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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
i have owned 3, let me be the judge!
By reaperhooks on 02/12/14 19:03 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)

Review

i just bought my 3rd Ser spec v today. and there is a reason i have owned 2 spec v's prior to this and the reason is simple, the cars are amazing for the cost. i know you will read alot of bad reviews here and a bunch of fake hype but you cant find another car to out perform or outlast a Spec v for 4000$-5000$ period. unless you wanna risk buying a lemon. i owned a 2002 spec v, a 2005 spec v and now just bought a 2003 spec v and have NEVER had any issues aside from the fuel pump Recall they had which was FREE. best car for the price and a great car to start learning how to tune on, super easy to find your way around the engine. change the oil and tires and it'll last you 250k miles NP
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First car
By funguy26 on 01/06/14 18:11 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Nissan Sentra XE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

Review

My father got me this car for my high school gradation. It looks like King Kong drop a load on it When i got it. it had all the recalls done to it. It has now 264,xxx miles on the frame, the engine haves around about 150,xxx miles. the last engine die because last owner did not care for it. Now it taking me though college. After i'm out of college I do a complete rebuilt of the car.
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Worst Car I've ever owned.
By josh1234 on 10/30/13 17:38 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)

Review

I purchased this car brand new in April 2003 and owned it for 3 years. It was nothing but problems for those 3 years straight. The catalytic converter failed within 2 months of owning the car and had to be replaced. This happened 3 additional times over the 3 year ownership. About 2 1/2 years in the engine blew all by itself and had to be replaced. The alternator failed multiple times and sometimes the car would die while in motion. The car had many rattles/creaks all over it always. The transmission developed many issues and grinds and had sounds like loose metal inside of it. I have read many problems with this car from others as well. Stay far away from it, its an endless money pit.
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One of the Worst cars ever owned
By themanindbox on 05/22/13 15:46 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)

Review

I have owned over 18 cars thus far in my life. The worst by far either this car or the Cadillac I owned. I purchased this car used in 2005 with 27K miles on it. I only owned it till 2006. I sold it with 35K miles on it. It was a terrible car. (6 months) What broke in a year. Power windows (new motors) Door would not open due to cheap plastic clips in the door for the connection to the handle. Rattles in all the plastic Motor was burning oil due to bad piston rings. Seat adjuster broke and would not hold the recline adjustment. (I weighed at the time 135LBS) MPG was awful even when compared to a Roush Mustang. Left me stranded twice
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3 of 11 people found this review helpful
No Nissan....ever again!! These cars have a serious safety issue!!
By zoilus on 01/31/13 06:08 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Nissan Sentra GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I bought this car exactly 4yrs ago for my GF. it had about 33k miles on it. it now has about 93k miles on it. These cars & other nissians , have had recalls due to crank and or cam sensors going bad. When this happens...your car STOPS...the engine just shuts completely off! You could be at a light, driving on the highway, going up a hill or on a wet or icy road....the car will just die without warning! BOTH senors went out within a few months of each other. Once on my GF in busy commute comming home! We have no kids and don't smoke and we take care of our cars, however we also have had, 2 window motors die, glove box just broke, visor fell apart, ignition won't unlock..etc etc
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I Miss my Sentra
By lkt82961 on 07/10/12 09:38 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Nissan Sentra GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I bought my Sentra new in 2003. It was a great car, but since I live in the north, I found out the first winter that it needed snow tires, and after getting those it was a great winter car. I live in a town with steep hills so great traction is really important. Although the car rode a little low, it never got stuck in snow. The cluster that controls the gauges failed in about the 5th year, and luckily my extended warranty covered it. I recently traded it for a very low mile 2007 Toyota Corolla and regret it so far. The Toyota has horrible road noise and handling. I am going to replace the tires and hope that helps.
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10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Not for the Average Joe.
By op559 on 03/14/12 01:50 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)

Review

If you are one of those non car savvy folks with little to no mechanical skills, this is NOT the car for you. Well, unless you have loads of cash at your disposal for repairs. I have owned my SPEC V since 2004, and trust me, changing the oil and basic maintenance just does not cut it for these things. The 2 main issues on this particular model are the butterfly screws inside the intake manifold that NEED to be loctited and the stock exhaust manifold that NEEDS to be replaced with an aftermarket header ASAP after purchase, due to the poor factory design that can cause SERIOUS DAMAGE to your engine. If you enjoy modding, working on cars and learning about them, this car can be very rewarding.
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Good for the first 7 years
By consumer30 on 08/15/11 13:20 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Nissan Sentra GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I purchased my Nissan GXE with only 17,000 miles on it.....drove it for YEARS with NO problems, took excellent care of it & then last year the bottom fell out! After reaching 100,000 miles, I started having major repair issues...one after the other...The sensors started going crazy...crank shaft & cram sensors,...the head gasket had to be replaced, the steering rack 6mos later....& these are $1000+ repairs!!! Major disappointment. Don't get me wrong, I did get a lot of usage, but I know people with nearly 200,000+ miles on their cars(different makes/models) & I thought I would be one of them... guess Not! Now I have to consider purchasing another vehicle & I'm Not happy about it one bit.
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Fun car to drive
By shad82 on 05/28/11 10:29 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)

Review

I've had my car for almost 6 years and it is still a fun little car to drive. And it handles very well. My biggest problems with it was the faulty pre cat failure and I had to replace the ignition coils a few times as well. Another thing that I don't like about my car is the gas mileage, its a good car for local runs but I don't think its good car for long distance trips.
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Good car
By jt11649 on 09/21/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Nissan Sentra GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

Review

Good car no real problems until recently (185,000 miles) and now just things wearing out. Drives well and still gets 28 mpg combined. A few minor things bother me like cup holders and the fact hat the fold down rear seats give limited access to trunk. I would definitely buy again. Not as good as the civic I had but still very reliable.
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