Pros: Powerful engine compared to other compact models
Cons: The gas consume is pretty high (low end of advertised range); Bad service and warranty
The Nissan Sentra SE-R we own (purchased December 2001) is having problem with starting beginning with a few months after we purchased it. The starter would work but the engine would not always start running, most of the time requiring long times to keep the starter turned on.
July 7th: engine stops running in the middle of an intersection. The car was towed to the nearest dealer (Falore Nissan, Sunnyvale, CA). After the examination, the dealer's diagnostic was that the crank position sensor was broken. This is an electrical part of the car that is supposed to last almost as long as the car itself. It connects the crank with the engine (at least this is what the dealer has told us). Thus, with the part broken, the engine will not start. The part was not available in the whole North America and it was put on a back order and the delivery date for the part is undefined. Nor Nissan, neither the dealer do not consider appropriate to cover us with a rental car for this undefined period of time, although the car is still under its original warranty and we also purchased with the car an extended warranty (Service package). Nissan had a Recall on Nissan Sentra Models manufactured between 01/2000-05/2001 with exactly the same problem that our car has.