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2003 Nissan Sentra Sedan

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By funguy26
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2003 Nissan Sentra Sedan XE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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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.


Favorite Features

It a simple little car nothing cool or rad about it.


Suggested Improvements

replace the audio system just the head unit and the speakers and. keep up on the maintenance and it will keep going.


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No Nissan....ever again!! These cars have a serious safety issue!!
3 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By zoilus
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2003 Nissan Sentra Sedan GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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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


Favorite Features

nothing. these cars have no power unless you get the even more problematic Spec versions! You want sporty, get a miata, camaro, stang, some type of turbo'd VW... this is NOT a performance car.


Suggested Improvements

Get a honda or toyota! yeah toyota's are not known for their sportiness or fun to drive characteristics....however...they are No. 1 in reliability...period. This year we are ditching this piece of junk and getting something better, and it will be either one of those 2 brands I mentioned, because we don't want to have to worry about crap breaking down!


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I Miss my Sentra
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By lkt82961
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2003 Nissan Sentra Sedan GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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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.


Favorite Features

This is a small car that rides and handles more like a mid-size car, especially with upgraded tires.


Suggested Improvements

There was nothing I disliked about this car.


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Good for the first 7 years
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By consumer30
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2003 Nissan Sentra Sedan GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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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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Good car
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By jt11649
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2003 Nissan Sentra Sedan GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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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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gas mileage


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