1984 Nissan Sentra Reviews

1984 Nissan Sentra from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 kilometres
Most recent distance167000 kilometres

Summary:

A great 'little car'

Faults:

The starter has had to be rebuilt a couple of times, and the fly wheel replaced several times.

Normal wear and tear...tires, spark plugs, muffler.

Obviously brake pads have needed to be replaced as car is almost 20 years olds, rotors need replacing.

Car has ran great up until about 1 year ago, starting to leak oil from rear seal badly, and running rough.

This care needs TLC.

CV joints have always been an issue, replaced several times... (could have been the mechanic I was dealing with at time)

General Comments:

This 'little car' had been extremely reliable and a great value for it buck.

Getting a little old now... wonder if the newer models are as reliable.

Interior holds on strong, roomy and comfortable for the size of car.

Not much power, and it ain't no hotrod, but shes a reliable old girl.

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

Review Date: 16th November, 2002

1984 Nissan Sentra LX 1.6 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 liter Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles

Summary:

A well-engineered little beauty

Faults:

Nothing out of the ordinary has gone wrong with this great little car. Since I got the car from my brother (who bought it new) I've changed the exhaust system, the rear shocks, the battery and the alternator and all four tires. My other brother rebuilt the carburetor. All routine service for a car with 175000+ miles on it. Everything else is still the original factory parts.

General Comments:

Overall, this car is very dependable and a joy to drive. It always starts up in the morning and gets me where I need to go. It's never died on me on the highway.

It's a pretty tame motor with little torque, especially on uphill stretches. But on the highway it'll still get up to 40 miles/gallon. Can't complain!

The handling is superb and the braking excellent. No squeals on sudden turns and the "power assist" steering is nice on highways when you want the steering to be stiff and not soft.

The gears still shift nicely with no grinding or howling.

The inside is ergonomically perfect. For my 6'2" frame, there's lots of leg room for the driver and the seats are comfortable; I never feel sore or creaky after long trips. The dashboard is well-designed with everything in clear view (except for the defroster switch). And there's plenty of headroom. The back is, of course, a little cramped, but this is a subcompact.

The only complaint I have about this car is that while driving along it may suddenly die on me. And it won't start up immediately even if the engine is turning. But if I wait about 30 minutes it'll start right up again as if nothing had happened. I still haven't figured out if it's an electrical or fuel problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2001

23rd Jul 2012, 11:12

If your 1984 Sentra keeps dying and starts back up after it sits for 30 minutes, you may need a new catalytic converter. My Sentra start doing this, and I took it in and they replaced my converter, and now everything runs great.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews