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#1610 of 2065 No problems
Apr 08, 2004 (6:09 am)
My boyfriend bought a Sentra LE in '94 and has kept it this whole time (he'll be buying a 2004 in a few months). He's never had to have any major work done on it and hasn't really had any problems.
I just bought my first car, a 2004 Sentra 1.8S and I couldn't be happier. After driving that old '94 around and then a series of my parents crappy rustbuckets it was a welcome change.
#1608 - I have that same rumbling. It's normal. I've had a 27-point inspection and everything appears to be okay.
I also had the engine light come on, and I was told that it came on because of a flaw in the software on the trip computer and the software had to be replaced. Once they replaced it, the light never came back on.
I like that Sentra so much that I'll never buy any other car than a Nissan. I've driven Ford, Chevy, Daewoo, Kia, and GMC and they all suck compared to a Nissan. It's like driving in a luxury car to me. It's so responsive and powerful. I can't see why anyone wouldn't want one...
#1611 of 2065 no problems
Apr 08, 2004 (7:56 am)
Happy to hear that you like your 04 Sentra. It's a great car that will last a long time. It's a proven design and very realiable.
There are several other cars in the same category, like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3. These are all very good cars and I'll bet you would like them too.
Compared to an 11 year old Sentra any of these will feel like a luxury car!
Apr 08, 2004 (11:13 am)
I would like any car that is reliable, but I feel a loyalty to Nissan. I doubt I'll try anything else like Mazda or Toyota. I don't doubt they are good, I just feel like I would be cheating myself if I didn't stick with Nissan. It's weird, isn't it?
#1613 of 2065 Re: to #1611 [skyler #1612]
Apr 08, 2004 (8:22 pm)
Has anyone actually test driven and/or compared the Mazda 3 (automatic transmission) sedan to the Nissan Sentra 1.8 S sedan? As others have mentioned, the Mazda 3 seems like a comparable car to the Sentra, like the Honda Civic for example.
But Edmunds did not have a "True Cost to Own" figure yet for the relatively new Mazda make-model to compare against Nissan's compact sedan, so I was reluctant to seriously consider the Mazda 3 ... and wonder in hindsight if I should have....
Also, I've been driving the 2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8 S for awhile...and I cannot seem to find a comfortable seating position, adjustment for the driver's seat, even though I'm not what you call "tall" by any means.
Even with the tilt steering and two driver's seat left-sided "dials" and the forward-back seat handle directly below the driver's seat, I seem to have a difficult time finding a position that doesn't make my legs feel cramped. Any suggestions?....
Apr 09, 2004 (5:48 am)
Is a dynamically superior car to the Sentra in every way. The Sentra is now in its 5th and final year of the design, with a new one expected in the fall of 04 as an 05 or in the spring of 05 as an 05 or 06 model. I own a Sentra 2.5L and am thoroughly pleased, it serves its purpose well, is cheap, safe, reliable and fun. It does not, however, offer best in class ride, handling, room, or styling. Im 5-7 and 145, and have no problems with front seat comfort or driving position.
#1615 of 2065 NVIS auto-theft security & stereo antenna on 2004 Sentra 1.8 S
Apr 10, 2004 (9:45 am)
I have a couple of questions about the 2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8 S sedan that maybe someone can answer definitively for me:
* Do you know if the 2004 Sentra 1.8 S comes equipped, standard, with Nissan's Vehicle Immobilization System, or NVIS?
(NVIS, as I understand, uses a computer chip embedded in the car keys, like a miniature radio transmitter, that allows only the proper owner to operate the car and not thieves.)
* The 2004 Sentra 1.8 S has a radio antenna located on the exterior front of the passenger side that can be removed with a wrench if necessary.
Does the antenna need to be removed before taking the car through an automated, professional car wash? Will the brushes, etc. snap off or bend out of shape the antenna?
(And if the antenna should be removed to prevent damage, what about the hole in the hood that's left? How and should it be covered before going to a professional car wash?)
Apr 10, 2004 (3:41 pm)
I don't think our Sentra's have the NVIS system. We also have a '01 Altima with the security alarm and it does have it, according to the dealer, and the key is different than mine. We only have keyless entry on our cars. I could be wrong about this, so if anyone else can shed some light on this issue, feel free to clarify this.
I've never taken the antenna off before going thru the car wash and nothing has ever happened to it. It's one of those whip antennas, so I'd just leave it alone.
Hope this helps.
#1617 of 2065 Antifreaze Leek on 2004 Sentra?
Apr 10, 2004 (7:52 pm)
it's been since the second time i dive my new Sentra 1.8S, after I turn of the engine, i hear the leaking sound (same as my old VW Jetta), i bought the car in March, only dive it for 900 miles.
My question is: 1.Is the leaking sound after turning of the engine normal?
2. If not normal, would that be antifreaze problem?
Thank you in advance for any input!
Apr 10, 2004 (8:31 pm)
I wouldn't trust the fate of your antenna to a carwash. It can be bent or broken if caught by a rotating brush. Unscrewing the antenna doesn't leave a hole. It unscrews from a stud that sticks up out of the fender, so there is nothing you have to worry about covering up.
#1619 of 2065 noise question
Apr 11, 2004 (1:11 pm)
I have a 2004 2.5S. I bought it a few months ago.
After the engine is shut off, I still hear these
cracking noise (like metal is expanding and contracting) for a few minutes. I figured that it was winter and it was caused by contact of cold air and hot engine. But winter has passed and it is still making these noise. The guy at the dealer said is just the engine cooling down and is normal. My old car does not make this noise. Is this normal? Thanks for your help