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2005 Nissan Sentra Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: 2005 Nissan Lemon by bloodfeier

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Introduction

It's a great first car, for the mechanically inclined. Avoid it if you don't want to do the work yourself!

Reviewed: 2005 Nissan Sentra

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Why the 2005 Nissan Sentra?

Past personal experience

Decent car. Second owner, and first car I ever bought from a dealership, with less than 10k miles on it. Drove well, got decent mileage (30+ on highway, 25+ in town), and had decent accessory equipment (Stereo, cruise control, p/l, p/w, etc.).

Why Not the 2005 Nissan Sentra?

Reliability & durability

My complaints about this car are limited, but critical. In the time I had this vehicle, I drove less than 80k miles. In that time, I had to replace a head gasket (At 50k), and was about to do so again (at 79k) before I made the decision to sell it and get something else. The window motors are attached to the windows using plastic pieces that break easily, and are non-replaceable, requiring the entire window motor and armature to be replaced (For around $200, just for parts) rather than replacing the 10 cent plastic clip that broke. The CD player started acting up at around 25k miles, and by 45k was dead and gone. I admit that this was several years into ownership, but it wasn't that frequently used.

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