A complete lemon
My gas pedal sticks.
The head gasket ripped at 40,000KMs.
The Brake drums rusted out completely at 30,000KMs.
The car died suddenly and would not start.
Clogged catalytic converter not once, but twice.
Acceleration is decreasing daily.
Let me first say I researched and researched this car to death before buying it.
I read every comment possible on the new model Sentra and decided to go with it instead of the Honda Civic. I had a Civic for 8 years and was very happy, but the new Civic had lost its front wishbone suspension and I was sort of protesting it.
Well I ended up punishing myself. This car is a lemon. I should have realized it when it was designed in California and built in Mexico. There is nothing Japanese about it with regards to reliability.
In fact, in Canada the "salt on the road" test has shown that its brake drums are made of the cheapest metal known to man. Mine rusted out at 30,000KM. An old gentlemen came into the dealership after me and was told his had rusted out as well. He had only 9,000KM on his car!
I will attempt to list all of the problems I had. First we had acceleration problems. They said there was a Catalytic converter problem, but changed their minds at the dealer. The acceleration problem came back. They did a line cleaning. Again the problem returned. To this day the problem is still there and it takes more and more RPMs to shift. We have given up trying to pass cars.
The other problems including a clogged Catalytic converter caused by the torn head gasket, a gas pedal that sticks all the time and I no one can figure out how to stop it from doing it, and it has died twice for no apparent reason. Again no one knows why.
The fuel economy has been terrible. We did an estimate and we are getting the same kilometres as a mid size Honda Accord. In 9 months we will be able to sell this sad puppy and buy a Honda Accord. That day cannot come to soon.
I guess I should put in some pluses. It does have a lot of add ons like a better stereo, bigger wheels, and the body metal is superior to others in its class.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th July, 2004