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1997 Nissan Sentra

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 25/Hwy 35/Comb 29 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.6 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: United States

1997 Nissan Sentra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 223 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

The best car I've ever owned!

By on Sunday, June 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 235,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"I have never had any major issues with this car. I have had it so long that I don't even remember what year I bought it (used). I even hate to sell it, but I have the opportunity to buy another used car with less than 100k miles, for a great price."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

check engine light(1997 nissan sentra

By on Saturday, June 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,800

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "nice car, good gas"

Cons: "ck engine light"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I purchase car used 2012. 2 months later ck engine came on, place where I got it said just drive it will go off. NOT. Replace all the censor, battery, starter, alternator, why is the ck engine light is on. Had to replace axle on both sides. So, I'm thinking I got a lemon. Can with a Sony radio, very clean inside. It is low being that im tall. Not use to low cars.my 1989 Mazda 626 didn't give me any problems til 6 years after I had her. She was 25 years and I had her for 13 of those year before I let her go. Transmission went out."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great little car

By on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Value, reliability"

Cons: "No trunk opener on the remote fob"

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

"I bought this car new in 1999, and have had a great experience with it. Very reliable, peppy 4-cylinder."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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