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#167 of 2065 Buying a sentra
Oct 06, 2000 (1:03 am)
I did quite a bit of research, comparison and test drove Honda civic Ex 2001, Toyota Corolla LE 2001, Mazda Protege ES 2000 and Nissan Sentra GXE 2001. I really liked Nissan GXE 2001. What do you all think? Did I make the right decision? I am getting both the convenience and luxury package and I am paying $14,720. I am paying too much? After reading some postings here I am a little worried about the air conditioning problems and some noise problems above 65mph. Do I need to go for the SE model? Do the above problems exists in the SE model as well? If I should choose the SE model, how much more should I pay on top of $14,720? I also have another question regarding exterior color. I am going for Granite. Does this look good?
Thanks in advance for your comments/suggestions.
Oct 06, 2000 (1:41 am)
You are defintely making the right choice. We test drove all but the Protege, and feel the sentra GXE is much more car than all the others. The civic is very expensive and the engine when you accellerate almost requires the use of earplugs. You can get a totally loaded Sentra SE for the price of a Civic EX and have much more power. As far as the wind noise goes that was probably just with a poorly installed sunroof, as for the AC others have had no problems with it Nissan new about the problem and I am sure they fixed it for 2001. The New Sentra came out totally redesigned in March and so the 2000 model had some new car issues, but I think most have been taken care of towards the end of 2000's production year and definitely now that the 2001's are out.
As far as GXE or SE goes, the GXE 5 sp. would probably have plenty of power. We live in Denver which the altitude really affects the perfomance of cars, so we opted for the SE. If you have an extra $1500 you can spare I would recommend the SE. We are getting our SE automatic with sunroof, and performance package which includes a spoiler(very sweet), sport tuned suspension, and all the other options included in a GXE Luxury and comfort and convenience package. Our price which includes the Ad fee and the Dealer prep fee is 16,695. The invoice is 16,045 plus $300 ad fee, plus 275 dealer prep(in colorado a dealer has to charge everyone that fee). Your price on the GXE sounds good. If you are OK with the pickup and power on a GXE then get it, if you can afford an SE and would like a little more sporty look I definetely think it is worth the price difference. Dont settle for less than at least $1000 off of MSRP.
In regards to color, the Granite looks awesome in the brochure, but I have not been impressed with its look on the lot. I think the Radium would look better if you are inclined towards the gray/ silver colors, otherwise I think the black and white one look the best. Obviously that is a personal preference. Anyway good luck. You are definitely on the right trak.
#169 of 2065 Sentra SE prices
Oct 06, 2000 (9:58 pm)
Iím amazed at how much some dealers are getting (and people are paying) for the Sentra SE 5speed. I ended up paying $14,950 -maybe $200 over invoice - before tax/tag (and NO ADV. FEE!) for my 2000 SE back in June (when they were even more rare). It is identical to the model tested in Edmundsí comparison test - right down to the color, charcoal. It only has the security system and floor mats as options - but hey, it comes pretty much loaded. I test drove an SE with Perf. Pkg., ABS option, and sunroof, but would have been looking at about $2K more (plus more tax), and the dealer who had the loaded model hardly budged from MSRP. Worse yet, every model on that lot that had the perf. Pkg. and ABS also came with the $700 sunroof. I just came off a 3-yr. lease of a Maxima and had used the sunroof maybe twice, so I wasnít about to pay for something I didnít want (donít you hate when they do that?). Bottom line, all the haggling was over the options, most of which I (or the car) didnít need. And forget about recouping the cost of them at trade in (well, maybe the ABS).
I found the ďbaseĒ SE at the dealer I had leased the Maxima from (Endicott in Pompano Beach - not affiliated with Autonation, thank God). Other than missing the ABS, I think I got a way better deal (in fact,the 1 or 2 SEís with the perf. Pkg that Iíve recently seen on the street looked kind of gaudy in the surrounding traffic). Anyway, I can always upgrade the wheels or stereo, but in the meantime I got a helluva car at a great price. Itís as much fun to drive as my old Maxima (at Ĺ the price), reasonably quiet and luxurious, and I havenít noticed a buzzing problem, but then I donít use the gear shift as a handrest, either. The A/C is fine for S. Florida in the summer, the ride is not too stiff considering the handling, and the brakes are excellent. The back seat doesnít have a ton of room, nor the trunk, but my 6' frame fits perfectly in the bolstered seat, and there is plenty of leg and head room. And the gas mileage is great.
Moral of the story: unless youíre going for broke, look into the SE w/o all the add-ons. The dealers seem to be gouging folks for the doo-dads that really are unnecessary on a car this good. But if you go to a dealer, something tells me youíll see more loaded SEís than not.
#170 of 2065 Perf Package value
Oct 06, 2000 (11:26 pm)
The perf package adds limited slip-invaluable for fast takeoffs, especially when turning during "liftoff". IMHO, this was worth the price of the perf package alone. The improved suspension and 16" wheels are nothing to sneeze at, either......
However, there's no denying that even a base XE is a good car.....
(2000 SE 5-speed w/perf package and sunroof)
Oct 07, 2000 (12:07 am)
My car is granite, and it looks very nice.
Oct 07, 2000 (12:35 am)
I liked the black color too (I will never have another white car), but I went for the Inferno color instead. The color is beautiful in the sun and at night. I have an se w/ perf package and sunroof and I couldn't be happier with the car or the color. If you get the black though, thats a good choice too.
#173 of 2065 Happyman1 and Biff4bd
Oct 07, 2000 (5:55 pm)
Thanks for the input on the color, we decided to go with the Black One. Why did you decide never to own a white one? Also I am wavering on the performance package with the stiffer suspension. Does it make the ride to rough over bumps? Anyone's input would be great. I definitely like the SE suspension over the GXE, as you get less body lean in turns, but I don't wont to jar my bones every time I hit a bump in the pavement.
I noticed after my post about price you mentioned how you couldn't believe how much people were paying for their Sentra's. I think I got a very good price. Considering the invoice(not Sticker0 for the options I added over yours are ($606 for the Perf Pack, $730 for the Auto, and 519 for the Sunroof) You add the 1855 for those options to your price of 14,900 and you end up with 16,755 which is $60 more than I paid. We both got great deals, but the Invoice on you SE 5 sp no options is $13624 plus 520 delivery gives you an invoice of 14124, so thier invoice probably included an ad fee and a dealer prep fee if you got it for 14900 and that was 200 over invoice. If you were simply referring to the price others mentioned earlier than please disregard this, and I hope it gives helpful input to others.
#174 of 2065 SE Performance Package
Oct 08, 2000 (8:42 am)
quark, you should be aware that your performance package does not include any rear sway bar let alone a stiffer one. I own a 99 Maxima SE, no rear sway bar standard; a 00 Sentra SE Per.Pak., no rear sway bar standard; and a 99 Altima SE, standard rear sway bar.
I think it is very misleading that Nissan advertises a rear bar for Maxima & Sentra. They DO NOT have one and badly need one.
I purchased a rear bar from Stillen for both cars. They take about 2 hours to install. The difference is apparent as soon as you pull out of the garage and turn into the street! The back end feels much more tied down and considerably more stable. Both cars benefit greatly but I think the effect is more pronounced on the Sentra.
#175 of 2065 Auto vs 5-speed for the SE
Oct 09, 2000 (2:47 am)
How does the acceleration between the auto SE and the 5-speed SE match up? The 5-speed w/ the 145 hp engine probably gets really good stoplight acceleration and passing power but does the auto SE feel like a typical econobox when it comes to these two areas?
#176 of 2065 Thump In Rear Passenger Door
Oct 09, 2000 (3:44 am)
We purchased a new 2000 GXE in June - we now have 3000 miles on it and noticed a thumping sound coming from the rear passenger seat (usually during turns or on bumpy roads). We originally thought something was loose in the wheel well - however we discovered it was the rear door. If we open and close the door quickly, we can duplicate the sound.
Has anyone else experienced this?