2003 Nissan Sentra Overview


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2.5 LE
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Avg. Price: $4,785
Avg. Price: $4,623
25 national listings
SE-R Spec V
Avg. Price: $5,802
18 national listings

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Average User Score

4.35 stars

Based on 39 reviews

Absolute Biggest Bang For The Buck! by Graham
 — I purchased my 2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V in November of 2007. The car overall is very fun to drive- it's definitely as much as a pleasure to look at, as it is to drive. 1. Interior The interior... Read More
Blast To Drive And You'll Never Lose A Yellow Car In The Parking Lot! by David
 — This car is great... I was looking for a nice sporty sedan with a couple requirements. One was it needed a sunroof (check) and another was a manual tranny (check). I looked around at a Mazda Protege... Read More
I Love This Car. by SpecV03
 — First off, I love this car. It has given me some headaches in the past. The big one is the catalytic failure. Once the warranty expired on the replacement engine, I dropped a header into the car along... Read More

2003 Nissan Sentra Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 39 reviews

2003 Nissan Sentra

It seems the 2003 Nissan Sentra has a car for every member of the family.  The base XE is a nice compact economy car that's light on both features and the wallet.  The GXE, with power accessories, a CD player, and 60/40 split-fold seats, is geared toward a young family or personal commuter.  Then, for the mom or dad needing a break from routine, there is the sporty SE-R and racing-inspired SE-R Spec V.  Now, in 2003, there is the 2.5 Limited Edition, a solid economy family compact sedan full of convenience and safety features.

Both the XE and GXE carry a 1.8-liter, 126-hp I4 engine with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.  The 2.5 LE is basically a GXE that adds on standard ABS brakes and side impact airbags and comes only with the auto tran.  The 2003 Sentra also bids farewell to the CA, as both the XE and GXE now meet low emissions requirements in California.  The SE-R Spec V gets a new 6-speed manual transmission with closer gear ratios.  Both the SE-R and Spec V are fueled by a 2.5-liter I4 that is rated at 165-hp (SE-R) or 175-hp (Spec V).  The SE-R has a choice of the 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.  Both feature sports-tuned suspension, sport seats, a rear spoiler, side sills, chrome exhausts, and titanium gauges.  The Spec-V is a bit more aggressive, with larger performance tires, stronger brakes, and a more racing-tuned suspension.  

The 2003 Sentra is a popular choice for those seeking both performance power and a low price tag.  Drivers say it the engines are responsive and the SE-R models are a lot of fun to drive. Handling is tight, and gas mileage is excellent, even on the SE-R models.  Overall room seems larger than other compacts (and the Sentra is longer than its competitors).  Owners also praise the sound system.  Negative comments mention the lack of rear legroom, peeling and chipping paint, the poor quality of interior materials, no standard ABS on the XE and GXE, and the undescript rear styling that doesn't match the aggressive front end.


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