2005 Nissan Sentra Overview


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2005 Nissan Sentra Overview

Nissan's compact sedan gets a few more standard features and a bit of an exterior makeover for its 2005 editions. One of Nissan's most popular cars, the 2005 Nissan Sentra comes in four trims this year. The base 1.8 and 1.8S feature a somewhat anemic 1.8-liter, 126-hp I4 engine with either a 5-speed manual or automatic. For more power and a sportier feel, you can step up to the SE-R or SE-R Spec V, which feature a 2.4 I4 that gets 165-hp and 175-hp respectively. The SE-R comes with a 4-speed auto tran only, the Spec V with a 6-speed manual. In terms of changes, the 2006 Sentra borrows its look from the Maxima, with a higher rear end. It also gets a new grille and new interior fabric. Satellite radio is now an option on all but the base 1.8, and the 1.8S comes standard with a trip computer and cruise control this year. A Sport Package for the 1.8 sedans includes bigger 16-inch wheels, leather trim, and a rear spoiler. The sportier SE-R versions have a stiffer suspension, stronger shocks, and larger wheels. The Spec V ups it with bolstered seats and Brembo brakes, plus the appropriate trimmings. ABS is only available as an option on all but the base model.
The 2005 Sentra is popular for how much it gives you at an affordable price. Gas mileage is good, say owners, and the car is reliable. The SE-R models handle well and are pleasingly zippy. Trunk space is also good, though interior cabin room feels cramped, especially the backseat. Other complaints point out the noisy ride, labored acceleration with the 1.8 models, and poor placement of the cupholders.


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    Misty Vaughn

    Car Is Jerking

    MY car started jerking when i started it and while i was driving it when i push the gas it would not jerk as bad but it seemed like it did not want to pick up speed and when i stop it acts like it wan...

    30,392 views with 37 answers (last answer about a week ago)

    2005 Nissan 2.5 Po302, #2 Spark Shuts Off After Warm Up

    after crankshaft sensor change, problem changed week later. changed plugs, coil pack, same problem. #2 cylinder shuts off spark after engine warms. if it didn't come and go, I would think fuseable lin...

    3 views with no answers yet
    Theressa Dossett

    The Engine Seems To Have A Miss To It Now While Driving Down The Road Now

    5 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 months ago)

    Car Turns Off

    Car turned off when I put it on park one hour after it turned on. After 20 min it turned off again 5 min later it turned on what can it be it gives me a hard time to turn on I now have a check eng...

    13 views with no answers yet

    Difference Between Master Key And Valet Key?

    I have a 2005 Sentra and AAA lost my master key once when I had it towed. I still have the valet key, which does everything EXCEPT open the trunk. I went to the dealer that I bought the car from, ...

    29 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 months ago)