This is by far the most economical car I have ever owned! My sister bought this Sentra new and sold it to me with 100k miles on it in 2000. I've driven it over another 100k and it just runs and runs. Always starts on the first try, will cruise comfortably at 80+ MPH all day long and gets 35-40 MPG depending on how hard I push it. It's unconditionally reliable. Give it regular oil and filter changes and it just runs and runs. I use it for work, driving 100-200 miles a day including driving up dirt roads to mountaintop radio sites and it just won't quit.
Fun to drive on twisty roads. Cruises great on freeways. Heater and A/C are excellent. 1.6L engine has enough power for me, never gets hot no matter how hard I push it and at 208k has needed nothing except routine maintenance.
The burgundy paint clearcoat started peeling about 5 years ago and looks pretty ratty now. I may have to break down and get it repainted, as I plan to keep this car for a while yet. Trunk has a slight water leak that I haven't been able to eliminate.
This was the first car I ever bought, and it was a great choice. I have had to repair a lot of things on it, including the clutch, paint, alternator (more than once), locks and a door. Most repairs were needed due to previous owner's neglect, so not all require so many repairs. This car has gotten me through a lot and the gas mileage is by far the best thing about it. I average 35-40 mpg. This is a great car for a teenager, because it can withstand a lot of use and abuse with relatively low repair costs and affordable insurance.
Gas mileage, low cost maintenance, reliable transportation
Cup holders, some electrical malfunctions, some interior designs have not held up over time
I bought my Sentra new in 1994. I have always maintained at or before factory recommendations. My Sentra currently has 230,000 miles on it and still runs great. With the exception of an alternator and CV joints haven't had too many problems. I change the brakes regularly (which are cheap) so haven't had to replace rotors yet. Great little car; I plan to hit 250,000 this year.
This car was purchased used 123000 miles now has 218000 miles and still going strong. Tough little car.. My family said if it still runs with me driving it has to be a great vehicle. Only one problem since purchase, alternator problem. Other than this, can't complain about this little jewel.
My Sentra, a 4dr. Limited Edition model, has been the most reliable car I've owned in 45 years of driving. The brakes are marginal, the rear seat is for people under 5'8" tall, and the original starter and alternator failed before 70,000 miles... that's ALL the bad things about this car. Smooth engine, and transmission, and it will cruise all day at 65 mph and deliver 35-42 mpg depending on the terrain. I intended long ago to buy a newer one, but with the low mileage, and excellent physical condition...why? I'm aiming for 150,000, then I'll sell it. Highly recommended for frugal, reliable transportation.
Reliability, and gas mileage
Picky: bigger cup holders that won't jamb the knee of a six foot driver, and more rear leg room...acknowleding that this "is" a small car.