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2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V

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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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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.


Favorite 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


Suggested Improvements

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)


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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.


Favorite Features

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


Suggested Improvements

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.


Favorite Features

6speed manual


Suggested Improvements

change intertior color.


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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)


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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.


Favorite 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.


Suggested Improvements

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)


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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!


Favorite Features

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


Suggested Improvements

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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