"I bought my '99 Sentra SE in 2002 used and have loved the car. Other than usual maintenence stuff, I really haven't had any major problems with it. It has began to creak the last year or so, but it's just starting to show it's age is all. If you can find a low-mileage one used... I'd scoop it up!"
"I own a Sentra SE with the 2.0 engine, 5 speed manual. This car has no problems on power or speed. It also gives me about 29m/g in the city and 32 m/g on freeway.
Try to beat that!!!
Own this car since new in April 1998. I've only replaced the alternator and starter on it. 181,000 miles and still got another 200k to go. I would recommend this car to anybody. Love my sentra."
"My wife and I bought our 96 nissan sentra new. It now has 157,500 miles.
It has proven to be a tough car with good bones. Never had problems with Engine or Manual Transmission (i guess you don't have probs with this). The Air Conditioning still works without performing any major maintenance.
Complaints include the Emissions System. Since 2003, the car has suffered through various device failures. Speed sensor, exhaust recirc valve, throttle position valve, etc. I cannot keep the check engine light off for more than 4 months or so. The car keeps on driving fine, but this has proven to be an obnoxious nuiscence.
I have had to replace the starter recently (around 153k miles) and the cooling fans around same time. Gone through CV joints (which is typical for front wheel drive cars). Otherwise, I simply have done the most minimal of preventative maintenance (oil changes, brakes, tires, etc).
Oh, yeah, and poor car has been through a few collisions. Got rear-ended fairly badly and one minor front bumper bump. It has basically lived most of its life outdoors and in some industrial environments. This has killed the pain job.
In my opinion, it isn't the prettiest car in the world, either.
But, all in all, the car just keeps on running. This has been to my amazement, in fact. It runs smoothly, efficiently (still 30 MPG in city), and drive-train has been solid.
I would recommend this car as a good car for a first time driver or a "work" car. If you shop around you should be able to get value for this vehicle."
"a very reliable car. I used to travel Maryland/North Carolina 5-6 times in the last two years with this 8 years old car, and I never had any mechanical problems. Gas mileage is good and accelerations on highways are also good.
Great for the first car."
"I hasve owned this car for about 4yrs now, when I bought it, it was a one owner car, and only 75k miles on it.. it has been great for me. I get 36mpg, even though there is a lil rust on it.. I love it.."
"this car has never let me down....and over the years i did'nt treat the car that good....it does have somewhat of an electical issue ...tail lights quit working which wasnt a cheap fix for a mech. to do but if u know anything about wiring u can chase the problem down yourself....i would definatly own another nissan"
"Bought this car new Jan 1999. Have had it for 12 years. Only had to replace battery once. Just recently have to repair heat/ac. but this car has has always been reliable. I love it more than my money pit escalade."
"250,000 miles, this car hasn't needed anything except a battery and an alternator under the hood, and the alternator wasn't replaced until 240K. I asked the local dealership to FIND things wrong with it and they couldn't. I expect this car to run another 100-150K miles easily. Not a powerful sports car, but quite zippy. Has no problems merging into heavy interstate traffic. A great car all around!"
"I've had this car since '98 (yes first owner) and it has been with me everywhere. I've crossed the country a couple times, used it to move from apartment to apartment and after 140,000 miles it still runs good. I affectionately refer to it as my truck as I've hauled so much in the trunk and back seat. I've never had a major mechanical issue with the car and look forward to a few more years with it."
"I've had this car for almost six years. Wrecked it a month after purchase on a rainy mountain road with loose gravel. I had to replace most of the front end; axel, front right tire, rim, quarter panel, brakes, etc.. Thanks to an insurance mix-up I had to pay for all of it out of pocket-around $2600. Couldn't afford to replace the airbags. I've had to give it routine oil changes, tune-ups, and tires. Had one problem with a censor somewhere under the hood a few years back, but that was an easy fix and not a vital problem to begin with. No problems other then that. Don't really like the limit on trunk space, but it's not a big issue. Over all an excellent car and will probably drive it to death before I replace it."
"I bought my Sentra in 2001 and it's been a great car. A bunch of really strange cosmetic issues have come up but nothing major mechanically. The gas tank door release broke, and the driver's side lock is constantly rusting up and I need to use lock de-icer year round to loosen it up. Mechanically it's been great. Very reliable. Always starts in the winter."
"Sentra 98 is a great compact car. Not very costly on maintenance. Stilll great at higher speed, not much vibrations at all. Weaknesses: water pump pully tensioner (ends up bending and wearing the belt), resistor (fan not working at higher speed), and wiper linkages. My car is standard without powersteering."