1990 Nissan Sentra Reviews from North America

1990 Nissan Sentra EX 1.6

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired141509 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Malibu

Summary:

A good town car to save miles and wear and tear on your new car. Good for work or school or fun!!!

Faults:

Oil leak that was there when I bought it. Complete gasket kit is only 70 to 175 bucks, depending if you shop around.

Dash cracked. Came with a dash cover. Going to spray glue it down.

Seats cracked, but the car is 23 years old.

Windows fog a lot in rain, but I just turn on the A/C. Yes, the A/C still works great.

General Comments:

I bought this car so as not to put miles on my newer vehicle, to help hold some value.

I took this Nissan on a test drive, and could not believe how well it ran and performed. Not fast as far as a car goes, but for what it is, it moves just fine.

Very solid car as far as handling, and the engine running parts are cheap if you need to fix anything. It's a bit tough to find parts, but when you do they are cheap.

I love this car and am happy with my purchase, even with the oil leak I knew it had when I bought it. It has not left me stranded, and the thing still gets up to 100mph with a 4 speed manual.

As soon as my gasket kit comes in, I am sure this car will run another 200,000.

Mine came with a brand new exhaust, brand new brakes, and everything to go with them; lines, booster, all of it, new alternator and suspension, all for 1,800 bucks, and I get around 30 mph average everywhere I go, and I have barely driven my 2012 Malibu. I fill up my tank, and it will last between 3 weeks to a month for under 30 bucks, sometimes a little higher, maybe 35 if I let it get too low.

Amazing car; not my first Nissan, and most certainly not my last.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2013

1990 Nissan Sentra 2Dr Standard 1.6L

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired32 miles
Most recent distance128000 miles
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

If you get a chance to own one, DO!

Faults:

Please note this is after 16 years of use!

Basic repairs: Replaced muffler, brakes, tires, battery, lights as needed (not often though)

Speedometer light died once -replaced easily.

Drivers' seat ripping - easily covered by set seat covers.

Front dash cracking - easily covered with auto dash cover.

Paint faded at about 8 years of use (after hot summer sun and occasional 2 ft winter snow exposure) new paint job at age 11 fixed that -looks amazing.

Rear deck faded/ rear light canopy cracked, but was re-customized this year - looks new.

General Comments:

This car is amazing, that is no understatement. I am the original owner since 1990.

It has been driven with care, but through many types of climates/situations. My Sentra has run efficiently through constant commuter traffic (which included both high-speed highways and stop-and-go city) in it's early life. I also used to drive it up into the mountains and it performed well in the climbs. It has been driven through snow, rain, sleet, you get the drift? it always handles well. This car has also driven reliably in more scenic areas on trips and vacations for hours on end and has reached a top speed of about 105 (although I admit rarely at that speed). However, even today it rolls along at 65-75 easily without complaint after 16 years of use on local highways.

The car has endured approx. 15 years of very hot summer sun and severe snows (in MD, and WV) before my relocation to SC and the only major problem that occurred was to the paint after about 8 years - it faded. I admit that I have taken great care of this car and never failed to change the oil/filters/etc when due - I've given it many washes and some basic detailing every time I wash it, but it rarely requires major service. In 16 years the few problems listed above have been relatively inexpensive to fix.

This is not the most powerful car, but for it's 1.6L engine size it really likes to run. The interior has held up well too, it took about 13 years until it started to fade/crack. Most of these have been easily fixed and the original back area/seat looks new without any repair. I had one recall on it in the early 1990's for seat belt problems, but they were checked for free. I won't lie, obviously there is slight wear here and there, but most of the components look pretty darn good and even the floor carpet has held up well. The only slight complaint I can even think of occurs rarely, but I do notice it when it comes up - usually in sharp turn or parallel park situations - my model is a basic/standard model with no power steering so you have to put some elbow into P-Parking, but the car makes up for this by being small enough it generally fits into tight spaces easily.

The drive is smooth on mine. Nice pick up - obviously it's not an 8 cylinder, but it has good pace for a 4 banger and once you get it up past 40mph it really SEEMS to want to go faster and can run all day. The best part is that it still gets good gas mileage -between 25-32 mpg on mostly original parts. I trust it and do run it everywhere- in cities and even to the beach over sandy roadways. The car does not slip-out on snow or sand or dirt. I had a Jeep Cherokee for a few years (also a great vehicle) and I cannot say that my Sentra is a Jeep, but it's amazingly agile and almost 4x4 like on snow and mud conditions. It is a nice all purpose car and even carries loads pretty well.

The original seats are amazingly comfortable - I took my mom shopping several times after her knee surgery and even she felt comfortable in the seat. My model was base with no radio/lighter, but came with a very handy rear defrost- I also had a/c added before I drove it off the lot. The A/C has been invaluable and has amazingly NOT failed me once. My father gave the A/C a tune up a year or so ago and it still runs great. Icy cold in my first HOT SC summer. Early on I added a sun-roof and tail 'luggage' rack with scoop which sort of sports up the look. A stereo with new speakers was installed - the stereo/speakers have been replaced more than any other part on this car, but only due to preference/technology changes over the years.

You can't find much on cassette anymore. ha ha. Also I have wheel covers on the base rims because they were silver, but have slowly worn down the outer paint to a mis matching black/silver. You cannot see this with a sharp set of covers. This car looks newer than new in some ways. Somebody else mentioned that the model is easy to modify and this is true if you wish to. Mine has not been overly customized, but most repairs are true to the original. The paint is now burgundy with medium fleck, it was originally charcoal gray with light fleck. The original burgundy pin stripping held up longer than the gray paint, but the car now has no pin stripes since re-paint.

Style wise it's not as aerodynamic as today's cars, but I like that it doesn't look like every other car out there. You can fit 4 adults fairly well into it (even though it has 5 belts and room for 5. 5 adults would be a tight fit) but mine generally only has to haul between 1 and 3 at a time and does so without hedging from the extra weight.

All I can say is that I ADORE this car. It will be 17 in Oct., 2007 and shows no signs of death at 128, 000 original miles. It books at a value of about $1,000 give or take (with the extras/condition) but it's priceless to me. If you ever have a chance to own one that isn't too abused? Go for it! You may not expect to, but the 1990 Nissan Sentra will make you fall in love with it. Great reliable, peppy, efficient, unique little firecracker of a car at a bargain price. Mine is a 4 speed manual. It shifts smoothly, but I've developed a long term relationship with it so we know each other well - but I never had a problem with shifting or the clutch. I had one full tune up at about 50,000 miles and never had clutch work needed. If anything it runs better since it's been here in SC and out of the severe climate changes. In reverse it 'purrs' slightly, but always runs well. Never had a problem with any shifting-but I am the original owner so it's never endured harsh shifting. The 90 Sentra is small, but it's also quite the work horse and will run until YOU drop. I can't say enough about how much I love this car. It would literally hurt to part with it. Like I wrote, if you get a chance to own one? DO!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2007

1st Jul 2009, 15:12

I have the same exact model and year. The ONLY difference is it is black with a purple pinstripe. It is even a 4 speed manual. This was the very first car I have ever owned and practically the only car I drove for a few years. I LOVE THIS CAR!!! I am in love with it. (not in a creepy way) but I would suggest this car for ANYONE!!!

I have not had one single problem except for the speedometer going out. This car will be 20 years old in august. (since technically cars are made 1 year before they are dated as 07 or 08 etc. and we have the same birthday. This car is so amazing.

I will cry SOOO bad when either we part. (when the car dies, I would NEVER sell it. So if you are going to get a car, a 90 Sentra would be perfect.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 25 reviews