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Nissan Sentra, Sedan
Aug 31, 2002 (6:18 am)
We may see little cosmetic changes here and there over the next couple of years, but expect a redesigned Sentra for the 2005 model year.
In response to venlevi: Every brand of car experiences what you have with your Sentra. Honda, Lexus, Audi, - you name it, and you can find people who have had one of those products fail repeatedly. On the whole, the Sentra's reliability is above average. But I can certainly understand your frustration with the car. Having a dealer that is responsive helps, though. I had a crummy Oldsmobile Alero, but a great Olds dealer - who also sells Nissans. My Olds was returned to the manufacturer under "lemon law", and the manufacturer and dealer wanted to trade me into another Olds - NO WAY! I lost confidence! Most Olds Alero owners have minimal trouble with their cars, but it will take some time for me to trust any GM car again. Now I have a great Sentra SE-R.
#1385 of 2065 03 Limited Edition
Sep 02, 2002 (3:24 pm)
I just saw that for 2003, there is a new model - the 2.5 Limited Edition. This looks like it is the regular body and 15" tires, but with the same engine, suspension, etc. of the SE-R. From what I can tell, it is about $1,200 cheaper than the SE-R. Anybody have more details ?
#1386 of 2065 2.5 Limited
Sep 03, 2002 (2:33 pm)
I'm not certain that it has the same suspension as the SE-R. My understanding is that it's a GXE with the 2.5 and an auto (no manual offered). However I have seen one to verify this info.
Sep 05, 2002 (1:45 pm)
The 2.5 Limited Edition is noting more than a base Sentra with the 2.5 engine that comes in the SER, and a few goodies. It comes with 15" aluminum wheels, a 7 spkr 180W stereo system, front and rear disc brakes, leather wrapped steering wheel, and keyless entry, all standard. It's also only available in automatic. No suspension modifications were made, as far as Nissan has indicated. The standard SER comes with the 165 HP 2.5 L engine, 16" wheels, and is available with a 5 SP manual transmission. It also has a sport tuned suspension and is available with the 300W Rockford Fosgate system. You can go to www.nissandriven.com and find out more. The specs are there.
#1388 of 2065 About #1319 - Brake problem
Sep 07, 2002 (3:57 pm)
I have an '01 Sentra GXE with the 14" Dunlops and, as all 01 GXEs, rear drum brakes & no ABS. I noticed the brakes felt strange somehow, was a little concerned that they didn't seem to have much power. I almost had a very sad incident that confirmed this --- on a wet road I skidded and almost rear-ended when I should have been able to stop easily. I think the rear brakes didn't do anything, only the fronts were actuating properly. Dealer offered to 'clean the brakes' at my expense, didn't want to adjust them (There's nothing wrong bla bla bla). I confirmed the problem on a snowpacked road... slammed on the brakes HARD, only the fronts locked, the rear brakes did not lock!! Now, if you need to stop quick on a surface with minimal friction, you want and expect all 4 wheels to lock up (if you're pointed in the right direction that is). Two ain't enough, and it meant something is very wrong with the rear brakes!
The rear drum brakes are supposed to self-adjust. I think it works something like this: a ratchet mechanism in the rear wheel is activated whenever you pull up the e-brake handle, moving the shoes toward the drum a little. I suspect what happened is mine weren't even close to proper adjustment as it came from the factory. So I tried pumping the e-brake handle repetitively, maybe 40 times or so, until the feel changed. Sure enough, the braking feel was much different then, and I no longer get the feeling they are substandard brakes.
#1389 of 2065 Bad dealers, good luck
Sep 10, 2002 (5:25 pm)
I'm sad to say this, since I have worked for Nissan in the past, but the first Nissans I have purchased may be my last. The cars themselves are great, and I am glad I bought them. The dealers, unfortunately, leave much to be desired.
We own a 2000 GXE Automatic, and a 2001 GXE 5-Speed. We had a few minor problems with the 2000, and so far not a hitch with the 2001 (which is more than a year old).
On the other hand, I have experienced dealer problems up the wazoo, which is something that seems to be a trend on this and other Sentra-related forums.
Happily, there are many dealers in my area, so I can pick and choose. Still, after having an oil change at one dealer that left me with a broken dipstick and the battery ports all unscrewed (five loose, one just sitting on the battery), I am not surprised to hear that some dealers are unable to repair serious problems (like 01sentragxe's brake adjustment issue).
A final note on this: for many reasons, Nissan is not the only manufacturer with dealership problems.
Ultimately, your best defense against bad dealerships is knowledge and options. Take the time to learn about cars (or befriend someone who already has) so you'll know what you're talking about, and make sure there is more than one dealership in your area so that you have options.
#1390 of 2065 Response to SR20D lifespan
Oct 05, 2002 (6:25 pm)
Bought a 91 SE-R new with the SR20D engine. Sold it last summer with 152,000 miles. Still strong at the time. Still had all the original accessories, such as water pump. The engine was a major factor in my choice of a replacement. A 2001 Sentra SE with the SR20D engine.
#1391 of 2065 1993 Sentra 4 door when to change timing belt
Oct 08, 2002 (11:11 am)
A friend of mine here at the office has a 93 4 dr Sentra with 80,000 and change on it. She does not recall ever changing the timing belt. I checked the Edmunds section for maintenance but didn't see the suggested mileage for changeing the t-belt. Of course she does not have the owner's manual. Anyone know for sure?
#1392 of 2065 1988 Sentra
Oct 12, 2002 (11:34 pm)
Does anybody know how much power the '88 Sentra sedan had? Thanks!
Oct 13, 2002 (6:24 am)
Her Sentra has a timing chain, not a belt. No need to change it.