2002 Nissan Sentra Overview

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Se-r Specv Show Car by Marko
 — I bought the car brand new in 2002 with absolutely no intentions of customizing it, as it came kind of "trick" from the factory. In the end that all changed. I was the 1st person on the East Coast to ... Read More
Great Little Car, Wouldn't Trade It For Anything! by Adam
 — Has very good acceleration for an N/A I-4. Some of the interior feels flimsy and seems to break rather easily. The design on the seats leaves something to be desired. All in all a great car to driv... Read More
Overall A Fun Drive by Dominic
 — Overall has tons of power right off the line, but the wheel hop seems to have lots of pull through first and second gear. First gear only lasts 10 mph too. Overall a great car to drive and fun to driv... Read More

2002 Nissan Sentra Overview

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2002 Nissan Sentra

The 2002 Nissan Sentra isn't satisfied with just being an affordable compact commuter car.  Apparently it wants to have as much fun as some of the flashier Nissans.  So for 2002, it brought back the Sentra SE-R and the new SE-R Spec V, sports-performance versions of the humble compact sedan with pretensions of greatness.  To this end, both SE-R trims feature a 2.5-liter DOHC I4 that gets 165-hp in the SE-R and 175-hp in the Spec V.  Both boast more menacing Skyline-inspired styling.  The SE-R has a sports suspension, bigger brakes, a rear spoiler and 16-inch tires.  A 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto tran are available.  The Spec V takes it further, with a stiffer racing suspension, 17-inch tires, sport seats, red and black interior colors, 17-inch wheels, and 0-60 in less than seven seconds.  

The other trims remain the same in terms of powertrains and features.  The SE is dropped this year, so the 2002 Sentra comes in XE or GXE.  A 1.8-liter, 126-hp I4 is standard on both, but an optional 2.0-liter, 145-hp I4 is offered on the GXE.  The low-emission Sentra CA gets a 122-hp rating with the same engine.  Both manual and auto trans are offered.  The GXE is the preferred trim, with power features, cruise control, and an 8-way driver's seat.  Dual front airbags are standard on all models, while side bags and ABS brakes are optional.  

The new 2002 Sentra SE-R and Spec V are sure to give the Civic Si and Neon R/T some heavy competition.  Drivers like the new sporty look and feel behind the wheel and the more powerful engine.  Handling is crisp, and a high gas mileage helps keep the 2002 Sentra in the economy class.  The front area is roomy, and there are lots of storage compartments, but rear legroom remains tight.  There are also issues with the quality of the interior materials and the paint.  The 2002 Sentra went through numerous recalls, primarily for problems with sensors and the catalytic converter.

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Nissan Sentra Questions

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I Have A 2002 Se-r And My A/c Does Not Blow Hard At All. All Four Positions...

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What Oil Should I Use For My 2002 Sentra With 68,000 Miles?

2,410 views with 4 answers (last answer about a year ago)
John Baroni
115

What's The Size?

I have a 2002 Sentra SE-R and I'm wondering what size the exhaust pipe is. I bottomed out on a speed bump and tore a hole into the muffler. The new muffler is 2.5 inches wide. I don't want to buy the ...

51 views with 1 answer (last answer 6 years ago)
John Baroni
115

Tach Dead?

When I was driving home today, I looked down to see how fast i was going and I noticed that I was travelling at 65 mph but I was at 0 RPM. It really freaked me out because I thought I had stalled out ...

2,122 views with 10 answers (last answer about a year ago)
Brandon Prescott
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Rough Running

So my 02 Sentra has been running rough for a while. Its very intermittent so its hard to figure out what is going on. It throws a misfire code when it does it. Ive replaced my crank shaft position sen...

859 views with 8 answers (last answer 5 years ago)