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Nissan Sentra 2006 and earlier



  • roninjoutenroninjouten Posts: 201
    Well at 18k it's significantly cheaper than a WRX. I think to many people 6k in the sporty econo class is a big chunk of change.
  • ineto6ineto6 Posts: 161
    price difference as compared to the WRX is significant. However, one cannot upgrade to all-wheel drive for the Sentra without changing the car itself. The guy sitting in an SE-R would happily tailing a guy in a WRX around curves and such.
  • A bought a 2000 Sentra SE with Performance Pack - and I couldn't be happier! I spent a number of weeks doing research on about a dozen cars in this class, and the Sentra gave me everything I wanted at the best price! It was the only car that felt more like a sports car than a family car! The spoiler, sunroof, and wheels make it a great looking car - and the sports suspension makes paired with the 2.0 engine makes it a lot of fun to drive! I have almost 10k miles on it in under 6 months - and I haven't had any problems to speak of. I would recommend the Sentra to anyone - it's a great buy!
  • roninjoutenroninjouten Posts: 201
    for my tastes it's still under powered and the suspension far too soft even with the sport package. I'm waiting on the Spec-V. And the new V6 powered Altima.
  • ineto6ineto6 Posts: 161
    my brother's SE would have been better with a manual transmission. Passing power is not as strong as his old V-6 Camry.... I am sure that a a manual would have helped for extra passing power... or a five-speed auto !!! Still the SE is no slouch for the money.
  • sentrafansentrafan Posts: 40

    I also own a 2000 Sentra SE w/PP, 5-Speed. I've had mine for just under 10 months also, and have 10700 miles on the odometer. I agree with you completely -- it's an absolutely great car. And there is plenty of power in this thing for me. Just like Speed Demon Newskate9 wrote, there's nothing like cruising at highway speeds, then dropping down into fourth gear for some serious fun and passing power. All things considered, value, reliability, and performance, the Sentra SE can't be beat.
  • roninjoutenroninjouten Posts: 201
    Guess it's just me but at cruising speeds, say 75 mph, I want the car turning about 2200-2400 rpms, so I can punch it in 5th gear and still rocket off. The current Gen Max has this ability and boy does it feel nice. If only they could shoehorn that engine into the Sentra. And get some leather in the interior.
  • mdrivermdriver Posts: 385
    Maybe in a big V8 but not a 16v 2L engine. To feel any thrust you will have to downshift to 4th or maybe even 3rd. But that's part of the fun of a manual. If you don't like to shift, get an automatic.
  • kissfan1kissfan1 Posts: 283
    If I'm driving at 75 3500 Rpm........If I punch it down to 4th my Rpm's are going to hit 5500. I know this sounds stupid........But the engines groans something fierce. Is this a healthy thing to do to the engine (What a wuuss type it break!!)

  • mdrivermdriver Posts: 385
    No it won't break, but you might attract the attention of the local constabulary. Is your top speed limit still 100 km/h ?
  • hello all. i'm new to the forums and am glad i found such a great resource like edmunds. you all seem to be real nice people too which is a rarity these days. anyways, i'm going to be buying a car sometime early next month (may '01) and am pretty sure its going to be a 2001 Nissan Sentra SE w/ SE Performance Package, floor mats, and 6-disk in dash cd-changer (i'd rather have the cd-changer than the moonroof, but cant afford both). its a beautiful car and many reviews have said its a very good car too. so i want to ask all you sentra owners who have the car i described (or any sentra owners for that matter) how you fell about your purchase. likes? dislikes? hows that 180 watt stereo system too? one other thing. i've been reading the other posts and have noticed that some sentra owners have engine problems. if anyone could give some insight to that too then that would be great. all your help is greatly appreciated and i look forward to posting more. thanks!
  • djmax813djmax813 Posts: 30
    A local nissan dealer wanted to give me a good deal on an se w/perf pack. he quoted 16,999 but could do better. Here is the kick. He said they would take over my four last lease payments of my current car (approx. $1000). what is the deal with that? it sounds good to me but what do they get out of it? they must be making money off it somehow. I appreciate some insight!
  • hkchanhkchan Posts: 420
    Well. How's $16,999 compared to the invoice listed at Edmunds and other sites? Whatever you do, don't sign anything unless you understand the deal completely.
  • roninjoutenroninjouten Posts: 201
    On Carsdirect a packed SE even with the impossible to find SRS/ABS package comes in at 16581. This is a 5 speed of course, as getting an auto essentially turns the car into a Yugo.

    Does this 16999 car have the SRS/ABS package too?
  • roninjoutenroninjouten Posts: 201
    If you can hold off until September you can step into the Spec-V for 1600 more (according to the Sales Manager I spoke with recently) than a current SE. That's gonna get you a bigger engine, better suspension, new interior, 17's, bigger stereo and all around better car.

    The current SE is nice, but sorta slow and definitely light around the corners (even with the Perf. Package). If you can hold off you'll get a far better car for just a tad more cash.
  • mayankhpmayankhp Posts: 22
    To, gewaltakt # 612

    I am too in process of buying a small sedan for my daughter. Initially I selected Sentra se but I come across with some known horror stories of slip differential and other problems Sentra. I am now a days leaning towards Civic Lx, reasons behind change in mind are - better reliability record, good resale value, better gas mileage.

    Still I am open and unable to arrive at final choice. Sentra has more bells and whistles and better power while Civic has more life and value.

    Please I need your in put, what are the fectors involved and how you arrived at a decision to buy Sentra be p./p. and not Civic. I am sure you must have thought of Civic during your decision making process. I would like to know about it before visiting Nissan or Honda dealership

    To be honest, one side I am getting tempted to buy Sentra and the other side it has more horror stories and poor gas mileage.
    Thanks in advance
  • roninjoutenroninjouten Posts: 201
    Um...if you go by the complaint (repairs) section of Edmunds, then EVERY car is a lemon. As far as reliability goes, yes the Civic is more dependable in the long run. But the margin between the two is slight, to say the least. The Honda also has higher re-sale. Both cars are well built and will last 100k miles without a blink. But I think a FAR more important question is: what does your daughter prefer? Have her drive the cars back to back and the one she likes is the one to get.
  • lgoldinlgoldin Posts: 90
    I have a Sentra SE for couple of months and so far the car is good. The milage is averaging 25MPG. My 1988 Civic had 35MPG with easy driving, 30MPG with a pleasure driving and ~28MPG with a fun driving. Sentra has only ~2000 miles on it and I hope MPG should improve in a little while. When I drove new Civic I found it much more softer then my old one and also absence of torque doesn't let you to drive relaxing uphill or with a loaded car. Those two things and a difference in features pushed me toward Sentra. I'd rather take Protege than Civic.
    I can't say that SE is slow, but if I would know that Spec-V would be just $1600 more I would wait for it. Also I would be interesting to know the source of "horror" stories. Where are they? What kind of problems are reported there? I hardly can believe that engine has problems, since 2.0L engine is on market for decade and proven to be reliable. Some other thingd are more probably to cause problems because they are quite new.
  • djmax813djmax813 Posts: 30
    what i really want to know is what the dealer does with my current car after he takes over my payments? does he buy it from the bank at a discount and then resell it? just would like to know why they are willing to take over the payments.
  • ineto6ineto6 Posts: 161
    with A/C on going up a hill - see if you like the power that it has doing that. Of course, the Civic will be more frugal on the gas. We had a Sentra with over 80K... no horror story, just detested those bumps and "bruises".
  • I don't personally own a sentra, but I have a story to share regarding the durability of this car.

    My neighbour owns a 1989 (or 1990?) sentra station wagon that he used for his nursery business since new. The car has always been used for delivery purpose since day one and it has more than 200K on it the last time I asked.

    Maintanence ? My neighour don't even have a clue about what an oil filter is, and he doesn't like the idea of "recommended service" too. He is the kind of guy who change the oil "when he think of it", and the last time I remember seeing him washing his car on his driveway was years ago. So you got the picture about what kind of treatment this car has received.

    Still the car blows no blue or white smoke, make no unusual noise, and I can't remember his car won't start or anything. At least he never mentioned it. It does leak a little bit of oil onto his driveway though.

    Tough little car.
  • Hi all,
    I have this stuff on my windshield since day one and it's starting to bother me since it doesn't appear to be going away. It looks like adhesive residue from some sort of sticker (whole windshield) that was peeled off. It's not visible till it gets wet (i.e. raining or washing), and then it's actually hard to see out the window clearly!

    I've tried cleaning with windex and turtle wax (abrasive) but no help really. I'm ready to try harsher chemicals but thought I'd get your input.

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Pardon the interruption - I want to explain the name change of this discussion.

    Since we have moved to our new platform, we no longer have the requirement to stop and restart discussions after the numbers of posts exceed a certain limit. Since this discussion can continue as long as anyone has anything to say about Sentras, there is no longer a need for the "2" that has been included in the discussion name. Down the road, that could confuse our newer members so I have removed it.

    I've altered the name slightly of the original Sentra discussion in the Archives to differentiate it from this active one.

    Please continue...

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  • SporinSporin Posts: 1,066
    Use some rubbing alcohol and a pad of #0000 steel wool. Make sure it is 4 zeros... it is a detailer's "secret" rememdy. It is soft as cotten but will scrub that stuff off. Use it only on TEMPERED AUTO GLASS. IE: Your windows, not your mirrors.

    I've been using it for years and it get's all that built up road grime, bug guts, and oxidation off your glass.
  • ttlttlttlttlttlttl Posts: 24
    did anyone buy your Sentra from
    they offer a 5-speed GXE with Convinience Package and Luxury Package for $14683. this seems to be a good deal. I'm wondering how this works. Thanks!
  • roninjoutenroninjouten Posts: 201
    That's it. You order and they call you and confirm everything. You can even get nissan's great APR (if you qualify).
  • mayankhpmayankhp Posts: 22
    I got a deal for Se with P/Package for $ 16800 out the door including everything. I lived in southern california, and need to know is it a good deal or what?
    thanks in advance
  • roninjoutenroninjouten Posts: 201
    SE package AND...
  • mayankhpmayankhp Posts: 22
    Answering to 629
    Thanks for your response.
    It has a spoiler, alloy wheels, remote key less entry, vanity mirrors, mats, in short basically all items listed on performance package plus mats.
    I paid a basic car price 15300 (edmonds invoice price 15553)plus tax/tag 10% on it, comes to total 16800 out the door price.
    I visited four different dealers and they all offered me 17500 out the door, only one dealer wanted to accommodate me at 17329.
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