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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  • Donut Media
    Donut Media  Month ago +1019

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

    • Uuuu Ssss
      Uuuu Ssss 9 days ago

      Donut Media I had one all this time and I though it’s was a trashy car,now I have a different point of you on that car thank you❤️

    • burrito GS
      burrito GS 12 days ago

      Soo, i live in Mexico, then no

    • Jonathan Gloria
      Jonathan Gloria 17 days ago

      I got a B15 Spec-V after this video 😆

    • Jonathan Bumbarger
      Jonathan Bumbarger 20 days ago

      Should do a review on the Chrysler 300m Special

    • Carlos Alvarez
      Carlos Alvarez 23 days ago

      Donut Media Nissan Maxima

  • E.S.G The Eighth Ball
    E.S.G The Eighth Ball 13 minutes ago

    Im from Mexico and both my mom and I used to own tsurus...that was my first car :')

  • Nick Palmer19
    Nick Palmer19 Hour ago

    how u actually pronounce Nissan?

  • Anthony Pena
    Anthony Pena 2 hours ago +1

    Can you guys do a bumper 2 bumper on the Nissan Sentra Nismo please.

  • Will Brown
    Will Brown 6 hours ago

    You forgot the Nissan Sentra SE made in 2000 that sported the same SR20DE engine as the original B13.

  • Brandon Bell
    Brandon Bell 9 hours ago

    I drive an SR, and I test drove a Z28 and a mustang GT that day.

  • lillocster951
    lillocster951 18 hours ago

    Those things are still slow

  • Ragerius The Overlord
    Ragerius The Overlord 20 hours ago

    Why you no like b14, i have one and honestly love it

  • Mario Manboarde
    Mario Manboarde Day ago

    the Japanese version was the sunny. they destroyed a lot of corollas and camrys back in the day

  • Sergio Garcia
    Sergio Garcia Day ago +1

    Nissan SE-R’s are the most underrated sports cars of all time

  • D 2
    D 2 Day ago

    He can't even say the car brands name right!! NISSSSSIIIIIIIIIN

  • alejandropk0
    alejandropk0 Day ago

    In Mexico BASURA means trash . We call it BA-TSURU . 💩

  • Daft Raw
    Daft Raw Day ago

    The B14 "sentra" was a 200sx se-r.... Your fuckin slacking Donut, smh...

  • Jonathan Baker
    Jonathan Baker Day ago

    I have an 06 best car I've ever owned. So reliable I can't always get parts easily but wouldn't trade it for anything. Looks like the one in the background of the video.

  • Mileena Nicolas Koontz

    I definitely wish i could trade my van for one cuz they r better at gas

  • Engie:D
    Engie:D 2 days ago

    PLS episode about Datsun 100a/Nissan Cherry/Satsuma From My Summer Car :D

  • David Vera
    David Vera 2 days ago

    What about the Nissan Altima SE-R

  • Luke Woessner
    Luke Woessner 3 days ago +1

    I love my 2018 NISMO edition. I feel it's a little underpowered and needs dual exhaust but other than that it's such a fun car to drive and love the way it looks.

    • Luke Woessner
      Luke Woessner 3 days ago

      Matt Campbell i was on the fence, but i just kept getting drawn to the black

    • Matt Campbell
      Matt Campbell 3 days ago +1

      Yup I love my Nismo .. got it in white

  • HM Car Reviews
    HM Car Reviews 4 days ago

    Interesting car we don't have over here in the UK.

  • kitzback
    kitzback 4 days ago

    Can you do one on the IS300?

  • Justin Ortega-carney

    I have the 03 Nissan Sentra Ser spev V

  • Raceman
    Raceman 4 days ago

    Men those Tsurus are dead traps, crash at 20 mph and you are dead

    • Lil Uri
      Lil Uri 2 days ago

      Raceman not the ones made in America

  • nutriacubica
    nutriacubica 4 days ago

    My dad owns a 1994 B13 Mexican Tsuru with the silver top, he used to get me to school early morning hauling ass, this video made me extremely happy and it will make him too, thanks a lot.

  • VeggiePopper
    VeggiePopper 4 days ago

    Was about to comment on the irony that you started the video stating that this little car is being forgotten when I see tons of B13s on the streets on a daily basis... Then BAM! You showed your research and closed the video with the fact that we Mexicans kept it in production until 2017.
    Quick correction: the Tsuru wasn't outlawed in Mexico due to safety regulations (airbags just became mandatory in this 2019), but because of emissions/anti-polution regulations.
    Trivia: VW México kept selling the Mk 4 Jetta until 2014, and the original Beetle until 2003; while GM kept the Gen I Aveo until 2018, the Corsa B intil 2012, and the previous generation Chevy Spark is still on sale among its younger brother. We Mexicans love our outdated cars.

  • AKS
    AKS 5 days ago +1

    I love my 2010 SER Spec-V..........I am 6'3" and the mid-sized body is waaayyy better for me. Even with the sunroof I have tons of headroom. The B16 spec-V is the fastest SER they ever made....even quicker than the new Nismo ones. Revs to 7000 and with Pilot Sports she handles.

  • Corey Adkins
    Corey Adkins 5 days ago +2

    Had an 04 ser spec V black with red lava, six speed. Fun car.

  • Kid Refugee
    Kid Refugee 6 days ago

    Finally someone took the time to do an awesome mashup of the Sentra story. Thank you!
    7yr owner here, of an ‘02 B15 Spec V. I was really looking forward to the redemption of the Sentra. Instead we got the B16 NISMO👎. Oh well, at least I can still look forward to the past to find one of the coolest Sentras, the B13 SE-R.
    Fun fact kids. The B15 SE-R was factory tuned specifically for autocross. Which dominated the scene before the Oompa Loompa Miata invasion. It even had faster slalom times than WRX, MR-2, and pretty much everything in its class and some. How about that for an underdog!

  • Thom Stoops
    Thom Stoops 7 days ago

    Whoa there buddy, Nissan and Datsun have always been two separate brands, and Nissan bought/acquired the Datsun marque sometime in the 60's as it was near failure and Nissan wanted a piece of the Japanese roadster market that Datsun had been gradually growing over time.
    Both companies were started independently of each other, but because most people's knowledge of Datsun only goes back to the early 70's with the early Z cars, the perception is that Nissan used to be Datsun because the Z switched badges in the early 80's with the 300ZX Mk.2. Datsun used to race competitively in the late 50's-early 60's and a few private teams entered their cars in the Mille Miglia, Dakar Rally, and a handful of other prolific racing events in history.

    • VeggiePopper
      VeggiePopper 4 days ago

      Actually, Nissan purchased Datsun as early as the 1940's or something like that. In fact, Nissan entered the car business when they purchased Datsun; beforehand, they were some sort of finances company, then invested in Datsun and the rest was history.
      They marketed their products under different names (hence the two separate brands) first depending on the country, then depending on status - entry cars were branded Datsun while upmarket products were sold as Nissan. When things got rough in the 70's, they decided to no longer brand under different names to avoid cannibalism and to benefit from brand recognition and unified their products under the Nissan name, discontinuing the Datsun brand.
      But you got it right in that they started as separate companies, though.

  • Jared Brown
    Jared Brown 7 days ago

    I love my white 02 Spec-v, it has been a fun car. Fairly peppy and pretty damn reliable except for it is only a matter of when you'll have to replace the head gasket (mine @ ~155k). Love these videos, keep them coming...!

  • austin wilbert
    austin wilbert 7 days ago


  • austin wilbert
    austin wilbert 7 days ago

    Do a video on c 230 kompressor

  • Chris Estrada
    Chris Estrada 7 days ago

    I too am proud of my Spec V

  • Hilary Gosnell
    Hilary Gosnell 7 days ago +1

    I own the 2012 SE-R. I love her. But I've never driven the B-13.

    • Lil Uri
      Lil Uri 2 days ago

      Hilary Gosnell I got a b13

  • mr.potato head
    mr.potato head 7 days ago

    Tsuru in Mexico are legendary for getting jacked. That thing will be stripped and sold in less then 24hrs.
    Also a death trap in a accident. I think even the Mitsubishi Mirage offers better safety for cheaper

  • Aaron Tucker
    Aaron Tucker 8 days ago

    This video so nostalgic. I be dying for an AE86 Corolla...

  • Gerald San Agustin
    Gerald San Agustin 8 days ago

    Nissin makes noodles, Nissan makes cars

  • aileen hernandez
    aileen hernandez 8 days ago

    Make a up to speed Toyota hiace

  • Normal Guy
    Normal Guy 8 days ago

    Talk about the Nissan Altima SER could be a great idea

  • TheDjMoogle
    TheDjMoogle 8 days ago +1

    Damn I have a Sentra like this

  • Joe Milton
    Joe Milton 9 days ago


  • Joshua Merino
    Joshua Merino 9 days ago

    This video make my day, my father bought a Mexican 1999 b13 back on 2003 and was his very first car, then he gave it to me so was my first car as well, I sold it just one year ago and I loved that car. It was extremely reliable and very cheap to fix and top of that the chassis it was very light and the engine it is a twin can plus manual transmission.

  • Joey L
    Joey L 9 days ago

    I recently bought an 03 SE R Spec V, and i love it! Great video

  • McFarland Fabrication

    I have an 03. Bought it for 1300$. Is inches away from beating my buddies 09 civic si. Great car for the price

  • OOF Gaming
    OOF Gaming 9 days ago

    Nissan Sunny’s were popular in Singapore(and my dad owned one)

  • the real seneca
    the real seneca 9 days ago

    This was one of my favorite cars in high school. I adore them

  • Dominique Sanchez
    Dominique Sanchez 9 days ago

    Didnt mention the b15 had a bbk too and the b17 nismo/sr turbo have 190whp 🤗

  • Charles Wolf
    Charles Wolf 10 days ago

    Why are y’all talking about my car??

  • Sean Bowen
    Sean Bowen 10 days ago

    I hate the CVT in the B17 ughhh

  • Kadeeyah R
    Kadeeyah R 10 days ago

    I have one🙂it’s my first car

  • 350z_ Brayden
    350z_ Brayden 11 days ago

    Its time to kick gum and chew ass

    And im all out of ass 😭😂

  • Ikua Muita
    Ikua Muita 11 days ago

    James you split my plate of fried chicken with that air slice. :(

  • Juan The 2nd
    Juan The 2nd 11 days ago +2

    The Nissan Tsuru (B13 Sentra), is seen here in Mexico as a coffin with wheels.

  • Lon Brooklyn
    Lon Brooklyn 11 days ago

    Your grown man 34 years old!?

  • Angus King
    Angus King 11 days ago

    Love my specV lots of fun!

  • Thandokuhle Sibanyoni
    Thandokuhle Sibanyoni 12 days ago


  • lincs 4life
    lincs 4life 13 days ago

    The was he says Nissan sound like he's says Niss in instead of Niss an.

  • Danny Wilson
    Danny Wilson 13 days ago

    I'm not being racist but I think the sentra was set back because of the Mexican tsuru

  • And raé
    And raé 13 days ago

    I got one. And I soo need a sexy body kit. Can anyone give me some links. Also I want some protector headlights for it. Also mine has this wired S or lighting for the logo anyone know why is that

  • Smooth Style
    Smooth Style 13 days ago

    I need a good, cheap and fun toyota or nissan. got any ideas?

  • Hashvind Sivakumar
    Hashvind Sivakumar 14 days ago

    Proud owner of a Sentra N16

  • kev mar
    kev mar 15 days ago

    I owned both the b15 and b16 and I can tell you stock for stock the si at that time would be crushed. I know I destroyed enough of them. Even took out older mustang gts with it.

  • 90's Works
    90's Works 15 days ago


  • Jim Husselman
    Jim Husselman 15 days ago

    Great and informative video however even with the Nissan commercial guy pronouncing it for you , you still kept screwing it up!!!! NISSAN KNEE-SONE NISSAN LOL I own a 2011 Sentra sr and a 2011 Nissan titan heavy metal chrome version. Great vehicles. God bless

  • Kurt
    Kurt 15 days ago

    I just got me a 03 spec v 😎 but I'm having to pull the head because the hg is blown, bought it like that so I did get a great deal, even so it does or did run and drive (before I started the tear down)

  • Michael Jennings
    Michael Jennings 16 days ago

    No more cvt for me no way

  • Michael Jennings
    Michael Jennings 16 days ago

    So ibought the 2015 sentra and what a let down cvt is slow

  • Michael Jennings
    Michael Jennings 16 days ago

    My 2006 i had was the fasted car i ever had i never lost a light to light race she beat a lot of big money cars it was total lost

  • Michael Jennings
    Michael Jennings 16 days ago

    My 2015 is a well built car there cvt hold it back especialy at high speed

  • The Quarlok13
    The Quarlok13 16 days ago

    I own one of these bad boys. 1992 SE-R, U12 Bluebird swapped in though. Makes a few more horses now. Great car.

  • Luke Adam Hanafey
    Luke Adam Hanafey 17 days ago

    1 part of nissan sentras you missed
    Part of South africas versions and probably one of the most rad.
    With a sr20ve
    Or the very rare sr16ve motors
    Sold as the Nissan sentra sti or Sabre gxi.

  • Carlos Calderon
    Carlos Calderon 17 days ago

    Tsuru FUCKING LEGEND !!!!!

  • The Tom Memes
    The Tom Memes 17 days ago

    In 🇨🇱 and 🇦🇷 this car is called Nissan V16

  • travis bowen
    travis bowen 18 days ago +4

    Thought about getting a b13 and dropping a sr20det motor in it 💪👍

  • dripzzz 200
    dripzzz 200 18 days ago +1

    Do Volkswagen Jetta

  • Eric Mendoza
    Eric Mendoza 18 days ago

    My mom has this car😂

  • David Mihalko
    David Mihalko 19 days ago

    Got a 2005 SE-R for sale in San Diego. Red with Nismo wheels, recent smog check. It was my daughter's car in high school and college. It is a fast little car...just one hook: it's an automatic.

    JDMMOHAKI 19 days ago

    I was soo close to buying a Tsuru se-r in mexico 😭 i want one

  • yellofury
    yellofury 19 days ago

    Had a b13 XE coupe with a 5 spd in college. Got rear ended in my MAxima 3 weeks ago and I needed a beater with the insurance check. ended up with a B15 GXE. Not too shabby. Simple and honest car

  • Sugin14 DB
    Sugin14 DB 20 days ago

    So I literally picked one of these up for 400 from a friends junkyard.
    Gotta nice.

  • Stephaan Jacques
    Stephaan Jacques 20 days ago

    love the #unknownvariable

  • Alex Cintas
    Alex Cintas 20 days ago

    Had a 2001 Sentra gxe that was actually a great little car. Bought it used with 30k and drive it to 240,000k with little issue.

  • Andre Ren
    Andre Ren 21 day ago

    I used to have a B17 Sentra Nismo and I loved that car, I had it tuned and modded and it was so fun to drive

  • Adam Harrington
    Adam Harrington 21 day ago

    The b13 Sentra is called Tsuru in México wich by the way is the unsafest car you can buy there but only 2017 versions not newer because, again, unsafest car massively sold there. And the 1991 looks exactly the same as the 2017 Tsuru in Mexico.

  • Daniel Carmona
    Daniel Carmona 21 day ago

    1:24 you´re welcome

  • Niraj Shukla
    Niraj Shukla 22 days ago

    Is Derek D looking for work?

  • Alpha Wërks
    Alpha Wërks 22 days ago

    One of the worst engines ever made.....

  • Soary24
    Soary24 23 days ago

    Still owned my 2004 ser spec v since 12 years. Perfect condition.

  • eny margaretha
    eny margaretha 23 days ago +1

    7:34 you spell the car brand how i call it

  • GrifWithOneF
    GrifWithOneF 23 days ago

    Sentra S U C C

  • Jax Carter
    Jax Carter 23 days ago

    I drive a 2002 sentra gxe

  • Derrick Mitchell
    Derrick Mitchell 24 days ago

    Owner a b15 with the qd18de and added a turbo. Fun little motor, fun little car!!!

  • Challenger RC
    Challenger RC 24 days ago

    I want a Sentra but I want a dodge dart video more

  • Yanuchi Uchiha: Anime, Games and Ramdomness

    so, after nissan got owned by honda, it decided to unleash the nismo?

  • Saule Karavirs
    Saule Karavirs 25 days ago

    I'm lovin my B-15 Spec-V
    So much fun to drive on the streets. 180 ft/lb is super noticeable. and it feels like a real driver's car, not one of these high tech does all the work for you things they make now. It's mechanical nature means it does all the work with you.

  • GTiRnissan
    GTiRnissan 25 days ago

    not even a mention of gti-r swaps?

    MYHATY 25 days ago

    So they’ll do this but not the g35 :(

  • Semper Faith
    Semper Faith 25 days ago +1

    You know which se-r everyone forgot about? The Nissan Altima Se-r

  • Benjamin Butcher
    Benjamin Butcher 25 days ago +1

    Everyone knows the average driver doesn’t like fun..

    • Benjamin Butcher
      Benjamin Butcher 25 days ago

      After riding in one of those early 90’s models, I can attest it’s a fast lil car.
      Not my first choice, but respectable.

  • Carlos Zamora
    Carlos Zamora 25 days ago +21

    2004 Nissan Sentra SE R Spec V came out in Need For Speed Underground and Underground 2.

    • Carlos Zamora
      Carlos Zamora Day ago +2

      @Hugh G. Rection Lol Damn.

    • Hugh G. Rection
      Hugh G. Rection Day ago

      i have the regular 04 sentra 1.8...automatic...with 120 hp 😢🤦🏻‍♂️plz kill me

  • Jacob Griffin
    Jacob Griffin 25 days ago

    And I'm all out ofbubblegum. Butt.