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#1707 of 2065 Re: 2005 Sentra [ottomatic]
Nov 11, 2004 (4:38 pm)
I like my 2004 Sentra, for the most part. Bought it in February 2004 and as of Nov. 10, I have 26K on it. It is in the shop right now, bad right front suspension, trunk lock assembly and poor gas mileage. I track all my miles and average 29mpg with a 1.8L where the EPA sticker says it should be 35mpg - never got it. With 26K in 8 months, you can be assured it is not city driving. I was told by the service manager that 29 was not unreasonable. I countered that a 20% reduction is unreasonable. If you are buying for mileage, take a closer look at Honda or Toyota - forget Nissan, whether 2005 or not. I got hoodwinked, never again.
#1708 of 2065 Re: 2005 Sentra [pfinnell]
Nov 11, 2004 (5:31 pm)
You "average" 29MPG. Those are your exact words. If thats the average, you have lower MPGs and higher MPGs in there. I'm sorry, but with regards to MPG, its caveat emptor, as the EPA cycles are very very defined conditions. If you were truly buying for mileage, you would have surely noticed the Corolla's significantly higher MPG (3-4 gallons per mile), and gone that route. Im sorry, but I do have to agree that 29 MPG average is not a problem in your vehicle.
Nov 11, 2004 (7:17 pm)
Having had 2 Corollas previously, a '88 FX and a '96 DX, I will agree that Toyota's are top notch when it comes to higher mileage in their automatics. 3 to 4 higher mpg's are actually about right. I've finally resolved myself to this fact and am enjoying driving my Sentra GXE now. It rides like a much bigger car, and the brakes beat Toyota hands down.
With only 2 problems which were fixed under warranty, the car has been very reliable in the 1 1/2 years of ownership. And my kids really like driving it. So far, it's met it's desired purpose for our family, a cheap to keep and own vehicle. It does what it's supposed to do!
#1710 of 2065 Re: Mileage [sandman46]
Nov 11, 2004 (7:25 pm)
Glad to hear you're happy. I love my 2.5LE. Poor cupholders and a tight back seat are my main complaints. You definitely hit the nail on the head.... Nissan's brakes offer a much better pedal feel to me than do comparable Toyota's (though the Corolla pedal and capability with ABS are actually quite decent)
#1711 of 2065 too good to be true
Nov 11, 2004 (7:53 pm)
I saw an ad in the paper for a new 2005 1.8S automatic for 9,995 at Nissan dealership in chicagoland, is this a real offer, or just to get me to the dealership.
#1712 of 2065 Unarchived by request
Jan 23, 2005 (4:39 pm)
#1713 of 2065 History of Nissan Sentra??
Jan 23, 2005 (6:03 pm)
Hello, im in the market for a new car and ive narrowed my choices to the '05 nissan sentra 1.8s and the corolla s but when i visited the msn/auto website i noticed that under the reliability/review ratings they stated that from 2000, 2001, and 2002 the sentra had major problems with its engine. Im wondering if I should reconsider purchasing a sentra even though its less expensive than corolla due its significant engine problems in the past.
Jan 23, 2005 (6:27 pm)
No real problems with the car except that the mileage isn't as good as the Corolla. Besides that, not a bad car for the money.
Jan 24, 2005 (12:41 am)
I would imagine the bad engine ratings were due to a few recalls issued. The engines themselves are reliable but there were a few recalls for parts that could lead to engine failure. There have been no further recalls since 2002 on the engine. I must say though that the Sentra is quite archaic compared to the Corolla, or any other economy car for that matter. If you can get one for cheap, its a reasonable set of wheels, but definitely not very refined, powerful, fuel efficient, or roomy.
#1716 of 2065 Re: creoleboi [lngtonge18]
Jan 24, 2005 (9:10 am)
I agree. This Sentra's time has passed, unless you're looking at an SE-R or SE-R Spec V.
I love my 03 2.5LE (purchased Jan 03)- but at that point, it had comparative advantages- a 165hp 4 cylinder, 4 wheel discs with ABS, and side airbags with head protection.
Now, many competitors offer similar features, more room, better crash scores, fuel economy, etc.
I'd recommend a Hyundai Elantra for bargain shoppers, and if you can find one with ABS and side curtains, the Corolla is an excellent mix of economy, safety, refinement, room, and reliability.