1988 Nissan Sentra SGS 1.6 petrol four from Australia and New Zealand


Not worth the trouble


Seats were already quite worn when I first bought the car, but it got worse as the days went by.

Radiator started leaking at 166000 kms, so was overheating, and then caused the next problem, which was the head gasket blew just 2000 kms later.

Around 170000kms, the car would be hard to start when warm, and after 3 goes, the car would flood.

When cold, the choke would have a mind of its own, so would have to use the accelerator to warm it up.

General Comments:

The seats wore quite quickly, and the dashboard faded in parts, so you could tell the different plastics.

The car was good on trips into town, but felt underpowered compared to my previous 1.6 Corolla.

Overall, I dreaded owning my Sentra, and would not consider buying another vehicle from this manufacturer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th January, 2010

1988 Nissan Sentra ZXE 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand


Awesome for a 20 year old car


Have only had one problem that I can remember and that was the clutch wearing out. Other than that, and general maintenance, there is nothing bad I can say about this car.

General Comments:

This is a wonderful first car. I would probably use it until it breaks down if I didn't want a more powerful car.

I work as a pizza delivery expert and drive in excess of 100km a day. It's unbelievable how long this car is lasting and I must say I have a very large soft spot for it. It will be a shame to see it go, if it ever does.

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

Review Date: 25th April, 2008

2nd May 2013, 16:23

I got one used in 1993. This car had only 1000 miles on it, it was bare bones, but that means less to go bad. No air, no power anything except for brakes, this had to be one of the best trouble free cars I had ever had, and a good thing as I did not make too much $ at the time to fix it.

I must say that this car and me had a good time together. I traded it when it had over 200k miles on it with only general repairs. Loved my 88 Sentra...

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


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


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


Best bang for the buck


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