2002 Nissan Sentra Reviews - Page 17 of 19

2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R 2.5L QR25DE from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5L QR25DE Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance12700 kilometres

Summary:

Absolutely a high-performance bargain

General Comments:

The SE-R is a wonderful, wonderful car. I can't recommend it enough.

There are two concerns with it: the interior is decent, but certainly nothing special; and the rear seats are not comfortable for passengers.

The beast is more bike than bark; it accelerates far better than almost anything else I've been in, and certainly far better than most cars within $10,000 of the price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2003

2002 Nissan Sentra GXE from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired21501 miles
Most recent distance23254 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

Excellent car

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This car is excellent.

Great mileage and gas saver.

Good condition.

I used to have a Nissan Sentra 1997, but then I traded it in for a Ford Focus last December of 2002. I wish I had kept the Nissan Sentra because the Ford Focus had many different problems. I recently traded my Ford Focus in for a Nissan Sentra 2002. I've been happier ever since.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2003

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

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles
Previous carLexus LS400

Summary:

Performance economy car!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

A great car. I just beat a new Eclipse V6 and a new Acura 3.2 CL-S at the same time! 2 cars way out of the price range of my Spec-V!I was so stoked that I am online right now checking reviews on these vehicles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2003

2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R spec V 2.5L (QR25DE) from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5L (QR25DE) Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired30 miles
Most recent distance13000 miles
Previous carNissan 300ZX

Summary:

The grin :-D you'll get from a test drive will speak by itself

Faults:

Paint not great (in process with the dealer). I had some kind of discoloration (one spot) and brought it back, and they fixed it immediately.

General Comments:

Great performance and handling. It takes some time to get accustomed to the shifter and (slight) torque steer, but after that it's a blast to drive.

2002 models required a pretty long break-in period (at least 2000 miles). After this, power increased, the shifter got a LOT smoother etc. Be wary of (second hand) 2002 models that have not been broken in correctly (they can have oil consumption problems). Most bugs have been fixed on late 02 and all 03 models.

Stock continental tires are great on dry surfaces, but have little traction on wet surfaces/snow and ice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2003

2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R 2.5 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired110 kilometres
Most recent distance40000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Altima

Summary:

Good for scrap metal maybe!

Faults:

When I first got the car nothing seemed to go wrong with the car, well that is until the third day. Since then it has only been problems.

The brakes starting squealing right away. This may not seem like much of a problem, but when I took it into the dealership to try and solve the problem they could not figure out what the problem was. So I was driving in a brand new car that made annoying noises for the first 8000 Kilometers. Then it did eventually stop.

I would have been happy if this was the only problem I had, but more just came. I bought the car at the end of January and in July I had problems with the car not starting. I mentioned the problem to my dealership, but when I brought the car in I could never duplicate the problem, so they wouldn't do anything. Eventually the car wouldn't even start so I was stuck without a car and made me late for such things as school and work. Remember this is a brand new car that I'm "driving".

I had my car towed into the dealership one day when it wouldn't start. They called later that day saying the car was fixed. Two days later the car wouldn't start. So I drove the "fixed" car to the dealership. I was speaking with the service manager at the dealership and when he said I drove the car to Nissan, the problem was "fixed" again, I guess because it started one time. Anyways, I have talked to head office and also with the dealership, all they have been saying since November is that they are aware of the problem, but have no way of fixing the problem right now. Also I had a supervisor at head office hang the phone up on me. This ended up being the final straw. I'm 20 years old, this was my second Nissan vehicle and is my last. I traded my Sentra in and I feel sorry for anyone else out there that has the car. They are not reliable at all, I'm aware of 5 other people that have the vehicle and 4 of these people have had major problems with the car. It looks like Nissan has to do some serious work if they want to compete with the rest of the auto industry.

General Comments:

The car does have good power, but it has to start first.

Would never recommend the car to anyone, not even people I don't like.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th April, 2003

16th Jun 2003, 02:07

I had an issue with the insulation starting to come out of my defroster as well. Also had two tires blow out due to my tire seals being defective. I have a small paint discoloration on one side for some reason. Also my car pings at times between first and second gear. I was told that was due to not pumping in 93+ octane. My car takes at least 10 minutes to stop the settling pings from my engine. Strange and annoying at the same time. You simply cannot beat the power of this car though. I took out my buddy in his 99' Civic SI with such mods as performance header, full cat-back, AEM intake, and it was lowered as well. Lowering doesn't mean much, but I had to throw that in there. The car seriously kicks some bum, but there are a few things wrong with the car.

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