Everything was fine up until 80K. No expenses other than normal maint. After 80K things started to go wrong. The front springs broke ($1800). I found out that '95 Sentras had a recall due to defective springs but my 94.5 Sentra was not covered (go figure?). Thermostat broke, no heat ($165), oil leaks developed in 3 places (head, main seal and oil pressure sending unit). All together I put about $3200 into the car over a period of 1 year.
Power everything, 5 speed.
better shifting mechanism. It was always very difficult to shift into 3rd and into reverse. Better quality trunk lining (the trunk lining was a big piece of felt glued to the body... very shoddy).