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Posted: 9/9/2010 8:24:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/9/2010 8:27:08 PM EDT by gene5]
my son wants to buy one.they a good car?
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 8:27:56 PM EDT
All Nissan products are good, I have never had a bad experience with Nissan products.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 8:28:14 PM EDT
mexico
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 8:29:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By R_Fury:
All Nissan products are good, I have never had a bad experience with Nissan products.


Should last a long time if he doesnt rag the piss out of it.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 8:30:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gene5:
my son wants to buy one.they a good car?

its a wannabe performance car. a run of the mill sentra will be fine.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 8:30:44 PM EDT
They're pretty hot little sedans. 175 HP. Have it checked over thoroughly to make sure that it hasn't had the piss run out of it completely. I think they're prone ot engine failures from poor lubrication.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 8:31:04 PM EDT
My Nissan truck was made in Smyrna, TN in 1987 and still runs strong.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 8:34:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DzlBenz:
They're pretty hot little sedans. 175 HP. Have it checked over thoroughly to make sure that it hasn't had the piss run out of it completely. I think they're prone ot engine failures from poor lubrication.


Spec V is rated at 200 hp.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 8:36:42 PM EDT
Originally Posted By mattja:
Originally Posted By DzlBenz:
They're pretty hot little sedans. 175 HP. Have it checked over thoroughly to make sure that it hasn't had the piss run out of it completely. I think they're prone ot engine failures from poor lubrication.


Spec V is rated at 200 hp.


I'd hope so. The Mazda 3 and Subaru Impreza are 170hp standard.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 8:47:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gene5:
my son wants to buy one.they a good car?

How old is he? Insurance will flag it as a "fast" car, and if he is under 24 insurance will probably be more than the monthly payment. Its not a bad car, but there are better options for fwd fun cars, or under 24 driver fast enough to still kill yourself cars.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 8:54:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By adi:

Originally Posted By gene5:
my son wants to buy one.they a good car?

How old is he? Insurance will flag it as a "fast" car, and if he is under 24 insurance will probably be more than the monthly payment. Its not a bad car, but there are better options for fwd fun cars, or under 24 driver fast enough to still kill yourself cars.


it will be in my name,insurance will be high,and the thing was made in meeheco
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 9:01:30 PM EDT
Great car but...... Make sure the recall was done on the catalytic converter. They tend to fall apart and pull material back into the engine scoring the cylinder walls.

Link Posted: 9/9/2010 9:03:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By -RotorDemon-:
Great car but...... Make sure the recall was done on the catalytic converter. They tend to fall apart and pull material back into the engine scoring the cylinder walls.



you know when the recall was sent out?
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 9:09:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By gene5:
Originally Posted By -RotorDemon-:
Great car but...... Make sure the recall was done on the catalytic converter. They tend to fall apart and pull material back into the engine scoring the cylinder walls.



you know when the recall was sent out?



It was the 02-03 models. If it had under 60k when the recall was done you should be good to go. Many people that bought that car gave it the cone filter / header and high flow cat mods. If it's stock and has more that 60k on it I would definitely check for any oil consumption.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 9:11:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/9/2010 9:46:39 PM EDT by AR15fan]
Originally Posted By gene5:
my son wants to buy one.they a good car?


What year?

I've got a 2003 Sentra 2.5LE. Its had some issues. Enough so that I am unlikely to ever buy another Nissan.

Edit: You should IM Pthfndr. He's a Nissan mechanic. He's helped me out a few times.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 9:15:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By mattja:
Originally Posted By DzlBenz:
They're pretty hot little sedans. 175 HP. Have it checked over thoroughly to make sure that it hasn't had the piss run out of it completely. I think they're prone ot engine failures from poor lubrication.


Spec V is rated at 200 hp.


Depends on the year.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 9:15:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/9/2010 9:17:43 PM EDT by gene5]
Originally Posted By AR15fan:
Originally Posted By gene5:
my son wants to buy one.they a good car?


What year?

I've got a 2003 Sentra 2.5LE. Its had some issues. Enough so that I am unlikely to ever buy another Nissan.


it is a 2003 model.with 68000 miles on it,it has ALL the nismo modifications on it. i test drove it.it runs great.lots of pep.its a one owner car.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 9:16:12 PM EDT
Originally Posted By retgarr:
Originally Posted By mattja:
Originally Posted By DzlBenz:
They're pretty hot little sedans. 175 HP. Have it checked over thoroughly to make sure that it hasn't had the piss run out of it completely. I think they're prone ot engine failures from poor lubrication.


Spec V is rated at 200 hp.


I'd hope so. The Mazda 3 and Subaru Impreza are 170hp standard.


So is the Sentra 2.5LE and Sentra SE-R.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 9:17:04 PM EDT
Originally Posted By adi:

Insurance will flag it as a "fast" car.


Yep. My 2003 2.5LE cost more to insure than my wifes 2010 Fusion.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 9:18:32 PM EDT
Might as well get a WRX.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 9:33:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/9/2010 9:41:45 PM EDT by AR15fan]
Originally Posted By gene5:
Originally Posted By AR15fan:
Originally Posted By gene5:
my son wants to buy one.they a good car?


What year?

I've got a 2003 Sentra 2.5LE. Its had some issues. Enough so that I am unlikely to ever buy another Nissan.


it is a 2003 model.with 68000 miles on it,it has ALL the nismo modifications on it.


Mine is a 2.5LE, not a Spec-V but the same year and many common parts including the engine.

Issues I have had:
The paint sucks. Chips easily. its so thin that UV light gets through the pigment and oxidizes the metal underneath. Lots of Nissans with pealing/flaking paint. Especially the grey/silver mettallic colors.

The CD player got a CD stuck inside twice, replaced under warranty. Third time it was out of warranty so i never fixed it.

Two of the 6? speakers no longer work.

The headlights are fogged/yellowed.

Pre-cat Recall in late 2003.

ECM Case recall in early 2004.

ECM Reprogram recall in 2006.

Check engine light came on at 34K. ECM reflashed under warranty.

Battery needed replacement at 5 year mark.

Center console hinge broke at 52K

Rack & Pino leak at 56K.

Front brakes needed replacement at 57K

Check engine light on at 59K. $244.00 to replace crankshaft position sensor.
(coworker just had to have the same part in his 2.5L Altima replaced, but he got hit for over $600.00)

Rear brakes needed replacement at 60K.

Flimsey particle board spare tire cover warps/breaks if you put anything heavy in the trunk.


The good news. I got 55K out of the OEM tires, the trans has never had any issues and its more fun to drive than my 1997 Pontiac formula WS6.

That said the 2.5L sentras are not worth the price. I would rather have a base model Fusion, Accord or Ultima for a couple grand more or a Civic LX for a couple grand less if i had it to do over.

If he really wants a Sentra the 2002 Sentra 2.0 with the titanium gauges is really cool.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 9:37:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mattja:
Originally Posted By DzlBenz:
They're pretty hot little sedans. 175 HP. Have it checked over thoroughly to make sure that it hasn't had the piss run out of it completely. I think they're prone ot engine failures from poor lubrication.


Spec V is rated at 200 hp.
New ones are. Original ones were 175. I assumed OP's son was buying a used one.

Link Posted: 9/9/2010 9:39:58 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DzlBenz:

Originally Posted By mattja:
Originally Posted By DzlBenz:
They're pretty hot little sedans. 175 HP. Have it checked over thoroughly to make sure that it hasn't had the piss run out of it completely. I think they're prone ot engine failures from poor lubrication.


Spec V is rated at 200 hp.
New ones are. Original ones were 175. I assumed OP's son was buying a used one.



OP says he's looking at a 2003.

2.5LE 170HP
SE-R 175HP
Spec-V 175HP

all three are surprisingly quick light weight little cars.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 9:40:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AR15fan:
Battery needed replacement at 5 year mark.


that is really good
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 9:42:36 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Supra_MK3:
Originally Posted By AR15fan:
Battery needed replacement at 5 year mark.


that is really good


My pontiac went 7. My wifes van went 6. My truck went 8. I didnt think 5 was particularly good.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 10:05:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/9/2010 10:08:30 PM EDT by swingset]

Originally Posted By gene5:
my son wants to buy one.they a good car?

Excellent cars, great motor, good suspension and not many issues with them. I had an '02 put 175k on it before the head gasket failed, but that's not a common problem really. I sold it to a friend, he sealed the block & it's still chugging along. Make sure the cat-converter was fixed in the recall if it's an 02/03.



About the only gripe I had was the turning radius was horrendous...like a school bus, which is shameful for such a small car. But beyond that it was a rock solid car and a superb handling jap/sport. A good bargain too, considering what a Civic SI or Subaru runs.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 10:24:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/9/2010 10:26:39 PM EDT by Mall-Ninja]
only thing wrong with it is all the extra coin your son will have to shell out for the various bells, whistles, and badges of a performance vehicle, on what is essentially a FWD econobox...

Sure, they're reliable, but don't spend performance money unless you're actually getting a performance car.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 10:29:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By swingset:

Originally Posted By gene5:
my son wants to buy one.they a good car?

Excellent cars, great motor, good suspension and not many issues with them. I had an '02 put 175k on it before the head gasket failed, but that's not a common problem really. I sold it to a friend, he sealed the block & it's still chugging along. Make sure the cat-converter was fixed in the recall if it's an 02/03.

http://www.localnumber69.com/temp/Sentra_Fixed.JPG

About the only gripe I had was the turning radius was horrendous...like a school bus, which is shameful for such a small car. But beyond that it was a rock solid car and a superb handling jap/sport. A good bargain too, considering what a Civic SI or Subaru runs.

Very sharp car. I always liked the looks of those and the idea of a 6 speed in a small sedan.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 10:30:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/9/2010 10:30:49 PM EDT by Papi4baby]
Originally Posted By AR15fan:
Originally Posted By DzlBenz:

Originally Posted By mattja:
Originally Posted By DzlBenz:
They're pretty hot little sedans. 175 HP. Have it checked over thoroughly to make sure that it hasn't had the piss run out of it completely. I think they're prone ot engine failures from poor lubrication.


Spec V is rated at 200 hp.
New ones are. Original ones were 175. I assumed OP's son was buying a used one.



OP says he's looking at a 2003.

2.5LE 170165 HP
SE-R 175165 HP
Spec-V 175HP

all three are surprisingly quick light weight little cars.


Fixed.
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