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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Nissan Sentra Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 126 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 25/33 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Nissan Sentra

  • An economy sedan that doesn't act like an economy sedan.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Pleasing cabin design, SULEV emissions for California-sold cars, 165-horsepower SE-R sport version, fun to drive.

  • Cons

    Generic styling, Limited Edition and SE-R Spec V models command premium price.

  • What's New for 2003

    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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 25
  • cty
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  • 33
  • highway
Calculate Yearly Fuel Costs
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



People need to take better

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Vehicle: 2003 Nissan Sentra GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

When I bought the car it only had 55,000 miles on it. Now 2 years later it has 78,000 miles. I only had to change some wear and tear parts. With Nissan Sentra, like any other car, if you don't keep up on the maintenance the car won't perform or run properly. Little problems turn to bigger problems. If you keep having head gasket problems let up and quit horsing the damn car, and if you are having radio problems keep the volume down or get a hearing aid. Factory radios can only take so much power on any car not only Nissan.




2003 nissan sentra gxe

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Vehicle: 2003 Nissan Sentra GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Bought an 03 Sentra for my daughter's graduation and would never consider buying a Nissan product again. Head gasket went after 70k and warranty had just run out. Nissan wouldn't listen to our complaints and told us we were on our own. It was extremely tough to get through to any customer service people and when I did they never followed up with us. They don't back up their product and their customer service is terrible. At one point the car just stopped in the middle of an intersection and after a few hundred dollars of diagnostics it was a $3 ignition fuse that was the problem. The dealership I purchased it from was great and the service mgr was very helpful but Nissan is out forever.




I will never ever own

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Vehicle: 2003 Nissan Sentra GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this car in 2003 as a graduation present to myself, little did I know what a piece of crap I bought. I'm not joking when I say my CD player broke about once a month. Something went wrong with my electrical system and my lights would randomly turn off. Just about any replacement parts have to be bought from Nissan (rip off). After my radiator and my head gasket went at 60,000 I got rid of this car. I couldn't afford to keep up with all of the repairs and of course Nissan kept trying to turn everything around on me even when my car was under warranty! I traded this piece of crap in for a Toyota Matrix and 3 years later I'm still happy I did so! I swear I will never buy a Nissan again




Nice car

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Vehicle: 2003 Nissan Sentra GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Very reliable car, bought it with 44000 miles on it and have never had a major mechanical problem, now has almost 73000 miles on it!



1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Ok, but not great in

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Vehicle: 2003 Nissan Sentra GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I've owned this car for 4 years now. The engine seems kind of thrashy... doesn't shift smoothly. This car is HORRIBLE in any weather other than bone dry. I even put really nice all season Michelin tires on it and I hydroplane on everything from snow to rain to leaves, even going slow. It's a great first car, but I don't feel safe in it




Great car

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Vehicle: 2003 Nissan Sentra GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Great car to own, low on initial pickup but flies on the highway. Very quiet and stable at high speeds. It's like driving a high-end sports car, also great in the snow and very good mileage, 28 in the city, 35+ highway.



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Full 2003 Nissan Sentra Review

What's New for 2003

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.

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Talk About The 2003 Sentra

2003 Nissan Sentra Discussions See all Started By

tonymontana1
tonymontana1
08-14-2008
I need some help I've filed with the BBB Because of my 2003 spec v engine failure. Anybody thats gone this route. I want to talk to....


xtremeracingx
xtremeracingx
12-08-2003
i was wondering if i can put se-r/spec-v parts,accesories and performance parts into my nissan sentra 2003-manual...because i want to get the body kit, carbon fiber hood, aem intake, hks headers, pull...


rkris2013
rkris2013
01-17-2014
I drive a 2003 sentra xe automatic with a 1.8 and about 140k miles on it. I had some trouble with it stalling while idling, but this was fixed by replacing the battery. Now it will stall rarely very s...



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