2003 Nissan Sentra User Reviews

2003 Nissan Sentra Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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"ride" 19 reviews
"power" 17 reviews
"fuel economy" 14 reviews
"speed" 13 reviews
"handling" 7 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"build quality" 4 reviews
"oil" 2 reviews
"expensive car" 2 reviews

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SpecV03 writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra Review
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Fun to drive. Easy to maintain.  Great gas mileage for the horsepower.

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Pre-Catalytic converter can cause catastophic failure to the engine.

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I Love This Car. — 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 with a new cat back exhaust. Coupled with a NISMO cold air intake, this car has lots of torque and is fun to drive. It corners very well. I can step on the throttle on the clover leaf heading on the on ramp and this car will accelerate and stick to the pavement with my NISMO 17" rims and Potenza Pilot rubber. The suspension is tuned to my liking...somewhat stiff but not teeth jarring. I drove this car from the lot and I plan on driving it for at least another 3 years. I believe it will give me a few more years. With my modifications I estimate that it has 199 HP at the flywheel. (8 for the CAI, 8 for the exhaust and 8 for the header.. and these estimates may be on the low side for the header and exhaust) For the horsepower I get great gas mileage. Matter of factly, my gas mileage has not changed with the addition of those parts. I get about 21-25 mpg city (depends on my driving habits) and 31 mpg highway Some issues I have had other than the engine are; the stock radio has failed on one side, the front passenger window eventually wore loose and rattled. I had to take it in to the shop in order to tighten it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Elias writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V Review
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lives up to its spec v title

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the standard clutch aint that great

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A Joy — the sentra spec v is seriously a smooth and fun car to drive it handles well it has great a acceleration great power the interior is very comfertable, it would be a little nicer if it came with a better suspension kit but the standard suspension aint to bad. overall I love the car its a joy to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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harve writes:
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comfortable seats, peppy engine, head room

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not much leg room in back seat

harve
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I Like The Ride And Tight Feel Of The Drive. — The 2003 Sentra rides nicely and has good feel at the wheel. The 1.8l engine is peppy.

Owner for 0 years, 1 months

Miles Driven per Year:9,000

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Daniel writes:
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(everything stock): 2.5L, DOHC, 175 ft-lbs torque, 180 hp, Rockford Fosgate audio system, close-ratio gear ratios, limited slip diff, space efficient with the storage compartment atop the dash, racing seats, 2 cigarette outlets, 6-speed, sun roof, sporty look, smooth ride all the way past 120mph

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solid rear axle, plastic paneling interior, 0-60 in 7.5 sec

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The Best Car You Can Buy Stock For Under $20,000 — I bought it new. It is the first car I've owned that is a stick-shift. It is perfect for my needs because it has 4 doors, manual transmission, fog lights, cruise-control, killer sound system, racing seats, and looks sporty.

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Ryan writes:
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Great Car, Handling, Power, response to mods.

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Nothing... seriously no cons!

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Great Car For The Money! — I would probably still be driving this if it was not totaled out... It was a fantastic car, handled like a corvette around turns! Solid car, especially around hard, fast turns.. the LSD in the 03-04 trannies is the best grip. So much torque from that 2.5L I4 that it will chirp 3rd gear. Easy to mod, work on, and interior was nicer than the average Sentra.

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bt1993 writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra GXE Review
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4

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good on gas low maintenance cost

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almost none

bt1993
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Reliable — This is truly an all around great car. It is reliable has low maintenance cost. It does well on gas, handles well and it's performance is great. As a college student this car was always dependable and besides the basic tune up i never had any problems with this car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Terrell writes:
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great car all around.

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loved the petro!

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Fun To Drive — I just sold my baby but I can say that she treated me well in the past cpl yrs. we had our ups & downs like any relationship but we survived! I loved her looks & loved the way she handled. She liked to drink petro quite a bit which was a downside but honestly that was pretty much the only bad thing I can say about her.....& that I miss her!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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amelathe writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Review
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Great commuter car, still has a lot of life let in it.  Powerful.  

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sits low, performance muffler noise.

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Great Car, Fun Ride — This is an overall great car, smooth ride, great handling and fun to ride. I currently use it to commute to and from work roundtrip 140 miles. Average 25 MPG. With 90,000 miles this car still has a lot of life left to it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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mmiles writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra GXE Review
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2
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Not Very Impressed — always driven nissans, this one is a pill. i've heard from other people with this model, they've experienced just as many problems as i have. bad model???

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Jon writes:
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3

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Goodish looking, amongst the quicker of the ricers, mostly functional sedan.

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Avoidable pre-cat and butterfly valve screw issues teamed with Nissans lack of customer support may not appeal to some.

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I Don't Completely Mind Having Owned One. — Econobox with a torquey little 4 banger. Only the 02 and 03 had the good looking front end. 02 only had ugly red interior. The Sentra got decent gas mileage, was safe and comfortable, and was the fastest 4 cylinder under $20,000 in 2003. One in good shape can be had today for $7,000 or less. After a couple of modifications, the car is reliable until 70k mi, when the 3rd gear synchronizers start to go out. B+

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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