1987 Nissan Sentra Base 2 Door Sedan 1.6L from North America


Best New Car for The Money


Not one single major mechanical problem for the entire life of the vehicle.

Needed some adjustment on the steering wheel (off center) when car was delivered new from dealer.

Oxygen sensor warning light was on at 60,000 miles, and was reset myself. Reminder to change, along w/the timing belt, as part of routine maintenance.

General Comments:

One of the most reliable cars at the time available. Built in America, and some faults in assembly. It handles better than a civic, and just needed to put in nicer tires (original was 155 80R 13), and replaced by 175/70/13. The 2 door sedan had a very strong & solid frame!

0 to 35mph (5 spd manual) is quicker than a Porsche 944. Handling is superb if use nicer tires.

Noise level is a little higher than a corolla, but handling is the top of its class (especially 2 door sedan version). Its nice handling characteristic was often neglected! 38 miles per gallon highway!

I currently own a Mercedes S Class, but still think that the 1987 Sentra was a very relaible car and best for the money. Buy brand new & used for 150,000 miles! I paid US$ 6,180 for this car brand new in 1987, and used less than US$ 100/year (average) for repair & maintainance for four years!

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

Review Date: 14th September, 2007

1st Mar 2010, 20:43

I had a 1990 Nissan Sentra and it had a timing chain. Was yours a boxy Sentra or the one just before it?

9th Jul 2011, 07:32

Mine was the boxy one (first year it came out). It was the base version, even with steel wheels and without original A/C.

1987 Nissan Sentra XE Sport Coupe 1.6 from North America


Very fun economic car


The previous owner replaced the head gasket and did a bad job and I ended up having to replace the timing belt and tensioner. The clutch cable broke at around 190,000 miles. I replaced the tranny cause 5th gear went out and I also replaced the clutch then at about 180,000 miles. Recently the Tach died at about 220,000 miles.

General Comments:

I have done many mods to the interior of the car to make it more comfy to include power locks mirrors, and variable wipers and a different center console. All these mods have been from other Nissan's from junk yards. I have had little complaints with the car still get close to 33mpg on the hi-way and the high 20's in town. The interior is holding up real well except for one rear seat belt that dose not like to pull out. All in all a real good car for the 700 dollars I paid for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2006

1987 Nissan Sentra 4-Door Hatchback from North America


Great around town car with good gas mileage


Rear windshield wiper has never worked.

Hatch release has never worked.

Head gasket blew at 55,000 miles.

General Comments:

I bought it in 2002 for $1,250 after it had been poorly stored for seven years. It needed new fuel lines and carburetor, but has run great ever since.

I sold it in 2004 and bought a Dodge Dakota. I've since sold the Dakota and was able to buy the Sentra back. 30 mpg beats 17 mpg any day.

As long as my knees hold out (I'm 6'3") I'll keep driving my Sentra.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2005

1987 Nissan Sentra Sport Coupe XE 1.6L E16 from North America


35mpg unique looks and great handling


5th Gear failed along with the clutch and clutch cable at 200,000.

Timing belt tensioner failed at 180,000 miles, but I think it was due to poor work performed by the last owner.

All four struts are now bad and the rear springs have weakened this is a trate of the B12 Sentra 220,000 miles.

Normal to low wear and tear on interior.

General Comments:

This car is great handles well for a near 20 year old import, with minor mods it will handle as good as a Mustang GT.

I have done many factory upgrades from the Pulsar of the same year range.

I would recommend this car to anyone I enjoy driving it and modding it as it is a rarer car and cheap to improve I am currently searching for another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2005

19th Mar 2007, 14:31

If your car is a B12 Sentra, then it is the 1987-1990 model. The 1982-1986 Sentra was known as the B11.