1987 Nissan Sentra SLX Station Wagon 1.5 liter gasoline from Costa Rica
Simple and reliable transportation if you can find one that's been taken care of
C/V joint replaced at 175000 km.
Bushings and tie rods.
I have the non USA version, which is bare bones simple, carburated, no computer, no catalytic converter, no power steering, manual windows, very few emission control sensors and tubing in the motor. The only extras are A/C and tachometer.
Nissan did a great job with this little compact in terms of the quality of the components, simplicity, and very easy and cheap to work on. This has to be one of the most reliable cars I have ever had, and coming from a Mercedes you really appreciate the reliable Japanese electronics and general engineering. All the work that I have done is normal maintenance.
It also makes me realize that modern cars are not made to last and are made as cheap as possible to remain competitive.
I was lucky to find this car from a gentleman who never used it. It was 25 years old with 47,000 km on it. Now it's 30 years old with 184,000 km and I am not considering selling any time soon.
Acceleration is smooth; no stumbling, and ample power to go up Costa Rica's hills and for passing. I get 40 MPG highway and maintenance is dirt cheap with parts available everywhere. You're not going to impress anyone as it's a minimalist car. But it gets the job done with no headaches. Mechanics hate this car because it never breaks down, whereas with my Mercedes my mechanic was my best friend.
Here in Costa Rica, in 2017, you still see many of these 80s Sentras on the road in various conditions, but that is testament to the longevity of these cars. This model and Corollas last the longest in my opinion.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th April, 2017