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1996 Nissan Sentra

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 26/Hwy 36/Comb 30 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.6 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: United States

1996 Nissan Sentra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 219 Ratings for the 1995 - 1999 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

CHANGE YOUR TIMING CHAIN!

By on Saturday, January 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 228,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great on gas, reliable"

Cons: "Small, weak car, front end issues are common"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this car at 177K 4 years ago. Apparently this model often has front end issues, I ended up changing both front axles and a hub, which cost me the value of the vehicle, but after that everything was pretty good and reliable. It's a pathetic engine but that means awesome mileage and the car maneuvers very well. Mine had no power options of any kind, but was an automatic. Watch out though, apparently 98's switched mid-year between a timing belt and a timing chain,I had a chain, and that chain lasted me until I hit 228,000 miles. Then it snapped and completely WRECKED the engine. If only I had changed my chain, I'd still have this car for many more years!"

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Runs Well Forever

By on Tuesday, January 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great price and gas mileage, low maintenance costs"

Cons: "interior may seem cramped for larger people"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car used from the dealer with 5 miles on it for $10,000 in 1997. It was a dealer "perk" car that received no use. I've had it for over 16 years, and it has run like a champ consistently. Of course, regular maintenance is necessary, but I've never found it to be outrageously expensive. I have a very good and honest mechanic. Mine is certainly not a luxury car, it has only the standard features, but I believe this is the best car I've ever owned because it's so cheap-to-keep. I recently did a mileage test and found that after all these years (and 180,000+ miles), my car is still getting 40mpg on the highway. I'll definitely be looking to Nissan first for my next vehicle."

Bought used at 80,000m

By on Sunday, October 06, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"It's low and small so the car handles great. thought it was a junker at $500, but is really fun to drive. og transmission works great-shifts smoothly, light rattling when car first idles. a lot of fun to drive."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Love this car!!

By on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 272,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Only minor repairs, great gas mileage, zippy!"

Cons: "None!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car new 17 years ago! Wow, did I get my monies worth! It's a 5-speed and I've never had the clutch nor the transmission replaced. The car as only needed minor repairs. It has gotten as high as 45 mpg and typically 32 in town. It's a solid car. The best car I've ever owned!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I love this car

By on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "even after 14 years she still rides smooth"

Cons: "there really weren't any"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've taken great car of her.. and never has she let me down.. the only flaw she ever had was no interior lighting on the shifter.. she was always first off the line and really loves to crusie."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Very nice worth buying

By on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 149,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "GREAT gas mileage, VERY Reliable and last forever!"

Cons: "Some common issues. Interior could use improvement"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought with 140k miles. I picked it up for only 750$ manual transmission. These cars have common issues including a windshield wiper arm that stops working and sometimes a power steering pressure hose leak. Rear breaks last til about 150k. HVAC resistor module also goes out on these. Other then that these cars require very little maintenance and gets EXCELLENT gas mileage and go a lot longer than ANY american made (ford,dodge,GM) vehicle will go!"

9 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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