2004 Nissan Sentra Overview

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Trims

1.8
Avg. Price: $5,115
1.8 S
Avg. Price: $5,280
2.5 S
Avg. Price: $5,403
SE-R
Avg. Price: $5,433
SE-R Spec V
Avg. Price: $5,776

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Average User Score

4.15 stars

Based on 35 reviews

Spec V by Zac
 — It's a surprisingly quick little sedan with the six speed and 2.5. It handles like its on rails but isn't too stiff to be comfortable. It seems to be pretty solidly built, but does make extensive u... Read More
I Love My Car! by Candice
 — I have a 2004 Nissan Sentra Spec-V and I LOVE it. I brought the car w/13 miles on the meter and now I have almost 170K. I've had little problems that were easily repairs here and there otherwise i l... Read More
Spec V Wins Audience by Tony
 — the spec v is a sport compact lovers dream car. it has awsome performace in all ranges. the handeling of this car stock is nothing short of excellent. This car also has a great sleek look, yet wont ha... Read More

2004 Nissan Sentra Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 35 reviews

2004 Nissan Sentra

A Sentra by any other name would still drive as sweet...The 2004 Nissan Sentra changes its trim designations, but essentially keeps everything else the same in its economy compact sedan.  From commuter to budget driving enthusiast, the 2004 Sentra tries to please every type of driver.  

Engine size replaces the old trim names.  The XE and GXE are now the Sentra 1.8 and Sentra 1.8S, both with a 1.8-liter, 126-hp I4 engine and choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.  The 1.8S adds on power features, remote entry, an 8-way driver's seat, and CD player.  The 2.5 Limited Edition is now the 2.5S, carrying the 2.5-liter, 165-hp I4 from the SE-R.  It carries the auto tran only and adds on ABS brakes and side impact airbags, which are optional on all other models (but the base 1.8).  The SE-R and SE-R Spec V retain their names, engines, and their racing-inspired suspensions.  They come with larger wheels (16" and 17" respectively), and in 2004, the Spec V gets more supportive sport seats and optional Brembo brakes.  Both SE-R models and the 2.5S get a standard trip computer, and all models feature an upgraded audio system.

The 2004 Sentra is the number two seller for Nissan, most likely because it is an affordable compact that comes with a lot of standard features and, with the SE-R, a fun driving experience.  Rear seats are cramped, but they do split-fold 60/40 for more trunk room, and there are many storage options throughout the cabin, including a dash-mounted box.  Gas mileage is great in the 1.8 models (28/35) and decent in the 2.5 (23/30).  Owners like the handling and zippy performance of the 2004 Sentra, and love the power and torque in the SE-R models.  They complain about interior quality, with easily breakable plastic parts that show scratches and stains.  Paint chipping is also a problem.  Reliability has been an issue with the 2004 Sentra, with many drivers reporting starter failures.  Side impact crash ratings were disappointingly low.

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Nissan Sentra Questions

Jenna Marie
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My 2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8 Model Is Starting Then Stalling Out But Not Alway...

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Jenna Marie
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Starting Issues!! Car Starts Up At Around 1200 Rpm Then Plumits To 200 Rpm...

i HAVE INSTALLED A NEW FUEL PUMP AND FILTER AND REGUL;ATOR, ALSO HAVE NEW SPARK PLUGS AND COILS

15 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 weeks ago)
Jenna Marie
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My Sentra Has A New Fuel Pump And Regulator, Filter Installed In Tank. When...

fOR INSTANCE, IMAGINE CRANKING THE MOTOR THEN RPM GO TO 1200 OR SO THEN BACK DOWN TO MAYBE LOW AS 300 OR 200 VIBRATING THE CAR. SPLIT SECOND LATER IT IDLES FINE

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Schwapzure
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2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8l Starts And Runs But Stalls Out And Cannot Restart U...

My 2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8L has approximately 80,000 miles on it. I begin having trouble with it and the service engine light came on. I have replaced the camshaft position sensor and the fuel relay s...

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Pammy48
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My Car Die While Driving On The Freeway

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