2002 Nissan Sentra Consumer Review: Good Value
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2002 Nissan Sentra - Consumer Review

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

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Good Value
By John on

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

Review

My 2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V has had some problems. The parking brake is insufficient to hold the car on a steep incline. I had an insurance claim due to this. Also, the recalls have been plentiful. The interior and exterior panels are cheap. On the plus side, Nissan powertrains are near indestructable. As long as you keep up with regular maintenance and don't abuse them, they will run 250,000 miles with minimal problems. The 2.5 liter engine is very torquey and powerful for a 4 banger. Combine this with a close ratio 6-speed and you have a very quick, fun car to drive. The handling is phenominal for an old school chassis. The car rides rough with a good bit of road noise. Overall, it's a good value. I'm at 20,000 miles and am still smiling. I would buy another.

Best Features

This car is a blast to drive on twisty roads. Its styling is decent for a Sentra. It has lots of extras, power windows, power locks, keyless entry, etc. It gets 40 mpg highway. Its insurance is relatively inexpensive for a sporty car.

Worst Features

The fit and finish is cheap. The cabin materials cheap. There is a wheel hop a problem on quick take-off. Winter driving is a challenge with OEM tires. What good is the parking brake if it doesn't work?
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