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Pros: Power, Stereo and Moonroof
Cons: Road noise, body styling, paint job
Advice: DO NOT PAY STICKER....it is not worth the $20K price tag.......I just purchased my 2005 Nissan Sentra SE-R last month (07/04/2005) and so far have been fairly happy with it. The power is highly commendable for a 4 cylinder engine. I love the moonroof and the trip computer the car comes with. When I first bought the car I was over estaticed about the Rockford Fosgate stereo until I turned the volume up fairly loud. It is ostensible that the speakers are not Rockford Fosgate:(..only the stereo unit...how lame!! Also the vehicle is terribly noisy for a Japanese car. I have owned 5 Hondas and they were all very quiet. The paint job appears cheap. The paint job appears cheap as I have only 1400 miles on my car and it has appx 4 chips on the front bumper which seems excessive to me. The styling is rather archaic especially when compared to a Mazda 3. What makes this vehicle so attractive is the power and options provided for the price of $17,500 after a $2,500 rebate that was applied. That is frankly the only reason I went with this particular car. I would have gone with a Mazda 3, but it was pricier and offered no rebate incentives. Overall for tyhe options and price it is an awesome bargain. I just hope that it holds up to the 'Japanese Car' stereotype of excellent craftsmanship and quality.
Cons: Quality, service, mileage, cupholders
Advice: Don't buy it unless you REALLY want it and don't mind incredibly slow service for a common problem.I bought the SE-R (For some reason this site said the SE-R 'was not found in our database' so I'm putting it as an S) with three ideas in mind: gas mileage, reliability and decent performance. I'm actually angry with my purchase. 1) The gas mileage, while not terrible, wasn't THAT much of an improvement over my previous vehicle (V-6 Camaro.) 2) The much vaunted japanese reliability has failed the Sentra and Nissan. No more than five months after I bought it, the throttle body went out. I brought it in immediately for warranty and here I am, over 2 months later with the throttle body yet to be replaced.(Partially a service problem but when I bought the car I also paid for my three year warranty and I want service, not excuses.) I'm thoroughly disillusioned in this catagory. 3) The performance of the car is passable. The steering is responsive and the vehicle's light weight make it feel more nimble than it is. The acceleration is passable... even comparable to my '98 Camaro. Two strikes already... this car is almost out.
Pros: High performance tires, 17 inch alloy wheels, 6 peed close ratio manual and the 175hp
Cons: The car can be a little bit more roomy
Advice: Not only is the car fun to drive it has many features and finding tunning parts for the car won't be to hard.The SE-R Spec V delivers like a sports car in a sadan body, the Saphire Blue which comes only on the Spec V gives it a sweet look. The six speed close ratio manual transmission gives the car great acceleration, while the standard high performance tires which come on 17-inch rims give the car a really nice sporty look. When you take it out on the expressway you may find yourself going 120mhp without even feeling the speed(Radar Detector recomended). The front bucket seats are very comfortable. The radio cd player which comes with an AUX input allows you to hook up your mp3 player or even a portable DVD Player allowing you to listen to the audio through all of your car speakers. Overall the car has a great performance which you can feel when you start taking corners with higher speeds and the car doesn't loose it's grip one bit which makes you feel like you're driving a sports car.
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 LOOK
Cons: GAS INTAKE
Advice: DO NOT BUY YOU WILL HAVE TO GET A PART TIME JOB TO MAINTAIN ON GAS.I HAVE A 2002 NISSAN SENTRA SER SPEC V, IT'S A GAS GUSSLER DO NOT BUY!!!
Pros: Rocford Fosgate 7 cd changer,trip computer,firmer seats
Cons: cup holders too close to cd player
Advice: Buy it keep it a long time and enjoy!One of the Three best Sub-Compacts you can buy under 15000.00.If you want dependability,fuel economy,durability. Great car to use and abuse and hand me down to daughter in four years.Thats what I plan.I've own three of these they never disapoint me.I think this car is always underated by experts.It's cheaper than Honda,Toyota and you get alot of stuff,alloys,6 cd changer,spoiler,firmer seats,trip computer.I'am quitting tradding in these damn things,cause everytime I've regretted it.This will be my pass down car.