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#157 of 2065 new 2000 Sentra SE owner
Oct 03, 2000 (6:43 am)
For those of you with questions about the SE
model, maybe I can help. (Especially since the 2000 and 2001 models are identical.)
I got the 5-speed SE in Heatwave (red) with the Performance Package and sunroof, and I absolutely love it! After all the research and dealer comparison I did, I was able to get my car for the no-hassle price of $15,750 (w/ floor mats and wind deflector, too)... thank you Edmunds! I actually might have been able to go lower, but I had them searching the East Coast for a very specific car that was practically sold out everywhere. (Of the few they did locate, many of the other dealers weren't willing to part with them b/c they were the only ones they had.) My dealer definitely earned the little bit of profit they got out of me! Also, Nissan was doing a test drive promo, so for just test driving a new Sentra, I got a $50,
high-quality, sporty brief bag for free... it's my
current school bag!
Anyway... in regards to the midnight interior, I
too was worried about having a dark interior like that and was wishing I could have gotten the stone color. But, the Perf Pkg was more important to me than the cloth color. When I got my car, I was pleasantly surprised with the interior. It actually is not black as the pictures imply... instead, it is kind of a dark gray. (Think a darker version of the stone color with a hint of midnight blue in the dark gray.) And actually, the trim on everything from the bottom of the windows up to the ceiling is not as dark as the trim on the lower part of the car and the floor. There are about 2 or 3 shades of this midnight blue-gray color used throughout the interior. I think it is very pretty and elegant looking and I am very happy with it.
As for the seat cloth, it is a very dark gray (almost black but not quite) with flecks of colors in it (mostly dark red, dark blue, and I think some dark green). It is kind of sporty-looking and I am happy with it. I got my car at the end of July, so I have had it through some hot summer days and I honestly have not noticed that the car gets any hotter than a car with a light-colored interior after sitting outside in the sun. (My mom got a 2000 Maxima SE with tan-colored leather and I think
her interior got hotter than mine ever did.) I
know what they taught us in physics class about dark colors absorbing more heat, but what difference does a couple of degrees make once you're up to 100 degrees or more anyway?
Someone mentioned that they found the Sentra to be noisy at high speeds when there was a sunroof... I haven't had this be the case. It is possible that that particular sunroof was not installed properly. I did notice during the first week that I had my car (when I was waiting for the wind deflector to come in) that the wind was rather noisy when the sunroof was open, but I never had a problem with it closed, and I hardly ever close the cloth panel. After I got the deflector, the wind noise was much decreased... I highly recommend the $50 accessory. (See if they will throw it in!) By the way, the sunroof is tinted, so you don't get baked by the sun like you do in a Maxima.
The sound system is great! Mine has the 6-speaker system... one of the, like, two things they changed in the 2001's is that the premium sound system gets a 7-speaker system (a subwoofer was added). This is like the Maxima. (Oh well... I am not sure I would notice the difference anyway!) I love the CD player... I never really used a cassette player, so I don't miss that at all. The only thing I ever used one for was to plug in a portable CD player... what a hassle that was!!
I actually never got to test drive a manual SE.
All the dealer had were auto GXE's. But in that
drive, I realized right away that I wanted the SE
with the bigger engine. My old Prizm only had a 1.6L-4 cyl., so I thought moving up to 1.8L-4 would be a marked improvement. But, as soon as I came off the interstate entrance ramp and tried to quickly speed up and merge with traffic, I noticed that even the 1.8L engine was a little sluggish. I am not sure I would have experienced this if it weren't for the fact that there were 4 adults in the car, one of those being my 6'5", 260 lb. brother! (Yes, he did fit in this compact car!) So, with that, I knew I wanted the SE. I couldn't be happier with my decision. The SE has great pickup and is very nimble.
(By the way, for those of you who have yet to test drive, I would suggest doing one with a full car load. First of all, you really get a feel for the size of the interior that way and secondly, you can really test out the engine. Then, if you want, you can do a second test with just the driver and the salesman, so you can see how the car will most likely feel with only one person in the car. I was actually worried about the Sentra being too small after my test drive... with my brother in the car, it did seem that way... but once I drove it by myself, it felt much bigger.)
Well, I guess that wraps it up... (congrats for
making it to the end of this epic!) I apologize
for this post being so long, but I just love my new car so much, it is hard not to gush about it! Good luck to all you would-be Sentra owners out there... hope this post helps!
#158 of 2065 P.S. regarding the shifter...
Oct 03, 2000 (6:45 am)
Okay, I lied, I wasn't done. So, quickly...
I have not experienced a buzzy shifter... mine has been just fine. So, I guess that is kind of a random thing and not a widespread problem. I actually find the shifter to be very smooth and easy to use.
#159 of 2065 Overdrive in the city???
Oct 03, 2000 (7:06 pm)
Saw the post over keeping the overdrive available all the time including in the city. I see absolutely nothing wrong with this. Maybe the mechanic can tell us why it is preferable to leave OD off except on the highway???
#160 of 2065 overdrive in the city
Oct 03, 2000 (11:31 pm)
If you are referring to the post i put in about OD, no, there is nothing "wrong" with OD in the city stop and go per se, but it creates extra strain on the engine and trans. I used to own a 87 S-10 blazer. Notorius for transmissions not lasting past 50,000 miles. Mine lasted over 110,000 miles (Sold car) because i did three important things. First: changed the trans oil on a regular basis, two, installed a trans cooler, and three(most important)told my wife that she MUST not drive in OD in the city where it is stop and go 40 mph or less. Think of it as you would riding a 10 speed bike. If you are in a high gear not going to fast and then try to go fast, it's a strain on your legs. Same thing with the car.
Oct 04, 2000 (12:49 am)
Thanks for the info on SE's Midnight Interior. I didn't mind the long response, and I'm sure other new buyers also appreciate any info they can get. I was wondering what anyone's opinion would be on putting the two tone leather(Medium gray, with Dark Grey) in the Sentra. And If white is too much of a girl color. The car is for my wife, but I love it and I want to drive it a lot too. My leaning is toward the black or the radium.
#162 of 2065 Color and other stuff
Oct 04, 2000 (12:45 pm)
The thought has never crossed my mind that white is a girls' color. I've had my white SE since July, and gender discussions have never come up as a result. BMW's are popular in white, and I see a lot of guys driving them, as a further example. I wouldn't think twice about it, unless you're getting the Sentra in Fuchsia Pink.
Just added real wood trim to the door rings that circumvent the handles. It looks great, and does a nice job of adding an upscale look to the already impressive interior.
Been running synthetic oil and a high performance oil filter for the last few weeks. Of course, I can't tell a difference, but am looking forward to the long term and cold weather benefits synthetic oil provides. Also have an increased peace-of-mind feeling associated with it, particularly when I'm revving the engine beyond 6000 rpms
Going to get one last wax job in before the cold weather hits -- don't forget to wax those pretty alloy wheels.
#163 of 2065 7,600 Miles on our GXE...
Oct 04, 2000 (5:46 pm)
We purchased a 2000 GXE early this year, and were quite happy with it. 7,600 miles (and a cross-country trip to California) later, we're still happy with it.
At least one person has mentioned the air conditioning, and ours worked throughout the cross-country trip -- 8-10 hours a day for four days. It did have a little trouble keeping up in Nevada, but it seems understandable when the outside temperature is over 105 degrees.
There have been a few little issues, but they haven't been enough of a problem to mention to the dealer yet. Here's the list of every problem we've had with the car since delivery:
- Climate control knob won't turn all the way to Defrost, altough the defroster comes on just fine;
- The center console trim piece (below the radio, above the shifter) won't seat properly on the right side, leaving a small visible gap;
- The black interior trim piece backing the left-hand mirror came loose, but snapped back into place with a good shove;
- The driver's seat fabric came loose under the front edge of the seat, but snapped back into place with a little effort;
- There's an occasional 'clunk' coming from the steering column when parking.
That's it, folks. The clunk started a few weeks ago, and I will inform the dealer when I drop it off for service. I'll also have the climate control knob looked at. The remaining problems seem to be related to the early build date; the factory workers were probably getting used to putting the interior together.
In the meantime, it's quick, it's economical, it's comfortable, and continues to be a great car -- enough so that we're looking at buying another Nissan as our second car.
Oct 04, 2000 (7:51 pm)
Glad you are happy with your Sentra. You have mentioned that it is economical. Can you tell more precisely what is your gas mileage after 7600 miles? Is it automatic or standard? After break in period, is it quieter then brand new or the same?
Thanks in advance.
Oct 05, 2000 (1:17 am)
Sentrafan, I appreciate the input on the colors. I am sitting around on a layover in DesMoines IA and everyone thought I was crazy for thinking white is a girls color, except one guy from Belgium who thought it might be. It all may be a moot point, because I saw a Black SE with the tail and I was blown away. Even my wife thinks that looks great(the first color we agree upon!! Yeah!!!) The whole problem has been me. We went looking for a car for my wife and when we stumbled upon the Sentra SE I decided I wanted it, therefore I have had way too much input on the decision making process for her car. But that shows how great this car is. Anyway thanks for the input and thanks to Davejay for the info on the A/C. We will have to decide this weekend which one to go with. Sounds like we can't go wrong with either one. We will probably go with the black since I have officially stolen the car from her. Yes it will now be for me and she will get the 98 Altima that we already own. The Altima has been a great car and now we will add one more Nissan product.
#166 of 2065 Re: color choice
Oct 05, 2000 (3:35 pm)
My last car (95 Sentra GLE) was black, and so I did not want to get the same color again for variety's sake. Also, it is perhaps the most difficult color to keep up with, because it so easily shows dirt, dust, and scratches/swirls. However, when it's cleaned and polished it looks awesome. I'd recommend a weekly wash and adherence to a consistent wax routine, and I think you'll find you made the right choice. Let us know how the negotiations go, and good luck!