1988 Nissan Sentra 4wd wagon 1.6L from North America


Couldn't be a more perfect design for a sensible buyer


Smog requirements saw mileage drop from 27mpg to 17 mpg. An almost impossible result to occur. A new engine was attempted, only to be deceived by the new mechanic covering up for the Smog Station, resulting in no power to climb a hill properly. The vehicle, vin #JN1PB25YXJU005660 "ran like a top", and would have continued to do so if local fraud had not been put forth.

General Comments:

This vehicle truly ran as well as other favorable reviews have exclaimed. I am seriously disabled, and found the vehicle matching my every need for reliability, especially my first experience with a "hatch back". Four doors; and above all, 4wd upon command, made this a "brick" of a vehicle that's not made anymore, which makes the two repair shops criminals that no governmental agency cared about either. I needed that car held by lien.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2003

1988 Nissan Sentra from North America


A cute little car that doesn't run too well


I've always found problems with it mechanically. It has low power in first gear and improves in second or third. Runs poorly in damp weather, and better (but not great) in warm weather. I have replaced the cv boots, throttle valve, timing chain, had a couple of oil leaks repaired, etc.

The dealer has taken off all of the engine parts and tested them, and all are okay. They tried replacing the fuel pump, computer, and various other parts in order to fix the problem of low power upon take off, or going up hills, but nothing worked. In the end they admitted that they are unable to determine what the problem is and returned it to me without charging me. They were wonderful by the way!

General Comments:

Interior and exterior have remained almost as new, and there is no rust.

It is comfortable and easy to drive.

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

Review Date: 15th July, 2003

1988 Nissan Sentra E 1.6L fuel injected from North America


An inexpensive plain, but attractive looking car for the money. Rivals the reliability of a Honda !


Both front constant velocity joints were replaced at 129,000 miles.

Mass airflow sensor was replaced at 161,000 miles.

General Comments:

This is an ideal car for someone on a budget who wants reliability and above average handling for a small car. Insurance is very inexpensive and parts for this car are readily available at most parts stores, a rarity for imports!

However, automatic transmission models should be avoided. They have a history of being troublesome and are costly to repair.

Overall, this car has given me (and continues to provide) many miles of trouble and worry free driving! The engine is not the quickest, but it starts effortlessly in hot and cold weather and is very easy to work on for the "do it yourself" mechanic. The timing belt and water pump are very easy to replace on this particular car too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2003

30th Nov 2003, 00:21

Good, thorough write up on the 88 Sentra. I bought one for my wife for $400 and with just a new clutch and tune-up, it runs great! And she loves it!

1988 Nissan Sentra 1.6 4 cylinder from North America


Cost effective comfort


In the four, almost five months that I have owned my Sentra very little has gone wrong. Since September I have replaced the clutch, heater blower motor, and today I installed a new alternator.

Aside from a recent issue with an oil leak. Neither I nor my father (the previous owner) have had much heartache with the car. I consider all the recent repairs to be within reason, as the car is well on it's way to 200,000 miles.

General Comments:

I have not owned my Sentra long. I have done some work to restore it, and I am floored constantly by the low price of parts.

My car already had high miles when I received it, and now it is almost to 175,000 miles she runs like a top.

I deliver pizza, and commute to school with my car. I have noticed the car is great in town, and has the power I need city driving. Highway driving is another issue. I notice there is a huge lack power. I rarely drive over 60 miles per hour.

Overall I like my Sentra. I feel the car offers more than enough room for a compact sedan. I am 6'2" 215 pounds, and I ride just fine. Excellent reliability combined with low maintenance costs make this car a winner. I am happy with the company. I would consider buying a newer Sentra, but only if I felt I could count on Nissan in mechanically hard times.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th January, 2003