2002 Nissan Sentra Se-r

2002 Nissan Sentra Se-r

The Nissan Sentra is a car produced by Nissan since 1982. Originally subcompact in classification, for model year 2000 it was reclassified as a compact car, becoming mid-size for 2007. Until 2006, Sentra was a rebadged export version of the Japanese Nissan Sunny, but since the 2013 model year, Sentra is a rebadged export version of the Nissan Sylphy. The Sentra nameplate is not used in Japan. Many other countries in South America sell their versions of the Sunny as the Sentra. In Mexico, the first three generations of the Sentra were known as the Nissan Tsuru (Japanese for crane), and the B13 model is still sold under that name, alongside the updated models badged as Sentra.
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2002 Nissan Sentra Se-r

The Sentra finally crossed over into the “compact” class when the redesigned model launched in February 2000 as a 2000 model. When new, this redesign was considered a substantial upgrade, compared to the “cheap” economy car it replaced. Previously, the compact class had been occupied by the Altima, which moved to the mid-size class in 2001, and its wheelbase remained unchanged from the previous generation. Also to be noted is that while earlier Sentras were very similar to their Japan-market B-series Nissan Sunny twins, the B15 Sentra diverged greatly from the B15 Sunny (Nissan Super Sunny). Production shifted from Smyrna, Tennessee to Aguascalientes, Mexico, and the Smyrna production line was retooled to build the Nissan Xterra. The 2000–2001 Sentra SE with the SR20DE Roller rocker motor, which has 145 hp (108 kW) and 136 lb·ft (184 N·m) of torque, occupied the top of the line Sentra until the SE-R returned for model year 2002. The 1.6 L GA16DE engine was dropped in favor of the 1.8 L QG18DE(1809 or 1769cc), rated at 126 hp (94 kW) and 129 pound-feet (175 N·m). In Brazil, this engine generated 113 hp (84 kW) at 5,600 rpm and 114 lb·ft (155 N·m) at 4,400 rpm. Numerous upgrades were made over the previous generation. The new model featured a new interior with higher quality plastics and more comfortable seats. The exterior was also substantially updated and now featured body-side moldings and clear headlights. The curb weight on the QG18DE-engined Sentra is 2,513 lb (1,140 kg). With the introduction of the B15 in year 2000, Nissan also introduced a CA ‘Clean Air’ trim only available in California. The CA trim boasts a double walled exhaust, 3 catalytic converters, quick catalyst warm up, and a radiator that has a special coating which actually changes ground level ozone (smog) into oxygen. The Sentra CA model is the only gasoline-fueled vehicle in the world to receive California Air Resources Board (CARB) super ultra low emission vehicle (SULEV) certification and obtain zero-emission credits.
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2002 Nissan Sentra Se-r

A bounding fawn running at full speed looks almost weightless. Most of its forward motion is accomplished in the air. Its skinny legs only touch down for split seconds at a time, propelling the animal forward-darting, lithe, agile. It has no visible musculature, and certainly no sign of fat. It’s all a blur of motion. We followed one such fawn for about a half-mile down delightfully twisting little Cachagua Road east of Carmel Valley in California. We thought of passing, keeping the revs in the meat of the power curve for a squirt past. Every time we’d think of making our pass on this one-and-a-half-lane country road, the fawn would dive down to the inside of the turn. “He’s clipping the apexes!” we said in absolute astonishment. The little braveheart was clearly blocking us. Finally, with no encouragement from us, the fawn hopped off the right side of the road and down a wooded embankment. What does this have to do with the 2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V that we were driving during the encounter? Well, nothing really. You thought maybe we’d tell you what a lithe little fawn of a car the new SE-R is? Nope. It’s nothing like that. Owing to its new, large-displacement four-cylinder-25 percent larger than the engine of any competing car-and 180 pound-feet of torque, the SE-R Spec V would more accurately be described as “strong and forceful” than “light and graceful.” It’s more wild boar than Bambi.After a seven-year absence, the Sentra SE-R returns as the muscle car of pocket rockets. (The unloved 200SX SE-R that arrived in 1995 wasn’t much of a replacement.) The original 1991-94 Sentra SE-R won a spot on Car and Driver’s 10Best list every year it was sold in the U.S. Although its 2.0-liter twin-cam four spun happily beyond 7000 rpm, the ample midrange torque of the engine was what distinguished it from the contemporary Honda Civic Si, Acura Integra, and Mazda MX-3. The 2002 SE-R Spec V differs from the old SE-R not so much in character as in magnitude. The sedan proportions, the torquey engine, the value, and the limited-slip differential-all the elements that defined the original-are present and accounted for. But there’s more tire, more weight, and more torque than before. Counting on pleasant memories conjured by the SE-R moniker, the marketing types decided there would be two SE-Rs-a “standard” SE-R and the SE-R Spec V. The standard model takes the place of the SE. It is powered by a new 2.5-liter engine (making 170 horsepower), but it doesn’t have the sport-tuned suspension or six-speed manual of the Spec V. The one we’re more interested in-and the version we drove at Laguna Seca Raceway and throughout the Carmel Valley-is the top-performing Spec V. Incidentally, the “Spec V” designation is Nissan’s attempt to associate this highest-performance Sentra with the Japanese-market hyperperformance coupe, the Skyline GT-R V Spec. Either that, or the company just wanted to see how many letters and numbers would fit on the tail of a Sentra. The mechanical upgrades for the Spec V version are more compelling. Start with that new engine, which is virtually identical to the 2002 Altima’s base engine. In this model, the 2.5-liter makes 10 more horsepower than in the standard SE-R, or 180 at 6000 rpm, and 180 pound-feet of torque at 4400 rpm. The extra grunt in Spec V trim is the work of a variable-volume exhaust system that opens a flap in the muffler for better exhaust flow at high revs. The Spec V has 10 to 20 more horsepower than other pocket rockets, such as the upcoming Honda Civic Si, the Ford SVT Focus, and the Mini Cooper S, and vastly more than performance poseurs such as the Mitsubishi Lancer OZ Rally. Nissan estimates the Spec V will sprint to 60 mph in the high sixes. That’s about a second quicker than the old SE-R and about two seconds before the 2001 SE model. But there’s more to the thrust story than peak horsepower. The Spec V’s available torque-dramatically more than in competitors-is routed through a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission (the only transmission available in the Spec V) to a standard helical limited-slip differential. The limited slip, a real rarity in this class, allows the Spec V to absolutely rocket out of tight corners. Without the limited slip, the inside front tire would spin wildly or you’d have to restrain your right foot. And showing restraint isn’t easy in the Spec V. 1 2 3 Next Page
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2002 Nissan Sentra Se-r

Nissan introduced the sixth generation Sentra at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in January. Classified as a mid-size sedan by the EPA thanks to its interior passenger and cargo volume of 110 cubic feet (as the EPA considers “mid” or “intermediate” size a car with interior passenger and cargo volume between 110 and 119 cubic feet), the Sentra is bigger in every dimension than the B15 model, being 65 mm (2.3 in.) longer, 91 mm (3.2 in.) wider, and 113 mm (4.0 in.) taller. The wheelbase is also 167 mm (5.9 in.) longer than the previous model. The sixth generation also marked a change in Nissan’s North American lineup, with the Nissan Versa becoming brand’s entry-level model. This generation is based on the C platform architecture that also underpins the first-generation Nissan Rogue, Nissan Qashqai and also the T31 Nissan X-Trail, as well as other Renault models. The Sentra’s standard engine is a 2.0-liter 16-valve 4-cylinder rated at 140 hp (104 kW) and 147 pound-feet (199 N·m) of torque. Fuel economy for with the 2.0L mated to the CVT is rated at 26 city/34 hwy, and the 6-speed manual at 24 city/31 hwy. SE-R is rated at 24 city/30 hwy with the CVT being the only transmission available. SE-R Spec-V is rated at 21 city/28 hwy mated with the 6-speed manual.
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2002 Nissan Sentra Se-r

2002 Nissan Sentra Values The 2002 Nissan Sentra ranks high in affordability and function. It boasts a comfortable ride and a comfortable interior too. And the top-of-the-line SE-R Spec V is a great car with plenty of creature comforts for those looking to get the most bang for their buck. The Sentra is offered in XE, GXE and SE-R trims, with engines ranging from a 126 horsepower 1.8-liter inline 4 to a 175 horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4, with your choice of automatic or manual transmission. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, front bucket seats and driver/passenger-side airbags. Read more Read less
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2002 Nissan Sentra Se-r

In North America, the Sentra currently serves as Nissan’s compact car, despite being rated as mid-size due to its interior volume since the 2007 model year. While previous Sentras were subcompacts, the Sentra has grown over the years, with the Nissan Versa having replaced the Sentra in the entry-level area, and the Sentra is now rated as a mid-size car due to its interior volume.

2002 Nissan Sentra Se-r

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