2002 Nissan Sentra Reviews - Page 18 of 19

2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired1200 miles
Most recent distance13000 miles
Previous carMercury Cougar

Summary:

Decent car choice

Faults:

It took me about a month for me to receive my repair manual.

The Rockford Fostgate CD player stopped working, the cable for the temperature control knob broke, the ECU board malfunctioned, and now the dealer is saying I need a new motor when the lifter is tapping.

General Comments:

Other than the problems I've been having, this is a nice, fast car. If I had a choice of this car or some other car, I personally would not buy another Sentra SE-R.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th April, 2003

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

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 liter Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired26 miles
Most recent distance12500 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

This car is one big nightmare

Faults:

Upon purchase the gas gage was broken. It was registering 1/2 a tank when there was actually no gas at all. Because of this, the car wouldn't start. The car was brought in for this at 1,687 miles. The part to fix this was on backorder, returned to be fixed 1 month later. The car was now at 2,679 miles.

Within 5 months of purchasing, the car would randomly not start. By the time it was at 6,500 miles it was doing this. It has taken as long as 2 days for it to start.

Air conditioner got stuck on heat at about 9,500 miles.

Rear speakers started rattling by 9,500 miles.

Insulation pouring out of defroster vents at 9,500 miles.

Front grille paint is peeling off, and already rusting, the car is only 8 months old and at 12,500 miles.

Passenger front seat gears for reclining are broken, seat gets stuck in position.

Car was brought in for service on all of the above problems, however the car will not start again, front grille has not been replaced yet, insulation still coming out of vents, and the speakers are broken again.

General Comments:

There are several things wrong with this car.

It is extremely unreliable, I never know if I'm going to get stuck somewhere or not.

The turning radius could definitely be better.

Calling the manufacturer directly is not much help, the people there don't seem to know very much.

Something is always braking in it or on it, it is brought to the shop at least once a month.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th February, 2003

26th Feb 2005, 13:34

Sounds like you got a lemon.

My worst fear when I was buying mine. I got lucky mine has been bullit proof for 30,000 km.

Sorry about your luck... these dealers should start addressing lemons... then I would buy a vw.

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

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5L DOHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous carDodge Neon

Summary:

SER Spec-F!

Faults:

The speakers stopped working.

The gas pedal sticks to the floor.

The key fob doesn't work right.

The trunk doesn't open from the inside handle.

The air conditioner button is stuck and won't blow cold air.

General Comments:

I bought this car because I wanted something I could rely on.

While it isn't a bad car, I don't like having to keep up on it the way I have been.

I cannot believe that Nissan would have so many problems. My parents have an Xterra and a Maxima and they run fine! In fact they are a joy to ride and drive when compared to my little Sentra!

I know this isn't just me. When I go in for a service I see people in there from time to time with the Sentra who have the same problems.= (and trust me I am in for a service A LOT!).

I personally wouldn't recommend this car to anyone who wants something that they can actually drive... but if you like your local service department; be my guest!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd February, 2003

17th Jun 2003, 09:23

I don't know everything that has been wrong with your SE-R, but I have one and personally it has been a great car. Taking in mind I didn't get it brand new, my brother bought it and now we (my parents) are having to pay to get things fixed because he messed it up. Had it been bought brand new for me I would bet that it would run just fine. It is a good little car, you might want to take it to a close friend to have them look at it before you take it into the shop. Also be sure that you're going somewhere reliable. You don't want to be taken advantage of or have to continue to fix your car when nothing is really wrong with it.

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