1994 Nissan Sentra SE 1.6L 4 cylinder from North America


Tiny car, big reliability


The brakes were done three years ago.

The first set of new tires were put on after 9.5 years on the original set.

Rear bumper has been replaced and front end had some work after two accidents.

Currently there is a torn CV boot and a seized lug nut on one wheel, plus leaks in the front (water puddles on the floor by the front passenger seat) and the trunk.

General Comments:

While not very fast, this car is good for the daily commute. It takes its time getting up to speed, but once there it handles well.

This car has almost always started right away, even though it has never seen a garage. Recently (closing in on its 11th birthday mind you) it is getting fussy about starting in the cold, but that is remedied by opening the throttle to compensate for its dumping excessive fuel in the engine in the cold. The only other time it refused to start was because it was desperately in need of a tune up.

This car spent 9 years driven in the neighborhood, never more than 5 miles. When it suddenly was required to make a 20 mile daily round trip commute, the only thing that changed was time between fueling (from 4 weeks to 1-2 weeks).

This car shows signs of making it to its 20th birthday still in great shape!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2005

1994 Nissan Sentra LEC 1.6 Twin Cam from Philippines


My missdamnperfect


It is so hard for the car to run faster if the air con is on.

There is an annoying noise coming from the timing chain of my car that makes it sound like a motorcycle.

General Comments:

I actually got this car as a present from my dad for my 18th b-day because I'm a frustrated car racer. I really love using my car because the first time I used it, it was fast and I even raced a guy with a Honda Esi car, and luckily I beat him.. now I'm trying to customize it so that it looks hotter. I actually named her "missdamnperfect" and since then my friends call me that also. We have been together for 2 years now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2005

1994 Nissan Sentra XE coupe 1.6 from North America


Still peppy after 300k miles!


For a car of this age and mileage (I bought it at 7 years old and about 268,000 miles), it is not out of the ordinary to replace certain parts:

Replaced brake pads at 284,000 miles (3rd time).

Head gasket blew at 292,000 miles (3rd one). Replaced it.

Replaced starter at 301,000 miles (2nd time).

Replaced fuel pump at 270,000 miles.

CV boot replaced (3rd time) at 300,000 miles.

A/C compressor replaced at 319,000 miles (3rd time).

Clutch replaced at 326,000 miles (2nd time).

Paint is fading, and the dashboard makes a rattling sound when I drive.

Headlights (when not on) have turned from a whitish-color to a dark yellowish-color.

Seats are uncomfortable on long rides.

General Comments:

Previous owner bought the car new, drove approximately 110 miles daily to and from work, for 7 years. Kept it well maintained.

I bought it to use as a commuter car because it gets around 30+ miles to the gallon.

The car isn't as fast or good-looking as it once was, but it will last another 50,000-100,000 miles if it is serviced well.

This would make a great commuter car for anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2004

1994 Nissan Sentra XE 1.6 from North America


Buy it for your college son or daughter


My Sentra blew the head gasket at 143000 miles.

I had to replace the brakes (pads and rotors) front and back at 146000.

Replaced the radiator, water pump, steering pump and alternator at 143000.

My mechanic just informed me that the CV (What does cv stand for?) needs to be replaced at 146000 miles.

General Comments:

Not enough room in the car.

Reliable and not expensive to maintain despite me spending $2000.00 this year alone. In the last 4 years I have hardly spent a dime to repair it.

Good for college students.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th April, 2004

1st Oct 2004, 04:19

I bought a 1994 Nissan sentra xe from a family friend in Oct,2003 and as a 9 year old car it ran great, as if brand new. all because the person whom I bought it from was sure his car was always on time for oil changes or regular maintenance. so as long as I'm concerned if you take care of her she"ll take care of you.


20th Nov 2005, 19:23

I believe the mechanic meant a constant velocity joint (U-joint). It's a part that allows the wheel to move around (ie: when steering) while allowing the transmission to continue transmitting power to the wheel.

20th Sep 2006, 23:20

I also had a 1994 Sentra. I had bought as a 7 year old car in 11-2001. It was a burgundy 2 door strip down model! I used for my job, delivering.

When I first got it, I discovered the car had a major oil leak. $200 later it was fixed (crank shaft oil seal). Since then my car just would NOT quit!

My Sentra had 125000 miles when I got it. I drove it to 191000 when I sold it. Everything I did were: replace fuel line (leaking), brakes, and manual transmission oil seals (leaked fluid), battery, strut. Also the drive axle too (car came with bad axle).

A few times however, I did have a time when I could not start the engine. It sounded like engine had no compression! After repeated attempts, I was able to get it started. There after, no problems starting. This happened to me about 3 times for the year and half I had the car.

I do know that this car was a great great car, VERY reliable, also very economical. This car was running exactly like it did from day one when I sold it!