Review 3 of 50
, from Tampa, FL|
Year / Model Reviewed:
1998 200SX SE-R
Engine, acceleration, braking, looks, comfortable--hell, I even like the much-reviled sound system. The sunroof works. The fastest car with an automatic transmission I have driven.
People are pretty right about the stereo--it's not the stuff for heavy bass. There's some squeaks and rattles on the interior dash, which I'm getting taken care of. The biggest problem is that when first starting the car, if it is in reverse it sometimes gives up all power and just barely does anything beyond drifting backwards. It's an uneasy feeling. I punched the accelerator once to get it up to speed in a short amount of time and the tach dropped to zero very briefly before revving.
Let's see--since getting this car, I have put myself against a new Mustang GT, a Honda Civic EX 2-door coupe, BMWs, Infinitis, Chrysler convertibles, and others at stoplights. Among all of them, the only one that beat me was a new Nissan Maxima SE. The Mustang was the biggest surprise--with a V8 engine, I fully expected it to soar past me. In the hands of a 45-means-65 driver such as myself, it probably would have. But the SE-R just kind of crept past it. And pretty fast, too. The pioneering moment was between the SE-R and the convertible--two in the morning on the Howard Franklin Bridge in Tampa. Five miles, racing at around 95-100 mph. Neither of the cars had any customization. The only times I slowed down were to let the convertible catch up briefly before accelerating again.
But anyway, enough about illegal late-night street racing. The only analogy I can make is that the SE-R is the heaven to Saturn of America's hell. If you're a speed freak, this is the kind of car where you don't realize you're driving sixty miles an hour until you look at the speedometer. The thing is fast. And simultaneously the best and worst part about them is that they're discontinued--1998 was the last model year. Luckily, they're coming out with a new Sentra SE-R in 2002 that they'll hopefully stick with for a bit.
Similar Products Used:
200SX SE - If you have the opportunity to choose between the two, get the SE-R. Ford Mustang LX - Again, the SE-R. Never buy American.