"Like other reviewers have said, this car is RELIABLE. I'm at 185,000, and it is still going strong. And, I average 30 mpg! At nearly 18 years old, it is certainly not a 'looker,' but I plan on keeping it until it dies. Or I get a very large inheritance (unlikely! lol). But really, I'm just waiting for Nissan to build an attractive car larger than the Versa Note but smaller than the Rogue/Pathfinder....and NOT looking like a Juke!
Besides its reliability, it has great value. Nissan is one of the few makers who use timing chains rather than timing belts. The difference is that every 70k-80k, a belt needs to be changed for $1,000. Timing chains last FOREVER...unless you've really effed up the engine somehow. Nissans are sooo underrated."
Pros: "dependible, cheap to operate, sporty style"
Cons: "Paint failing a bit"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought this car as a beater, looking for good fuel economy. I have been very pleasantly surprised. She had 175,000 miles on her when I bought her she now has 190,000 and no problems I couldn't easily fix. Most parts are the
same as a Sentra, so there at many in the local wrecking yard. I'm routinely getting 37 mpg and as high at 41 on long highway trips. Dimmer switch for dash lights is the only
recurring problem. I'm on my third, they cost $7 at the
self-serve wrecking yard. Easily replaced. Seats are great
with very durable fabric and great comfort and support."
Pros: "Looked great on the outside. Very fun to drive."
Cons: "Cheap interior. Problems with wiper motor."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"It's not a car for bigger structured people. I had large friends who couldn't even fit in it. But normal sized people were fine. This is a great commuting car. It drives in snow great. The interior was cheaply made and wore out quickly, but the outside was sharp looking. Had problems with the wiper motor not working. I put 182,000 miles on it since 1998 and only had to replace the rear seal. Great gas mileage. I averaged 34-38 MPG on the highway driving normal speed limit. Overall I was very happy owning this car."
"I have owned this car for almost 15 years. I bought it used in 1999 with approximately 14k miles on it, and have put on approximately 190k miles since. Over time, I've gotten the entire exhaust system replaced (the catalytic converter located in the exhaust manifold disintegrated over time due to a loose distributor cap causing the engine to misfire for an extended period of time, NOT a typical repair), the rear oil seal replaced, three sets of tires, two complete tune ups, routine fluid changes, brakes, both side CV boots replaced twice and the windshield replaced. Also, it has a timing chain that never needs replaced. The car has been in numerous fender benders, deer collisions & other accidents but is still running like a Swiss watch. It corners decently and gets great gas mileage (about 36 mi./gal.). Not very powerful or fast, but somewhat quick. It is an above average commuter car and is extraordinarily reliable. A+"