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1996 Nissan Sentra

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She's a trusted friend!
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By cathionwhidbey
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1996 Nissan Sentra GXE 4dr Sedan


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I have had my Sentra for 10 years and couldn't ask for a better car. In those 19 years we have replaced the normal stuff, brakes, tires, and the alternator twice. She had over 140,000 miles on her and I still get 32-33 miles per gallon. I bought a Hyundai Sonata 2 years ago and was only getting 22 miles to the gallon. The luxury was great but with the rise in gas I am back to my Sentra. I spiffed her out with bright red flames and she is feeling young again!! I can pay a lot more but couldn't ask for a car that has been more reliable and cost efficient.


Best Features

GAS MILEAGE!!


Worst Features

Same as everyone else. Cup holder interferes with stereo.


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Great car
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By wd
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1996 Nissan Sentra XE 4dr Sedan


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This is a reliable vehicle that gets good mileage (33 mpg highway). It's dependable and also handles well. Overdrive provides decent acceleration for its size. It's a good commuter vehicle.


Best Features

Mileage, handling.


Worst Features

Side impact safety.


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Very cheap to drive
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By keith
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1996 Nissan Sentra GXE 4dr Sedan


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When I first got my license I bought this car with around 175k miles on it. The car is a great commuter and definitely cheap to own and drive. I get around 31 MPG in the city and 41 MPG when traveling, so trips are no longer going to eat your banking account. I carpooled with 3 other people to Chicago, 5 hours away, and paid about 12 dollars for a 2-way trip.


Best Features

Roomy for a small car (I'm 6'1 and no complaints or my 6'3 brother), fairly fun for a 115 hp car, reliable (only needed 2 oil changes in 5k miles).


Worst Features

Outer styling.


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Old reliable
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By Chris
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1996 Nissan Sentra XE 4dr Sedan


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Bought this car new, and as of 2007 it's still going. I got it when money was tight, and have never regretted it. It's not fast, but it can be fun to drive. At 183,000 miles, it's not perfect. I replaced the ECU (computer) early on, and it's needed 2 alternators for some reason. I got a clutch at 150,000. I replaced the shocks around 120,000. Other than that it's just oil changes and brake pads. The seats are worn, the body's dinged, the paint's worn off the wipers and a few other spots, the rear defrost turns itself off, the headlight lenses are dim, the radio display is spotty, and the buttons are sticky from the poorly-placed cup holder, but it starts every morning and off we go!


Best Features

Mileage, reliability.


Worst Features

Tachometer, voltage gauge, floor mats.


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Rusty but trusty
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By D-murray
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1996 Nissan Sentra GLE 4dr Sedan


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I stopped taking care of this car about two years ago and can't kill it. It has <150K miles on it. Rust started as a couple small bubbles in paint and EXPLODED over the last 18months. Only thing I ever did to this thing in over five years and 70k miles is replace spark plug wires, and of course brakes and tires.


Best Features

Good cheap transportation


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