Underdog of the sport compact world of the mid 90's
Bought it in bad mechanical repair with 220k miles on it.
+ Valve cover gasket needed replacing (every mid 90's car needs this anyway).
+ Needed both axles (from previous driver warping the rims).
+ Brakes on all 4 corners needed (but was incredibly cheap for rotors + pads).
+ Spark plugs, fluids, basic maintenance.
+ All 4 motor mounts worn out (again, just a standard 14 year old car problem).
+ MAF sensor required cleaning; engine cut power at peak RPMs (4000-6000rpm) - fixed the problem.
+ Knock sensor was gone, so replaced that.
At such a high mileage, the transmission is in amazing shape. No problem getting into 1st gear or grinding any other gears.
185psi on the motor across all 4 cylinders. Amazing.
No rust problems, interior has held up too.
+ SR20DE motor is fantastic, has good torque for its size, generally known as bulletproof, and returns good MPG (I average 30mpg with a light foot) for the amount of power the car has.
+ Comfortable for 4 people; amazed at how much room there is in the rear.
+ Pretty easy to work on.
+ Good rear visibility.
+ Transmission/clutch has a good feel.
+ Stock brakes and handling are a bit above adequate, so it may not be a BMW, but it's also not lacking as a commuter.
+ Stock motor is very responsive to bolt on power from what I've heard.
+ Pleasurable to drive in the city, as the low-end torque is more than adequate.
+ Turbo and high output VVT JDM engines swap into this car with relative ease.
+ 'Bag it and tag it' looks.
+ Understeer caused by factory rear toe setting; requires extreme custom work to correct if you are interested in souping the car up; so stick to the older Sentra b14 chassis or something else if you're looking for a car with handling potential.
+ Lack of aftermarket products, because this car was not very popular.
+ Gearing is quite long. It means you get better fuel economy, but the car is not rev happy like a Honda.
This is certainly a function over form car, like many older Nissans. The upside is that it is not a theft target, and more of a sleeper!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th August, 2010