Last post on Jan 10, 2009 at 3:50 PM
You are in the Nissan Sentra
What is this discussion about?
Nissan Sentra, Honda Civic, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#212 of 226 Re: Which is best overall? [g4illa]
Mar 21, 2008 (8:07 pm)
What year cars are we talking about? anyhow, I'd deffinitly scratch the toyota. nothing against them, but 150k miles is a lot. sure, the engine is probably fine, but 150 is a lot of miles on things like exhaust, suspension, transmission and so on. A 150k car (any make/model) can quickly and easily nickel and dime you to death..
as for the honda and nissan, it's hard to say without knowing price and what year they are. But going buy just what you provided:
if the sentra has the SR20 motor, get it, or if the honda is a 2003 model year get the sentra. otherwise, go for the civic, unless there is a significant price difference.
#213 of 226 Re: Which is best overall? [jd10013]
Mar 21, 2008 (9:28 pm)
honda is a 2003 model year get the sentra.
Why? The 2003 Civic is fundamentally the same car as the 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005 Civic.
#214 of 226 Re: Which is best overall? [thegraduate]
Mar 22, 2008 (5:36 am)
actually, meant the 2001. I've heard of a lot of problems with that year.
#215 of 226 Re: Which is best overall? [g4illa]
Mar 24, 2008 (12:55 pm)
Having been an owner of a 01 Sentra GXE, I really enjoyed mine I bought mine w/ 85K and it was nothing but purely highway miles. I never had any issues with it and lucky for me, the owner still had the warranty on it so if I did happen to need anything, It would go to the dealership. I had it for 1 year and then I got in an accident. But lucky for me, It saved my life and I walked away with only a bruised wrist. I like the Sentra so much, I got an 02 Sentra SE-R and I really enjoy it
Mar 25, 2008 (6:36 am)
Dumped this car when the warranty was up...dealer could never get rid of the "check engine" light for very long. At the 3 year mark, traded for a '06 Civic and couldn't be happier!
#217 of 226 Re: Nissan Sentra vs Honda Civic [samnas]
Jul 22, 2008 (6:20 am)
I own both, 06 Civic and 08 Sentra, and although I like my new Sentra, I feel there are more standard features on the Civic. The only reason I did not buy the 4 door Civic is because I already have the 2 door coupe and previously owned the 4 door 01 Civic (someone hit it in rear and it was deemed total loss), so I wanted to change up a bit. If I were you, I would be sure to compare what is standard on both before making a final decision. I still love my Civic, even after driving it for the past 2 & 1/2 years and very happy that I did not trade it in on the 08 Sentra.
#218 of 226 1998 Honda Civic vs 2002 Nissan Sentra -------- Thank you
Jan 07, 2009 (6:46 pm)
Please do me a favor - I need to buy a 2nd hand car -- thank you.
1998 Honda Civic --- $4300
110,000 miles. Snow alloy tires. Auto transmission
Cons: 2 doors
2002 Nissan Sentra GXE - $6000
70,000 miles. Regular tires. Auto transmission
Cons: cosmetic dent
I am a student here and I plan to use it for 2 years.
Thanks so much for your help.
#219 of 226 Re: 1998 Honda Civic vs 2002 Nissan Sentra -------- Thank you [big_rice]
Jan 07, 2009 (8:33 pm)
The better deal is unabled to be determined, based upon the limited information you provided. You would need a qualified mechanic to check them over. One bad problem with either of the vehicles (like an engine or transmission problem).....or a couple smaller problems (like new CV joints, brakes, tires, shocks, waterpump/cooling) could total thousands of dollars to repair.
One of the vehicles that appears initially to be a better deal, could in the end be a money pit. If you are seriously interested in either of those vehicles, you have to pay to have an independent mechanic inspect it BEFORE you buy it.
Used car purchases are as-is, you buy them, you own them, problems and all. The forums are splattered with many buyers who fail to check out the vehicles, and are stuck with major problems after the fact.
#220 of 226 Re: 1998 Honda Civic vs 2002 Nissan Sentra -------- Thank you [kiawah]
Jan 09, 2009 (4:54 am)
kiawah, much appreciate your valuable advice. I will hae an independent mechanic check the car.
Thank you very much.
#221 of 226 Re: 1998 Honda Civic vs 2002 Nissan Sentra -------- Thank you [big_rice]
Jan 09, 2009 (5:25 am)
And if the owner balk's at the idea that some mechanic was going to look at it.....run, don't walk from the deal.
Also, even after a mechanic looks at it, there is no guarantee that the vehicle won't have some problems (undoubtedly there will be). A mechanic can observe some of the obvious issues. There may be hidden issues that only show up under certain operating conditions (like won't start if it is really hot out, or air conditioner doesn't work so well when it's really hot out, or if it's really really cold the starter hangs). So make sure you have some additional money set aside for that situation. If a problem doesn't pop up, great. If it does, you're prepared to handle it (hopefully).