1991-1994 Nissan Sentra SE-R|
- Great, reliable engine.
- Interior room of four-door sedan.
- A/C problems expensive to repair.
- Well-maintained used models may be hard to find.
The Sentra SE-R has had a cult following since its introduction in 1991. It was a quick car in its time, and is still popular today as a base for building a competent road race car on a low budget.
This two-door coupe rides on the same B13 platform as its economy four-door sedan siblings, but in its engine bay beats a 140 hp naturally-aspirated powerhouse enough to propel the car to 60 under 7 seconds if driven aggressively. If you are into modifying cars, power can easily be boosted using various bolt-on performance parts widely available. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard, although ABS is not offered. The car can rev right up to a limited 7500 rpm and post sub-16 second quarter-mile times similar to that of the new, more powerful 2002 Sentra SE-R Spec V. In other words, it is the perfect "sleeper", capable of drag-strip duty and haul four of your friends at the same time. The boxy styling received a mild makeover in '93, namely new tail-lights, along with driver-side airbag.
The car is very reliable, but reported problems include fuel pump failure and trouble with the air-conditioning. Repairing the A/C can be expensive. Also, the A/C uses old R-12 refrigerant, which would be costly to replace since all manufacturers have switched to R-134A now.
Price Range : $3,000-$7,000 Get a FREE used car price quote
Engine : 4-cylinder, DOHC, front engine FWD
Displacement : 1,975 cc
Valve : 16 valves, 4 valves per cylinder
Transmission : 5-spd manual, 4-spd automatic
Fuel economy : city - 24 mpg (manual), 23 mpg (auto)
highway - 32 mpg (manual), 30 mpg (auto)
Horsepower : 140 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque : 133 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
0-60 mph : 7.6 sec.
Curb Weight : 2469-2520 lbs
Overall length : 170.3 in.
Wheelbase : 95.7 in.
Overall Width : 65.7 in.
Height : 53.0 in.