by NissanGuy on Feb 9, 2007 Vehicle: 2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
Bought this car as a daily driver after wrecking my first 300ZX (I have another one now in the garage). Was very pleasantly surprised by the strong performance, and good interior room. I love Nissans - I think you consistently get more for your money than with Toyota or Honda. I wanted an auto for DC area driving conditions, so a Spec-V was out of the question, but the SE-R has performed just fine. I think the car is nimble and generally handles well in all weather conditions, but I agree that the OEM Firehawk tires need help. My main complaint is the same as most others - the interior is cheap looking and feeling. In sum, you get a lot more go for your $ with the SE-R vs the others.
by Daytona on Jul 22, 2005 Vehicle: 2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
Well, I've had this car now for 2.5 years now so I think I know it pretty well. First, second and third gear rubber, not bad. Torque steer can get very bad and out of control. Looks are excellent. Reverse lockout is very poor. Hitting reverse while shifting to 6th gear is possible with little effort (I've done it several times). Front seats are poor design. Put something flat on it and it ends up in the back on the floor. Turning radius is also poor, Fuel average for city is 20 mpg. I have the black one, paint quality is poor but looks great. Nicks or scratches with little effort. Still, I like this car. Sound system is fine, for me anyway. This car will hold a tight turn like no other.
by Grumpyman on Dec 7, 2004 Vehicle: 2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
This is a great little car! I did a lot
of research when looking for a new car
and the SE-R seemed to be the best
value. I haven't been disappointed! This
is a great car for the price range and a
lot of fun to drive.
by jar29 on Jun 22, 2004 Vehicle: 2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
one car mag review described the se-r
as "you never forget it's a little car
with a big engine", and i have to
agree. i've gotten some positive
comments on it's appearance (i
purchased mine in black). fuel economy
isn't as good as the models with the
smaller engine (i'd say it gets about
the same MPG as the base model altima).
no problems so far(except two factory
recalls). the back seat could be a
little roomier, but aside from that, it
does perform well for it's size and
by Wetzel's Pretzels on Dec 29, 2003 Vehicle: 2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
This car is a Torque monster! It
blows away my turbo VW. The
suspension is very tight with minimal
body roll. Initial quality was
great. I was very surprised how much
power the car had after I broke it
in. The gear ratios are perfect for
the elastic 2.5l and the brakes are
superb. Keep an eye on the TACH
because 6,000 comes up quick!!!
For 2003, there is a new 2.5 Limited Edition trim, which includes GXE front fascia styling, the 165-horsepower QR25 4-cylinder engine, standard automatic transmission, standard Antilock Braking System (ABS) and side-impact supplemental airbags. The Sentra CA model is no longer available as all 1.8-liter engine-equipped Sentra XE and GXE models sold with California emission specifications offer zero evaporative emissions and meet SULEV (Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicles) standards. Other changes this year include a new power steering ratio for XE and GXE, a revised six-speed manual transmission for SE-R Spec V model and a new bright yellow exterior paint color for the SE-R and SE-R Spec V.