It is really fun to drive. Hands down the fastest and most fun car I have ever had or driven. I don't get very good city gas mileage but highway is great. If you see one in good condition buy it. Mine has 205,000 miles and still runs like new. The ride is very comfy. I get compliments all the time from people who ride or drive my car. They don't expect to be that fast. Buy it you won't regret it!
get an aftermarket speakers and cd player. put some aftermarket performance parts on and it is worth it. oh and if you have kids it is a little small.
This was my first car, and I am its third owner. The SR20DE engine surprised me with it's great acceleration. Its quite a big engine for such a small car. Also its gearbox is wonderful, its gearing is very sporty. There's a pretty considerable aftermarket for the sentra se-r, so I've had no problem finding ways to improve its performance. The original engine was ruined due to a part mixup at the local Nissan dealer in which they sold me the wrong oil filter (it popped off while driving and oil starvation ruined the main bearings) so I swapped in an SR20DET. Its basically the same engine, but with a turbo straight from the factory. It fit perfectly. Now I have a sentra with ~250 horsepower.
SR20DET engine, sporty gearbox, light weight, distinguished yet covert "econobox" styling, good handling, Nissan parts compatibility (NX2000 front brake upgrade, Maxima rear brake upgrade, SR20DET engine swap), healthy aftermarket support, easy car to work on, lots of room in back seats and trunk.
Poor clear-coat quality, flexy chassis, interior plastic parts begin to rattle with age, steering wheel adjustment.
This little car gets up and goes, not
bad for a "economy" car. It'll beat
most of those fast looking cars and it
still gets 30 mpg when you want to be
civil. A little bit of a tight fit,
I'm 6'2 250, otherwise no complaints.
tranny shifts like butter, engine revs
with smoothness and ease, all for next
What can I say? There is and never
was a better compact sold in the U.S.
then the Sentra SE-R. Inexpensive,
yet outdrives cars twice it price.
That SR20DE motor is remarkable on its
own, and has the capacity to be even
better. The shifter finds its own way
to the gears as if subject to divine
intervention. Plain exterior doesn't
attract the wrong type of attention
either. Love this car!!
Everything!! Especially motor and
transmission. Love ripping it at 7500
rpm's, or taking it easy and getting
My only complaint is the seats,
because though quite grippy for an
average size human being, like many
americans I am a little bigger.
Suppose thats my fault, so I guess
there are no complaints.
I bought this car in college mainly
because of the reviews in Car &
Driver. This is the perfect sleeper.
It could outrun almost anything on the
road at the time including the Mustang
GT, Probe, Miata, 240SX... all for
$13,000! I have had the car for almost
10 years and still love it. I could
not have made a better choice. If you
can find one in good shape, it will not
let you down.
Performance, economy, stealth (nobody
expects this car to be as fast as it is)
15" or 16" wheels would have been nice,
but then the tires would have been more
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