Nissan Sentra

2008 Nissan Sentra

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  • (4.2) 32 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,937$9,257
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 25-29
  • Engine: 140-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD
2008 Nissan Sentra

Our Take on the 2008 Nissan Sentra

When it was redesigned for 2007, the Nissan Sentra compact sedan finally became competitive with the likes of the class-leading Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla — after having trailed the Ford Focus and perhaps even the Chevrolet Cobalt. Regular Sentras come in base 2.0, 2.0 S and 2.0 SL trim... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • ABS not standard
  • Drum rear brakes standard
  • A-pillar can block view
  • So-so styling
  • SE-R is underwhelming
  • No stability system

Notable Features

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual or CVT
  • Trunk partition
  • New folding assist grips
  • Illuminated gauges now standard
  • 2.5-liter SE-R version

2008 Nissan Sentra Reviews Expert Reviews

I hesitated a bit before hopping into the 2008 Nissan Sentra. In all honesty, I was afraid the Saddle-colored leather seats, which were the color of mashed carrots, would rub off on my clothes. If I were younger and hipper, maybe I'd have found the odd color to be refreshing or cool. In fact, the Sentra's entire interior had an edgy, young design, but I might be too old to appreciate ... Read full review for the 2008 Nissan Sentra

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Nissan Sentra 2008 Reliable and little more

by Transportation - Reliable - from ComwellCT on November 12, 2009

I reviewed the Honda Civic and The Nissan Sentra and found out the following: The Honda was rated higher overall, however, the parking brake would rub up against my right leg and I felt the front end ... Read Full Review

5 Trim Levels Available

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2008 Nissan Sentra Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage





What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.


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