NISSAN SENTRA - Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed

  • Published on May 16, 2019
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    The Nissan Sentra is Nissan’s humble commuter car. But in 1991 something weird happened: Nissan made it fast! Join James as he explores the forgotten history of one of the world’s best sport compact cars, the B13 Sentra SE-R, and how Nissan messed it all up.
    Hosted by James Pumphrey
    Edited by Bridget Davies & Colby Mann
    Animation by Raghav Arumugam
    Written by Nolan Sykes
    Directed by Jesse Wood
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Comments • 4 488

  • Donut Media
    Donut Media  4 months ago +1096

    How many of you are looking up B13s on Graigslist right now?

    • Manuel Lopez
      Manuel Lopez 14 days ago

      Damn you caught me🙄 tell nolan not to laugh at me

    • JDM Bro
      JDM Bro 23 days ago

      Hard to find. Even the sentras I found wasn't the se-r and those sentras I found were hard to find

    • GSR Muñoz
      GSR Muñoz 29 days ago

      In Mexico it is called 2000 GSR and it only went on sale from '93 to '96, there's a SR20 community all over the world, and ofcourse we enjoy to put to the test all the engines variants available like the SR20-DE , DET, VE, VET on our little Tsuru's.

    • Trevor Bell
      Trevor Bell Month ago

      Im looking for my first car and I found a b15 se-r spec v and im trying to convince my parents to let me get it😂😂😂

    • CarTuned
      CarTuned Month ago

      Donut Media Please do the Nissan Maxima! It is noted as the 4DSC (4-Door Sports Car) meant to compete with the other 4 door sports cars

  • Jason Futrell
    Jason Futrell 2 hours ago

    It bothers me how he said Nissan

  • Jose Gutierrez
    Jose Gutierrez 6 hours ago

    Bruh! I own one... but it's the basic SE-R 04' still running strong just the seats are wearing out and paint job is fading out do to it being exposed in the sun for so long..

  • Nash Dogg
    Nash Dogg 13 hours ago

    My 1991 SE-R is nearly bone stock at 145,000 miles. The tachometer is steadily hovering at 2500-3000 at idle though. Anybody have any ideas what’s up with it? Doesn’t sound like the engine’s stressing at all. It has new plugs, wires, fuel pump and filter, maf reground... what am I missing?

    • Nash Dogg
      Nash Dogg 3 hours ago

      Javier Herrera I thought it was this initially but it’s not. I forgot to mention, idle fixes itself after about 20-30 mins of driving. Air, temp or fuel related maybe?

    • Javier Herrera
      Javier Herrera 4 hours ago

      (Throttle cable)

    • Javier Herrera
      Javier Herrera 4 hours ago

      The accel cable is tight. I had one of those cars and that is the matter.

    AGA AGA Day ago

    Y U No mention sentra b12 coupe?!!

  • RRE Designs
    RRE Designs Day ago +1

    That Tsuru absorves a crash impact like a pizza box, or even worse. xD

  • Vasek Cekan
    Vasek Cekan Day ago

    Great video! A couple things to mention is the sentra SE-R 2 door became the 200SX SE-R. I bought a brand new one in 1995. Loved it. Also of note the original Spec V got a 6 speed manual from the Maxima.

  • Jack Balderas
    Jack Balderas 2 days ago

    Please do a 2015 VW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  • Christian Doucette
    Christian Doucette 2 days ago

    I drive a b17 sv and I realize when driving it that Nissan really dropped the ball on Sentras

  • Joe Minoso
    Joe Minoso 3 days ago


  • Brandon Orton
    Brandon Orton 4 days ago

    I bought a Sentra 2 weeks after this video was posted. I got a B14. Great car

    • Brandon Orton
      Brandon Orton 3 days ago

      @Bakaroons dang. Good thing I have a manual. But thanks for the heads up 👍🏻

    • Bakaroons
      Bakaroons 3 days ago

      @Brandon Ortonpay close attention to the transmission, any amounts of slippage and it will give out. I lost reverse gear on my auto 96 gxe

    • Brandon Orton
      Brandon Orton 3 days ago

      @Bakaroons Not the SE-R just a regular Sentra

    • Bakaroons
      Bakaroons 4 days ago

      SE or SER ?

  • unkameat Good bar
    unkameat Good bar 4 days ago

    Got an 03 ser,for 1500 $$ ,good gas saver,stick shift 6 speed,yellow,doing aftermarket rotors,and calipers,new tires,keeping it stock, and will upgrade exhaust manifold,and cold air intake as well as upgraded injectors, it’s not refined like my amg, I like driving this car, it is zippy,and can corner well I think the ser is a sleeper tuner.

  • Gus David
    Gus David 4 days ago

    I've got an 03 SE-R automatic and I can only say that it effin sucks! Damn thing is a gas guzzler. No cruise speed whatsoever. Interior plastics have begun to crack due to sun/time. Lots of oil consumption now and the check engine is always on due to some new problem that pops up.

  • Chromaggia
    Chromaggia 4 days ago +1

    I've had a 94 se-r for 13 years and have owned other cars along side it and it's still my favorite.

  • Grant l
    Grant l 5 days ago

    I love these

  • Lucas Abbade
    Lucas Abbade 5 days ago

    I have a B16, maybe not the most interesting generation, but a great city car, cheap to keep, fairly big, and powerful enough

  • Mike CorLeoné
    Mike CorLeoné 5 days ago

    I had a boosted 1.8 91 sentra.. really miss that car.. was very fun to smash on hondas

  • Brian Baney
    Brian Baney 5 days ago

    You should do a video on the 92 mazda mx6 gt its a fun lil turbo car shares the same motor with the turbo ford Probe. I had one miss it a lot was one of the best cars out like 60 iv had

  • Austin D
    Austin D 6 days ago

    Had a b13 base and has tons of fun in it. Cant imagine how sick the se r is!

  • Akeem Barnard
    Akeem Barnard 6 days ago

    I have one. Currently looking for a set of dual fog lamps for it.

  • Rubén Gómez
    Rubén Gómez 6 days ago

    My girlfriend has a 09 sentra and, as a nissan geek, i talk about a lot of nissan while we drive it, the skyline, the z, the xterra, and just one day before i watched this video i told her abour the sentra SE froms the 2000`s. I don`t know if she gets bored about it, but she says she loves her sentra

  • Ignacio Espino
    Ignacio Espino 7 days ago

    Can you do the Altima next

  • Gabriel Dela Cruz
    Gabriel Dela Cruz 7 days ago

    I don'r forget the Sentra/Sylphy

  • bradhunt120
    bradhunt120 8 days ago +1

    My ex had one of these and Jesus it was awesome never had someone scare me in a car and beat my Camaro in something so in suspecting

  • BlackBulletKill
    BlackBulletKill 9 days ago +1

    Why you didn't talk about b12 tho I own one personally still drives strong and sure it not powerful but fun and unique in it boxy shape

    • BlackBulletKill
      BlackBulletKill 5 days ago

      @Mike CorLeoné that is nice tho good thing the b12 does share parts with it even the sway bars. Am on the plan buying another one to make a build might make videos on it plus I want to put a rew 13b rotary engine since it hasn't been done so it an original build. If I do make videos on it I be sure to reply again with a link you can get a nostalgic view of the car. My is silver as well 5 speed 😆 only being little as 30 years still runs good

    • Mike CorLeoné
      Mike CorLeoné 5 days ago

      BlackBulletKill i miss my first sentra.. 87 sentra 5 speed red with grey cloth interior 😬 I’m looking for a pulsar now

  • Edwin Hernandez
    Edwin Hernandez 9 days ago

    I have a Sentra. I thank you guys 🙏🏼♥️

  • Clayton Coetzee
    Clayton Coetzee 9 days ago +3

    Look at South Africa's Nissan Sentra STI 200, one of the most admired cars to date, rocking an SR20DE with VVL.

    • Byron
      Byron 6 days ago

      dont forget our RXI rivals 😂

  • negative muse
    negative muse 10 days ago

    So is a 1990 not as good then??

  • Vinny Kurnizi
    Vinny Kurnizi 10 days ago

    please do nissan pathfinder

  • Paul Pinto
    Paul Pinto 10 days ago

    For sale !! 2004 SE R. 146 k. You can’t afford mine. Lol.

  • Brother Bear
    Brother Bear 10 days ago

    Mexico imported the B13 till 2017!?
    It might not be too hard to get one then.

  • Red & Brown Podcast
    Red & Brown Podcast 11 days ago

    I have a 2009 SE-R Spec V. Best car I have ever had.

  • Seul Garcia
    Seul Garcia 11 days ago

    Your pronounciation of "Nissan" is killing me. 🤐😬🤐

  • Will Ramos
    Will Ramos 11 days ago

    i have a b15 but it is only 1.8 wish i could get a ser engine on it but im in the country of El Salvador some day i might be able to buy one love the video

    AFTR DRK 11 days ago

    My dad still has his 03 se r

  • Motobloviation
    Motobloviation 11 days ago

    I had a 94 SE-R. got it with 2 miles on the odometer, sold it 7 years later with 250,000 miles. It was red. It was awesome. How awesome? Well since then I've owned a Skyline GT-R, an Audi RS6, a twin-turbo Mercedes...and I still miss my Sentra. I even lived in it for a week once.

  • Jonnyboy Tech
    Jonnyboy Tech 12 days ago

    no wonder i fell in love when i rent a 2019 nissan sentra

  • Ander 109
    Ander 109 13 days ago

    Nissan SE-R spec v at 160k miles for $2k. Worth?

    • Ander 109
      Ander 109 10 days ago

      @fruity G 2002. Got the guy down to $1700. Going to pick it up this Monday.

    • fruity G
      fruity G 10 days ago

      Depends on the year

  • crusader88
    crusader88 13 days ago

    Hey bros... Do Abarth!!!!!

  • Dino Voldo
    Dino Voldo 13 days ago

    had an SE-R Spec V. Loved it but had a lot of trouble in the beginning. The little thing you lift to shift into reverse kept coming off, rear window broke for no reason (barely brought it down), the compartment on the dashboard cracked because its plastic, the AC went out and cylinders kept breaking. Despite this, I loved the car.

    • SJ 99
      SJ 99 5 days ago

      My 03 se r rear window broke tok

  • JVIP gnav
    JVIP gnav 14 days ago +1

    94 was the last of the best sentra. Will never get one like it again. ☹☹😭😭

  • Heathcliff Happy
    Heathcliff Happy 14 days ago +1

    love the tsuru, drivied one in mrcivo for more than 15 yrs

  • daniel hamby
    daniel hamby 14 days ago

    I had an ‘03 spec V... I miss that thing

  • Bob The Builder
    Bob The Builder 15 days ago

    O shit I gorgot

  • KAL Blades
    KAL Blades 15 days ago

    We don’t have a video on Nissan Altima?

  • Michael
    Michael 17 days ago

    How you gonna talk about performance Sentras and not mention Disco Potato?

  • O-Town MINI Deals
    O-Town MINI Deals 17 days ago +1

    I started selling Nissan's back in 99 and I remember selling the spec V and the 350Z when it first arrived.....the 2000 Maxima SE Manual was pretty nice as well.

  • Jor-EL Gonz
    Jor-EL Gonz 17 days ago

    I miss my Sentra B13 😭

  • Chris Garcia
    Chris Garcia 17 days ago

    Any reviewer that wastes time trying to be a personality, instead a personality being a reviewer, SUCKS.
    just like this one.

  • Francisco Cruz
    Francisco Cruz 18 days ago

    I really need some help so i own a nissan sentra sxg 99 but my car looks like a gxe but ive never knew why mine was different

  • Dreamy
    Dreamy 19 days ago +1

    The Nissan Sentra SE-R and Nismo were never good enough to truly beat the Honda Civic Si, however it still put a up a great fight and easily ate the 2000’s Toyota Corolla S’s lunch. Very interesting to see how the Hyundai Elantra Sport now fills the Sentra’s old role.
    On a similar note, it was really cool to see Accord and Altima V6 Coupes duking it out back then.
    Even as 350Z’s and G35’s roamed the RWD streets.

  • Oliver Thomas
    Oliver Thomas 19 days ago

    Why nobody talks about it? FWD.
    Youre welcome.

  • Joseph Andrew
    Joseph Andrew 19 days ago

    Get a new host this dude is cringy as fuck

  • acct on my other phone

    here in the philippines there's a Sentra that came after the B14 that looks VERY different from all the sentras you guys showed. and the B13 here in the philippines is a 4 door sedan but it still looks exactly the same and is named Sentra.

  • Michael Lopez
    Michael Lopez 21 day ago

    Isn't this guy an actor? I remember seeing him in a funny budget movie a while ago called high road or something like that.

  • Ky Araujo
    Ky Araujo 22 days ago

    I watch all of your videos learning as much as i can and i need to know more about my car lol

  • Ky Araujo
    Ky Araujo 22 days ago

    Can you please do maxima

  • Inara72 PS4
    Inara72 PS4 22 days ago

    I know this car because it’s in need for speed underground and it has the best mantis body kit for a sedan

  • Chance Gurule
    Chance Gurule 22 days ago

    I love my spec v probably my favorite car I’ve owned so far

  • JDM Bro
    JDM Bro 23 days ago

    My dad had two Nissan Sentras from the early 90's. One was a base model. No side mirror on the passenger side and was 5-Speed. Its was still fun to drive. The other one he had was a different trim but was 5-Speed.