"I bought the vehicle at 43K miles, and have owned it for 6 years. Car now has 135K on it. While overall, it has been very reliable and has served it's purpose more than adequately (I use it for work, driving around the city to check on jobs), it has had several mechanical problems which have been expensive and ultimately caused me to have to replace it. First problem it has was cylinders misfiring. I had coils changed (which cost around 1K), and problem came back shortly thereafter. Several coils were changed again. Problem still returned. A tuneup at least got the check engine light not to go on again, but was advised it was probably just a matter of time before it happened again by my mechanic. The final straw was that apparently it has developed a crack in the engine somewhere which is causing it to lose coolant. Was advised by mechanic to start thinking about a new vehicle, as I would most likely need major engine work fairly soon."
Pros: "great price for fun, pocket rocket, sunroof, etc"
Cons: "A lot of recalls, not so reliable at times."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I have had this car for over 2 years now. Bought it originally for 8999.99 private dealer. It is not the most reliable, I am on my second motor right now because I did not know there was a recall about the precat failure. I have then, put a lot of aftermarket stuff and one thing you do need is headers, to eliminate the precat problem. Other then that, for a 4-banger it is pretty fast! At 180hp and 175tq stock, not bad. All spec v's come with stock alloy rims 17x7". Great car for your money. I overpaid. You could find these on CL for around 4 grand for an 05 or so."
"Common problems with this car:
1. ECU may go bad - some are covered by recall, mine wasn't
2. Crank Shaft Position Sensor goes bad causing the car to randomly cut off even on the express way...very dangerous. Again, some covered by recall, mine was not.
3. Dip stick breaks easily. Happened to me.
4. Lots of people have reported that the horn stopped working. Mine still works but I have to hit the "sweet spot" to get it to blow.
5. Rotors/breaks. The front end will shake while breaking. My car is doing this now.
6. Radio backlight just stops working. Mine has been out for years now. I no longer notice.
7. CD Player stops working. I just listen to the radio now. I've gotten over it but the I hear replacing the radio fixes this.
8. Lots of people say they needed a new cat. converter. I haven't replaced mine.
Overall, the car hasn't given me any MAJOR issues until now (head gasket is leaking causing fluid to leak into the cylinders, car won't start) but my car has over 200K miles on it. The problems are very annoying. My beef though is with the fact that parts that have been recalled are failing on my car but for some reason Nissan keeps telling me that based on my VIN that my car isn't affected.
I won't be buying another Nissan ever. They are on the list with Ford. I've kept this car because I've been able to save a lot of money doing some of the repairs myself."