2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)
I bought this car brand new in 03. Car looks much better than 04 and up. Love the interior, transmission, and all that torque! Only trouble was the recall on the pre cat. I solved that by installing a header. Good performance and looks for the price. Only complaint is it is under powered. cant keep up with wrx or neon srt-4. But a car that can run low 15s for under 19k is hard to pass up. Car handles very well in stock trim but Eibach springs make it handle better and actually improve the ride quality. Suggest an after market shifter to clean up the sloppy action of the stock piece. This car is a blast to drive and it sets you apart from the thousands of civics out there.
Powerful, torquey engine. Supportive seats. Good looking interior. Limited slip diff is great for keeping the car on the road. Fuel economy is not bad (approx 27 mpg), can be better if you drive it more conservatively. But who wants to do that?!
Stock shifter is too clumsy. replaced mine with b&m short shifter for much more precise action. Need turbo option to keep up with competitors. Premium fuel is getting very expensive. Independent rear suspension would be a nice improvement.