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By New Dad on
1997 Nissan Sentra GXE 4dr Sedan
This is a smart, practical choice for a low-budget commuter with a small family. Gas mileage experienced was 3- 4 MPG above EPA estimates. Repairs were infrequent and inexpensive. You can put 4 tires on this car for $100! That being said, all 5-speed Sentra / 200SX have a design flaw in the gearbox. Third gear is notoriously weak, even in the SE-R. A new replacement transmission can run as high as $2,200. You may be able to get a used transmission installed for as little as $800, but that's on a car whose trade-in value is only $1,800.
Favorite Features
AC - It will freeze your teeth out. Engine - Low-powered, but bulletproof. Upholstery - Bland but wears very well.
Suggested Improvements
DESIGN A NEW 5-SPEED TRANSMISSION. It would benefit from a tachometer like the GLE. The optional 14" or after-market 15" rims at 6-6.5" width give a much more controlled feel with up to 185 width tires.
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