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Nissan Sentra, Sedan
#237 of 452 Re: Great vehicle. Best value in class at time of purchase (June 2008) [re [kneedsacar]
Jul 29, 2008 (11:11 pm)
The three most important factors for me in selecting the vehicle were price, safety, and reliability, in that order. And on the first and most important criterion, cost, the Sentra won hands down over the Mazda 3 (and all others) because of two reasons. One you already mentioned, which were the rebates. My Sentra purchase qualified for $2,000 in rebates and incentives and at the time, the Mazda 3 was at maybe only $500 or $1,000 at best. The second was that at the time, after visiting this forum and contacting some dealers, it was apparent that negotiating the car a few hundred dollars below invoice was both prevalent and required just a little effort and cunning. Thus, being able to cut the price down to 600 dollars below invoice and also having rebate incentives that were at least twice as large as any other competing vehicles in the class sealed it for me.
I will say that if looks and attractiveness of the vehicle were a higher priority for me, it would be harder to move away from the Mazda 3. The look and profile of the car, the 17" alloy wheels (and very nice wheel designs at that), and the rear disc brakes are all very nice at this price point. I personally don't think the Sentra is a good looking vehicle at all, it more like a mini-mini van in shape than a sporty compact sedan, which is really what the Mazda 3 embodies.
However, the shape of the Sentra does give it a lot of practical, useful, and versatile interior space, no doubt about that. This is very handy for those who have to haul a bunch of stuff or people every so often or college folks that are having to move all their stuff every academic year or so. Also, I do feel from my test drives that the Nissan Sentra engine and transmission is superior to the Mazda engine and transmission. They are both 2.0L but I think the crucial difference is the CVT vs the 4 speed auto. I felt the Sentra powertrain was more powerful, responsive, effortless, and fuel efficient at every point along the power band when compared to the Mazda.
Also, one last note, I think this current generation of Mazda 3 will be replaced sometime soon, maybe within the next 12 months whereas this current generation Sentra was introduced in the '07 model year.
#238 of 452 Re: Trying to decide on options for 2.0S... [igozoomzoom]
Jul 29, 2008 (11:23 pm)
I totally agree that if you're buying a near 1k option package on a 16k car, it better offer some value. I will say this about the convenience package, which I wanted to get and attracted me more to the Sentra, I think it's a relatively low cost way to get bluetooth in your car that's integrated from the manufacturer. What I mean is that if you wanted bluetooth from the factory in a competing vehicle of this class, well, some cars just don't offer it, and others only offer it on the highest level trim. So in other words, configuring the lowest possible cost for a bluetooth equipped car will be cheaper with the Sentra than with competitors in it's class.
Personally, I think bluetooth should come standard in all cars, it's absurd they don't come in all of them because the parts probably cost the manufacturers a few dollars at most. But of lot of places are now banning talking on your cell phone while driving unless you have a hands free setup, so it might be worth future-proofing.
I basically bought the convenience package for the bluetooth. One question, what exactly is different on the Intelligent Key with the convenience package than the key without convenience package?
Also, I never heard that the alloy wheels need to be paired with the convenience package. That's not true at all. Maybe they don't have any on the lot that are like that, but I'm sure you can get a car that way.
#239 of 452 Re: Trying to decide if I have a "deal" [anycall]
Jul 30, 2008 (4:40 am)
Thanks for your input. I do tend to beat myself up over buying a car - just don't like to the be their next sucker. I am waiting to hear back from them today.
I can't wait forever, but I can wait several years to buy a car. I will have to make a decision concerning this car by Saturday b/c my credit union is only offering a lowered interest rate till then.
#240 of 452 Re: Trying to decide if I have a "deal" [gadgetgirl4]
Jul 30, 2008 (7:06 am)
My credit union offered 4.99% up to 60 months but I got 3.9% for 48 months + $1250 rebate through NMAC(nissan). Currently Nissan offers 3.9%(up to 60 months) + $1000 rebate or $1500 rebate. When I purchased the car, Nissan offer was either low financing or the rebate but when I gave dealer my final number ($16500), they manipulated(?) the numbers where it looks like I got both low APR and the rebate. I think you can negotiate where you can get the 3.9% + $1500 rebate. good luck!
#241 of 452 Help the Lady Deal in Buying A Sentra
Aug 04, 2008 (3:48 pm)
Looking for someone who bought a sentra in phx recently. What dealership? How much did you pay? I hate the negotiating part. I just want to know what is the best deal. (I'm already pre-approved by my credit union)
#242 of 452 Re: Help the Lady Deal in Buying A Sentra [phxsunstrok]
Aug 04, 2008 (5:40 pm)
Hi: I'm not from Arizona but I bought a 2008 Sentra SL about five months ago. I'm not sure if I got the best deal or not, but I was able to get the Sentra SL which has leather seats, sunroof, ABS, Intelligent key, bluetooth, CVT, steering wheel audio controls, etc. I was able to buy my car for around $18,500 with the rebates they were offering at that time.
So I would say you can negotiate quite a bit with this car. By the way, it's been great so far. Very quiet, good pickup, great gas mileage and plenty of interior space. Please let me know how you make out. Best of luck!!
#243 of 452 Issues with 08 Sentra (Starting and Speaker Sound)
Aug 04, 2008 (7:46 pm)
Has anyone heard about a recall on the 07 and 08 Sentra? I had to take mine in after it hesitated in starting (1250 miles, owned for 2 & 1/2 mos), said they needed to order a part. Then a friend called and told me he heard of a recall. Also, the speaker sound appears to be going in and out, dealer told me they didn't hear anything abnormal, like it was not occurring. Of course, later that day, speakers started again and still doing the same. I will readdress this issue when the part comes in (that will make 3rd time to service dept, don't want to keep going back and forth, time is money and this is aggravating). In fact, you would think they would have the part needed in stock, since it is a new vehicle. After spending 1 & 1/2 hrs on a Sat am, I did not think to question why part not available or trying to spend any more time in the packed waiting room. Also wanted to at least make sure it was documented that these things were happening to a brand new vehicle.
#244 of 452 questions abt 2.0S and Sentra in General
Aug 06, 2008 (9:20 am)
Convinence package IS required to get alloy wheels on the S trim. so your total package cost is about $1k+, which might make you think to buy SL since it's only abt $2k more and has leather seats, trip pc, bigger center display, etc. With rebates and all, SL should be less thak $18 OTD, may be even cheaper for year end deals.
Compared to Civic, Corolla and Mazda 3, Sentra is the best bang for the money. no other car offers you leather seats, alloy wheels, trip pc, CVT, roomy interiors for this price. Mazda 3 got really close performance wise but has bas safety ratings, Civic is better looks wise but has a weak engine and is more expensive. Corolla, doesn't even come close.
So overall I would recommend Sentra out of those 4 cars. It definitely NOT the best looking compact car out there, but other than that, it wins in every category. Toyota and Honda seems to be more realiable, but Nissan is not bad either, and costs you a lot less.
Hope that helps.
#245 of 452 Re: questions abt 2.0S and Sentra in General [hmshah]
Aug 06, 2008 (10:21 am)
no other car offers you leather seats, alloy wheels, trip pc, CVT, roomy interiors for this price.
If the CVT is a must, then I agree. If an ordinary AT could suffice, then the Elantra SE with heated leather seats is a good value also, plus it includes ESC which is not offered on the Sentra. Also the Optima EX is a good value, with current incentives (still no CVT, but a 5AT).
#246 of 452 Re: Help the Lady Deal in Buying A Sentra [phxsunstrok]
Aug 10, 2008 (7:43 pm)
I am in Gilbert, have been looking at Nissan Sentra, Altima and also Hyundai Elentra and Sontana. I have been to tempe and chandler Nissan. I was treated better at tempe. But I have heard pinnacle is ok. But I am still looking. Are you for sure on a Sentra?