2002 Nissan Sentra Reviews - Page 12 of 19

2002 Nissan Sentra Ser Spec V 2.5 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

I love it... but I want a truck now

Faults:

It just starts badly, but its already at 46k so I am happy with my spec v. No serious problems. Just remember to keep ur tire inflated because these cars come with a 17inch stock wheel and the tires are very thin. If you don't keep ur psi pressured then you will end up with a bad tire.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2005

2002 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.8 4 cylinder gas from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 4 cylinder gas Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired34500 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carHonda CRX

Summary:

This car is easy to maintain, great on gas, and powerful enough for everyday realistic driving

Faults:

I have had this car for a little over a year now, and I have had nothing go wrong.

General Comments:

My Sentra is driven roughly 70 highway miles per day, and I spend no more than $25 a week on gas (at 2.43/gallon).

My car is a 5speed which definately helps improve performance. I added a K&N air filter, replacing the factory one, and I would recommend this to all Sentra owners. The filter costs around $40-50. It adds noticeable power, increases gas mileage, and also alters the engine sound, giving it a surprisingly sporty tone. I also put 195/60/14 tires on my car, replacing narrower rubber that the car comes with originally. The wider tire give the car much tighter handling, and also made a huge difference this past winter when the roads were less than perfect.

Once in a while I find a piece of interior trim coming loose, but everything always snaps back into its place.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2005

20th Mar 2008, 20:52

I wrote this review back in 2005, and I still own the same car. I recently hit the 100,000 mile mark, and still have not had any major issues! My front brakes were making noise, and I chose to 'ignore it' a little too long. Due to my laziness, I needed to replace two rotors, and the right caliper assembly. I also replaced the pads. What would have been a simple brake job ended up costing me over $500. I blame myself, and not the car. Other than this, I have not had to replace anything other than oil, belts, hoses, and tires. (normal ware). Currently riding on Dunlop Sport A2 Plus's. I love them.

This car continues to impress me, especially on the highway where I do almost 90% of my driving. In 2005, $25 filled my gas tank. Now in 2008 it's more like $50. :- (It was interesting to find this review, I forgot all about it! I wouldn't change anything, and I plan on holding on to this car until it stops running.

2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec-V 2.5 Inline 4 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 Inline 4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles
Previous carHonda CRX

Summary:

Great value and gobs and gobs of torque make this one excellent car

Faults:

After 2 years of ownership, the only problem that has occurred with the car is with its alignment. The car seems to go out of alignment while sitting still.

General Comments:

This Sentra is an excellent compromise between a sports car and a family sedan. Its 180 ft/lbs of torque make for a smooth pulling car that is quick in real world situations. While the gas mileage is relatively low compared to an equivalent Honda or Toyota, the bountiful options you get for the price are outstanding. My car came equipped with color matching red/black mesh sport seats, premium sound package, sunroof, side airbags, ABS and of course all of the power windows, locks etc. found on most new cars.

Ride quality is something that is lost in the compromise. However that's what comes with the turf of owning an econo-sports sedan.

Contrary to what I've read on the Internet, my car built early in 2002 has had no defects, no real flaws, and none of the problems other owners have faced. If asked " would you buy this car again " I would vibrantly say yes. This car is the best bang for my buck as well as yours.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2005

3rd Sep 2007, 16:14

Just you wait, you'll have problems, and Nissan lies. My car was built early in 2002 also, and I have had so many problems. Like the intake screws falling out and damaging my cylinder walls, causing it to burn oil. When I talked to Nissan they said that there were no known recalls or problems with that motor, but yet in a Nissan performance magazine they stated that it was a well documented problem with the QR25DE motors.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 61 reviews