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Used Nissan Sentra for Sale

The Nissan Sentra is known for its reliability and genuine value for money, which has made it a firm South African favourite. Because of this Used Nissan Sentra vehicles are always quick to move off our showroom floors in Kuils River, Stellenbosch, Uitenhage, Port Elizabeth or Johannesburg. Additionally, to make them even more value for money, we at Group 1 Nissan have added our Valid Value promise to all of our Nissan Pre-Owned Sentras, so that you can rest assured that every Used Sentra for Sale in our showroom is reliable and ready for you to drive away with worry free. If you see a Used Nissan Sentra for Sale on our showroom floor, please don’t hesitate to call us before it gets sold!

Know Your Used Sentra Model

The Nissan Sentra is one of the oldest running models. While the original Nissan first came out in 1982 and there have been many fantastic models that have been released such as the fourth generation Sentra (1996 – 1998) and 1999 models. The sixth generation (2007-2012) Nissan Sentra was released in 2006 at the North American International Auto Show. The 2010 Sentra received several refreshers to its design and comfort upgrades, such as revised fascia, grille and new headlights. Inside the Sentra received upgrades such as optional navigation systems, audio as well as backup camera.

The current generation Sentra (2013-present) first came out in 2012 at the Beijing auto show. The 2013 Sentra was upscaled with LED lights and an electronic navigation system, as well as offering better fuel economy while still providing 97kW of power. Take a look below to learn more about the different generations of Sentra Cars.

First Generation Nissan Sentra
1982 – 1986

The Nissan Sentra was launched in May 1982, and was intended to replace the popular Datsun 210. It was the second vehicle to be produced under the Nissan name tag after it was changed from Datsun during the early part of the 1980’s. As a matter of interest, the Datsun brand was recently revived and relaunched in South Africa and offers the cost-effective Datsun Go as an entry level vehicle option.

Shortly after its launch the Nissan Sentra was tested and found to be the 7th safest car in a ranking system put together by the Centre for Auto Safety, which used data from the American National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing program. This legacy of safety has continued until this day and forms one of the basic underlying principles of Nissan car design.

The first-generation Sentra established itself as a cost-effective car to run that was both easy on fuel and service costs. This paid off handsomely for Nissan, and within a year of its launch was the 8th most sold passenger car across the globe.

Did You Know? Not only was the first-generation Nissan Sentra the only iteration of this vehicle to have a diesel option, but when first introduced it was originally under the Datsun brand name. This changed shortly after launch however, and what was then known as the Datsun Sentra was rebranded the Nissan Sentra for the first time.

1st Generation Nissan Sentra at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.5 L petrol
  • 1.6 L petrol
  • 1.7 L diesel

Transmission

  • 4-speed manual
  • 5-speed manual
  • 3-speed automatic

Body Style

  • 2-door coupe
  • 3-door hatchback
  • 4-door sedan
  • 5-door station wagon

Assembled In

  • Japan
  • United States
  • Mexico

Also Known As

  • Nissan Tsuru

Wheelbase

  • 2,400 mm

Second Generation Nissan Sentra
1985 – 1990

Launched across the globe in a staged manner over a two-year period between 1985 and 1986, and available until 1990, the second-generation Nissan Sentra continued the tradition of reliability and safety established with the launch of the previous generation of Nissan Sentra. The look of this generation Sentra was a complete departure from the original Sentra, and took design cues from a trend in Japan that also saw the launch of the fairly similar Toyota Cressida. Inside and under the hood however the Sentra was completely different beast. This included a choice of 7 different engines, and even include 4-wheel drive in certain models. This generation of Sentra was also included a modified 4-wheel independent suspension across the entire range.

During the 1989 vehicle production year, a subtle change to the body style of the Sentra was introduced in both the coupe and sedan. This was later carried over to the rest of the range before the third-generation Sentra was introduced, and included rounded front corner lights and redesigned taillights.

Did You Know? The second-generation of Nissan Sentra was the final one to offer a station wagon or estate option. In 1990, it was also one of the first Nissan vehicles to be sold with electrically retracted front shoulder belts.

2nd Generation Nissan Sentra at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.4 L petrol
  • 1.6 L petrol
  • 1.7 L petrol
  • 1.8 L petrol

Transmission

  • 4-speed manual
  • 5-speed manual
  • 3-speed automatic

Body Style

  • 2-door coupe
  • 3-door hatchback
  • 4-door sedan
  • 5-door station wagon
  • 2-door sport coupe

Assembled In

  • United States
  • México
  • Japan
  • Philippines

Also Known As

  • Nissan Tsuru II
  • Nissan Sunny

Wheelbase

  • 2,431 mm

Third Generation Nissan Sentra
1990 – 1995

Launched globally in 1990 to great fanfare, this reliable and much-loved car is still seen on roads all around South Africa. It came standard with a powerful fuel-injected 1.6-liter, 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine which provided a very impressive 94 kW of power and 146 Nm or torque. The Sentra GXE trim level also helped to set new standard of luxury in its vehicle class thanks to an optional power package that offered prospective buyers power windows, automatic locks, and electric mirrors. Additionally, the Sentra XE, Sentra SE and Sentra SE-R trim levels offered an optional (and in some cases standard) sunroof and alloy wheels.

In 1992 further luxury options were introduced to the Sentra range, this included air conditioning, cruise control, and a stereo system. The 3-speed automatic gearbox was also dropped in favour of a 4-speed one. This was followed in 1993 by a vehicle facelift, and a driver’s airbag became standard in all Sentra GXE models and were made available as an optional safety extra across the entire vehicle range.

Did You Know? In 1994 the Nissan Sentra became one of the first cars to offer CFC-free air conditioners as standard in all vehicles. It was also the first Nissan to use the now famous SR20DE engine, which was the standard powerplant for the sporty two-door Nissan Sentra SE-R model. This engine put out 104.4 kW of power and 179 Nm of torque, and changed the way people saw Nissan engines forever.

3rd Generation Nissan Sentra at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.4 L petrol
  • 1.6 L petrol
  • 1.6 L petrol
  • 2.0 L petrol

Transmission

  • 4-speed manual
  • 5-speed manual
  • 3-speed automatic
  • 4-speed automatic

Body Style

  • 2-door coupe
  • 4-door sedan

Assembled In

  • United States
  • México
  • Japan
  • Philippines
  • Indonesia

Also Known As

  • Nissan Sunny
  • Nissan Tsuru
  • Nissan V16
  • Nissan Sentra Genesis

Wheelbase

  • 2,431 mm

Fourth Generation Nissan Sentra
1995 – 1999

Introduced at the beginning of 1995 exclusively as a 4-door sedan, this was the first generation of Nissan Sentra to only offer a single body type. Trim levels were varied and included Base, XE, GXE, GLE, SE and SE Limited options, many of which used the 1.6-liter DOHC engine that utilized Nissan’s Variable Intake Valve Timing Control System (NVTCS) and standard 5-speed manual transmission. The only other engine option available during this Sentra generation was a 2.0 litre powerplant that was mated with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox.

From its launch in 1995 until its last production run in 1999, there were numerous small changes made to the look of the fourth-generation Nissan Sentra, the first being in 1995 which saw a small change in the rear light assembly. This was again done in 1998, along with the introduction of a new front grill. In 1999 this final facelift occurred, and once again the front grill was redesigned, this time utilising the memorable generation defining oval hole between the front head lights.

Did You Know? The Nissan Sentra, or Nissan Tsuru as it is known in Mexico, was the most popular car sold in that country from 1997 until 2011. This was all thanks to its very affordable price, good fuel economy, the fact that it was easy to fix, and spare parts were available everywhere. This made it a huge hit with Mexican taxi drivers and is still used in that capacity in many smaller Mexican towns today.

4th Generation Nissan Sentra at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.6 L petrol
  • 2.0 L petrol

Transmission

  • 5-speed manual
  • 4-speed automatic

Body Style

  • 4-door sedan

Assembled In

  • United States
  • México
  • Japan
  • Philippines
  • Malaysia

Also Known As

  • Nissan Tsuru

Wheelbase

  • 2,535 mm

Fifth Generation Nissan Sentra
2000 – 2006

The fifth-generation Nissan Sentra was the first to be designated a compact sedan, and was a massive leap forward for the Sentra brand, as it was no longer seen as an entry level car thanks to a wide range of standard safety and comfort features. As with previous generations of Sentra’s, reliability was a central part of the vehicles build ethos, and many of these vehicles sold in South Africa are still available to this day as Used Nissan Sentra’s. So much so in fact, that many a used vehicle lot across the country is still graced with the presence of one of these ultra-reliable Nissan cars.

Did You Know? In 2002 a more aggressive look was introduced into the Sentra range thanks to the Sentra SE-R Spec V, and this included body changes inspired by the legendary Nissan Skyline. It included black headlight housings, distinctive fog-lights, side skirts, a rear spoiler, and of course the iconic dual-tip muffler. It became the quintessential Nissan performance car of the early 200’s and is still very much in demand by petrolheads around the globe.

5th Generation Nissan Sentra at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.8 L petrol
  • 2.0 L petrol
  • 2.5 L petrol

Transmission

  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual
  • 4-speed automatic

Body Style

  • 4-door sedan

Assembled In

  • Japan
  • Mexico

Also Known As

  • N/A

Wheelbase

  • 2,535 mm

An Important Note! Although still an important part of Nissan’s global lineup, the 6th generation Nissan Sentra was not released in South Africa. However, the 7th generation of Sentra (Current) was, which you can take a look at below:

Seventh Generation Nissan Sentra
2013 – Current

The 2013 Nissan Sentra was the first of the current seventh-generation of Nissan Sentra’s to be made available in all major vehicle markets around the globe. As with the previous generation of Sentra Sedans available in South Africa, it was a completely different design to its predecessors. Its design features, both in and outside of the car, were upscaled and the Sentra now looked more like its Nissan Maxima (not available in South Africa) and Nissan Altima (not available in South Africa) stablemates.

Since its launch the Sentra has been continuously improved, and in 2014 received a major upgrade that included an improved CVT transmission option, better steering and suspension tuning, front seat lower cushion storage pockets, an updated NissanConnect with Navigation, and an Auto Hazard Warning Signal. In 2015 new colour choices were added to the Sentra range, and in 2016 a complete revamp of the front and rear bumpers, back and front lights, the bonnet, and the boot occurred.

Did You Know? Although not currently available in South Africa, the current Sentra models available overseas warrant a section all of their own on this page due to the many requests we have had for them. Due to their unavailability however, we would like to recommend that you take a look at one of our other popular vehicle models such as the Nissan Almera or Nissan Micra Active.

7th Generation Nissan Sentra at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.6 L petrol
  • 1.8 L petrol
  • 2.0 L petrol

Transmission

  • 6-speed manual
  • CVT automatic

Body Style

  • 4-door sedan

Assembled In

  • Japan
  • China
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Russia
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United States

Also Known As

  • Nissan Pulsar
  • Nissan Sylphy

Wheelbase

  • 2,700 mm

Our Nissan Valid Value Promise

Many people are worried about buying a second-hand vehicle especially from less reputable websites or car magazines because they can’t be sure about the car’s history. At Group 1 Nissan we take that worry away by promising that every pre-owned vehicle we sell has a full-Service History available and has been through a thorough 101 Point Quality check by our mechanics.

What this adds up to is that any Used Nissan Sentra for Sale backed by our Valid Value promise is going to be a worry-free car, no matter what generation vehicle it is.

Second-Hand Nissan Sentra for Sale

While the Nissan Sentra has changed over the years, the one thing that has stayed the same from the Nissan Sentra 200sti to the Nissan Sentra GXE is the Sentra’s ongoing value for money. The latest seventh generation Nissan Sentra even boasts an impressive 85 kW, 154Nm 1.6-litre engine producing an amazing 6.6 litres per 100-kilometre fuel economy in the 1.6 Acenta MT and 6.2 in the 1.6 Acenta CVT. Add to these standard accessories that are only available as luxuries on many other brands, and the Sentra proves that luxury, economy and value for money will always go hand-in-hand when you’re behind the wheel of a Nissan Sentra.

Used Nissan Sentra Prices

Take the first step to getting your new Nissan Sentra today by having your current vehicle valued for a trade in and see just how affordable a second-hand Nissan Sentra is! To do this, please contact one of our Nissan showrooms directly using the following contact details:

Used Nissan Sentra in Cape Town

Find a Used Nissan Sentra for Sale in Cape Town at one of the following Group 1 Nissan used vehicle showrooms:

Group 1 Nissan Sentra in Kuils River
Tel: 021 900 5200

Group 1 Nissan Sentra in Stellenbosch
Tel: 021 887 6900

Used Nissan Sentra in The Glen

Looking for a Used Nissan Sentra in Johannesburg? Then look no further than our Gauteng showroom:
Tel: 010 593 4393

Used Nissan Sentra in Port Elizabeth

Find a Nissan Sentra Used Car for Sale the Eastern Cape from the following Group 1 used vehicle showrooms in:

Group 1 Used Cars in Port Elizabeth:
Tel: 041 994 1800

Group 1 Nissan in Uitenhage:
Tel: 041 994 1800

Not Found the Used Nissan Sentra You’re Looking For?

Then why not take a look at a Demo 2017 Nissan Sentra or a new 2018 Nissan Sentra? You would be amazed at how affordable the Nissan Sentra is.

Or give us a call for a test drive and we’ll help you find the Perfect Used Nissan Sentra or other Nissan used car.

 

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