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1997 Nissan Sentra

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Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 224 Ratings for the 1995 - 1999 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    7.8/10
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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 11 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."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

the best car i ever had as far as gas milage

By on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 132,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

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

"its great"

been run hard treated bad still runs great.tough c

By on Sunday, November 24, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 232,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "gas milage.small but roomy."

Cons: "tilt wheel.lacks power up hills."

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

"been run hard treated bad still runs great.tough cars."

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."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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