The Nissan Sentra SE-R isn’t a car for an extrovert. If you want people to know that you’ve made it — this won’t do at all. Most people will not even look twice at what appears to be a 30 year old Nissan econobox…but a few kooks will go out of their way to engage you in conversation; “Is that a real SE-R?” “I raced one of those in SCCA back in the day” “Would you like to see my collection of antenna balls?” The answer, in case you were wondering, to those conversations is an emphatic YES, because you are the guy driving the rarest of all 3rd generation B13 Nissan Sentras and you know a thing or two about being eccentric. The SE-R won’t feel fast compared to modern front-drive sport compact machines, but with only 2500 lbs to toss around and 140 horsepower from a SR20DE inline-4 mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox plus a limited slip differential…it isn’t slow or lame at all. Find this 1992 Nissan Sentra SE-R offered for $6,000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.
The Sentra name first appeared on a Nissan badged car in 1982 as a replacement for the aging Datsun 210. Nissan decided to ditch their “Datsun” brand for the USA…and while I do appreciate the vintage appeal of a “Datsun” badge on a car, it really didn’t make much sense as a brand management tool in 1982…so the car you see today is a Nissan and a sweet yellow wagon with a manual gearbox. Find this 1982 Nissan Sentra Wagon offered for $3500 in Alameda, CA via craigslist.
I’ve owned and driven some slow cars in my time…so I don’t say this lightly…but this next car is slower than a herd of snails on a plate of peanut butter. The basic gasoline powered Sentra was slow with its 1.6 liter gasoline 4-banger drooling to 60mph in about 14 seconds, but the 1.7 liter […]
The B13 generation Nissan Sentra isn’t a particularly memorable car in basic spec, but the factory hod rod SE-R offers an oddly fun package. The combination of a robust and torquey inline-4, good brakes, light curb weight, and limited slip differential puts the SE-R into the ugly-but-good category of used cars….but you’ll never find a […]
The B14 Sentra was not exactly the home run that the previous B13 generation was. The BMW E30 styling cues were replaced with jelly bean curves and worse yet the rear suspension design was dumbed down. With all that said, the rest of the car was not bad and they can be bought today for […]
These days it’s popular to fret about how the inventive spirit of Edison or the Wright brothers has all but disappeared from America. I submit to you that it hasn’t and the coming electric singularity for the automobile provides ample opportunities for guys in sheds. Find this 1984 Nissan Sentra EV conversion for sale in Port […]
There are quite a few cars on the DT favorites list that are almost NEVER found in stock/clean/low-mile configuration for just about any price. The top of the list includes quite a few Japanese cars, including the Honda CRX, Subaru STI, DSM Talon/Eclipse/Laser, Mitsu EVO, but today we’ve found a real pile of rocking horse […]
The B13 generation Nissan Sentra isn’t a particularly memorable car in basic spec, but the factory hod rod SE-R offers an oddly fun package. The combination of a robust and torquey inline-4, good brakes, light curb weight, and limited slip differential puts the SE-R into the ugly-but-good category of used cars. Find this 1992 Nissan Sentra […]
Fans of the Nissan Sentra are properly obsessed with the 2-door coupe SE-R version that is certainly a wolf an ill-tempered possum in sheep’s clothing, but did you know that Nissan built a 4-wheel-drive 5-door wagon version? Find this 1987 Nissan Sentra 4X4 offered for $2,800 in Yelm, WA. Tip from FuelTruck. I was fairly […]
Sometimes our internet searches bear fruit, and sometimes our tippers do all the work for us. Take this next example: a former magazine car, owned and built by a friend of DT “back in the day,” subsequently changed hands several times – including to the tipper/reader who sent us the ad link. The car in […]