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I owned a little civic hatchback that was totaled by a drunk driver. So when I found my Sentra 2.0 SE I was super excited because I knew it had a really tough SR20DE engine. And couple that with a 5 speed manual.
So the car is fun to drive and gets 30 MPG easy. Even 12 years after it was made. It has been a great car and now has 170k miles on the odometer and still runs strong. The fact that its a Sedan really sold me since I use it to transport my kids around.