Buy what you really want
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.
AC - It will freeze your teeth out.
Engine - Low-powered, but bulletproof.
Upholstery - Bland but wears very well.
DESIGN A NEW 5-SPEED TRANSMISSION.
It would benefit from a tachometer like
The optional 14" or after-market 15"
rims at 6-6.5" width give a much more
controlled feel with up to 185 width