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#153 of 224 Re: 2008 Sentra preview info? [aladdinsane]
Jun 05, 2007 (8:17 pm)
No information that I am aware of yet. However, Nissan USA (the importer and distributor) could take a few cues from Nissan Canada. For example, make the ABS avbl across all trim levels, as a stand alone option. In Canada, they come standard. The addition of heatable outside mirrors on the upper two trim levels are standard there as well. Why not here as well? The addition of MP3 as standard on the existing radio would also be welcome. Without having to go for the pricey Fosgate upgrade. And last, but not least, upgrade their bumper to bumper warranty to 5 years/60,000 miles. Why, this is already done on the Mitsubishi Lancer 2008 model. And, folding outside mirrors. In fact, the Lancer has all those features, except for the heated mirrors. I'm not holding my breath that Nissan USA will implement some or all of these changes they should make. But then again, I don't have to compromise...there are other choices out there in this price category. Nissan USA are you listening? Will you adopt some of the features already offered by Nissan Canada for their market?
#154 of 224 Re: 2008 Sentra preview info? [ike3]
Jun 06, 2007 (4:58 am)
These are exactly the "improvements" that I spoke of in my original entry here. I've been to the Canadian Nissan website and I know what you're saying. Add to that list electronic stability/traction control and that's a pretty good list for Nissan to pick up on. The question is will they? Hmmmmmmmmm...the jury's out on that one!
What you say about there being other choices in this class is on the beam, so to speak. Time will tell. I'm still curious as to what direction Nissan will take the Sentra for '08. We'll see...
#155 of 224 Re: 2008 Sentra preview info? [aladdinsane]
Jun 06, 2007 (6:01 am)
Aladdinsane, I don't see ESC/traction control offered on the Canadian Nissan site. Not that they couldn't offer it. After all, ABS is pretty much standard fare on their Sentra models.
It would seem to me that Nissan will be a laggard when it comes to these additional features. These features all cost more money. The vehicle is already priced high, unless it is the base 2.0 model.
Perhaps the only small car available right now that has these features are the VW Rabbit and Jetta. But fuel efficiency on their vehicles is much lower, and that's one tradeoff with them. However, they have a generous bumper to bumper 4yr/50k mile warranty. Something to think about.
As you said, we will have to wait. Perhaps by July or August, some info might leak out by then as to what Nissan intends on doing to enhance the Sentra. And that's not an unusual thing to do. Many wait until the 2nd or 3rd year of the model run to add enhancements or features found in other markets. Nissan needs to do something more than what they currently have.
#156 of 224 Re: 2008 Sentra preview info? [ike3]
Jun 06, 2007 (8:01 am)
The Corolla also offers ESC (aka VSC), but it's a pretty rare option. The Mazda3 offers it also, and it's on the Civic Si I think. Nissan is not exactly a leader in offering ESC or even ABS on their cars; ABS is optional even on the Altima.
I don't expect much new on the '08 Sentra since it was a complete redesign for '07. Maybe some new colors, little tweaks, changes in packages.
Since I expect Nissan sees Toyota and Honda as their main competitors (and not Mitsu and Hyundai/Kia), and Toyota/Honda have only 3/36 bumper-to-bumper warranties, I don't see Nissan making any change there. Unless they see Hyundai/Kia looming up from behind them on the sales charts?
#157 of 224 Re: 2008 Sentra preview info? [aladdinsane]
Jun 22, 2007 (6:17 am)
One thing I'd like to see Nissan offer with the Rockford Fosgate stereo on the Sentra is a true Apple iPod data connector so you can control your iPod directly from the car stereo controls. This has additional benefits of true line level output from the iPod for better sound quality and also the ability to recharge the iPod.
#158 of 224 Nissan CVT?
Jun 27, 2007 (8:45 pm)
I have owned 2 Nissan Sentras, a 1997 and a 2002. Other than routine maintenance, I have 2 minor repairs. And one of those was on a recall. I am planning on buying a new car this fall, but this time it will not be a Sentra.
I had planned on buying a Sentra, but I do not want a CVT. Perhaps I am not conversant with this transmission, but I do not want one. As I am not a mechanic, I can not offer any sage opinions on the durability of the CVT. But I can offer my opinion as a consumer. I do not believe the CVT will be accepted readily by the consumer,Nor do I believe that the CVT transmission will hold up any where near as well as the conventional automatic transmission. I live in a large metropolitan area, and I have noticed one surprising fact. While I see many 2006 Sentras (I really like the 06), I have only seen one 2007. I thought this was remarkable, until I went online to "build my Sentra." Then I understood; the only automatic transmission available is the CVT. Now I understand why I have only seen one 2007 Sentra. What a shame; as great as the Sentra has looked in the last few years, the 2007 is even better. But I will not buy one, not with a CVT. Perhaps the fact that so few are selling in my area is a coincidence. Then again, maybe it is time for Nissan to either junk the CVT or else give the consumer a choice of automatics. I wish Nissan would; I would be "building my Sentra" online instead of whining in this message!
#159 of 224 Re: Nissan CVT? [dwillie]
Jun 29, 2007 (8:48 am)
If you don't want a CVT try the Versa S with the conventional automatic. As for me, I have a 2007 Sentra 2.0SL with CVT. It's not perfect. Moderating your acceleration at slower speeds sometimes causes the dreaded CVT rubberband effect. But once you are up to speed it is smoother than any automatic out there. I go back and forth between the Sentra with CVT and a Focus with a 4-speed automatic. There is no question you have to drive them differently. With the auto you have to put your foot into it to get it going and then back off once it downshifts. With the CVT you have to just hold your pedal position and give the engine a chance to get up to speed. I would think if the CVT is your one and only daily driver you would get to the point of not even noticing it. Oh, and I do see lots of 2007 Sentras on the road.
#160 of 224 Re: Nissan CVT? [dwillie]
Jul 03, 2007 (5:57 pm)
The cvt has already been proven to hold up, better in fact, than traditional automatics. they've been used in the murano since it came out. as for the sales, the sentra started off slow (more likely because of the 2006 engine problems) but has been posting double digit growth the last couple months. last month it was a 24% increas over may '06.
the bueaty (and reliability) of the CVT is in its simplicity. It uses a special belt and two pullys to replace god knows how many gears and other moving parts in a standard automatic transmission. The cvt's that nissan uses aren't just some ill concieved gimmick. they spent a lot of time, and a boat load of money perfecting them. Far from dropping them, expect to see other manufactures start offering them. I know saturn and ford are putting them in some vehicles now, and most hybrid cars use some type of CVT.
#161 of 224 Nissan Sentra Cruise Control
Jul 06, 2007 (11:15 am)
I bought the last 07 2.0S Sentra on the dealers lot before the rebate expired...unfortunately it wasn't equiped with the convenience package that included cruise. The service mgr didn't recommend aftermarket...and Nissan didn't make one available...so...has anyone had an aftermarket cruise installed...is it working okay and what brand?
It sucks not having one available from Nissan and backed by them but it would be nice to have one on the car.
Any advice would be appreciated
#162 of 224 Re: Nissan Sentra Cruise Control [d1699]
Jul 07, 2007 (8:38 am)
Nissan Sentras are not so rare of a car that you are forced to buy one that doesn't have the equipment you want on it. You should have shopped around until you found one with the convenience package or bought some other car. Even if the rebate expired, another rebate would come around again soon.
You are going to have to just live without having cruise control until you can get rid of the car.