2003 Nissan Sentra User Reviews

2003 Nissan Sentra Review Ratings

  • Review your car

Average Ratings from 37 reviews

  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

Review Highlights Click to filter reviews below

PROS
"ride" 18 reviews
"power" 17 reviews
"speed" 12 reviews
"fuel economy" 12 reviews
"handling" 7 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"build quality" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

User Reviews

Displaying 11 - 20 of 37 2003 Nissan Sentra reviews.

TheManInDboX writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
2

Pros

It's quick for stock, the shifter is nice, and the gauges are well laid out.

Cons

It falls apart, and is expensive to fix

TheManInDboX
75

Nice From A Far, Far From Nice — I purchased this car off a lease, it was a 03 with 26k miles. From the day i drove it home, it had nothing but issues. Drivers door didn't open, and would randomly just work again, out of nowhere.. power locks would get stuck in a half locked state. (had to climb out a window) burned oil, leaked oil, would rattle.. Traded in the car on a scion with 48K miles.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Sentra
Looking for a Used Sentra in your area?
CarGurus has 27,938 nationwide Sentra listings starting at $1,300.
ZIP:
Elliott writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

hit 160 without any govonor kickin in,and kept going past 160,best car ive ever owned

Cons

its small,its a 2 person car,backseats are worthless other than cargo space

45

My Badass Nissmo — most fuel efficient, cheapest operation costs , and rides and handles like a race car. It is a straight up sleeper it eats v8s for breakfast. Pulls like no other an extra cam opens up at 4-7000 rpms that will fling you back in your seat. Ive even raced weaker turbo cars,but NA power wins

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
bt1993 writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra GXE Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

good on gas low maintenance cost

Cons

almost none

bt1993
25

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

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Terrell writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
3

Pros

great car all around.

Cons

loved the petro!

55

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

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
amelathe writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Review
Brakes:
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Daily Commute:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

Great commuter car, still has a lot of life let in it.  Powerful.  

Cons

sits low, performance muffler noise.

amelathe
20

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

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
James writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra GXE Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

Good Daily

Cons

It's slow.

25

Good Daily Driver — 5 speed 1.8L, awesome on gas :) Much more gentle ride than the Spec V, but doesn't feel nearly as well built. I can easily go 2 weeks on a tank of gas, driving it 5 days a week to and from work. The tan interior is something I'm not a fan of though.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Mike writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

One of the fastest naturally aspirated (non turbo) 4 bangers out there.

Cons

Butterfly screws have been known to come loose and fall into your cylinders....6 years and hasn't happened to me.

25

This Car Is A Great Bang For Your Buck...gears 1-3 Have Unbelievable Power. — Performance: Acceleration is great...Braking could use an upgrade but I haven't the need to get a big brake kit...Handling could also use an upgrade if your tires can keep up. Build Quality: Only in recent years have things started to go wrong on it, but it is getting old (replaced flex pipe, currently has an air leak). Before all this happened nothing was wrong with it. Cost of Ownership: Good but not great gas mileage and maintenance has never been that much of an issue. Fun Factor: I absolutely love this car, but I'm looking to sell it. I can finally afford a Z, but I need to sell this car first.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Chris writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

Great inexpensive sporty first car.

Cons

moonroof and camshaft/crankshaft sensors aren't cheap to repair.

25

If You're Looking A Fun Car And Don't Want To Look Like All The Other Civic Si Drivers Out There. — Good first car to have fun with. Limits are high enough that you don't get bored easily. Had some issues with sensors and the moonroof but otherwise okay. Really like the appearance of the 2003 more than the later years, just wish I could find someone to trade me their newer tail lamps.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Diedra writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Fun to drive, fast

Cons

None

25

Sentra — I love my Sentra. Rick drives it now, but he loves it too. It has great pickup and is very quick. Only car I have ever gotten caught speeding in. Fun to drive and very sporty looking. Handles very well.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Kenny writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

This car rocks

Cons

the rear axle

25

Noting To Say — too much to say on the car it has a qR20de motor 6 speed transmission, lsd, new paint new bodykit new wheels a lot of aftermaket parts are on the car so it looks noting like it used to in other words

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Is this review helpful? Yes | No

Displaying 11 - 20 of 37 2003 Nissan Sentra reviews.

Review your car

Reviews From Other Years

2014 Nissan Sentra Reviews

Beautiful Car And Rides Great By thepuregame24

I have already stated above what I like about this car, but on my model I have bose. It sounds great if you like base it could use a subwoofer other than that very loud. Havn't really used the navigat... Read More

Read all 2014 Nissan Sentra reviews

2013 Nissan Sentra Reviews

The Amazing Sentra By Gerardo

Good braking,ok acceleration,nice design,nice interior,good leg room,good cost of maintenance.I get 33 mpg in city and 40 with eco.It is a fun car to drive.Good commuter.It is a very nice deal for... Read More

The Best Nissan Sentra So Far By voltagefuel

1 year Update 2/28/14 - after 1 year I still love the Sentra and have recorded 46.5 MPG average on a long 3.5 hour trip in the early fall last year using 87 octane gas. I wish Nissan would replace th... Read More

Read all 2013 Nissan Sentra reviews

2012 Nissan Sentra Reviews

Great For The Price By Zapcarbuyer

I have had for a month bought used I love it? Bought it at Warsaw Nissan dealer Sorg. Great shape better car then I thought. Bought it to drive on my 50 min drive everyday, but I actually have not dr... Read More

My Sentra In Red With Cvt, [great Styling ] 16 In Goodyear 770 Tires By zokarl47

great ride thr largest of all the smaller cars , nice inter, road noise is low trunk is big and it runs good with the 140 hp motor,,head room is good maintance is good because of low cost of rep... Read More

Read all 8 2012 Nissan Sentra reviews

2011 Nissan Sentra Reviews

Good Daily Driver By Chris

CVT better fuel economy but also gives it a sport feel, good upgrades like subwoofers and amp, ipod plug in, bluetooth, alloy wheels, easy to work on yourself,Reliably, 38mpg plus on highway, cheap to... Read More

Fun Starter Car By Aaron'Ciera

For this car, I would rate a 4 of 5. Over all the car was great for a first car. Very reliable and enjoyable to ride in. For a low price, many features were standard, which is more than other companie... Read More

Read all 4 2011 Nissan Sentra reviews

2010 Nissan Sentra Reviews

Sentra Sr By sandra1369

I love my car just bought it four months ago BUT.. sometimes when I dont use it for a day or two it wont turn on. I dislike this so much because my car is great but it gives me problems in starting at... Read More

Sentra 2.0sr Is A Great Car For The Payment By voltagefuel

I leased the Sentra and rolled in some inequity from my previous loan, and still with nothing down my payment was in the mid $200's. Nothing could come close when I made my rounds and did my shopping.... Read More

Read all 8 2010 Nissan Sentra reviews

People researching a 2003 Nissan Sentra contacted a dealer about

2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V picture, exterior
Nissan Sentra
24% of the time
Honda Civic
15% of the time
Nissan Altima
9% of the time
Toyota Corolla
8% of the time
Sentra
Looking for a Used Sentra in your area?
CarGurus has 27,938 nationwide Sentra listings starting at $1,300.
ZIP: