When I first saw this used 1999 Nissan Sentra with 42,000 miles on it, I thought it was too familiar as it looked similar to other cars on the road. I test drove it and found it to be solid, stable, f...
When I first saw this used 1999 Nissan Sentra with 42,000 miles on it, I thought it was too familiar as it looked similar to other cars on the road. I test drove it and found it to be solid, stable, fairly decent handling, a little rough on the roads but not too bad. Despite any imperfections, I purchased it, owned it for four years and put around 35,000 miles on it. Kept up with the normal maintenance. I even kept it covered with a car-cover. It got decent gas mileage 20 to 27 mpg; I know that sounds a little low for a 2.0 liter four cylinder but it seemed like it got better then that because I remember I didn't have to fill the tank up every week.
Engine: did not have any troubles with it. It could handle freeway speeds just fine. Typical four-cylinder engine sounds when traveling at low or high speeds, not annoying. Didn't burn or leak any oil. It seemed pretty bullet proof.
Interior Material: combination clothe and vinyl seats; as durable as these materials get; they are not leather so I had to treat them right. Fortunately, I did not get any tears, stains or rips in them. Can be a little uncomfortable on really long trips, but I am six foot three and this is a small car for me, it might be more comfortable for someone shorter.
Interior Dash: Hard and soft plastics, no cracks or splits, instruments easy to read and operate.
Transmission: I had the four speed and though it felt a little cheap at times I never had any troubles with it.
Body: White paint, long lasting, no rust, fairly durable and even the clear coat was fine to the end.
Handling: Decent, not great, I mean this is not a sports car, it does not have independent rear suspension, it is a front wheel drive so it tends to pull to one side on hard acceleration which is common with front wheel drive cars. But, I was happy with the way it handled for every day driving; though I tended to be more cautious in the rain, didn't want to test the limits of it's boundaries.
When I sold it, it was in excellent condition due to the fact that this car was built well and I never abused it. I will say this car will treat you right if you treat it right.
If I were in the market to buy a compact car, I'd consider buying another used Nissan Sentra.