2000 Nissan Sentra GXE from North America


This is a good car, but you better get an extended warranty on it


When I first bought the car, the rooters needed to be replaced on the car. Then, the dealership informed me that the side air bag light when off. They needed time to fix this as well. When I was ready to drive my car off the lot, it would not start. The reason for it not starting is: it now needs a new battery, and alternator.

General Comments:

This is my first car, and I had to wait almost a week to drive it home.

The car runs very well, the interior is average, but it is very good on gas.

The brakes work extremly well too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th June, 2005

25th Jun 2005, 19:51

I really don't believe you bought a 2005 Sentra with 76,000 miles on it. But I guess anything is possible...

30th Jun 2006, 08:40

He wrote it is a 2000 model.

2000 Nissan Sentra 1.6 from Guatemala


So good so far, excellent performance at low cost!


Left front light went off at 40,000 kilometers.

Battery changed at 68,000 kilometers.

Sometimes it makes weird noises that come from the right front door.

General Comments:

Despite of those little inconveniences, we love this car. It performs very well when driven for long distance rides, as well as it does in the city. This is our fourth Nissan in the last 25 years, enough time to confirm the quality of manufacturer which is good, when looking for a cheap, economic and low maintenance vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2005

2000 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.8L from North America


Cheap and reliable, though still a little fun..


Will have to replace brakes soon.

Nothing, really.

General Comments:

I'd like to preface this with the comment that I realize this is Nissan's lowest end car; I didn't expect a Jag. But overall:

While being perfectly fitting, the car is somewhat cheap. Everything seems just a little flimsy, or creaky or thin. When I crank the (stock) stereo up, I can really see the windows vibrating. Then again, it weighs about 11 pounds, so it's expected. The maximum passenger capacity is 850lbs, and boy oh boy do they mean it. Chuck 3 fat mates in there, and that sucker isn't doing much going in the forward direction. This is, without a doubt, a 1 or 2 person car; "seats 5" is a sales gimmick.

Engine has some pep, certainly nothing comparing to the SE-R Spec V or Mazda Protégé MZDSPD (both of which I tested), but more than enough to get around. It's a quick car and pulls hard out of 1st, but you don't get the impression there's power to burn. Mostly because there isn't power to burn.

Mileage is good without being spectacular; a combo of city and highway driving, around 40 miles a day, yields about 30MPG. I should quantify that statement with REASONABLE driving; if I drive fast I pay through the nose for it. I get about 300 miles out of a 10 gallon tank; I drove fast and fun this week and only got 226 (ouch!).

I’m not fond of the gearbox, but there’s nothing particularly wrong with it. It’s by far the smoothest drive when you rev it up to 4 or 5 thousand RPMs, but it’s awful loud up there. My clutch, at least, is often touchy. The ratio’s are very supple, but 2nd is tiny, as is 1st. You absolutely can’t get into 1st if the car is moving at all; no matter how hard you try it won’t let you. Which is good, because 1st isn’t good above 10 miles an hour.

The brakes are the real weak part of this car. On a test drive you probably wouldn’t note this as nothing at all appears wrong at lower speeds. However, they do not inspire confidence of any form at higher speeds. They’re terrible. They get real hot real quick, then they start to grind, and then you start to consider evasive. This car isn’t all that light, and these brakes just aren’t good enough for serious driving. Around town, they’re swell. But don’t look to stop in a hurry, because you won’t. The handbrake is also worrisome; you have to really give it a good tug if you’re on a hill, or you’re rolling.

Handling can best be described as “stiff”. It’s almost as if there’s no power steering, which provides for a very high resolution, precise line. Fun and easy, sticks well. Again, though, this car weights enough to notice, and you can pretty easily find the limit of the sway bars.

This is my first car, and perhaps an overly sensible one at that. Paid $6000 for it; I'll drive it for another 8 months or so and then I'm off to the city again, so it's gone. Is it a Corvette? No. It’s not even as good as a Mazda Protégé ES (fantastic car), but it’s cheaper than both by far. What it is is a very nice little cheap reliable car. (and no, I don’t consider six thousand dollars cheap, but it is good value).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2004

20th Nov 2004, 22:45

Excellent review. It's nice to see intelligent reviews from who actually drive their cars. Props.

12th Jan 2006, 22:59

Thank you for the confidence boost! I just bought a 2000 GXE with 67,000 miles. One owner car on a bought out lease option, so I guess the woman like it! Anyways, have you had any recall problems? Check/Service Engine lights? It seems to actually have quite few recalls and quite few mixed reviews. People love them or hate them from what I can tell. I just hope I'm buying a loved one!