I purchased my SE-R 7 weeks ago and it has been in the shop 4 times, it makes a strange sound similar to hissing or a shaking a filament in a light bulb when the car travels over any street that is not newly paved. At this time the dealership as not been able to pinpoint the problem. They have replaced struts and strut mounts so far. My driver side door froze and would not open. The car is due back in the shop to replace a broken positive battery terminal connector that is on order. I love the engine power and styling but my car seems to have a lot of bugs and problems to be only a year old.
Love the engine power coupled with the CVT. The oil and G gauges keep the passengers entertained.
Audio controls on the steering wheel, a more aspirated air flow to the engine, a duel exhaust and fold down rear seats.
Bought brand new b/c previous vehicle was at the shop twice. Didn't realize this vehicle will have me living at the dlrshp waisting the time I don't have. Bought in April/07 and June/07 was the start of my problems. I took it to the shop for the tire pressure light, brakes were also making a funny noise. Dlr would reset the light sensor and the problem would appear weeks later The break problem was never fixed. After repeated attempts to have both problems fixed only ended up frustrated, with a feeling of hopelessness after hitting "wall, wall, wall" with their customer service department. The last time I took their shuttle back home and noticed shuttle's tire pressure light was also on.
Tire pressure light. Brakes. Gas tank should be on the driver's side. Customer service can be improved. Advertised gas mileage should be lowered.
Previously owned a 2001 Sentra base model which was reliable, efficient, and somewhat boring. Gave it to my daughter in 2004 and she found it reliable, efficient and somewhat boring over past three years. Man, is the SE-R not boring. Terrific handling, acceleration, braking, comfy, stylish, and the 340 watt sound system takes me back to my youth! This road hugger sold me within about three minutes of the test drive. Toss in more than acceptable mileage, a sticker price that shames the snobby competitors - this beats any BMW or Accura hands down in my books - and I may be a Sentra devotee for life.
This car molds itself to the driver. My greatest fear in any car is lacking acceleration to merge into highway traffic. No fear here. The brakes are equally reliable and respond quickly and without any wobble. Four big discs do the job. And the sound system... makes me oh so young again!
This car is perfect. I need no additional bells and whistles that only serve the ego, not the driving experience. You cannot find a better car for 22 grand.
I was looking specifically for a fun car with an automatic transmission to share the daily driving chores with my 5-speed manual Miata. Other subcompacts that I tested just didn't have the get-up-and-go that the SE-R provided. Don't know what other car would provide this type acceleration with an automatic transmission and still get 27 mpg.
Low end TQ provided by the engine works very nicely with the CVT. Comfortable, supportive front seats.