2002 Nissan Sentra Consumer Review: Not Reliable

2002 Nissan Sentra - Consumer Review

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GXE Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Not Reliable
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2002 Nissan Sentra GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Only 85k miles. Sentra has mechanical problems. Recent dealer service quote: “will need to replace head gasket, valve cover seal, front crank seal, exhaust manifold gasket, and the intake gasket and all spark plugs. Drive belts are heavily cracked. Timing chain stretched needs tensioner and guides.” Past issues: Oil dip stick broke resulting in removal of oil pan with NTB and dealer service pointing fingers. Brake calipers malfunctioning causing abnormal pad wear and short rotor life on left front. After +$2,000 in repairs, the Sentra just is not worth it. Have owned a Geo Storm, Honda Accord, Chevy Blazer, Ford Mustang, and Jeep Cherokee. All lasted +130k miles.

Best Features

None. Lack of quality makes competitors more appealing.

Worst Features

Drive train quality.
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