Used 2003 Nissan Sentra Sedan


2003 Nissan Sentra

2003 Highlights

For 2003, there is a new 2.5 Limited Edition trim, which includes GXE front fascia styling, the 165-horsepower QR25 4-cylinder engine, standard automatic transmission, standard Antilock Braking System (ABS) and side-impact supplemental airbags. The Sentra CA model is no longer available as all 1.8-liter engine-equipped Sentra XE and GXE models sold with California emission specifications offer zero evaporative emissions and meet SULEV (Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicles) standards. Other changes this year include a new power steering ratio for XE and GXE, a revised six-speed manual transmission for SE-R Spec V model and a new bright yellow exterior paint color for the SE-R and SE-R Spec V.


Pros

  • Pleasing cabin design, SULEV emissions for California-sold cars, 165-horsepower SE-R sport version, fun to drive.

Cons

  • Generic styling, Limited Edition and SE-R Spec V models command premium price.

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Features & Specs

GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)SE-R 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)XE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)SE-R 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)XE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)2.5 Limited Edition 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
MPG2722272328232822
Seating55555555
Transmission4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic6-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual4-speed automatic
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Horsepower126 hp @ 6000 rpm165 hp @ 6000 rpm126 hp @ 6000 rpm175 hp @ 6000 rpm126 hp @ 6000 rpm165 hp @ 6000 rpm126 hp @ 6000 rpm165 hp @ 6000 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4/5
    Passenger4/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver2/5
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Rollover4/5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    P
    Poor
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    P
    Poor
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    A
    Acceptable

Top Consumer Reviews

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First car
My father got me this car for my high school gradation. It looks like King Kong drop a load on it When i got it. it had all the recalls done to it. It has now 264,xxx miles on the frame, the engine haves around about 150,xxx miles. the last engine die because last owner did not care for it. Now it taking me though college. After i'm out of college I do a complete rebuilt of the car.
Love my car!
I bought my Nissan Sentra in 2003, right off the lot. I wanted something dependable. I had my first issue with the car at 85,000 miles. I had to replace a belt, $30. At 93,000 miles I replaced a battery, $75. At 115,000 miles I replaced a sensor, $160. An now at 125,000 miles I have another $50 issue. So in 7 years, I have only put $315 worth of parts in it(minus tune ups, oil changes, & tires). I can't complain AT All! Daily Driver and now is managing to be my childrens car to learn to drive it. I trust it completly with my kids. Just not sure that I trust my kids with the car! :) My next new car will be a Nissan. Hope this one lasts over 300,000 miles though!
I Miss my Sentra
I bought my Sentra new in 2003. It was a great car, but since I live in the north, I found out the first winter that it needed snow tires, and after getting those it was a great winter car. I live in a town with steep hills so great traction is really important. Although the car rode a little low, it never got stuck in snow. The cluster that controls the gauges failed in about the 5th year, and luckily my extended warranty covered it. I recently traded it for a very low mile 2007 Toyota Corolla and regret it so far. The Toyota has horrible road noise and handling. I am going to replace the tires and hope that helps.
Used 2003 Nissan Sentra Sedan Overview

The Used 2003 Nissan Sentra Sedan is offered in the following styles: GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A), SE-R 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A), XE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A), SE-R Spec V 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M), GXE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), SE-R 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M), XE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), and 2.5 Limited Edition 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A).

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