Reliable, zippy, fun to drive
Right door speaker and one of the back speakers don't work.
CD player wasn't working when I bought the car, so I replaced it with the CD player from my old car.
This Nissan Sentra SE is my second car. I have owned it for 7 months, and put little more than 10,000 miles on it. This is the first car I learned to drive stick shift on. The gears on the car are not as refined as other cars I have tested (Honda Civic, Prelude, S2000), and you have to press the clutch all the way to the bottom. But, I got hang of it in a week.
I got the car for $3300 from a dealer, and after pre-inspection, the dealer replaced the starter, brake pads and rotors. I also replaced the spark plugs about 4 months ago, before my trip from Louisiana to Virginia.
The brakes on the car are real sensitive.
Also, the paint is peeling off.
It also has some torque steer and understeer when pushed to the limit.
Now, the good things about the car:
It has a fantastic motor in it. It is decently quick and real fun to drive. It is light and torquey, and I drive it really hard. I have driven it in the mountainous roads of the Appalachian Mountains (Blue Ridge Parkway, Tail of the Dragon, Cherahala Skyway) and pushed it to its limit. It handled curves like charm. I have also trashed it many times in dirt roads. Still, nothing has gone wrong mechanically.
I had heard SR20 motors are really reliable and quick, and I have to agree. I average about 28 mpg with all the hard launching, rev matching, and heel-toe shifting. So can't complain.
Looks: It looks decent from the side angle and front angle, but the bumper looks really ugly. Too bad the new Sentra SE-R looks even more ugly.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st March, 2011