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2003 Nissan Sentra Overview

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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Nissan Sentra 2003 1.8

My Nissan Sentra was jerking and I tried everything etc...i went to someone else that wasn't trying to beat me out of my money...guess what? The problem was the fuel injector wiring harnesses... ...

Car Speaker Problems

I have only a thump when I turn on my car radio, if I disconnect my amp will the sound come back through my speakers?


Why Does The Car Hesitate?

i have change the spark plugs in my car. but it seems to still hesitate for some reason?

Nissan Sentra Se-r 2.5

When driving down the road my sentra acts like it dies and start back but it doesn't die. It's like you kick the clutch out and dump it that hard jerk. My rpm gauge is acting up as well. No lights ...


ok i got a new thermastat the fan is working so what would make a 2003 sentra run hot?