1993 Nissan Sentra SE-R 2.0 from North America


Fantastic. A classic


Usual idle problem, which I have under control (self repair).

Had a bit of rust on rear fender near the wheel, which I repaired myself.

General Comments:

My mom bought it new, never knew what she had, except she always said young men would approach her in the last few years she owned it and ask if she was selling it. She absolutely babied, and had been very well maintained until giving it to me for Christmas in 2008.

I had driven it a number of times when she owned it and always praised it. I was aware that it was among Car & Driver magazine's Top 10 cars for 3 straight years (1991-1993, but wow!, now I know why.

It is a blast to drive, even with the automatic transmission, and lives up to its reputation in every way. Fast, nimble, reliable and economical.

I keep it in a garage and am planning to keep it forever. Added new rear speakers, otherwise, it is stock and hasn't needed a thing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2010

26th Mar 2017, 00:53

Hi, I have a 1991 SE-R. I was curious if you could elaborate on your self-serviced idle fix. That's the only constant "problem" with mine, as it sits anywhere from 1500-3000 at idle for the first 20 minutes of start up.

1993 Nissan Sentra SE-R 2.0 from North America


The ultimate sleeper


Well when I first bought the car, it over heated in the first 100 miles. Why I'm not sure. The thermostat was getting stuck or the EGR valve, but I think it was the EGR valve was getting stuck. It stopped after that...

My A/C compressor went out, but I knew it would go sooner or later.

Then a week or two after I first bought it, the motor started giving me problems. Had symptoms of a burnt valve, but was a plugged injector. Took a while to fix. Super dirty fuel filter, but other than that, nothing major, the car runs like a champ now.

General Comments:


The Sentra SE-R is like no other Sentra in its class. This SE-R is a beast. This bad boy is powered by the mighty SR20DE, attached to a 5 speed LSD gearbox. 0-60 in 7.6, and quarter mile in 15.8, in STOCK FORM.

Add a few simple mods like cold air intake, header, and a 2.5 exhaust all the way back, and you've got yourself a nice little car, that will give most cars a run for their money.

I liked this car from day one. The SR20 has power and torque. This car is seriously fast for its age and price. It has power through all gears; she'll be in fifth, cruising at 40 MPH, and push the gas a little bit, and she'll pull to 80 without hesitating.

I like how people get surprised by how much power this car has; they don't expect a Sentra to have this much power. Everyone that drives this car, they seem to really like it. I let my uncle drive it one day, let him floor it, and he fell in love with it; offered me 2500 on the spot. I'd paid 2000 for it, and I turned it down.

These cars are classics. I drove 4 hours to buy one, and another 4 hours to bring it back. Trust me, if you can find one in good condition, buy one, you won't regret it.

I raced a 2008 Honda Civic SI stock 197hp and 142ft/lb, 6 speed close ratio gear box, and he only got me by a car. Raced the guy 3 times, and through all those times, the SER was right there next to him, giving him a hell of a time. The guy in the Civic didn't expect a fight out of a 16 year old car with ohh about 218K..

Anyways, the car is really fun to drive, handles great, and OH YEAH, she loves to be driven fast. It's hard to drive this car normally; it's like she wants to be in the the fast lane every time. Cruising at 70 is hard; this thing cruises, push the gas a little, and she'll jump 85 all the way to a 100, and she's just asking for more.

The car is quick; my friend has an Integra with intake, 3 inch exhaust and headers, and this car spanks it. It was giving him a hard time when I was stock.

Hope this review helps.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2010

27th Oct 2010, 16:02

A whopping 140 HP and 133 ft lbs of torque (from factory), but with over 200k on it and how you treat it, I bet it has a lot less.

28th Oct 2010, 08:11

It sounds like they put a few aftermarket parts on that may raise the HP. I do agree though it is only a matter of time before this car blows up the way it is driven. It is a Nissan, and it is really old. I did like these when they were new. 0-60 was actually 7.2 when they were new. I test drove a '91 brand new and was really impressed with it.

Nowadays, 140 hp is nothing. Focuses have that much power. Anything under 200 is just an economy car these days. How times have changed!