Thanks for your valuable advice, should I let the override on when I start my car or only use it after the RPM reach 3000.
Hi! I have been using Nissan Sentra 1.6 SG-L over 6 months now.
O/D feature should be left on all the time. It keep the petrol consumption accordingly. RM50 will go up to 400 km for auto car driving, of course apart from your our driving style.
O/D is only being used when you climb hill and driving at NOT a straight road, like Genting Highland or Cameron Highland. You can verify this by checking the Nissan manual. Else you should keep it on all the time.
Yes, I would agree the shifting of gear is not smooth in early morning, when we first drive the car. This is because the gear oil is not warm enough and would strongly recommend that we should let the car on for 3-4 minutes in the morning for the engine to warm up and start driving slowly until a few km before accelerating.
Apart from the above everything else is completely fine with the car. I have drove the car twice-long distance driving and also mostly city driving, and very happy and convinced with overall performances. Value for money!
"tobsinte" you are not alone. I'm looking at Corolla Altis 1.6E A/T, the New Sentra 1.6 (A) with ABS and the New Honda City (VTEC). The more I read, the more confuse I became. I'm looking for a car that is gentle with the pocket, good road handling, engine/tyre noise reduce to bear minimum and safety features in mind. Please contribute. Thank you.
Go for Sentra - 1.6L, better power for almost the same value of money.
With respect to the Sentra 1.6, there is lack of power when the car is full of people. Overall the Sentra 1.6 is good for general cruising around the city. Mileage wise would be good. Longevity depends on the luck of the draw when you get your vehicle as is with any other make or model.
The Vios holds well and there appears to be no apparent problem after 2 years of driving. With respect to the service centre, I recommend that you come up to Klang Valley and particularly to Wing Hin motors because they seem to be doing a great job. If in doubt, check out the Toyota Vios club on the net.
My own research has found out that the Toyota make has little trouble with problems because it is made well. Reliability is good as opposed to Civic or Sentra. This comes from the mechanics themselves.
Hi there, it's good to read all your comments on the Nissan Sentra. I had just bought one, and I am waiting to collect it in about 3 days. I wanted a car within the same price range of the Sentra. I was obviously weighing my options - Sentra vs City vs Vios. What made me choose the Sentra? I got a damn good trade-in deal for a rotten car. The sales agent was really accommodating and allowed me to test drive the car from PJ to OUG and back. As responsiveness and adequate power were my main criteria, I must say that the Sentra performed satisfactorily on both. Climbing steep hills were a bit of a struggle. But then again, I had 2 other huge guys with me in the car. Overall, the look of the car is okay. Try getting one with the body kit. It makes it more sporty-looking. Oh, another thing. I liked the engine layout as it wasn't too compact and covered. This will do you some good, if the car ever breaks down - say 7 years from now, and you'll have to find a way to start it in the pouring rain, on a lonely highway - where the next repair shop is kilometres away. Gosh, I hope I won't have to write back with a negative note. Good luck to me!
I was using a Nissan Sentra (1996 model) when I was in Malaysia and a Honda City. I liked the Nissan Sentra as it was powerful (quite), and the Honda City (first generation) was a big disappointment to me. I went back to Malaysia last year to sell off the Honda City and kept the Nissan Sentra. I still liked it when I drove around in KL.
In Australia, I drive a Toyota Corolla 1.8 (equivalent of Toyota Altis in Malaysia). I find that Toyota Corolla is even better than the Nissan Sentra. Both the Toyota Corolla and Nissan Pulsar (equivalent of the Nissan Sentra in Malaysia) have 1.8 litre engines only.
See www.toyota.com.au and www.nissan.com.au.
I did not choose the Nissan Pulsar in Australia because the design is slightly outdated, and its output is less than the Toyota Corolla. There is no Honda City here. I plan to upgrade another car to a Volkswagen Jetta at the end of this year.
One last suggestion, if you want quieter ride, consider changing to directional tyres. They are more expensive, but they are more quiet and have better grip. I have them on my Toyota Corolla.
Guys, 4 years back, my brother owned a Sentra 1.6L. He had a very bad experience with this car. The brake failed to operate. He was luck enough to discover this and finally managed to pull over the car and get it repaired. From then on, he did not consider Sentra anymore, and finally took up a new Xtrail.
In my opinion, you should consider an Altis due to this Sentra was an old engine, very old design (only thing changed is the back view). Tan Chong motor has been selling this very old model for along time!!! It is already out of date car. If you look at Altis, it is much more stylish, classy and modern look. It is also more spacious than the Sentra.
I'm using Sentra 1.6SG-L. Main reason I bought is the design interior & exterior. After I bought found bonus of sun-glass box on top which quite common nowadays. Came with Dunlop, but changed to CC-1. Much better grip, but only thing is very noisy (noisy tyre cannot claim warranty told by CC-1 supplier). Very high FC compared to my sister Spectra 1.6A/T /bro Wira 1.6A/T & Toyota Corolla 1.6 A/T. Engine very loud after 3k RPM. If reach 5k no need to say. Under power, unable to carry the body (suite for 1.8). Safety Level 5 & stable not feel flying in H/W. But I don't know about Altis 1.6 A/T. Some says better fc & power than Sentra SG-L. Civic 1.8 iVTEC is considerable also.
Hi all, is the conclusion that if a Sentra goes more than 3000 RPM, the engine is very loud?
Yes, it's very very loud. Have to yell to speak on the cell phone when you're driving on the freeway (Note: driving with a cell phone is legal where I am from).
Also, when you drive on the freeway, the car is so light, it sometimes feels like you have a lack of control over the wheel.
Have just traded in my 2002 Sentra for a Passat.
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