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Blows my mind, and my head gasket too
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By ChristaLynn11
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2005 Nissan Sentra Sedan 1.8 S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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Original owner. Good commuter car for someone who does about 80 miles RT daily. Driver seat would benefit from lumbar support. Small back seats with little room and my goodness the cupholders. The two best parts about it are the gas mileage (average almost 30) and the stereo that comes with the Special Edition - it sounds amazing and is my favorite part of the car. I however, did have the blown head gasket issue yesterday, at 51000 miles. Although it was covered by warranty, I still found coming to a near stop with smoke blowing out of my car during rush hour which going 65 mph to be terrifying enough to warn others that this car DOES HAVE an issue with the headgasket going out.


Favorite Features

Stereo is amazing, has aux jack from my iPod that makes it sound even better. Great handling, feels a little tight and sporty. Great for commuting to/from work and running around town. Love the fold down seats and the hold for my sunglasses.


Suggested Improvements

Better workmanship on the head gasket issue, and make sure dealers are aware of it. My car was in the shop 3 times before it blew and they finally figured out the issue. Not okay with me - when it blew it was a major hazard and scary to be in. And WOW the cupholder placement is OBNOXIOUS.


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Sentra Blues
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By Jerry Fair
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2005 Nissan Sentra Sedan 1.8 S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I have been a Toyota owner for years and a Toyota mechanic but when I needed a new car I thought I would try my first Nissan. It was a mistake. To compare the design quality of a similar Toyota such as a Corolla to a Sentra is like comparing night and day. Here are some examples. The trunk on a Sentra is much smaller than a Corolla. Additional Sentra problems that Corolla does not have: engine performance-poor. Cruise control is too fast and the trans immediately kicks down. Fuel economy is no where near the 40 MPG other reviews have stated. I get about 28 MPG. Radio sounds bad. CD player is a joke. Who ever designed the cup holder should be bared from auto design for life. I could go on.


Favorite Features

Cannot think of a single thing. This car an embarrassment to the Japanese car industry.


Suggested Improvements

Complete redesign from the ground up. Start with a variable advance cam like Toyotas have. Improve the fuel economy. Make the cruise control a slow design. Move the cup holder from in front of the CD.


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Jaded
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By sdricke
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2005 Nissan Sentra Sedan 1.8 S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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My Sentra is an interesting car. I love driving it; handling and brake performance is very impressive. However, I had to have the keyless entry system replaced before I even drove it off the lot, I had to have a warranty repair to fix a leaking head gasket, the car takes a few cranks to start sometimes, and the belt squeels if it is ever humid or raining outside. Beyond those problems, the car is incredibly fun to drive, especially for a one-person commute, and gas mileage is remarkable. Overall, though, I cannot wait to get rid of the car, as I don't really trust the car to last a whole lot longer, something I wish I didn't have to say about Nissan.


Favorite Features

Handling and brakes, styling, comfort, power from such an efficient engine. Aux jack for MP3 players, something rarely found on a 2005 model anything.


Suggested Improvements

Make it a car that I could drive and drive and drive confidentially knowing it was up to the task, and move those blasted cup-holders away from the radio!


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Bad Sentra
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By Silver Sentera
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2005 Nissan Sentra Sedan 1.8 S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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This Sentra has been towed to the shop 7 times, starting at 5000 miles. The throttle sensor went bad 3 times, finally requiring a complete ECM, throttle body, and wiring harness. Then at 35000 miles it started blowing the ECM fuse. It has been very intermittent, now it is getting another ECM and a complete wiring harness and dash electronics. I'm not sure what the instrument panel has to do with the problem, but just today Nissan agreed to cover it under warranty even tho the car has 40000 miles on it. The initial repair was around $2000, this estimate is $2700. Very expensive for a $15k car. Needless to say, this will be my last Nissan.


Favorite Features

Basic 4dr sedan, looks good, reasonable cost for all the features.


Suggested Improvements

Better reliability.


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Great little car
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By Amber
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2005 Nissan Sentra Sedan 1.8 S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I just got this car but it's way better then what I traded in for it. It is very comfortable. I love the hood of the car. The only complaint I have is that the tail end of the car doesn't really have any shape. So I'm gonna put a spoiler on it. The gas mileage is good and over all I'm very happy with my selection.


Favorite Features

The hood and the interior.


Suggested Improvements

Make the tail end have more body to it.


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