2003 Nissan Sentra User Reviews

2003 Nissan Sentra Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 38 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: 4.3 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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PROS
"ride" 18 reviews
"power" 17 reviews
"speed" 13 reviews
"fuel economy" 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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Melissa writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra GXE Review
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Family

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the radio

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First Car I Bought — I like this car it handles and it has treated me good since I got it. handles good not much cost to up keep The appearance of my car is fine Yes I like to drive it thank you very much

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Daniel writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V Review
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(all stock) Amazing car for under $19,000 brand new, sexy and unique front bumper, fog lights, power sun and moon roof, excellent interior space efficiency, 2.5L 175 HP engine, 0-60 < 8 seconds, 6-speed manual, racing seats, leather steering wheel, unique rims, four disc-brakes, 5 star crash ratings, all mirrors and windows are powered.

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Solid rear axle. Not enough leg-room for four or five adult passengers to sit comfortably. The tires don't have rim guards, so bumping a curb damages the rims.

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Functional Sports-car — (all stock) The Spec-V trim has bucket racing seats with a cool cloth covering, leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver stitching, 6-speed manual transmission, 180 ft-lbs of torque, 175 horse-power, I-4 16v 2.5L DOHC engine, 17-inch rims with 215/45/17 tires, four disc-brakes, SRS airbags, SE-R badges and a unique front bumper only found on 2002-2003 SE-R's. Unfortunately, I didn't get the Rockford-Fosgate audio package which includes a 6 CD in-dash changer and 16 inch subwoofer in the trunk. Regardless, I'm very impressed with the performance of the 6 stock speakers. There are rear and front cup holders, two cigarette lighter outlets, and a storage compartment on top of the dashboard just large enough for about 15 cd's. Due to the rarity of the 2003 Spec-V, I am resilient to modify anything, though it would be a lot of fun, and this car has a lot of potential to melt some faces when modified.

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Ryan writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V Review
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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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Daniel writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V Review
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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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eddiewonder07 writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V Review
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5

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Is very good on gas miles, and very fast as well

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Is not good for snow season

eddiewonder07
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2003 Nissan Sentra Ser Spec V — I like the fact that the car is the last edition on the Sentra, it comes with a 2.5 engine with a 4 cylinder and is very economical in gas. Very low maintenance needs it for this type of cars. I don't like that sometimes with out realizing I am going over the speed limits.

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

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

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

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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.)

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bt1993 writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra GXE Review
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good on gas low maintenance cost

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almost none

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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:
2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V Review
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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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Mike writes:
2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V Review
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4

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

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

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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

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