1988 Nissan Sentra SGS 1.6 petrol four


Not worth the trouble


Seats were already quite worn when I first bought the car, but it got worse as the days went by.

Radiator started leaking at 166000 kms, so was overheating, and then caused the next problem, which was the head gasket blew just 2000 kms later.

Around 170000kms, the car would be hard to start when warm, and after 3 goes, the car would flood.

When cold, the choke would have a mind of its own, so would have to use the accelerator to warm it up.

General Comments:

The seats wore quite quickly, and the dashboard faded in parts, so you could tell the different plastics.

The car was good on trips into town, but felt underpowered compared to my previous 1.6 Corolla.

Overall, I dreaded owning my Sentra, and would not consider buying another vehicle from this manufacturer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th January, 2010

1988 Nissan Sentra ZXE 1.6


Awesome for a 20 year old car


Have only had one problem that I can remember and that was the clutch wearing out. Other than that, and general maintenance, there is nothing bad I can say about this car.

General Comments:

This is a wonderful first car. I would probably use it until it breaks down if I didn't want a more powerful car.

I work as a pizza delivery expert and drive in excess of 100km a day. It's unbelievable how long this car is lasting and I must say I have a very large soft spot for it. It will be a shame to see it go, if it ever does.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th April, 2008

2nd May 2013, 16:23

I got one used in 1993. This car had only 1000 miles on it, it was bare bones, but that means less to go bad. No air, no power anything except for brakes, this had to be one of the best trouble free cars I had ever had, and a good thing as I did not make too much $ at the time to fix it.

I must say that this car and me had a good time together. I traded it when it had over 200k miles on it with only general repairs. Loved my 88 Sentra...