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Written by Double Dragon
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 20:41

2004 NISSAN Sentra 110 EFI


Writing and photography copyright D. S. Brown

MPG when new 24 MPG City/ 31 MPG Highway

The Nissan Sentra first appeared as a subcompact in 1982 and eventually graduated to compact status for the 2000 model year redesign. The 2004 model was slightly redesigned but essentially the same car.

The base model 2004 Sentra is a front wheel drive car with a 1.8 L (110 Cubic inch) engine that pumps out 126 HP. When coupled to a 4 speed automatic the EPA recorded 24 MPG City and 31 MPG Highway using regular 87 ctane gasoline. The 5 speed manual only adds 1 MPG to the Highway rating and doesn't change the City results.

The 2.5 L optional engine drops EPA MPG to 20 City and 26 Highway which seems pretty low when you consider this is basically a bare bones compact car. Wheelbase is a mere 99.8 inches and overall length a short 177.5 inches. Because the car is so small it is shaped a bit like a bubble with a fairly high roof and of course with meager length to work with there is no way to create steeply sloped glass which would assist aerodynamics. Curb weight is only 2,588 pounds.


The VIN on this Sentra is 3N1CB51DX4Lxxxxxx

3N1= Mexican produced Nissan

C= 2.0 L 4 Cylinder engine

B= Sentra

5= Model change

1= 4 Door sedan

D= Front airbags

X= Check digit

4= 2004 Model year

L= Aguas Caliente, Mexico final assembly plant

This particular example has a few options such as steering wheel mounted cruise control and CD player but retains the econo car feel. It has some convenience features like interior gas tank door release with a holder for the cap and unlighted vanity mirrors in both visors. The rear seats fold forward but the 'hole' leading into the trunk is a fairly restrictive opening in the center of the panel only. Cloth seats, and a Spartan dash complete the impression. It does have 2 cupholders forward of the shifter and a center console sized to hold CDs and some storage bins in the front doors. A small pop up storage area sits atop the dashboard.


Kilometers Gallons      MPG (uncorrected)

80,951      1.0           n.a.

80,XXX      2.0           n.a.

80,XXX      1.9           n.a. (Empty to 1/4)

81,158      2.0           n.a. (Highway driving)

81,258      2.1           n.a. (Hwy)

81,363      3.6           n.a. (Hwy)

81,535      0.4           n.a. (Low fuel light came on)


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