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I've been a lurker here since June when I bought my 1992 XE with 116K miles on it. I justified the purchase as a "learner" car for my 17 year old daughter. But I just love this car. My wife finds this facinating and wants to use this as a story for her english class. She would like to hear from anyone who can explain why they love this car. All opinions are welcome,
She is especially interested in why men enjoy a 5 speed.
 

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When I bought mine (new) I loved the looks bc it looked like a mini Maxima and also a BMW 3__?. Yes I know, lame. I wanted an auto 4 speed, which back then was rare and I was impressed that it had variable valve timing too which was very rare in an econobox. As for the "love" aspect :rolleyes: , it was my first new car, so that's why it is my baby! I am so fanatical about it that it is always put up for the winter and it never sees salty roads. Yes I'm obsessed with this thing....
 

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Well, I sort of "inherited" mine. When my wife and I were dating, I had a 1993 base model Ford Probe and she had the 1992 SE-R. We went on and got married and guess which one is still around? Yes, the Sentra. I just couldn't get rid of it! i had never experienced a compact car that had so much torque that you could actually feel yourself being pressed into the seat upon acceleration. And I also like the "sleeper' appeal of it. Many people who don't know about the SE-R think "ahh, it's just a Sentra".
And to think, all I had to do to get my wife to hand the SE-R over to me was to buy her a 2001 Chevy Tahoe. Such a small price to pay for such a great car!
 

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i boguht my car when i was turning 17
i got it for $3500 with only 56K miles
that summer i drove in europe and i learned to drive a stick shift...so when i was looking for my car i looked fo rthe 5 speed sentra.....i got it beacuse it was the best value i found for the money, and i love to drive this car
from the get go i started modifyin it, i didnt even have ti a week and it already ahd an intake...then it went form there....every mod added mroe fun factor to the power...right now i love to go through the gear and just rev her cause the engine with mods to me is melody......
as to the 5 speed thing...i drive to school an hour in stop and go and an hour back in stop and go...and i wouldnt trade my 5 speed for anythin in the world
5 speed makes u think much more when behind the wheel..as is much more fun to drive
 

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Well if your wife is an english teacher, I'm sure that this entire thread would be a grammatical nightmare to her. Not to mention the amazing amount of spelling, and punctuation errors. Could you ask her a question for me please? I was wondering when it is appropriate to us the semi-colon? It has boggled my mind ever since I first learned how to read and write. I could never get a straight answer about it. Everyone always asked me why I cared. Well, I guess thats public schooling at its finest.

Anways, on to your question. I enjoy my B13 sentra for the simple fact that it is turbo. There is nothing to me, as pleasing as the sound of a turbo spooling up. Then the exhileration of shooting down the freeway on-ramp like a bat out of hell. The styling is "okay" in my opinon. I never really cared about its looks, nor hated them. Its just a car that beats V8 Mustangs, and Camaros. And thats what I enjoy doing the most. Finding them a replacement for their displacement. I guess it could be considered a dominance thing. Me, always trying to prove that I'm better than the next guy through my 4 wheels of fury. I guess that's why it is such a downer when I lose. Although that has only happened once. That was to a GTS Viper. I bit off more than I could chew, and I knew that. So it wasn't too much of dissapointment.

 

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I have been a nissan fan since 1989. We had hardbody 4x4's and a 86 sentra that got great mileage and never had a problem. I got into the sentra when I bought mine new in 1992 with 100 miles. I have 90,000 now and use the thing for road racing at my new favorite spot BeaveRun in PA. Its a brand new track and the car runs great on it. I guess I love mine because I procatically rebuilt the damn thing inside and out and I feel that its part of me. I spent enough time with it through 10 years, so i know it inside and out. tell your wife, if she is like mine to get used to it and don't ask. I always say, why do you like going to buy expensive shoes????? Well I spend mine on clutches and shiny pistons!!!!

Chris 92 classic

PS: Buy another for parts car and see what she says then!
 

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The semi-colon is used in place of the conjunctions or, so, but, ect.
I hope this helps you out.

Could you ask her a question for me please? I was wondering when it is appropriate to us the semi-colon? It has boggled my mind ever since I first learned how to read and write. I could never get a straight answer about it
 
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the real question to ask is... how can you not like it?
 

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An ex-girlfriend's mother had a '92 B12 (Sentra Classic in Canada) with a 5 speed. I loved driving that car. For what it was, it was a great car. Good torque, confident handling, nice steering and the best gearbox of any car I've ever driven worth less than $30,000. You could take it anywhere, beat it, run it hard and it seemed to love it. It was great compared to the wallowing domestics my family always bought (sporty looking but ill handling).

When I went to buy a car after graduating college I looked at Legacy Turbos, and new Proteges, but wasn't finding anything that felt really good. While I was at a dealer looking at a Legacy I saw a '94 Sentra XE and asked, just out of curiousity, the price. It was a good price, low mileage car so I took it for a test drive. After about 15 minutes I came back and put a deposit on it. It felt much like the old B12, with a lot of improvements (except the gearbox).

I don't know why I love it so much. It could be the BMW-esque styling (rear 3/4 view) that looks like the box it came in, the reliabilty I've had, the handling or the fact that the more I flog it on road rallies and SOLO II racing, the more it wants to keep going. I know it's just a car but it seems to have that spirit that wants to run.

Oh, and why I enjoy a 5 speed (as a man) - It is more rewarding to an enthusiast driver than just pressing the two buttons on the floor to stop and go. It involves you in the process and is satifying to master the subtleties of performance driving. Also, it runs in the family. I learned on a standard, in my mother's car. She won't buy anything else.
 

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I have to go with what some others have said here.......my SE-R is a SLEEPER!

True, it's not THAT fast, but the looks I get when I beat down Integra's, Probes, Jetta's etc (and other cars of this class) are just classic. You would not believe how many people have asked me wheather my car is turboed or supercharged. Of course, I live in Iowa (the land of the redneck Mustang), so it's not like SE-R's are very common.....that's why I like it.

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I love it because this car has been better and better to me everyday i've had it. everyday i look at it i like it more, i think it looks better everyday, with a few mods my car handled better than any other front wheel drive car at the auto-x. front and rear strut brace and 15x7" tires and my times went down 15 seconds. a few modifications and i have consistently outran cars that have much more horsepower than mine, but the weight distribution and torque curve this car has is the perfect combination. it may only have 115-120 hp but the torque curve never drops below 100 ft. lbs. that means you're taking off right from the start, very low amount of lag, very capable car. hey, even the doorhandles are cool!
 
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My user name says which one I've got :) I bought it in March of 99. I knew nothing about the car. I was looking for a coupe with a stick, so I liked it. A GM dealership had it with $7990 on the windshield. I got it for $5500 with 88,000 miles on it, and since I got it from a dealer, I thought it wasn't a bad deal.
Only later I realized how lucky I got, when a friend of mine told me about it. He drove a 98 VW GTI VR6 and he was jealous!!!
I don't race it, I can't afford to modify it, but I loooooove this little car. Unfortunately, most people see it as an ordinary Sentra.
 

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I never really noticed the sentras until I test drove a B12 for my mother in law's coworker, who's husabnd was looking at buying one, but neither were car conscious and wanted someone else to look at the car. After driving the car, I was impressed with the throttle response and overall peppiness of it. So I thought to myself, next time I buy a car, I'm buying a Sentra. Unfoirtunately/fortunately enough, depending on your take on it, I totaled my '96 Chevy Beretta not too long after that. So I decided to take my insurance check, pay off the loan on the Beretta and get something that I could buy outright and that would get better gas mileage. Not being a big fan of the boxier B12 Sentra, I looked at B13's instead. I was limited to '93 and '94 model years because I wanted an airbag, and those were the last two years the B13 were made in the U.S. and the only years that an aribag was an option. I also wanted a 2 door (sportier), A/C and a manual transmission (again, sportier and I like the added control over the engine). So I bought a well cared for '93 Sentra XE 2 door, charcoal grey that had A/C, Cruise, 5 speed manual tranny, with 72K miles on it for $4200. I like manual transmissions because I can control the car's throttle resonse better which puts me in more control of what the car does. I like the car's looks because it's much like an older BMW 325 and it stands out, it doesn't look a whole lot like other cars out there. It's a well built and reliable car as well. I now drive a '93 Sentra SE-R and the car is quite powerfull and there are lots of options to make it more powerfull. Why bother? Because I am sort of an iconoclast, I like to strike my own chord, determine what's desirable to me. The car is rather rare in my area and it has the potential to put the conventional sports cars to shame on the racetrack.
 

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Centurion said:
I wanted an auto 4 speed, which back then was rare and I was impressed that it had variable valve timing too which was very rare in an econobox.

neither a GA16de or a sr20DE have variable valve timming.

its variable CAM timing, as i have been informed


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And to think, all I had to do to get my wife to hand the SE-R over to me was to buy her a 2001 Chevy Tahoe. Such a small price to pay for such a great car!
y the hell would she want a tahoe? talk about a drastic change!
 

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OK now my story....

I never looked twice at any nissan at all ever... We are a Ford family. i wanted a Probe so bad i'd cry about it at night (well not really) But i couldn't afford the pice at all, and i family were totaly against me having a car with any kind of power because they know how much of a car freak i am as well as a NASCAR fan. (this was back when i was getting my liscense 4 years ago) They were afraid i was going to kill myself if i got a sports car. so we go looking at escorts (blah! u have to floor it just to get off the line.) and even a dodge colt (wasn't my idea). then my uncle comes to us saying so an so that i work with is selling his wife's car. His price isn't bad and i know he takes care of his shit. (as well as his property)
so we head down to this guys house and i take one look at this thing and i think............um, ok its another damn econo car. grrr. (thats what i do when i get fustrated; i grr.) so anyway we go for a little drive down the street. first my dad drives, me shotgun, and the wife in the back seat tellin us that even though its high mileage (113K when bought) its all highway, so the car is in great order. Then i finally get the chance to pilot this thing.
so i put it in drive (yes it's an auto) and lightly touched the gas.
so were getting along and i'm thinking.......wow, this car is gliding along like nothing! I bet its real fast!. So then i say aloud "I like it." (initalizing my poker face so i don't reveal just how damn excited i am, and my evil sub-plan of speed wha ha aha).

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so dad buys the car, because me and sis really need a car to school now that mom & pop are both working and leave before we need to. so over the next 1-2 years my sis an i argue over who gets the car. My sis is a social bug who cant stay home for 10 min, and i just loved driving the thing (but i said i need it for work hee hee)
Finally my dad gives his 93 Camery to my sister to end the feud. Thus he needs a new car. as he looks at a new Camery i say " you should really look at a Maxima" (as i think to my self .....so i can rocket that thing like in the commercials) so low and behold i can say that i'm responsible for my dad purchasing his 01 Maxima GLE (with BOSE baby!!)

Gee, if Nissan ever did a marketing scheme like Mac is doing right now, i'd be a perfect candidate!
 

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I really don't know why I like my car. I got the worst B13 available. 1991 E coupe. No radio, power nothing, faded red paint, and a 3 speed slush-o-matic that doesn't work now. The car is sitting in the backyard, immobile. Maybe my love for all Nissans has blinded me into thinking this is a good car. I bought it when I was 18. If I only at the time I knew better, I would have bought an SE-R or 240SX.

I guess it has sentimental value since it was my first car.
 

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Reasons? Front and rear sway bar, spoiler, foglights, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, 4-wheel disk brakes, power moonroof, alloy wheels, tach, awesome seats, dependability, power, styling, bulletproof motor, takes good asswhoopings through the gears. Now that is a serious econobox. In 1991 what econobox out there had all that. Sure wasn't no freaking Civic. I look at my car and just love the way it looks. It's got everything I need. Ya, know, I think it is partly that a lot of people don't know about Se-r's and what they have. Going to school in Oklahoma, I went to Thunder Valley Dragstrip and ran my car and after my run all these V-8 rednecks come up to me and their like" I ain't never seen no Sentra run like that. What you got in this thing?"(redneck accent). I'm on my 3rd Se-r. The one I have now, I will never get rid of.

That is why I love my B13 so much. :D
 

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I don't have a B13 but my B12 is alot like it. This thing is built like a tank. Bulletproof engine and tranny. I run it hard but I take good care of it and it repays me well. It's a great car to tear up gravel roads in and drifts happily all day through the snow. The BEST 5 speed I have ever driven (I've driven a Porsche, Miata, etc..) The styling is VERY similar to that of E30 BMWs and I love it. I think it being my first car also makes me love it even more.
 

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Why I like my car

My 92 XE is the only car I've bought new. When I looked around, the only other model which I considered seriously was a Mazda Protege; Honda was overly proud of their Civics, and Toyota wanted more for their Tercels (way too plain-jane for me) than they were worth. I paid $11,354 drive-out.

I love this car. I have maintained it religiously. In 71,000 miles, I've had to replace the belts once, the brake pads twice, the battery once, the alternator once, and the outer CV boots once. Also I replaced all four tires at 68,000 miles. So it's been very cost-effective.

Sometimes I go fairly fast on the highway, and down here in central Texas I run the air conditioner about 75% of the time, but other than that I don't drive her hard & I try to baby the car; I want this vehicle to last another decade or longer, if I can do that. I'm beginning to add a few upgrades (improved instrumentation, an alarm & an audiophile sound sytem), mostly with an eye toward staying motivated to keep the car up, retain my pride in it & all that.

I've kept a book on the car to account for every tank of gas, all the mileage & all the routine maintenance I've done. I change the oil (Castrol GTX: 10W-30 the four months it's relatively cool here, 20W-50 the rest of the time) & filter every 2500 miles. I just finished flushing & re-filling the cooling system for the 4th time since I bought the car. Because I know everything that's happened since the car came off the dealer's lot, I feel confident about taking it cross-country occasionally. In fact, I owe it to myself & the car to get it out on some long-distance runs.

No, this car isn't flashy like a Lexus, but it's comfortable, economical, sturdy, and I feel that I got a good value, too. I like it.
 
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