A good car, but I won't be a repeat buyer
The engine misses. I've had it tuned up and checked out, and the problem seemed better for a while. But, after having an accident (not in the car) and being sidelined for a while, I had to let it sit a few months, and found the problem has started again.
I've replaced the brakes a couple of times, the clutch, and a fuel pump. The car does have 200K miles on it. But there were also a couple of problems that, after it broke down, turned out to be recalls (silent or otherwise) such as a pump in or near the tank going bad.
The windshield wiper link broke and, in general, the wipers were not very good.
Overall, my feelings about this car, which is my second Nissan, are mixed. I can't complain too much, because I don't know of many cars that get anywhere near the 200K mark before being consigned to the junkyard, but it does seem to have had a number of problems over the years.
It's very roomy, handles fairly well, and is reasonably fun to drive. But, then again, it's been sitting in the driveway for a bit, as I bought an 88 Camry until I could regularly use a clutch again (as an aside, the Camry is reliable but boring).
I suppose the final point is that, I am still not driving the Sentra and am now shopping for a new car. After some consideration, however, my list does not include Nissan. I'm mostly looking at Hondas, now, although the Mazda Protege seems interesting.
Overall, I think this would be a good car for those in school or starting a career, but I don't want a second one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th August, 2001