2004 Nissan Sentra SE-R User Reviews
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So this is the 3rd Nissan Ive owned of 4 cars and this one fills all of my expectations. In fact I sold new Nissan cars off the showroom in Phoenix, Az so I am very familiar with what they offer. I do wish that the exterior styling was a little more on par with the likes of Mazda, and Honda's small cars, but the little things like the blacked out headlight buckets, and the 17 inch alloys paired with a bit more agressive air dam and side skirts seperate it from the purposeful econobox it is built on. I usually shy from spoilers, but the spec v's has a low enough profile to be deemed tasteful, rather than overdone. The power is smooth, quiet and robust, torque feels to come on strong at 3,500 rpm, and climbs agressively to redline. I only have 310 miles ion the car, so I am able to notice the power creep up as the engine breaks in, as is the gas milage. For the price Nissan delivers a very solid powertrain, starting with an all alluminum block and head and variable valve timing technology Nissan is now able to compete with the likes of Honda and Toyota for powerfull four cylinders. But the one aspect that seperates the Nissan from the rest is Torque, which translates to more acceleration at lower rpm. The suspension handles bumps and pottholes well, but the solid rear axle makes the shimmying a little more noticable than in the front, but overall it handles and drives like the engineers where trying to compromise solid handling, with a smooth quiet ride. The interior is roomy for the size of the car, I am 6' 1" and drive with my legs extended, and my friend in the passenger seat behind me did not complain about leg room. The power of the standard cd player is sufficient but if you need to have your neighbors listen in on your tunes, opt for the optional 8inch woofer and 9 speaker stereo. The console controls are both easy to read and to reach. The interior is composed of a little more hard plastic than the competition, but you can tell that Nissan focused it's efforts on the powertrain. Thinking about it, driving my new Sentra, I feel how I should after owning two Nissan 240z's as it seems the thrill of driving is a little above the comforts of it. This translates into a powerful motor, 6 speed close ratio transmittion, and helical limmited slip differential. This car is an example of the many things Nissan has done to become one of only two automotive manufacturers that have turned around a multi billion dollar debt.
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