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Nissan Sentra, Sedan
#1 of 441 Nissan Sentra: Prices Paid & Buying Experience
by KarenS HOST
Mar 04, 2004 (9:58 am)
Share your Sentra buying experience here.
#2 of 441 Not worth it
Mar 31, 2004 (9:04 pm)
I owned Toyota and leased hondas for most part of my driving career . UNTIL i bought my First Nissan, a Pathfinder SE4x4 in 2001. It was the best vehicle i ever owned. I was carried away buy Pathfiner's quality and BOUGHT my second car from Nissan a SENTRA GXE 03
This is almost a disaster, the service engine soon came twice and each time some compoents needed replacement (though in warranty)
Overall all Nissan Dealers/ salesperson are not pleasent to deal with. Thats Why Nissan is still behind Honda & Toyota
I want to know what other Sentra owners have to comment.
#3 of 441 pathy04
Apr 01, 2004 (10:38 am)
"Overall all Nissan Dealers/ salesperson are not pleasent to deal with. Thats Why Nissan is still behind Honda & Toyota"
Unless you have been to ALL Nissan dealers, you are not on ground to make this statement as you have presented it. Additionally, the surveys conducted by Consumer Reports AND JD Powers overwhelmingly indicate that sales satisfaction for Honda, Toyota, AND Nissan all lag the industry average by a significant degree.
My 2003 Sentra 2.5LE has been flawless in its first 14 months and 22,500 miles. It has had two recalls, which I saw as an inconvenience, but Id rather something be detected and corrected at no cost to me prior to becoming an issue. Of course, 10-15 recalls is excessive (reference the Focus, BMW X5, Mercedes ML, etc), and I would find this an unacceptable representation of design and build quality.
The Sentra, as is currently, has been eclipsed by newer more modern designs such as the Mazda 3, the Corolla, etc. However, it is still a very acceptable offering in this class despite is age and its anachronistic appearance in the Nissan lineup. I purchased mine because it had the right safety features (ABS and side airbags with head protection), the right power (165 hp), the right MPG (average 25-26), and the right price $14,500 before TTL. The deals are better now, enough to offset the slightly below class average depreciation, and a 2.5S can be had for $13,500.
So thats my commentary. Any questions?
Apr 01, 2004 (5:10 pm)
Hmm... i guess i'm not lucky
I had purchased my Pathfinder in CA,i went to atleast 10 dealerships before picking one(thats just because of price and trade-in on my Camry)
I moved over to TN and purchased sentra, there are only 4to5 dealerships in Nashville and 2 other were extremly rude and the others were average
On my Honda and Toyota i had been to an average of 10 dearlships and right from reception to final deals were pleasent
Anyway i don not have any complanits on my Pathy and its the best vehicle i'v owned
#5 of 441 rebates down a bit
May 02, 2004 (7:47 pm)
Rebate in the first quarter of 2004 was $2500. Now down to $2000. So the MSRP of a Sentra 1.8 (not S), 5-speed, with typical equipment, is more like $12,400. How low can they go?
#6 of 441 I love my Sentra
Jun 04, 2004 (2:22 pm)
I purchased my Sentra 98 XE, manual in October 2002 for 5800 USD . It had 65,500 miles on it and was owned by 2 people before me.
I drive it to Detroit almost twice a month(900 miles round trip) and i have put 28000 miles in 19 months. It gives me excellent mileage ( close to 38 on the highway) and has not troubled me or betrayed my trust !!!
I give it regular oil changes and maintain all the check up schedules. I have only spent money to change rear brakes till now.
I recommend Sentra as an alternative to the more overrated Civic and Corolla.
#7 of 441 Last-minute dealer add-ons (Scam-like)
Jun 13, 2004 (7:36 pm)
I just purchased two Nissan vehicles (Sentra and Xterra) from a dealership here in New Orleans. We got a good price on them, without question (for the two cars together, we paid about $1100 less than Edmunds TMV), but I was still seriously annoyed when we had arrived at an agreement about EVERYTHING, we were ready to sign documents, and suddenly a $395 (per vehicle) "consumer services" fee showed up on the bill. I hate -- let me say that again -- I ***HATE*** having charges suddenly appear on a bill after I've agreed on a price. Despite the good deal we were getting, I almost walked out of the dealership, simply out of principle. I think that they knew I was ready to walk out, because they at least knocked $100 off each $395 fee, bringing it down to "only" a $590 add-on between the two cars, instead of nearly $800.
This otherwise inexplicable charge was explained to us as a contract that the dealership has with Enterprise Rent-a-Car whereby, if my vehicle is in the shop for more than four hours, I get a free rental car for the duration of the repair. You can get a hell of a lot of rental car time for $800. I was basically told that the contract was "already paid for," and that there was no choice, that it was part of every car they sell. Worse, it's only valid for the first year we own the cars. Basically, it feels to me like a scam, especially being added on at the very last minute like that.
The only thing that kept me from walking out of the dealership was the fact that we've been shopping for almost a year. My car has almost 200,000 miles on it, and my wife has a new job, so we need two cars. We've sat in literally dozens off dealerships, spent countless hours with sales managers trying to bully us, we've had nearly every trick in the book tried on us, and we're utterly exhausted by it at this point. If I had not been 99.9% convinced that we were getting a really good price for good vehicles, at a time when we really need them, I would have simply walked away and never gone back.
Does anybody out there have any experience with these kinds of last-minute add-on "consumer services"? Is there any truth to this "we've already paid for it, everybody has to have it" argument, or did they basically just jack up the price $600 over what they had agreed on? Given the prices we got, I hate to make an official complaint about this dealership, but it really annoys me, just on principle. If I sell somebody an apple for $1, they get to the cash register and when the money is in their hand I say "oh, there's also a $0.10 pesticide fee," then I really wasn't honest about my original price.
(For reference, here's what we got: Sentra 1.8S Manual, road trip package, floor mats/trunk mat, microfilter. Edmunds TMV after rebates: $12,065. Our final price: $11,302. Xterra XE, V6, Manual, World Championship package, Protection package, autodimming EC mirror, floor mats w/o subwoofer, body side molding, splash guards, microfilter. Edmunds TMV after rebates: 19,047. Our final price: $18,709. Total TMV minus our total price = $1101. So, it has nothing to do with getting "ripped off," it's just the principle of adding on a totally unnecessary and unwanted charge AFTER negotiations have been completed.)
Jun 20, 2004 (4:41 am)
Bought Nissan sentra 1.8S Auto 2004 for 12,400 drive out. Extras were carpet mets and splash Guard.
The price includes 5% sales tax.
Was it a good price??
#9 of 441 Re: bought [lalloyadav]
Aug 22, 2004 (11:18 am)
Sounds like a good deal. I went to a nissan dealer yesterday and had an offer of 12,000 from them before tax. So you bought yours at around 11,700 before tax? Which state are you in?
#10 of 441 Poor student wants a Sentra
Aug 24, 2004 (4:02 pm)
I need help deciding if this is a good deal from a dealer.
2000 XE I think, 49k miles, Manual Transmission, looks pretty good, drives pretty well
The asking price is 7400. I am thinking about offering 5 to 5.5K since taxes and used car fees are high