1987 Nissan Sentra Hatchback 1.6L from North America


The car that got away from me


The spring in the ignition broke so I had to turn the key back manually after starting the vehicle.

The brakes barely worked when I sold it.

The rear fluid squirter was missing when I bought the vehicle.

The passenger side window mechanism broke and I had to prop it up with a zip tie.

The front struts were in horrible shape.

The vehicle had a bad oil leak.

General Comments:

I am actually regretting having sold that car. It had its problems, but it was actually a great car.

I sold the vehicle before I had the opportunity to drive it in the snow, so I don't know how it handles in the winter.

I got amazing gas mileage with that vehicle, roughly 35mpg and about 300 miles out of 3/4 of a tank.

The car didn't have a lot of starting power or speed when going up hills.

The car had only minor problems which could have easily been fixed, but I was too stupid to do so.

It had an amazing amount of space in the back. I fit a lot of my belongings into the back of it. I was even able to take my boss's laundry into town (there was a lot of it).

It could turn circles around a lot of others cars.

Given the chance, the car probably could have lasted me for another 100,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2004

1987 Nissan Sentra Sport Coupe 1.6 L4 from North America


Maybe just a lemon


Replaced Motor at 90k, when I got it.

Since then.

Replaced Flywheel 3 Times.

Replaced Transmission twice.

Speedometer broke.

Headlights burnt out.

Power Steering Unit Broke.

The seats sides are falling off.

Seatbelt clips both broke.

Replaced Front Pads and Disc's.

Shocks and Struts all-around had to be replaced.

General Comments:

The Car feels extremely nimble.

Ever since I have purchased the car, it had 90,000 km on it. I have had continuously put money into it. Every week something new goes. Possibly it was a lemon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2003

29th Mar 2004, 23:24

Replaced Flywheel 3 Times.

Replaced Transmission twice.

Speedometer broke.

Sounds like you either can't drive a manual car, or you are just really abusive/rough on the car. The only way for the flywheel to be screwed up is overheating it, which only happens when you slip the clutch all the time.

1987 Nissan Sentra XE Wagon 1.6L I4 from North America


A fun car for a student on a tight budget


There have been a number of minor issues with this car, but no major problems since I have owned it:

I have had problems with stalling and poor idling, but that was repaired with a general tune-up and some ignition system replacements.

The tie-rod ends have broken twice. The original parts were replaced by the previous owner before I purchased the car, and I had to get the driver's side replaced a few months ago.

The car is starting to rust significantly around the wheel wells, however the rest of the body is in great shape.

The rear window jammed in the lowered position, and now it can no longer be rolled down.

General Comments:

Apart from a few minor issues that can be expected with age, this car has been a very reliable, fun and affordable car for a university student with limited funds.

All operating costs are extremely low - with about 6-700 KM per tank of fuel and very little maintenance, along with low insurance costs.

The car is comfortable to drive, handles the highway well and feels comfortable cruising at about 120Kph on major highways. I have taken this car on some longer trips - from Toronto to Montreal a few times, along with a number of trips to Ottawa, Quebec, etc. - and have never had a problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2003

1987 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.6L 2bbl from North America


Excellent value and reliability


Had to replace governor.

The transmission is a bit odd. Dosen't want to shift out of first gear unless it sits idle and warms up for about one minute. This could just be from the last governors teeth being chewed off (from bad previous owner) and not doing a transmission service since.

General Comments:

This car has been excellent to me. Starts right up and runs smooth every time.

I find it very, very easy to drive.

Great visibility.

Holds the road surprisingly well.

Lots of head and leg room.


With normal scheduled maintenance, this is a very dependable, cheap and quiet car. I love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2003