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Cons: Torque Steer
Advice: Don't expect a beast, just a nice fun car that still offers some practical features.It's a nice ride, feels smooth despite the performance suspensoin and it accerlates nicely. The new sentra models for the 07 are really driving down the price of these soon to be outdated models. Great value.
Pros: It's dependable. I don't wonder if it will start in the morning!
Cons: If you only use vented air, it comes past the engine and is hot by the time it gets to the inside of the car. I do not want to use the air conditioning at all--personal preference. Opening the windows works quite well, but that vented air is an irritant.
Advice: I've had good luck with this car. It rides well, get great gas mileage, looks good. Look around, but this is a really good little car.I've had Nissans in the past, so there wasn't much that was unexpected. It seems as roomy as my old car, but looks narrower from the back. Acceleration and braking were good. Heat works very nicely. CD player has a really good sound.
Advice: Stay away from Nissan Sentra...This Car has a lot of problems..... The Service Engine light comes on every now and then. Nissan Authorized service keep tinkering with it replacing one part after another. The Automatic transmission has major problems. Nissan Authorized service dismiss problems blaming quality of gas used, Driving habits, etc...
Pros: price, looks, handling, brakes; but these don't mean anything because of quality problems
Cons: too many quality problems to list
Advice: Don't buy it unless you want to spend 2 trips/month for 2 years to the dealer and still can't fix some issuesThings that went wrong were: - cranks forever - loss of power annually - powered sliding door keeps reversing and still isn't fixed. - vibrations at fwy speeds - gas gauge shows empty after a fill-up twice - passenger air bag shows off even when adult sits there - replaced radio keypad twice - lights falling out of ceiling - door panels coming off - glove compartment warped - shifter replaced - radio antenna weak - headrests are too far from your head so you can get a serious whiplash if you are rear-ended. - 3rd row seats' headrests must be taken off before seat can fold flat in floor whereas Toyota Sienna's headrests don't need to be taken off. - humungous turning radius makes parking difficult (Toyota Sieanna has smallest turning radius) I had previously owned 2 Nissan Maximas but when corporate doesn't even give me a measley $500 service credit for all my troubles, I will NEVER buy another Nissan.
Pros: The Price.
Cons: Not as nice as Scion tC
Advice: If you are looking at used cars or Korean value cars, shop the Sentra as well.Fairly quiet, ok accleration, great fuel economy, I am averaging 33.1 mpg mixed cycle to date, I bought a 1.8S special edition largely because I couldnt afford the Scion tC which I fell in love with at the lot, The special edition ran me just $13050 + Tax and Title with 1% financing, Power windows locks, auto, nice rim's a killer stereo, the seats are comfortable though it could use a bit more leg room.
Pros: Comfort and quality
Cons: Kinda boring
Advice: Great little car for the bucksThis is my second Sentra, the first being a '99. The '99 has 60,000 miles on it and has been relatively trouble free. It even still has the original muffler, and this is in snow-and-salt Ohio! Although the cars are built in Mexico, they still have the fit and finish of Japanese cars. Power is not great compared to Honda, but comfort and handling are nice. Resale value is also not great; not many people want a used Sentra when there are Corollas and Civics out there. But you can get a new one cheaper than either a Corolla or Civic.
Pros: The engine.
Cons: The bland instrument panel and the stock rims.
Advice: You can have some fun on a budget.This is a fun car to drive. I was surprised by its power when I test drove it at the dealership. Having owned V6 vehicles previously, this 4 banger really jumps like a small six cylinder and works well with the automatic transmission. Although the styling is not immediatly awe-inspiring, it does have a unique presence- a somewhat sporty-feel, especially with the exclusive Aztec Red paint. The handling is superb even with this base model. Very stable on the road or highway at higher speeds. The interior is somewhat bland, but the seats are supportive. Overall, it is a mechanically sound vehicle that seems well-put together and an engine with real potential for add-on power later. I'm calling it a '250 Z' and indeed this car owes its worthy heritage to the earlier Nissan SE-R's of the '90's and the 240 SX. Even though the styling is supposed to be modern, I find it a bit retro, which has grown on me. The brakes are very good and the Audio Fanatic stereo package is too. Some nicer gauges would have been preferred, but I guess enough people complained about the previous year's lava-orange and grey interior. Silver, black, and white go together better it seems. All and all, I have few complaints about this car and after-market accessories are abundant if you're so inclined. As far as vanity is concerned, the spoiler, fog lights, smoked-out head and tailights, and sunroof are nice touches as well. If you're looking for a fun-to-drive sporty compact under $20,000, then this one beats a regular Civic, Focus, or Celica GT any day and I highly recommend the SE-R.