me 16,119. The actual invoice for the car with the above options and accessories was 16,058. So basically I paid $ 61 above invoice. The slightly vague figure came up because earlier I was charged $ 31 for the In cabin Micro Filter. When I got the car this was not there and so I asked for the reduction in price.

    Too bad that after taxes (approx $ 1300) and licensing, the cost to me really grew up. around 17,500 dollars.

    In my shopping experience I came across all kinds of dealers. Most dealers I contacted on the telephone and got qoutes that were close to the Invoice. I did want ABS but most cars did not have this option. And so I compromised for without ABS. There are a few questions which I am doubtful about:
    1. I have done a lot of reading on whether theere is a Breakin for the first one year. So is there or is there not. My salesman said that IT IS NOT TRUE.

    2. Is the insurance for a black colored car more than other colors (except red)?

    3. What kind of gas will be OK for the car.

    4. Finally, do you guys think that this was an excellent deal. Basically have there been cases of dealers going below the Invoice.

    Another guidelines from Sentra owners?

    Thanks for your replies.
  • Congrats on your purchase. I have the 2000 model bought in July with all the options that your car has except that my car is Avalanche. I paid 16550 plus tax which came upto 17150. Considering that the SE's w/PP package are rare to find you got an excellent deal. Even I wanted the ABS and side air bags option but could not spot a car with all the options. Even the salesman says otherwise, regarding the break in process it is good for the car if you take it easy the first 1500 miles.
    You can do any speed as long as you do not exceed 4000 rpm on your tach. Go to and you can meet all the Sentra enthusiasts and owners.
  • fpm2fpm2 Posts: 13
    I just got my Sentra SE last night. I noticed that the right side of the passenger air bag is slightly lifted from the dashboard. Has anyone else noticed a similar problem and was is remedied? Either way, I couldn't be happier with my purchase. For the price that I paid (15.8K before tax - SE, 5-speed, sunroof, PP), the car drives great.
  • The deal for soon to be, or graduated in the last 2 years, is $750 off a new sentra, or $500 off a frontier pickup. NMAC (nissan financing) will usually give 5.9% without question to college grads I think.

    There is some info at the nissan website
    ( about the deal...
  • hkchanhkchan Posts: 420
    I'm considering a Sentra SE 5-speed with the Side-Impact Air Bags/ABS package and maybe the Performance package. Is this hard to find? Has anyone actually test-driven both with and without the Performance package to comment on the differences in handling and ride? One thing I don't like about this package, besides the rear spoiler, is that the tires are upgraded to P195/55R16. This is normally good but this happens to be an odd size that'll hard to get replacement tires for.
  • rberusrberus Posts: 25
    On, you will see people have been able to mount P205/55HR16's without problem. That appears to be a more common size.

    My 2000 experienced snow/ice the for the first time yesterday. It was good and bad - the ABS works, but I required use of the ABS system.

    Apparantely the SE w/PP still remains a hard-to-find thing, the dealer mine was purchased at had NO SE's w/ PP.
  • My experience was slightly different. Most of the cars that I could find did have the PP on them. The problem was to find an SE with ABS, which I really wanted. That would ahve meant a wait period for a long time which I did not want to do.

    One more thing. Earlier I got a finance deal of 5/9% for 3 years. But today my dealer called up and said that I could get the loan for 4.9% instead.

    All friends have really liked the car. I have come to the conclusion that this is really good value for money.

    It is kind of sporty with a big engine and 145 bhp. Has a lot of space due to folding seats at the back. Good shape, accessories such as fog lights at no additional cost.

    I drove both a 5 speed and an Auto, but I wanted to keep one hand and one foot free for a relaxed drive. I know 5 speed is great fun, but I just wanted convenience while driving. After all I have driven a manual Suzuki omni in India for 10 years. :)
  • hkchanhkchan Posts: 420
    Thanks for the comments. Using 205/55HR16's would under-report the speed and mileage by about 1.8%. So I guess it's fine. Sentra_buyer, would you let me know which part of country you bought your car in?
  • I live in Eastern Washington and here is where I bought my car!

    COuld you guys tell me how many of you actually follow the break-in of 4000RPM and 55 mph for 1000 miles. And whether it must be done or not. My dealer said that it is not required at all.
  • I followed the break-in schedule to the letter. I want this car to last a long time with a minimum amount of performance and mechanical problems. Seems like treating it right is one way to ensure that, which includes adhering to the break-in schedule. And it's merely a slight inconvenience -- you'll find yourself driving this awesome car so much that 1000 miles will be here before you know it. And if there is still any doubt left, ask yourself who is in a position of authority to determine a vehicle's break-in period -- the manufacturer of the car or the guy who sells it?
  • rberusrberus Posts: 25
    I also followed the break-in period. I agree, 1000 miles isn't that much, given the expected lifetime of this vehicle.

    And RE the tires, speedo calibration always tricks me up - the speedos are already off (reported 70 is actually 65), so would this effect be exagratted with larger tires?
  • I just bought a 2000 Sentra, I believe it's the SE, (loaded, power everything, just no leather). I did not see any such MA charge on my car. The sticker was $15K on my car but I did a lease. Curious as to what any of you have paid on a lease for a 2000 Sentra for 36 months. I think I got a good deal myself.
  • dmv71dmv71 Posts: 6
    On Thanksgiving Day, I went and bought a 2000 automatice GXE with Conv. Package with Mats for $11, 777 before taxes and license. Out the door price was $12,954. I thought I got a good price on it. Am I correct on that assessment, anyone?
  • dmv71dmv71 Posts: 6
    I just bought a 2000 Auto. GXE and the financing guy wanted to sell me an extended warranty of additional 3 years or up to 100,000 miles for $525. Having read about extended warranty posts on Edmunds, I decided against it. However, having thought about it further, I think I passed on a great deal. What does everyone think about the price for the extended warranty that I just mentioned? The financing guy told me that the extended warranty covers everything except for tires and oil changes. Please advise regarding whether I should go back and purchase the extended warranty, that is if he can still offer it to me. Thanks in advance, everyone!!!
  • I am following the break in period. However I have seen many posts say 4000 rpm and 55 mph, but that is not in the manual. Only the 4000 rpm. I don't know where the 55mph limit came from, but I haven't seen any official material on it. MPH is a function of tire rpm's I would think the only thing that matters is keeping the engine rpms low. I keep it under 70 just in case, but it is so hard not to drive this thing fast, it wants to go.
  • That sounds like a good deal. I don't own a Sentra, but I recently bought a car in the same class as the Sentra and paid $700 for what sounds like the same type extended warranty. If I never use it, I will have peace of mind for 3 extra years. If I have one major repair, it has paid for itself.

    Starchecker...I agree with you. I think the most important things are to vary your rpm's and don't go over 4000 rpm's. Part of my daily commute is on a 65mph freeway. No way I'm going 55mph on that would end up the victim of road rage. ;^)

    How is anybody's/everybody's 2000/2001 Sentras doing so far? Before I bought my Protege, I had narrowed my choices down to the Pro, Sentra, and Civic. After dealing with the Honda dealership it came down to the Sentra and the Pro. It was pretty much a toss up. Ended up buying the Pro-ES because the dealership is 5 mi from my house & I liked the styling just a touch better. I felt that these 2 cars were the best value in their class.
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    what part of the country was that and what was msrp? Also, what financing deals are available?
  • Just spent the last several days getting educated on the options and supply of sentras at the local dealers. Wanted a SE 5-speed with the performance package and the ABS/Side airbags. Could only find automatics and sentras with fully loaded options. Finally deciding to order one wit the options I want and the color.. Anybody else out there order theirs? What was your actual lead time? Looks like we are going to sign a deal for$15,600 including transportation, options above and the so-called "advertising fee" is included in this price. Does this sound like a good deal?
  • Hey Bill. I would think that you are getting a pretty good deal.Your invoice turns out to be around 15,529 including the destination charge and the options that you want. moreover you are getting the car ordered right from the plant. So you are paying only 71 bucks above invoice. That seems to be a pretty good deal.

    I bought my car which was at the showroom for 60 bucks above invoice, though later I was quite sure that the dealer would have easily agreed to give it at the invoice price itself. IF you are still interested try to get the dealer to the invoice price and it might work. No big deal, but it is a good sense of satisfaction that you only paid the invoice price.

    I myself wanted ABS but would have had to wait for a while, which I did not want to do. I was told that it might take upto 3 months which was certainly not acceptable to me. BTW, mine was an SE with PP, sunroof, automatic but no ABS.

    If you can wait the best thing is to order it from the factory so that at least you get what you want and it may not be a bad idea to try and get the dealer to agree to sell it on the invoice!
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