This is an unobtrusive little compact sedan that doesn't ask much of its owner - but admittedly doesn't inspire love and affection in turn. This is not a Mini or a Corvette we have here, though - it's fuel-thrifty transportation, a Point A-to-B car. Pickup from the 1.6L inline-four when coupled to the automatic is unimpressive until the engine kicks into high RPMs. Adding an aftermarket intake and exhaust system really helps. Brakes are a tad small for the vehicle but are serviceable. Interior is probably the best thing: good use of space, fit and finish is nice for a compact. Standard seats, though, have no lumbar or lateral support whatsoever. Overall, not bad-made in the USA too!
You get a lot for your money here - great gas mileage and a lot of standard features. Sound system uses bigger standard speakers than most American small cars if you're lucky enough to get one with the CD player. Price is also lower than Civic or Corolla.
Eight years later, Sentras have more power and a little bit more room. However, you still have to buy the SE-R to get what you really need: more power, better seats and brakes, and an A/C compressor big enough to cool the car. Unacceptable, as for the price of an SE-R you can buy an Altima 2.5S.
Amazing little car! Fun to drive, great on gas, and it won't nickel and dime you. I bought this car used with 50k miles, it just hit 80k, and I have had no problems with it. An incredibly reliable vehicle- this car has been nothing but good to me. The perfect car for the college commuter.
I purchased my 1997 Nissan Sentra in 1998,overall it has been very reliable. The good: not even the harsh winters of Minnesots have stopped this car from running. Also, you can't beat the gas mileage. The bad: I've had consistent problems with the windshield wipers not working, and the check engine light coming on. In January 2005, the master cylinder went out. The cost to repair this, plus get new rear brakes was over $1,000. This has been the only major repair I've needed, but I am wondering if this is the beginning of the end for this car-which still has less than 100,000 miles on it. One warning, this is a tiny car. My significant other, at 6" 4'looks like a circus clown trying to fold his frame into the passenger seat.
Reliability and gas mileage. The sound system isn't bad, either.
Fix the check engine light and the wipers. Place cupholders somewhere more unobstuctive, and increase the power.