1991 Nissan Sentra Reviews - Page 7 of 9

1991 Nissan Sentra SE 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance142000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Reliable and affordable

Faults:

Changed the original battery at 100,000, no really. Breaks at 80,0000, this also is true. new tires at 60,000. Everything else original equipment.

General Comments:

My wife bought this car in 1991. I inherited the red marvel when my wife purchased a Nissan Maxima. I use this car as my daily work commuter. An amazing car, at 142,000 we have had no problems, all engine parts except for the spark plugs are all original equipment. Paint starting to show some wear, especially fading on the roof. Interior is still in the same mint condition as when purchased. The little engine that could is very peppy and reliable. This car handles very well and does remarkably well in snow. With the exception of the dash lights slowly one by one burning out, everything electric and mechanical on this car works.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2002

1991 Nissan Sentra Base 1.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6L Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Affordable, run-around car

Faults:

The only thing that is currently wrong with my car is the fact that I will most likely need to replace the CV joint in the next couple of months.

Also I have noticed that the transmission (4spd) has started to grind a little during my quick shifts. I have to make sure the pedal is FULLY depressed to not grind it.

General Comments:

First off, I just want to say that I'm probably not you average car driver. I am a complete car nut, and use my cars pretty aggressively. I have taken this car auto crossing and drag racing. Also I live in the "mountains" but work in the city. I feel I have a pretty good idea of how this car works in any pretty much any environment.

Overall this car has truly surpassed my expectations. I purchased it for $800 from an ad in the Autotrader. When I got it, I was set on the fact that the guy was most likely taking me for a ride... but because I need it a car that night, I was willing to take a chance. After all it was only $800. I figured, if it makes it one week... I got my money's worth...if it does not, I'll just leave it on the side of the highway. No biggie.

Well, that was 6000 miles ago. Since then, I have pretty much gone out of my way to actually break the thing and it just takes a licking and keeps on ticking. The only thing I did is put some new tires on it and I do give it an oil change every 3000 miles. I only use Mobil 1 synthetic oil. Overall it has been a very reliable and trouble free car. I did have to replace the battery, but that was my fault. I kept leaving the lights on, and the car does not have one of those annoying rings or idiot lights to let you know that you left them on.

The performance of the car is very respectable. Because of the weight, this Sentra actually rolls around corners faster than my old Ford Mustang did, with $800 Yokohama tires at that. The balance is very good although it does tend to understeer when pushed. Thankfully the back of the car can be brought around by getting on the brakes. That's a trait that a lot of the little front-wheel drive cars don't have, Toyota Tercel for example.

When it comes to the engine, even after 168000 miles the car does not smoke and uses very little oil. The car pulls pretty nicely between 3 and 5 thousand rpm, but anything after that and the power seems to tail off. There is really no point to rev this car any higher than 5500rpm. Unfortunately this brings me to some of the down falls of my Sentra. My car, which is a base model has no tachometer. I had to install one myself. A tach might not be needed if you purchase an Auto, but with the Manual it is essential . Also the car is not overly comfy. It is not anything you want to complete a long journey in. The seat are not supportive nor comfortable. On the other hand, the trunk is huge. When it comes to the trunk leak other people have described, it is a "normal" issue with Sentra's that old. You can fix it by removing the tail lights and putting new sealant on the inside of the trunk. Overall I am very happy with my 1991 Nissan Sentra.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2002

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