2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V from North America - Comments

21st Jan 2009, 18:00

I had my SE-R for 10 years. This is the first SE-R year, 91, and a nice car. It's easy to maintain, parts everywhere, and it can still beat cars twice its size. Of course I have made some performance changes; it can turn like you want to kill yourself, but the car won't let you die with a lowered suspension. Now I would like to change it for a Spec V.

24th Feb 2009, 16:19

I have a 2002 SER Spec V and never really had any problems until it hit 87000 miles. The car stalls and dies without no apparent reason. Happened twice on the freeway.

Towed the car to the dealership, and they said the problem was the engine wiring harness. They quoted me $2400 for the repair and gave no guarantee that it was actual the problem. I ask if that was not the problem, will I get my money back and they said no. The service guy said it was a crap shoot and you have to take your chances. That is BS. I am not going to fork over that kind of money based on their hunch.

I had the car towed back home and I'm in the process is researching other problems related to this particular car. The dealer was going to give me $500 for a trade in value. I'd rather give the car away instead of selling it to them for that much.

Never going to buy a Nissan again.

1st Mar 2009, 17:29

I've had my 02 Spec-V since 04 and I must say that it has treated me pretty good.

I had to fix the heater cause it didn't work on 1, 2, 3, but it did on 4.

I had to fix the crank sensor, but that was a recall so I got it done for free.

Every once in a while, the car won't start if it's real cold. Extremely fun to drive and has just as much power at 106,000 miles as it did at 45,000 miles.

I'm thinking about getting rid of it though to get something a little bigger and automatic.

13th Mar 2009, 15:36

I bought a 2001 Nissan Sentra and I was happy with my choice because it was my retirement car. I owned a car for 18 years, so I expected great things from my new car. I WAS VERY UNHAPPY BECAUSE WITH LOW Mileage EVERYTHING WAS GOING WRONG.

First there was a recall done my 1st year, the CD player was replaced under warranty at 12,761, all four tires replaced because of dry rot at 20,996 not warranty, front struts replaced at 24,312 miles in 2006 no warranty, and finally in 2007 told I was told to replace the steering power rack because I to refill the sp reservoir because there was a leak. No matter how many complaints are received about the car, nothing is ever done to satisfy the customer..

20th Jul 2009, 22:04

I bought my ’03 Nissan Spec-V used with 60,000km on it. It now has close to 140,000 and has a few issues; however, the biggest issue is the paint. It is all chipped and is rusting on the roof in spots. The car is fun to drive and I seem to burn through my brake pads (I have had to replace them every year). I have an issue with how loud the fan belt is and the fuel-injected start (sometimes it takes a few tries). I would like to get a new paint job for it, anyone know what I should pay for this?

25th Jul 2009, 21:18

I've owned a 2002 Nissan Sentra since 2003.

So far I have went through 2 computer replacements, all the recalls, and in general the car runs great with only 94k on it. The only problem still occurring through all of these miles is the stalling problem.

About 6 months ago I started with the right gas and thought the problem was fixed, but it started stalling on me coming off the highway, just like it always did, or when it sits at an idle for about 3 minutes exactly, the idle will just die out.

I planned on adding a header, but not sure if I want to keep this car. The air conditioning is giving out; it's coming out cold on the drivers side, but warm on the passengers side, which is very strange.

I have read every one's comments on this type of car, and I loved Nissan's. The power band range for this car is still great, but it seems like the car was meant for drag racing and not daily driving.

I'm gonna try changing the oil and spark plugs and see if that fixes the problem.

As for the air conditioning; well I guess I can take it to a professional, but I'm seriously thinking of just getting a truck or something to drive daily.

I lost my faith in this car and Nissan about 3 years ago, and I'm just going to get a Honda or any domestic car. Why would such a good company make lemons when they used to sell champion cars that would last forever.

By the way, for any of you that have this type of car, it is important to keep it on 91 gas or better, and expect the car to stall on you every time you put the car in neutral, or when exiting the highway, or when at a standstill at a light.

2nd Dec 2009, 15:30

I bought a new 2002 SE-R Spec-V. It now has 113,000 miles on it. About 3 years into its life, Nissan replaced my engine with a re-manufactured engine. I forgot why now, but it was still under warranty so I just paid $50. Did all the recalls as well.

My latest check engine light came on because of a failed sensor. Nissan looked at it and said my engine was really dirty and needed to be flushed, etc. etc. The whole thing - sensor replacement, flush, etc. etc. would have come down to about $500. I told the technician that I can only afford the sensor replacement and to forget everything else. When I picked up the car, he told me they flushed and cleaned the engine out for free. Nice. But that was mostly my fault - I didn't keep up with the regular maintenance.

Up until my Eibach front spring broke in half while I was moving at luckily only about 5mph in the parking lot, I've been more careful of my old Spec. I put the stock springs back in.

It's an almost 8 year old car. And for the age, mileage, and abuse I've put it through (hordes of times of trying to see who clears a red light first), it's *still* a dependable car. I love my Spec.

1st Feb 2010, 05:15

I bought my 02 Spec-V new. It has been an amazing car with few issues. The only thing I have had to do, other than regular maintenance, is replace the cat at about 200K (not bad).

I have yet had to do the clutch, but am about to replace the direct coils on all 4, as I have one failing and it's highly recommended that all 4 be replaced at the same time.

It's still an amazing car that is beyond quick, and I plan on keeping it for a very long time.