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#416 of 452 Price paid for 2012 Sentra S with convenience pack
Jul 18, 2012 (10:52 am)
$14600 after $2500 rebate during 4th of July weekend. I also bought 2012 SR with special edition pack for $15500 after $2000 ($500 bonus and $500 college grad) rebate 4th of July weekend. I took advantage of the $500 bonus for the 4th of July.
In 2011 I bought a sentra s with convenience package floor mats and splash guards for $13389 after $3000 rebate ($500 college grad+$500 bonus holiday + $1500 cash back + $500 nissan captive cash for finance).
#417 of 452 2012 Sentra SR w/ Special Edition Package
Jul 30, 2012 (8:43 pm)
My new CVT Sentra SR Special Edition: I traded in a Scion XB which had negative equity of $2,000. The MSRP was $20,300 for the Nissan. I paid OTD $18,500. This price includes the Scion negative equity and PA sales tax and tags/title/docs.
It comes out to $16,000 for my $20,300 Sentra. And this is a deal my dealer offered me, without any haggling. When I went to another Nissan dealer to try and improve the deal, they didn't want any part of it. So I bought the car.
Mileage is lackluster at 25mpg (my best is a 29mpg tank on the highway with cruise set 68mph and my worst has been 22mpg almost all city driving), and the CVT and gutless engine are soul-less. Also, the AC is weaksauce and the stereo sounds pretty lame. And finally, the interior plastics and fit/finish are subpar compared to the Cruze, Mazda3, Focus, and even the Subaru.
The positives outweigh the negatives, in my book: the car is very quiet and smooth-riding, it looks good with all the spoilers and sunroof, it's very spacious compared to rivals, for such a cheap purchase it has a every convenience you could ever need (great navi with traffic, bluetooth, keyless go, foglights, the aforementioned sunroof), the seats are 5-hour comfortable, and I know resale is good on this car.
At the end of the day, no matter what poor fuel consumption it gets, the cheap price will always trump other more efficient cars. I'm very happy with my car.
#418 of 452 Re: 2012 Sentra SR w/ Special Edition Package [miamifan1]
Jul 31, 2012 (2:58 pm)
Is this the 2.0 engine? If so, I am very surprised you are getting only 29 mpg 68 mph on cruise. At that speed on a long freeway trip, my 2.0 CVT (2010) can touch 40 mpg w/o AC and upper 30s with AC. In fact, that mpg you are getting is so sub-par you might have the dealer look at the car, something might be wrong.
#419 of 452 Re: 2012 Sentra SR w/ Special Edition Package [backy]
Aug 14, 2012 (6:26 am)
I hear what you say about the mileage I'm getting vs what you are seeing. I can't even imagine how you are able to accomplish 40mpg. Seems far-fetched to me. Are you actually calculating the pump? Or just going by the computer reading? I calculate pump.
What do I tell the dealer regarding poor fuel economy? How do I prove this so they fix it? What can they even fix, in order to improve mileage?
#420 of 452 Re: 2012 Sentra SR w/ Special Edition Package [miamifan1]
Aug 14, 2012 (9:05 am)
When I calculate at the pump the results are very close to the computer mpg on long trips.
I just took another trip in my Sentra a week ago, about 200 miles, and got 43 mpg outbound (with the wind, no AC, more downgrades than upgrades) and 37 mpg on the return (against the wind, AC on, more upgrades than downgrades). I kept freeway speed under 70, usually around 67-68.
What I recommend you do is take a test trip with as few variables as possible. Map out a highway course that has a limit no more than 65 mph, and stay to the limit. It should be at least 10 miles one way, but longer the better. Set tire pressures to factory spec, top off the tank to first click at slowest setting at the start of the trip, get on the freeway, reset the average mpg, drive out and back at same speed (again, at the speed limit, 65 or less), use no AC if possible, use cruise unless you are skilled at driving with a light foot. Then return to the same gas station, same pump, and refill to first click on slowest setting. Also check the average mpg readout. If it is as low as you said earlier, document those results e.g. take a picture of the avg mpg readout and save your gas receipt, document the details of your test trip, and go to your dealer and ask to talk with the service manager.
There are some things that can affect FE such as a bad sensor, previous use of bad gas etc., but you should be getting a warning light for that kind of thing. The bottom line is, you should be getting much higher FE in this car than you are, given what you stated about how you drive it.
#421 of 452 Re: 2012 Sentra SR w/ Special Edition Package [backy]
Aug 14, 2012 (7:34 pm)
I'm headed to Baltimore soon, from Phiadelphia. I'm gonna follow your suggested 'test': fill tank w/regular, reset mpg computer (I typically check average mph as well), and stick the cruise 68mph. Additionally, I will refill before city driving occurs, in order to eliminate that variable.
Let's see what I achieve, and will post my results here.
#422 of 452 Re: 2012 Sentra SR w/ Special Edition Package [miamifan1]
Aug 15, 2012 (4:27 am)
OK, let us know.
Another "trick" I've found helps get max FE on my Sentra (maybe in general): keep an eye on the instantaneous mpg meter as you cruise on the highway (cruise NOT on). I've found that even slight variations in gas pedal pressure make a significant difference in mpg, and I can see the effects of that on the instantaneous meter. In general, the lighter the pedal pressure, the higher the mpg, but it surprised me that what I thought was light pressure was not light enough for max FE. Using that approach, I've achieved my highest mpg results with the Sentra.
Maybe more effort than it's worth, and it's possible to overachieve the EPA highway ratings just by setting the cruise control (at reasonable speed, e.g. 70 or less), but thought I'd pass it on. At the least, you might switch to the instantaneous mpg readout on your Baltimore trip and see what kind of mpg you are getting along the way.
#423 of 452 012 Sentra SR w/ Special Edition Package
Aug 22, 2012 (8:21 am)
I'm posting in the fuel economy thread.
#424 of 452 Just bought my new Sentra 2012 2.0S
Oct 25, 2012 (9:59 am)
Just bought my Sentra 2012 with trim 2.0S. The OTD price is 15.4K. I live in Virginia.
Is this a good deal?
#425 of 452 Re: Just bought my new Sentra 2012 2.0S [zhenlong2012]
Nov 20, 2012 (3:53 am)
Can you Share what the price of the car was before Tax, tags, & Lic? Also what options you had. Thanks, Larry