Used Car Of the Day: 1991 Nissan Sentra SE-R

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today's used car of the day is a Chris Tonn special. It's a 1991 Nissan Sentra SE-R. And it's affordable.

That's the good news. The price is a low $3,500. The bad news is the body appears to need some paint work, and there is one rust spot.

On the hand, the seller says there are no mods or major mechanical issues and the car runs well. On yet the other hand, it doesn't have ABS or a sunroof.

If you're a Nissan stan looking for a fun project car on a budget, this could be for you. If you're looking for something, um, more aesthetically pleasing you might want to keep browsing.

Nissan fans, hurry up before our own Chris Tonn adds this to his fleet.

[Image: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Z9 Z9 on Nov 05, 2022

    I owned a '91 NX2000 which was the "more attractive" version of the SE-R and remember it fondly. The thing that sold me on this platform was, first, being given a regular Sentra for a month when my VW was trying hard to be a Lemon Law case. Then I decided to test drive an SE-R and met a car salesman in San Francisco who, before letting me drive the car, took me on a highly irresponsible and thrilling drive on nearby city streets. The guy was a physics postdoc and said he was selling cars for fun.

    One thing I remember from driving the Sentra was the incredible visibility. Visibility is an underrated fun factor.

    Is the SE-R a future classic? Don't ask me, I have terrible judgment on that account.

    • FreedMike FreedMike on Nov 06, 2022

      Nice examples of this car are going for decent money, but not modern classic money.

  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb on Dec 07, 2022

    One of Nissan's best, from their last days as a scrappy, Mazda type builder of fun cars. Too bad those days are gone.

  • 6-speed Pomodoro I had summer and winter tires for a car years ago. What a pain in the butt. You've permanently got a stack of tires hogging space in the garage and you've got to swap them yourself twice a year, because you can't fit a spare set of tires in a sportscar to pay someone else to swap 'em.I'd rather just put DWS06's on everything. But I haven't had a sportscar in 8 years, so maybe that's a terrible idea.
  • ShitHead It kicked on one time for me when a car abruptly turned into my lane. Worked as advertised. I was already about to lean into the brake as I was into the horn.
  • Theflyersfan I look at that front and I have to believe that BMW and Genesis designers look at that and go "wow...that's a little much." Rest of the car looks really good - they nailed the evolution of the previous design quite well. They didn't have to reinvent the wheel - when people want a Mustang, I don't think they are going to cross-shop because they know what they want.
  • Theflyersfan Winters go on around Halloween and Summers go on in late March or early April. However, there were some very cold mornings right after the summers went on that had me skidding a bit due to no grip! I do enough (ahem) spirited driving on empty hilly/mountain roads to justify a set of sticky rubber, and winters are a must as while there isn't much snow where I am (three dustings of snow this entire winter), I head to areas that get a bit more snow and winter tires turns that light, RWD car into a snow beast!
  • SCE to AUX My B5.5 was terrible, but maybe the bugs have been worked out of this one.