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i have owned 3, let me be the judge!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By reaperhooks
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2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)


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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


Best Features

2.5L super torque front wheel drive beast....stock seats are perfect. stock rims couldn't be better ' calm non ricer look ' and of course the 6 speed transmission that shifts like butter.


Worst Features

build [non-permissible content removed] with turbo right out the factory!...that is all


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First car
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By funguy26
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2003 Nissan Sentra 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.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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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Worst Car I've ever owned.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By josh1234
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2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)


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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.


Best Features

Performance when car worked, 6 speed gearbox when transmission worked, Torque when engine worked.


Worst Features

An entirely new engine and transmission that were a lot more reliable than the one that was put in the car.


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One of the Worst cars ever owned
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By themanindbox
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2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)


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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


Best Features

Low end torque on a 4cyl.


Worst Features

How about some reliability?


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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 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


Best 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.


Worst Features

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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