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By scottc
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2002 Nissan Sentra XE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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This is my favorite car ever. I have had cars of varying makes and for some unknown reason, I love this car more than any of them. I have a nearly bare- bones '02 XE (CD, spoiler and A/C are the only options) and I'm just as comfy as can be with it. This isn't to say all is perfect. The seat fabric in the XE is just embarassing - some weird triangulation thing going on there, but the cloth is extremely durable. Overall, an excellent car. I wish it were still built in the US of A (built in Mexico), but at least the engine and trans are still built in Japan.


Best Features

Engine & transmission, front end styling, reliability/durability, fuel economy, general comfort and quietness.


Worst Features

Get rid of Indian blanket styled seats in XE, make 15" wheels standard, change rear-end styling.


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comprehensive review
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By fry_ed
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2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)


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'03 Spec w/ 8k mi. What it has that its competitors do not are 1) torque 2)limited slip differential, 3) 4 doors. Hands down best value under $19k (fully loaded). Car has great feel to it. Bolstered seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, sweet shift knob. Red-lit dash great at night. Car is all-round performer. Tuned suspension and LSD enable it to handle with the best. 2 words: Canyon Carving. Gear ratios perfect for accel, although the Spec kinda drags (lots of wind noise too) beyond 115 mph. 6th gear short = rather high rpm (3100?) at 85 = bad on gas. Easy to launch, can lay down rubber in 2nd and 3rd. Decent aftermarket, for NA or FI.


Best Features

-Engine sound and smoothness -Trunk release switch on dash -300 watt System (9 speakers) -Fold down rear seat knob in trunk -Perfect gear ratios ('03,'04) -SER Badges -Torque -LSD -Handling -Interior ('03) Cons: -very precise gearbox, so you'll occasionally miss-shift


Worst Features

More CONS: -No mashing gas while taking hair-pin, or torque steer takes over..seriously.. -paint chips easily -not designed for heel-toe -annoying ECU recall -antennae -cell charger makes turn signals blink fast -headlights don't turn off auto -weak AC -turning radius -stock tails


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Great car that could have been better.
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By hydrointeract
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2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)


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Have about 18k miles on the car in two years. Has been in the shop twice for recalls, and has a consistent problem with starting. Dealership says it probably floods, told me to press down gas pedal when starting if this happens. Has happened about 12 times in last year. Problem still not found, though I've towed it to the dealership twice. A shame since it's less than 2 years old. Almost always takes a long time to start. It does, however, get a LOT of compliments when out driving.


Best Features

Red/black mesh cloth interior is unique. Red stitching on steering wheel adds nice touch.


Worst Features

Better reliability - my 99 Sentra has NEVER had a problem in four years.


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Great car at a great price
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By whudiz
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2002 Nissan Sentra XE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought my 2002 Nissan Sentra XE in April '03 used with 11,000 miles on it from a dealer. I really love the car. It drives great and is very comfortable. I drove it to New York and it was a very comfortable ride. It also handle the tough New York streets beautifuly. I heard this car was good but I didnt think I would get such a wonderful car for a good price. Its basic, no power windows or locks but it does have AC, CD, and AM/FM. Basically, it has everything that I need and nothing that I dont. :-)


Best Features

Very comfortable.


Worst Features

I can't think of any. Maybe to add a bigger L4, may a 2.2L. Oh wait, I think they did that already. Never mind.


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the best
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By Roger187
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2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)


Review

good car fun to drive no problems as of yet.


Best Features

6speed manual


Worst Features

change intertior color.


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