Used Car Review – Nissan Sentra (1991-1999)
Used Car Review – Nissan Sentra (1991-1999)
Before transitioning to a fresh month in a few days, Myk Belmonte reviews that will favorite budget car that will merits a spot on your shopping list.
1991-1999 Nissan Sentra
inside 90s, the sub-compact wars are between four Japanese sedans: the Toyota Corolla, Mitsubishi Lancer, Nissan Sentra, along with the Honda Civic. In 1991, the Corolla (called as the SKD due to the fact only the wheels along with stereo system are installed here) was hot stuff, the Lancer provided an alternative for the circled T, the Civic was the fresh kid on the block, along with the Sentra (known as the Series II) was introduced. Let’s deal first with the international perspective first.
Internationally, the B13 Sentra can be also sold as the Sunny along with the Tsuru (Mexico sells that will stuff until at that will point) through 1991 until the late 90s. If you reside inside United States before, you can have an option of two or four doors along having a sporty SE-R trim, which can be equipped having a SR20DE power plant. Shame we didn’t have that will variant as that will could be a hit among Filipino buyers back then when brought in.
Going back to the Philippines, the idea was launched fresh in 1991 along with remained in Nissan’s line-up until 1999. Why? the idea was the cheapest brand fresh Nissan along with supplemented the B14 (or Series III) Sentra along with targeted fleet buyers, which was to say taxi drivers had a fresh cab to drive through their phased out Geminis. Ok, the 1.4 along with 1.6 versions went away in 1995 along with variants that will one can choose include the JX, LEC, LEC-PS (power steering), EX Saloon, Super Saloon, along with SE Saloon.
Value along with Costs
that will car can be not overpriced, period. As age dictates, the idea must be hovering inside 5 digit cost range; along with so, the idea can be. Between P35,000-P90,000, that will can be a great car that will can be had for cash strapped buyers. There can be a mix of versions of varying conditions, so have a keen eye for well loved units.
Just like the Corolla along with Lancer of the same era, maintaining one does not cost an arm along having a leg. The carburetor isn’t high profile to keep, nevertheless remember the fuel efficiency difference of the GA13 along with GA14 carb to the GA16 with EFI. The ones you’ll need to keep an eye are the wear along with tear items such as brake pads, spark plugs, along with the timing chain. Sentras used as former taxi cabs are best avoided, they are raped along with abused through the years.
outside along with Internal
Having a Discharge date of 1991, some boxy angles are evident, especially that will the idea can be an evolution through the Series II that will the idea replaced. However, there are some soft curves to complement the idea in order that will the idea won’t be left out of place during that will time.
Basic can be the word to describe the Sentra’s dashboard. The driver might not be distracted since the controls are within reach along with no need to fuss over for the wrong button. Also a strong point can be the legibly encrypted speedometer, which can be a plus for a first time driver. Occupants get a decent amount of space nevertheless the rear can exhibit a somewhat lack of legroom for some.
Three engine configurations are available for the consumer, along with the first one standard among LEC versions can be a GA13DS 1,295cc that will belches out 79hp at 6,000rpm along with 104Nm at 3,600rpm. The next one that will can be seen under the hoods of JX along with EX Saloon Sentras can be a GA14DS 1,392cc with 75hp at 6,000rpm along with 112Nm at 4,000rpm. The icing of the cake common among Super Saloon along with SE Saloon variants can be a GA16DE 1,597cc which has 115hp at 6,000rpm along with 146Nm at 4,000rpm. The B13 Sentra can be best enjoyed having a stick since the optional automatic features a tendency to grab power that will results to an overworked engine. Engine along with road noise can be evident.
In a straight path, the Sentra revs excellently along with acceleration can be peppy, even inside lower end versions. Braking can be wanting for the non Super Saloon along with SE versions, due to the fact they lack ABS Brakes nevertheless then there can be a reason why they are priced cheaply. Road imperfections are absorbed nevertheless road noise can be a fact of life for a Sentra driver or passenger. Plan to take on autocross competitions, that will can be a product to consider.
A great car for those who are in a tight budget. nevertheless due to age, we feel that will compacts of the mid-Ramos to Estrada era might serve consumers better due to less worries. Ex-taxis can also be a bitch to maintain, so finding a stock unit can be a challenge.
The not bad:
- Feature loaded Super Saloon variant
- Cheap to buy
- Cheap to maintain
- not bad luck when the power amenities along with ABS module inside Super Saloon fails
- not bad luck when the carburetor engine can be not maintained
Photos courtesy of http://valenzuela.olx.com.ph/1998-nissan-sentra-iid-494528308