1992 Nissan Sentra Reviews - Page 5 of 10

1992 Nissan Sentra XE 1.6 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired156000 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Micra

Summary:

A good practical economical car

Faults:

Water pump just leaved this world (and a lot of coolant on the ground) someday.

Brakes are squeaking.

Rust has taken over the whole chassis, engine bay, most components, and some parts of the body.

The first week I got it, I had an accident due to worn rear suspension and tires.

General Comments:

This car is an excellent daily driver. I've got the four door version, so it's very practical. Requires about no maintenance, and very economical (about 20$/500km)

Cargo space is huge, especially in the trunk! Much bigger than most 4 seater sedans, particularly the new ones.

The performance is a joke. Mainly because the clutch is not adapted to aggressive driving. When trying to get some fast acceleration, you either get near to stalling the engine, or end up spinning the wheels forever. I've been faster than most civics (and newer KIAs) though.

Handling is not excellent (my previous Micra handled way better). Seems like the center of gravity is too high, and most of the weight is located in the front of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2004

1992 Nissan Sentra E 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles

Summary:

A cheap and reliable car for the money

Faults:

When I bought the car, it needed a new muffler. The old one had holes in it.

At about 122000 miles it needed a new clutch, it was used so I was expecting it.

At 138000 miles I put a new clutch in it again (stage 2 clutch)

At 138000 miles it needed a new voltage regulator.

General Comments:

I am very happy with my Nissan, it can beat almost any civic. I do a lot of street racing with my car and it performs great all the time.

I have used the car for everything, it is very roomy and comfortable for a 2 door. I can pack it to the brim and still handles great.

The car gets about 32 miles to the gallon and that is great for a 1992.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th February, 2004

1992 Nissan Sentra SE-R 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance167000 miles
Previous carPorsche 944

Summary:

Serious fun on the cheap

Faults:

The starter motor went bad in the first year, and was replaced under warranty. Everything else is normal wear items.

Axles and struts replaced at 100K miles to freshen up the handling, mostly because I autocrossed the car the first couple years. Brakes replaced every 30K miles or so. Still on the original clutch, still shifts tight. A/C still works fine.

Interior plastic is starting to look tired and faded, the headliner was replaced a couple years ago. This would have benefited if I had a garage.

General Comments:

A fun car to drive, handles great and quick enough to surprise a lot of people.

Good supportive seats, controls work well, the overall package works great in spite of it's cheap price.

I've been driving this car for free for years now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2003

1992 Nissan Sentra SE-R 2.0L dual overhead cam from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0L dual overhead cam Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance104400 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A sport compact car with serious potential!

Faults:

The starter went as soon as I bought it.

The CV boots needed to be replaced and the drive axles were replaced at 100,000 miles, only because they were never replaced.

The head liner started coming down, and was replaced.

The bulbs went out in the gauge cluster.

General Comments:

This car is the greatest thing that I have ever come across. The Nissan Sentra SE-R is a very nimble and responsive car, the speed is amazing for such a small car, and it still retains the good gas mileage. If any one wants a sports car, but can't afford one, look into this car, you won't regret it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2003

1992 Nissan Sentra XE 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired500 kilometres
Most recent distance110000 kilometres
Previous carChrysler LeBaron

Summary:

A dependable economy car

Faults:

There have been only a few things that have gone wrong. The seat belts never really worked well at the roll up and I usually have to do it manually. The dealer looked at it a few times when it was under coverage, but never could correct. The locks freeze up often.

The brakes have worn well, but with any humidity in the morning for example, they will sqeak for the first 5 stops. I replaced the fuel pump at 70,000 and since it is in the gas tank, it consists of many hours of labor. I believe it was about $350 to replace. The starter was replaced at 100,000 for $150. I had a life-time starter put in that lasted 7 months. I had to pay for labor $50 to having it changed again, so I am on the third starter. Normal tire use, brake changes, belts/hoses, head lamps, oil/fluid changes and that is it. It still does not use a drop of oil and starts every time in the cold Iowa winters. There is some rust starting on both lower/rocker panels, but that is all. The paint is very good and the body itself is rust free.

General Comments:

The car has been very good economy, dependable transportation. The ac still works well, but must be turned off to help the engine up step hills. The cruise has worked well on level roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2003

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 32 reviews