Good and reliable
By Nismo#1 on
2001 Nissan Sentra GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Bought it with 12,600 on the ODO. Now has 95,200. Used Synthetic in it since I got it; engine runs great. Overall, I've been very happy with it as a commuter car that does about 80-90 miles a day. The most major thing I've had to do was the recent suspension upgrade where I replaced the stock struts/shocks/springs with something a little more sporting; this move totally transformed the car. The GXE was designed for comfort, not handling! The materials used in the interior are cheap (except dash) and show wear easily. Also, get the windows tinted as the sun fades seats/carpet. Nissan really skimped on the interior to save money, but it's got good mechanicals and a solid chassis to work with.
1.8 is peppy. Auto trans shifts firm and shift points well chosen. Decent ergonomics, good seat adjustablity. Roomy interior, good trunk space. Excellent visibility. There are plenty of aftermarket performance and appearance parts available these days. Most Spec-V stuff fits lower models too...
Discontinued model. But for those in the market for an older one, I definitely recommend upgrading the suspension and adding at least a plus 1 wheel and tire package. I highly recommend the Nismo S-Tune suspension kit. Stock stereo system needs upgrading because the components are also el-cheapo...