2003 Nissan Sentra Top Comparisons

Users ranked 2003 Nissan Sentra against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

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2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec VReview
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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.)

Pros: Great inexpensive sporty first car.

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

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2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec VReview
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03 Nissan Se-r Spec-v — Awesome car for the money, out powered by the new 07+ Civic SI's and even SRT-4s but when you put it up on the line with them it can haul ass, it's helical limited slip gets you off the line quick, with the torque putting the power to the wheels throughout the entire power-band it's one place where this car prevails, with 175hp and 185tq stock your right foot is really attached to a smile every time you hit the road, and shifting through the 6 speed gear box, don't be surprised if you chirp out 4th gear to emerge victorious amongst those SIs and SRT-4s

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Awsome Power and Torque right out the box, Six Speeds with a limited slip

Cons: Oil Consumption, a definite first for anyone is to get rid of the precat that usually is the death of this vehicle

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2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec VReview
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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

Pros: Fun to drive, fast

Cons: None

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2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec VReview
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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.)

Pros: This car rocks

Cons: the rear axle

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2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec VReview
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Absolute Biggest Bang For The Buck! —

I purchased my 2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V in November of 2007. The car overall is very fun to drive- it's definitely as much as a pleasure to look at, as it is to drive. 1. Interior The interior of the car is well-designed. It has several storage compartments which are handy for anything you need to store, although the center console could have been larger. My only complaint is the location of the cup holders, like the former Sentra/200SX. They don't support large drinks easily, and the height of the cup interferes with the HVAC controls as well as when shifting the 6 speed transmission. I usually never take drinks anyway, but it could have been placed better. However, to redeem the front cup holders, there is a convenient cup holder designed for rear passengers in which folds shut to provide more room. I also love how there are numerous ways to control the windshield wiper speed, which is convenient from very light rain to very heavy rain. The interior lighting is very sufficient in which there are two small, but very bright light sources directly above the front driver and passenger seats in addition to the typical dome light. The optional sunroof has a checkered tint to block out the sun when you have the shade pulled back, and the sunroof is also easy to control. It can be distracting if you operate it when driving, due to the roof-mounted control. I also find the rotary HVAC controls as very easy to use. The charcoal-schemed interior overall, while nicely designed with excellent fit and finish, has it's quirks- a few itchy rattles. Just don't expect Infiniti or BMW sound deadening or build quality for a car that was loaded at $20,000 new. Especially one with a performance engine, transmission, and suspension. Just turn up the amazing 300 Watt Rockford Fosgate sound-system. Interior Materials. The side armrests seem to dull a bit where the window controls are, but all the other plastics seem to wear well. Everything looks amazing though, including the dash, gauges, seats, shift knob, "SE-R" logo floor mats, pedals, and the sporty leather steering wheel which not only gives a firm and comfortable grip, but also an up-scaled feeling. The seat design and silver mesh material are also very stylish, and are bolstered well to provide support in quick turns. 2. Exterior Not much to say, except that it looks amazing. I love the 2002 and 2003 "Skyline inspired" front fascias. The beauty of the exterior is enhanced by an attractive rear spoiler, mesh-style grilles, 17 inch alloy rims, and several defining "SE-R" and "Spec V" logos. The engine bay is clean, and the QR25 wears an attractive engine cover. Good exterior build-quality overall- it is a Nissan. 3. Performance The car drives and handles very agile for a front-wheel drive, and the SE-R Spec V is all about performance. It accelerates very easily up steep hills, and gives V6's a run for their money; you can thank an engineering term called torque. This also results in sufficient passing power in pretty much any gear. However, 180 ft lbs. of torque results in moderate FWD torque steer when launching. Just get a firm grip on the steering wheel. The 2.5L inline 4 cylinder engine has a healthy exhaust note, especially when the CVTC kicks in and alters the cam timing. It has excellent, nicely-weighted steering and handling, especially when cornering; it rides like it's on rails and almost completely refuses to understeer. The Helical Limited Slip Differential helps the front wheels paw the car around corners. The addition of a thick rear sway bar will exemplify neutral handling. The 6 speed manual transmission is exceptional. It feels a bit plasticky, but shifts smooth. Reverse can be a pain at times as it feels like it won't engage, and the pre '04 models also lack the reverse lockout mechanism, so careful downshifting into 6th gear is required to prevent bouncing off the reverse gear. The clutch is also easy to operate. Braking is strong, with disc brakes on all four wheels. My car is equipped with ABS, which I believe was strangely optional. Mixed city and highway driving results in good gas mileage, which is around 27 MPG on premium fuel. Strictly city driving results in a lower 23 to 24 MPG, and my car is never driven on the highway long enough to determine highway fuel economy. My Spec V really hasn't spent much time in the shop either: The rear axle hubs and bearings went out at 50k and needed replaced. Other than that, just oil changes and regular maintainence. 4. Recalls There are some issues that Nissan has addressed with the engine that can cause people some costly problems. Loose screws in the intake manifold can be sucked up when the butterfly vales open up around 4000 RPM's. Also, the precat in the header can become too hot and the ceramic coating can possibly break, resulting with backpressure sucking these particles into the cylinder walls of the engine. There are also other miscellaneous issues. I do not worry about these issues though, as there are ways to fix them. Replacing the stock header for a catless one will eliminate precat problem, and the main cat still filters pollutants to keep the car more enviornmentally friendly. You can also tear apart the head and apply loctite to the screws in the intake manifold to keep these screws from becoming ingested in the engine. Most issues are addressed and discussed either at www.nissanforums.com or www.SpecVForum.com. There you can read other peoples opinions about the cars reliability and the car in general. Overall. Overall the car has been very well-designed, and has a great balance of looks and thrills. It has good performance to back up good looks. The sporty curves are easy on the eyes, and the power and handling prowess can be something to boast in the sport compact segment. I would definitely recommend this car to someone who wants to get away from the ordinary, and go with something sporty, fun, and efficient. Mods Stromung exhaust, DC Sports 4-1 ceramic header, Nismo CAI, Nismo high-pressure radiator cap, Stillen strut bar, lowering springs, sticky Enduro Runway tires (215/45), 20% black tint, GM 3" Onstar Antenna, Billet Grilles, chrome Nissan license plate and frame, black leather Nismo shiftknob, Redline Goods black leather shiftboot, armrest covers, and ebrake cover with red stitching, custom-fitted seat covers from IGGEE, JVC stereo head unit, MTX rear coaxial speakers, AC Autotechnic white-faced gauges. More to come!

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

Pros: Acceleration, torque output, excellent handling, appearance, interior and exterior styling, suspension, RF sound-system.

Cons: FWD Torque steer, turning radius, sports-car ride quality.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec VReview
Montasir writes:
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Perfect For Students With Car Interest And Avg Budget. — Love the pull in 2nd and 3rd. Love the ability of Wheelspinning in 3rd. (still new) Love that theres a 6th gear. Love the speedometer. Love the Front Skylinish Look. Love the low profile 17"s. New Engine required at 60,000 km

Pros: Hell of a ride to start with.

Cons: Build Quality could be better

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2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec VReview
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Great Buy — Great car for the money. Good power, but add a header before you have pre cat failure. Easy to fix. Great looks...In fact I like it's looks better than the newer models. Very fun to drive. I love the LSD!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Great Sound!  Good Power!  LSD!  4 wheel disc brakes

Cons: Pre Cat failure

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2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec VReview
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Only If You Are Desperate For A Fun 6 Speed... — Terrible build quality. Needs repairs often. Absolute blast to drive through corners, having an LSD and a lightweight body allows it to keep up with much faster cars in the twisties. Gear ratio is short, transmission is terrible. Engine is very torquey for a 4 cylinder Japanese car. Junky interior, looks alright from the outside.

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

Pros: Very fun car to drive, handles well

Cons: Highly unreliable, be ready to pay immense repair bills

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2003 Nissan Sentra SE-RReview
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Good Car That Is Surprisingly Quick. Just Don't Expect That Much From The Interior. —

The '03 Sentra SE-R is a good little car. The exterior styling has an aggressive look, but the interior is essentially the same rental car feel of the normal Sentra. There is too much hard plastic in the interior, and there are some minor squeaks that come from the dome light and the occasional rattle in the doors from excess bass in the stereo. As far as mechanicals are concerned, the car has been very reliable, with the only real problem I have had being a leaky A/C hose. There is a big issue that I was able to take care of before any problems arose. The stock exhaust header has a catalytic converter built in, and the catalyst substrate material tends to break up and can get sucked back into the motor. An after-market header takes care of this problem. In it's stock form, the SE-R is pretty quick, and is fun to toss around on the back roads. With my added header and catback exhaust, however, there is some real power to the car. The gas mileage is fairly decent, I average about 23 MPG driving on mostly back roads. Overall, this is a fun little car, and despite some interior quality issues, is well worth looking at. Just make sure to get rid of the stock header and the pre-catalyst of death.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Fun to drive, quick, good on gas

Cons: Cheap feel to the interior, issues from the factory that could potentially kill the car.

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2003 Nissan Sentra GXEReview
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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

Pros: Family

Cons: the radio

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