1991 Nissan Sentra Reviews - Page 5 of 9

1991 Nissan Sentra SE in-line 4 1.6 litres from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission in-line 4 1.6 litres Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance162000 kilometres
Previous carOldsmobile Delta 88

Summary:

Great car, OK performance, great price!

Faults:

My transmission failed, and had to be changed, this was apparently caused by a grinding of a part. It turned out the previous owner probably didn't even know automatic transmissions need transmission fluid. Cost me 650 $ CAD, a bargain.

My muffler is all rusted out, and the car is really loud. It's a pain, but that's the reality of it, and it costs me too much for a new muffler, I need to replace the entire thing, would cost me about 700 $ CAD.

My front left head light just died on me, I changed the bulb, but it didn't fix it, I'm guessing I gotta replace that.

The rims on this car are WEAK. I had to replace three already, and my spare is dented. Must be the candian roads. My Oldsmobile never had problems with that tho, ahh well.

My ventilation only works at max or off, nothing in between works.

The reception on all Sentras I have driven have terrible radio reception.

The shifter on the auto doesn't always unlock by pressing the brakes, you have to press a little button at the base of the shifter to unlock it. I think it's a recall fix, but I never looked into it.

The paint on this car is terrible, I have lost almost 75% of my clear coat, and the paint is all fainted out on the roof.

The axles needed changing in the first month that I had the car, at about 152000.

My mileage is terrible, its much worst then it should be, I don't know why.

General Comments:

All in all, this car has gone through 5 months of my driving it, and it is still going. It's practically made of steel, I can't believe that car is still functioning and in one piece.

Although I'm selling it for a risky VW jetta wolfsburg.. I'm gonna sell it to my good friend so it stays next to me for years to come..

Although it only has 90 horsepowers, I race this car quite often onthe highway at over 160 kilometers an hour.. the car feels very sloppy at those speeds, I'm usually forced to put two hands on the wheel, but in general, you can get pretty good power out of it if you floor it even with an auto!

Did I mention I bought this car for only 900 $ CAD, and I put almost 900$ CAD on it to bring it to full functionality.

For me.. that's a bargain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2004

1991 Nissan Sentra XE 1.6 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Liter Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired123000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

The single best model in existence.

Faults:

I had a spark plug blow out, but upon backtracking to find the problem, the last person to give it a tune up didn't put it back in right.

My clutch burned out at about 128,000 miles. This was my fault due to accelerating too much without shifting.

The transmission had to be rebuilt at 130,000, partially due to old age, partially because I was learning on it and couldn't shift right for the first two weeks I owned it.

Paint job is worn - I suspect due to age.

General Comments:

Gas mileage is extraordinary at 30 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway - with low grade fuel.

Even though it is an economy car, it handles fabulously. You can take a corner fast and with ease.

Though it doesn't get much power from its small engine, I seriously have not had any problems with it. Almost anoyingly durable.

In rough weather, it almost feels like it is a normal, dry road.

Cheap to buy and maintain - has had far less problems than many new cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2004

1991 Nissan Sentra SE-R 2.0 red-top from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 red-top Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance156000 miles

Summary:

The best N/A 2.0 available

Faults:

As basically all SE-R's do, mine is completely rusted out. I actually have a drywall screw holding a fender on.

Also, like the typical SE-R, the idle is crap. And I need a new MAS & O2 sensor. (typical)

My exhaust has gaps in the pipes at three different places.

And I believe that's about it. However, I will say that everything that has happened so far happens to most, if not all, SE-R's.

General Comments:

This car is my favorite car of all time along with DSM's. I bought the car for $1400, and have spent about $500 - $700. However, almost none of that money went to mechanical problems. I spent most of it KYB struts and Bridgestone Potenza tires. By the way, I am into performance. I would just say, for anyone looking for their first car and is into performance, you can't beat this. And you can easily find one with a nice body, it's just that I live in Cleveland, Ohio. And I needed a car quickly, so I bought a cheap, dependable performance car. On top of that, it gets great gas mileage. I race it all the time, and it handles the beating every time. Another great thing, if you're into performance, is that it red-lines at about 7800 RPM. Though you should shift by 7500RPM. The best thing is, it makes power all the way up to the shift point. I have beat 5.0's, Camaro's, and many other "muscle" cars. And it's one of the easiest N/A engines to swap a turbo on, because many cars in Japan with the same engine come turbo. By the way, the engine is the SR20DE. The SE-R comes turbo all-wheel-drive in Japan. And anyone who knows cars will tell you that the SR20 is basically bullet-proof. It's indestructible. And the car handles like a dream. The are one of the best handling FWD cars of all time. Best car I ever bought for the money. And easy to work on in the back yard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2004

14th Jun 2006, 22:44

I must agree with you, the performance is great, considering its age and price. My friend owned a 91 SE-R, however, after putting around 10000 incredibly abusive miles on it with no repairs, (it was leaking oil, having some transmission synchro problems), it gave out. One of the rod bearings failed, also, it seemed as if the engine block was cracked in several places, which may explain the oil leaks. However, it seems extremely durable, as my friend raced it EVERYWHERE, from start up to shut down it was at 7500 rpm, power shifting. So, if you took good care of it, I'm sure it would last a long time!

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 30 reviews