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SE-R Spec V 2.5L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual - (95 reviews )

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comprehensive review
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By fry_ed
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Vehicle

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


Review

'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 SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)


Review

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


Review

If you like fun to drive compact sports
cars this is your car!! Power is good,
especially for the price range.
Handling is amazing once again
especially for the price range. 6
speed tranny is somewhat clunky but
once you get used to it, it works
well. Compared to other cars in this
price range nothing comes close.


Best Features

Suspension and handling are simply amazing and improve drastically once stock tires get changed to almost anything other then continental. Also great braking with zero brake fade.


Worst Features

New tires make a big difference. I haven't tuned mine but understand the car responds great to intake and exhaust mods. Wouldn't touch the suspension or brakes though, Nissan rally sport did good enough allready.


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Love this thing!
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By mattwoods
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2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)


Review

This car is absolutely amazing! I love
the six speed tranny, it's not sloppy
feeling and it has a nice positive feel.
This thing handles like it's on rails!
This is the most fun front-wheel drive
car i've ever driven. Kills civics and
integras without a problem because it
actually has what Nissan likes to call
TORQUE. Great job Nissan!


Best Features

Front styling is awesome, reminescent of Skyline R34, 6 speed, handling, sound system


Worst Features

I'm gonna have to agree with everyone on the fact that the rear end is ugly. The rest of the styling is awesome, but the tail is just...yuck...the 04 model Spec V is ugly, the spec V was supposed to be different but for 04 all models of Sentra look the same except for wheels.


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