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#1264 of 2065 Installing a K&N Air Filter
Jan 29, 2002 (7:02 am)
Hi all....ok I need a little advise here. I purchased a K&N Air Filter for my 2001 Nissan Sentra SE. I had a difficult time opening the air box to install the filter and was concerned I might damage the electrical cable connected to the air box hose so I disconnected it. I replaced the original filter with the K&N, however I was an idiot and neglected to reconnect the air box electrical connector before I started the car. I received a Service Engine Soon warning light when I started the vehicle and decided to turn off the vehicle to double check what I did. That's when I noticed the electrical connector disconnected and reconnected it. The vehicle seems to be operating with no trouble at all, however the Service Engine Soon light remains on and I'm hoping I haven't damaged anything. I understand that the steady light indicates a possible problem with the emmisions system, but it would be obvious this light would turn on if the vehicle suspected a problem with the electrical contact to the air box. Of course, I could take the vehicle in to get a diagnostic which more then likely would determine nothing is wrong and reset the light for a fee I don't want to pay. Does anyone have any suggestions. Thanks...
Jan 29, 2002 (9:41 am)
I'm looking at a few different cars, mainly the Sentra, Protegé, and Civic. I'm hoping to get some honest opinions on the pros and cons car, I know that no car for this price is perfect, the questions is if it's right for me. Comfort and quality are my cheif concerns, but I'm also a bit of an agressive driver. Has anyone had any problems with dealers, mechanics, or general quality? Does anyone regret their purchase?
Jan 29, 2002 (9:47 am)
Aren't you still covered by your warranty? Just take it to the dealer and have them check it out under warranty.
Jan 29, 2002 (9:57 am)
We are in the same boat. Given your requirements, I would give a hard look to the Protege. Not my choice--not even on my final "short list"--but sounds like what you would like. I am looking for reliability and comfort myself. I'm pretty much down to Sentra, Civic, and Elantra. To me, the Civic just has the most solid reputation for quality of the bunch. However, I read about quite a few problems in their threads. I also read a lot about how the driving experience is not exciting at all in Civics. The Sentra does very well against these competitors in magazine comparisons. They say they feel like they cost much more. I would like to buy a Sentra myself, but I don't read very many glowing reviews in this thread about them. There are some, sure, but it does not seem to be a whole lot. They also ad 2 or 3 recalls last year, so I'm waiting to see how they act this year. The Elantra gets nothing but glowing praise from the people who own them. Edmunds is doing a long term test on one now and it is holding up very well. But, it's a Hyundai--and acceptance in society is hard in a Hyundai. As much as we love to say "Buy the car that makes you happy" the reality is a lot harder. The Protege seems to have the most loyal owners in this town hall. Everyone loves the handling and overall driving feel of this car. Reliability and safety do very well, too. I am not a big fan of its looks, so that is why I'm not interested. Good luck to you--let us know what you come up with!
#1268 of 2065 Service Engine Light
Jan 29, 2002 (1:11 pm)
This is not a guaranteed fix but here is my experience with the 'light of death'. After a ghetto airbox mod I disconnected the sensor (I believe an air temp sensor) in the air intake prior to the box. Of course the light of death made its presence known. When I reconnected the sensor the light didn't go off until I had driven nearly 1000 miles. But it did go off with no extra haggling. If the light bothers you take it in, or you can just wait and see.
#1269 of 2065 If Nissan still made the SE..
Jan 29, 2002 (1:17 pm)
with the 2L, I say thats the way to go. I would go now with the Protege. It came in second to the SE for me a year ago.
Jan 29, 2002 (1:22 pm)
You can get a SE-R with the Altima's 2.5 for a little more than $15,500. (You can here, anyway.) Proteges are not cheap--the most basic DX with air and CD will be at least $12k. Check it out, it's worth a shot.
Jan 29, 2002 (2:03 pm)
Protege's resale isn't that great either. There is a Hertz used car lot near me with 00 and 01 Pro's going for 8-10K. Almost the same price as Escorts. Same year Sentras/Corollas are much higher.
#1272 of 2065 Sentra or Protege
Jan 29, 2002 (9:02 pm)
After running around dealerships tonight, The Sentra and Protege with similar engines and the same options turned out to be only a couple hundred bucks difference, the Mazda a little higher. The Sentra leans toward performance more while the Protege leans toward comfort more. I still haven't decided which to go with.
Jan 30, 2002 (7:50 am)
If you need rear seat space, then Protege is the choice. But if not, then Sentra might suit you better in Canadian winter because it has heated mirrors. Just imagine driving with side mirrors covered by ice. Also side mirrors are larger in Sentra than in Protege. Also Sentra has more storage space inside and variable wipers which Protege lucks. Another nice feature of Sentra is that when the key is in ignition you can't lock the car by mistake. Protege has a different feature. It locks all doors when engine is running. Friend of mine who has Protege had this problem twice. He ran engine to heat the car while removing snow from the car. He ended up calling his wife to bring him a second key, because doors where locked.
Again if you consider to carry adults on the rear seats, then Sentra is not a good choice.
BTW, what version of Sentra are you considering? GXE with a lux package?