2002 Nissan Sentra Review | Edmunds.com

2002 Nissan Sentra

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Nissan Sentra Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 126 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 24/32 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Nissan Sentra

  • An economy sedan that doesn't feel like an economy sedan.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    SULEV emissions status for CA model, 165-horsepower SE-R sport version, pleasing cabin design, fun to drive.

  • Cons

    Generic styling, GXE and SE-R models command premium price.

  • What's New for 2002

    Beloved by compact car enthusiasts, the Nissan Sentra SE-R returns after a seven-year hiatus. The Sentra SE is no longer available, though Nissan has created additional options packages for the GXE to make it similar to the SE.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 24
  • cty
/
  • 32
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Never again will i buy

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

had this car for two years and from the beginning I had to replace the ecu withing three months.had to replace the 02 sensor twice.had to replace the fuel pump and the transmission control module..spent more time having repairs done on the car than I had driving it..these cars have had major recalls on them and mine had three which were for the airbag,the butterfly bolts on the cat back and the ecu..now I own a mazda and I love it..sorry Nissan but never again will I ever buy one of your vehicles..




Nickel n dimer

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)

After almost 6 years and 55k miles I have replaced almost everything on the vehicle except the engine. Not exaggerating. Wish I was. Purchased with 94k miles and just turned 150k. If I didn't love the car so much I would have sold it for a Mustang. Have a decent amount of mods and heavy suspension upgrades. Everything that broke on the car I replaced with high performance parts. I drive this car HARD Daily. Throw 6 inches of snow at this car and it's useless although it's dry weather fun makes up for it. This is NOT a reliable commuter. Missed more days of work than I'd like to think about being stuck with this car. Will not buy another when I tire of this one.




I loved my sentra

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Sentra XE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I loved my sentra, so fun to drive and it never left me stranded. I've seen some bad reviews but mine was absolutely flawless. Inexpensive and great on gas. I flipped it 3 times and it still cranked right up. (of course it was totaled though)




Spec-v 02

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)

This is the second 02 spec-v i have owned. The first was just crap but it was because of the original owner treated it like crap... previous owner was a young girl who did not know how to drive a stick. Now i got another and it had the new motor, tranny, and clutch installed by nissan due to recall on the original motors. Car has about 50k miles on it and i couldnt love it more. I have owned lots of tuner cars and i must say this is by far my favorite. Handles great, amazing power for the 4 banger. I have a few mods to the car nothing to crazy just cold air, exhaust, and suspension. gets pretty good gas milage could be better though. All in all i give this car a 4.7 out of 5



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Don't even think to buy

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Sentra GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

In 3+ years I owned this car I had nothing but problems with engine. The Idle Control Valve, the Engine Control and the ignitions coils went down several times. The engine stalled many times, which makes this car very unsafe to drive. By the end A/C was down too. Never buy any Nissan again



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I am done with nissan

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Sentra GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

I purchased a 02 Nissan Sentra GXE in Dec of 2001 from our local dealer in Petaluma California. At the time, we also considered Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla but ended up with the Nissan because the interior of the Sentra looked much better than the rest. Big mistake! Our Nissan was ok for the first several years but it started falling apart as soon as it hit 100k. Everything from faded paint to the on board computer (ECM) went out at a cost of $700. Next the transmission went out as well as the seatbelts and etc... Now I understand why people buy Toyota's. Meanwhile, a friend of ours has a 02 Corolla with 200k and it's still running strong.



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Full 2002 Nissan Sentra Review

What's New for 2002

Beloved by compact car enthusiasts, the Nissan Sentra SE-R returns after a seven-year hiatus. The Sentra SE is no longer available, though Nissan has created additional options packages for the GXE to make it similar to the SE.

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Talk About The 2002 Sentra

2002 Nissan Sentra Discussions See all Started By

sam272
sam272
07-07-2014
Nissan Sentra 2002 GXE 119000 miles. Bought used and I have been experiencing blue and black smoke with "bucking", does not stall. I am not driving it not knowing what is wrong. Replaced cam...


chunyuchen33
chunyuchen33
01-10-2007
Hi everyone thanks for helping me out. I have sentra 2002 SE-R, when the check engine ligtht came up few days ago. I took it into dealer for checking, they said it's my bank 1 oxygen sensor and ISC th...


dservin
dservin
04-21-2009
can you explain and help me locate sensors also is it somthing that i can do my self my car is a 2002 nissan sentra . odometer reads 119588 miles.thank you....



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