1986 Nissan Sentra Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1986 Nissan Sentra 1.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired216000 miles
Most recent distance230000 miles

Summary:

Cheapest reliability I have seen

Faults:

Right now there is a window out due to a rock.

There is no muffler due to a really bad job of rigging it.

The battery is shot.

The seats are ripped to shreds.

The wheel bearings are going out.

General Comments:

This car has been excellent. It was my boss's car and then it took ownership by a friend of mine and I just recently purchased it for $7. It always starts and runs. It's quick and fast. Top speed is over 100 mph. The oil has only been changed once in the past 10 years and has had well over 60,000 miles put on it since then. It's all around an excellent car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2002

1986 Nissan Sentra 2 Door 1.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6L Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance123000 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

A decent first car for the kids

Faults:

This car was a gift and sat for four years before I took ownership. I had to replace the valve cover gasket.

I replaced the rear wheel bearings.

I rebuilt the Hitachi Carb.

I replaced many vacuum lines and PVC hose.

I had to locate parts for the A/C tensioner assembly, as they are not easy to find. It only uses one V Belt for the compressor, so it wears out a belt very fast.

The interior is falling apart. This is typical for a car of its era.

The engine main seals are leaking oil.

The exhaust is rotten.

Performed a full tune up, plugs, wires, dist. cap, and rotor.

Fuel pump died so I converted it to an electric unit.

General Comments:

For a car with 122,000 miles that sat for 4 years, what more could you want?

Parts are not too hard to find for most items, however some hoses are a "Dealer Only" item. Unless you can piece one together like I did.

I have a grand total of 155 dollars invested in this car, as I did all labor myself, and the car was free.

I would steer clear of the early Sentra's, 86 and before, unless you are mechanically inclined, as they are riddled with carburetor and vacuum problems.

The A/C still works, however the car has no power with it turned on.

You should plan on a fuel pump going out, it's fairly common on these cars.

65 MPH is about all this car wants to do, any higher and it feels like it's screaming for mercy.

The clutch is very easy to master, this car is an easy one to learn on if you have never driven a standard before.

Visibility isn't bad, there are no blind spots.

This car isn't very comfortable, and I really don't think its all that safe either.

However with proper up-keep, they will run for many years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2002

1986 Nissan Sentra 1.6 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Liter Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance238579 miles
Previous carNissan 240SX

Summary:

Buy one to find out

Faults:

Engine was replaced at 140,000 miles. This car is great. You can drive anywhere with no problems at all. Feels almost like a sports car. Holds the road nice.

General Comments:

I suggest that if you can find one, buy it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2002

1986 Nissan Sentra Base 1.6 liter 2 bbl. from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 liter 2 bbl. Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired126000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles

Summary:

Seriously, I will cry the day this car dies

Faults:

I had to replace both CV joints at 145k miles.

I had to replace the alternator at 160k miles.

General Comments:

This nimble little car has a surprising amount of headroom inside and a good view out of the car in any direction.

Very neutral handling for a small front-driver... won't squeal the front tires unless you push hard.

I've had some carburetor problems lately so it hesitates when warm.

I've had this car for 5 years and almost 60,000 miles... and all for $300. I will gladly drive this car until she can give no more.

I can't wait to get my next Nissan Sentra, hopefully a 2002 SE-R V-Spec!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2001

10th Aug 2001, 00:33

I too LOVE my 1986 Nissan Sentra. It is not an attractive car, a faded yellow hatchback with orange and brown pinstriping and all of the Wisconsin weathering. I paid $500.00 for that car 6 years ago, I have since put 85,000 miles on it and have had only to replace the headlights and such. No major mechanical problems to speak of...

Always change the oil with a high quality oil and filter, never exceed 3,000 miles between changes. It has been wonderful to cram in all of my hardware store projects and it gets me to grad school every time. I swear, I cannot kill it.

1986 Nissan Sentra from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 miles
Most recent distance0 miles

Summary:

A real dependable little friend...

Faults:

Only usual wear and tear, starts up every day, runs great in bad weather, a real champ... But I have to say the body is rotting, but I do live one block from the ocean.

General Comments:

Kick butt little car. Not a babe magnet, but it gets you to and from work.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th July, 2000

1986 Nissan Sentra Base from North America

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10

Faults:

Nothing - had 175k miles, traded another Nissan, terrific car, always reliable.

General Comments:

Ran fine, never any problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 1998

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 11 reviews