1998 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.6 litre from North America
Best car you can buy for the price
Brakes (front and rear) at about 65000; again at 150000; again at 215000. Did them myself twice, but paid the third time. Not too hard though.
Alternator at 165000.
Battery at 200000. Should have done battery at about 190000, but was lazy (and it was summer).
Door seal at about 200000; didn't replace it but glued it back in.
Gas tank door stopped shutting at 170000.
Still original clutch that was in good shape when I sold it at 230000. Alignment a few times; waited too long to get it fixed probably.
I loved it! I drove this thing everywhere; my first car out of college, in the mountains and on the highway. I lived on a gravel road at 7000 ft and drove it up there all summer in MT. Not a ton of power, but it is a small 4 cylinder, so I wasn't irritated. Still I did 80mph on the interstate. 33-27 mpg until I sold it.
A small drivers area, but my biggest complaint was the cup holders in a terrible location! I put in a different CD player and it made the holders totally unusable. Not bad for a big complaint.
The best, most reliable car I've been around. My friends have had Civic, Camry, etc. and aside from my late eighties Volvo driving friends, I've had the best luck, and even towed a snowmobile from Wisconsin to MT with it. A top notch car!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th March, 2009