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

    • 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❤️

    • Soo, i live in Mexico, then no

    • I got a B15 Spec-V after this video 😆

    • Should do a review on the Chrysler 300m Special

    • Donut Media Nissan Maxima

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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...!

  • 2000

  • Do a video on c 230 kompressor

  • I too am proud of my Spec V

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

  • 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

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

  • Nissin makes noodles, Nissan makes cars

  • Make a up to speed Toyota hiace

  • Talk about the Nissan Altima SER could be a great idea

  • Damn I have a Sentra like this

  • Nissin?

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why are y’all talking about my car??

  • I hate the CVT in the B17 ughhh

  • I have one🙂it’s my first car

  • Its time to kick gum and chew ass And im all out of ass 😭😂

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

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

  • Your grown man 34 years old!?

  • Love my specV lots of fun!

  • Alpina

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

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

  • 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

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

  • Proud owner of a Sentra N16

  • 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.

  • NFS2!

  • 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

  • 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)

  • No more cvt for me no way

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

  • 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

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

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

  • 1 part of nissan sentras you missed Part of South africas versions and probably one of the most rad. With a sr20ve Sr20de Or the very rare sr16ve motors Sold as the Nissan sentra sti or Sabre gxi.

  • Tsuru FUCKING LEGEND !!!!!

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

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

  • Do Volkswagen Jetta

  • My mom has this car😂

  • 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.

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

  • 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

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

  • love the #unknownvariable

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 1:24 you´re welcome

  • Is Derek D looking for work?

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

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

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

  • Sentra S U C C

  • I drive a 2002 sentra gxe

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • not even a mention of gti-r swaps?

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

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

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

    • 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.

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

  • And I'm all out ofbubblegum. Butt.

  • hahahaha lol, i´m from Mexico and i can confirm that here tsurus are everywhere

  • Would you guys do an up to speed on the Civic Si, Fiesta ST and Cayman GT4?

  • Plz lx570

  • It's is pronounced Knee-Sahn, not Nisz-sin. Take two minutes to find the really good video on correctly pronouncing Japanese car makers in English. I'll try to find the link.

  • Nissan tends to blow their good products, lol like the 510 was replaced by the 710, which was more powerful, but replaced IRS for a leafsprung solid axle in the rear, and even when Road & Track said it handled just like the 510, it was seen as a step back, needless to mention that it was kind of ugly and interior trim had cheaper materials, also the car was more prone to fishtail than the 510. and then they blew it with the Sentra/Tsuru, which was just fantastic to drive, replacing it with a larger vehicle, with a step back in suspension technology, lol

  • I'm sure they made a b14 se-r. I seen plenty of them.

  • Mitsubishi l200 please

  • have you done maxima???

  • hey man would love if you did maxima

  • hey do a maxima


  • Do a video on the Lexus sc300/400

  • The B15 SE-R is a great car. Very fun to drive and pretty quick for what it is. Only problem is the QR25 has all kinds of problems. Butterfly valves in the intake losing screws, catastrophic catalytic converter failures, and most of them burn oil. Could have been such a cool car but I think part of the problem is the lack of quality after Renault bought Nissan.

  • Hey can you do Nissan Maxima next

  • Can you guys do an Up to Speed episode on the Chevy Cavalier/Cobalt!? Cobalt SS fan boy here

  • Do a episode on the vq35 and the cars it’s put in (cars not the lame suv) perhaps, maybe the stick shift versions lol (sorry just super stoked I found a factory 6 speed maxima!!!!!!!)

  • Im watching on the 28th of May and James, you've done it, 2,015,578 subscribers. Keep it up, love y'all, and stay safe!!!!

  • look for the lucino gtr that was anice nissan sport car bassed on the b14

  • Nothin like going to mexico and riding in a NISSAN TSURU taxi lol damm thing rattling falling apart but that engine keeps rolling

  • James Pumphrey's passion for cars makes me well up with emotion.

  • Lol #71 at the box office

  • I am rocking a Nissan Sentra GXE with a 5speed and its a great fuel saver as well as its can rip up the pavement you should do a video on the GXE as well

  • Oh shit, the Tsuru!!!

  • How about a 2000 Buick LeSabre everyone sleeps on it. But I can smoke the tire on it.