1988 Nissan Sentra Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1988 Nissan Sentra E 1.6Litre, fuel injected from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6Litre, fuel injected Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance43400 miles
Previous carChevrolet Chevette

Summary:

It's a GREAT car, EXCEPT for this one unbelievably up-setting problem

Faults:

Replace front right caliper at 41,000.

Replaced the rotors at about 40,000.

Had water in wheel well a few years ago. Needed new gasket, or something.

A few other fairly minor problems, except for one!!!

General Comments:

This car is basically a GREAT car, except for one problem. It races on warm-up, and has for the PAST 15 years! Because of this one problem, I have hated this car for all these years! The racing is somewhat intermittent, and is therefore extremely difficult to explain to a mechanic. I've asked many mechanics about the problem (including the local Nissan Dealer), and none of them have been able to help me. Most of them say that they can't find anything wrong with the car, even tho' I once left it at a shop for a week, in an effort to have them find the problem. It's actually got 43,400 miles on it, and it's in basically good condition. It's seldom been driven in winter.

If anyone has any helpful suggestions, please email me at: buzzyj1933@yahoo.com

Thank you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2006

1988 Nissan Sentra xe 1.6 Inline 4 TBI from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 Inline 4 TBI Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance221000 miles
Previous carDodge Ram Pickup

Summary:

Best bang for the buck

Faults:

Axle boots 85659.

Fuel/Temp gauge voltage regulator 94460.

Muffler 113434.

New distributer 147254.

New distributer (warranty) 185365.

Clutch, Axles 191825.

Starter 200379.

Oil pan gasket 209466.

Charged air conditioner 213700.

Engine 218552.

General Comments:

These cars are great if you want to get from point A to B.

They handle good since they are a very light car.

There is not much power, but because of this I get 34-38MPG. Over 40MPG on the highway going 55-60 MPH.

This was my Wife's car until we had children and got a minivan (1996). We decided to keep it as a third car.

I've never had to have this car towed, but have limped it home a few times.

Replaced the engine at 218552 miles. The head gasket blew and being a mechanic I figured I could get it home (wrong).

All other maintenance other than that listed has been routine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2006

1988 Nissan Sentra LX sedan 1.6L inline 4 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6L inline 4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired138440 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

Awesome first car

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

This has been a great car so far, the acceleration is great, mostly due to a manual transmission. I did 0-60 in roughly

7 seconds. This car is excellent, it was previously owned by a mechanic, so it is in really good shape.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2005

1988 Nissan Sentra 1.6 gasoline TBI from Costa Rica

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 gasoline TBI Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

Slow, reliable city car

Faults:

Alternator died at 149000.

Steering arms replaced ar 150000.

Faulty senosr in TBI fixed a couple times.

General Comments:

The car is seriously lacking power, having only 70 HP, so performance is basiclly non existent, but the engine has good torque (92 lb/ft) for city driving. Going up steep hills with a heavy load is difficult, top speed under 100 mph. Keeping up with traffic requires staying in the upper rev range. Passing cars on the highway takes good judgement to a whole new level. Going up inclines really shows the lack of power. Keeping momentum is paramount while driving this car, because getting it up to speed takes forever!

It handles fine though, nimble, but lacking power steering makes it hard to drive at parking speeds if you're not used to it.

The car is fairly reliable, and failures occur due to age and wear. Parts are cheap, and easy to work on.

The back seats are useless for taller people, so long trips are worth considering if you're going in the back. The front seats are comfortable and there is plenty leg room up front, good for tall people like me (6'3)

Fuel economy is fine, but nowhere near modern MPI engines, this being a TBI.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2005

1988 Nissan Sentra 1.6 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired295000 kilometres
Most recent distance307000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Excel

Faults:

Passenger seat belt got stuck when hooked up and so I had to cut it.

Transmission has been weak in reverse the entire time I have had the car, but has never failed.

Have to top up the oil every week or two cause it burns and leaks it a bit.

The drivers side window mechanism broke and therefore I cannot roll down window anymore.

When I am in rush hour traffic I need to put car in neural cause it sometimes stalls when fan kicks in, but the car is a rebuilt so it could be from faulty wiring or something.

The air conditioning in this car is awesome and one of the main reason I have kept it.

I have done nothing to this car except changed the fuel filter and it has never failed me yet.

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

Review Date: 23rd October, 2005

23rd Oct 2006, 23:03

Car is still running and I am pretty sure its on its way out, but I am looking at buying another cause it was so reliable.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 17 reviews