Nissan Sentra Review from Indonesia

1988 Nissan Sentra SGX 1.6

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired235000 kilometres
Most recent distance260000 kilometres

Summary:

Probably once a great car. Mine was however; ready to retire

Faults:

What didn't go wrong with this car. Basically to write them all would be unfair. I honestly believe that this car had a hard life. The blue book shows it had had 6 or more owners before me. It had serious problems with the power steering (often bursting/leaking everywhere) as well as almost every seal leaking at some stage or another.

Oh, and the rust in this car was horrible.

I probably spend $500-600 (cost of labour and parts here is a lot cheaper) trying to fix it up before I gave up.

General Comments:

I actually liked this car a lot as it was my first car. It worked great for the first 6 months, and for that time I truly believed many of the good reviews about it on this site. I also received many complements from friends who rode in it. One of my friends liked it so much he bought it of me for half what I paid for it, and I helped him push it out of the garden it had been sitting in for 2 weeks (had left me stranded too many times, so it retired there).

My friend is a pretty good mechanic so he fixed it up pretty nicely. It still however has its issues, and around 2 months ago I helped him tow it from the side of the road back to his place as it conked out on him.

Anyway, I'm sure if you can buy one in good nick it wouldn't be that bad. A later year Corolla seems like it would have held up better though. Just my experience/opinion.

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

Review Date: 30th April, 2010

1st May 2010, 01:51

I'm curious what's the blue book for?

2nd May 2010, 10:49

Really? Kelly Blue Book told you how many previous owners your car had? I think you mean CARFAX.

26th Oct 2010, 04:14

I am the original reviewer. The ownership book here (in Indonesia) is blue in colour. Sorry for not clarifying for those in other countries where the ownership book is not blue or there is no ownership book.

Since writing the review I have helped my stranded friend yet again. The car is now ironically being worked on in the same spot that we pushed it out of three years ago.

Average review marks: 4.0 / 10, based on 1 review