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
    Up to Speed is a weekly automotive history show about the best cars, brands, designers, drivers and influencers ever. Host James Pumphrey covers everything from the Toyota Supra to the Chevy El Camino, The VW GTI to the Subaru WRX. The origins of every car will be uncovered to get you Up to Speed..
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  • Donut Media
    Donut Media  Month ago +1008

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

    • Uuuu Ssss
      Uuuu Ssss 14 hours ago

      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❤️

    • burrito GS
      burrito GS 3 days ago

      Soo, i live in Mexico, then no

    • Jonathan Gloria
      Jonathan Gloria 9 days ago

      I got a B15 Spec-V after this video 😆

    • Jonathan Bumbarger
      Jonathan Bumbarger 11 days ago

      Should do a review on the Chrysler 300m Special

    • Carlos Alvarez
      Carlos Alvarez 15 days ago

      Donut Media Nissan Maxima

  • Gerald San Agustin
    Gerald San Agustin 5 hours ago

    Nissin makes noodles, Nissan makes cars

  • aileen hernandez
    aileen hernandez 6 hours ago

    Make a up to speed Toyota hiace

  • Normal Guy
    Normal Guy 6 hours ago

    Talk about the Nissan Altima SER could be a great idea

  • TheDjMoogle
    TheDjMoogle 7 hours ago +1

    Damn I have a Sentra like this

  • Joe Milton
    Joe Milton 10 hours ago


  • Joshua Merino
    Joshua Merino 11 hours ago

    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.

  • Joey L
    Joey L 16 hours ago

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

  • McFarland Fabrication

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

  • OOF Gaming
    OOF Gaming Day ago

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

  • the real seneca
    the real seneca Day ago

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

  • Dominique Sanchez

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

  • Charles Wolf
    Charles Wolf Day ago

    Why are y’all talking about my car??

  • Sean Bowen
    Sean Bowen Day ago

    I hate the CVT in the B17 ughhh

  • Kadeeyah R
    Kadeeyah R 2 days ago

    I have one🙂it’s my first car

  • 350z_ Brayden
    350z_ Brayden 2 days ago

    Its time to kick gum and chew ass

    And im all out of ass 😭😂

  • Ikua Muita
    Ikua Muita 2 days ago

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

  • Juan The 2nd
    Juan The 2nd 3 days ago +2

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

  • Lon Brooklyn
    Lon Brooklyn 3 days ago

    Your grown man 34 years old!?

  • Angus King
    Angus King 3 days ago

    Love my specV lots of fun!

  • Thandokuhle Sibanyoni


  • lincs 4life
    lincs 4life 4 days ago

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

  • Danny Wilson
    Danny Wilson 4 days ago

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

  • And raé
    And raé 5 days ago

    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

  • Smooth Style
    Smooth Style 5 days ago

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

  • Hashvind Sivakumar
    Hashvind Sivakumar 5 days ago

    Proud owner of a Sentra N16

  • kev mar
    kev mar 6 days ago

    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.

  • 90's Works
    90's Works 6 days ago


  • Jim Husselman
    Jim Husselman 7 days ago

    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

  • Kurt
    Kurt 7 days ago

    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)

  • Michael Jennings
    Michael Jennings 8 days ago

    No more cvt for me no way

  • Michael Jennings
    Michael Jennings 8 days ago

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

  • Michael Jennings
    Michael Jennings 8 days ago

    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

  • Michael Jennings
    Michael Jennings 8 days ago

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

  • The Quarlok13
    The Quarlok13 8 days ago

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

  • Luke Adam Hanafey
    Luke Adam Hanafey 8 days ago

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

  • Carlos Calderon
    Carlos Calderon 8 days ago

    Tsuru FUCKING LEGEND !!!!!

  • The Tom Memes
    The Tom Memes 9 days ago

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

  • travis bowen
    travis bowen 9 days ago +4

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

  • dripzzz 200
    dripzzz 200 9 days ago +1

    Do Volkswagen Jetta

  • Eric Mendoza
    Eric Mendoza 10 days ago

    My mom has this car😂

  • David Mihalko
    David Mihalko 10 days ago

    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.

    JDMMOHAKI 11 days ago

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

  • yellofury
    yellofury 11 days ago

    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

  • Sugin14 DB
    Sugin14 DB 11 days ago

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

  • Stephaan Jacques
    Stephaan Jacques 11 days ago

    love the #unknownvariable

  • Alex Cintas
    Alex Cintas 12 days ago

    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.

  • Andre Ren
    Andre Ren 12 days ago

    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

  • Adam Harrington
    Adam Harrington 13 days ago

    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.

  • Daniel Carmona
    Daniel Carmona 13 days ago

    1:24 you´re welcome

  • Niraj Shukla
    Niraj Shukla 13 days ago

    Is Derek D looking for work?

  • Alpha Wërks
    Alpha Wërks 14 days ago

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

  • Soary24
    Soary24 14 days ago

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

  • eny margaretha
    eny margaretha 15 days ago +1

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

  • GrifWithOneF
    GrifWithOneF 15 days ago

    Sentra S U C C

  • Jax Carter
    Jax Carter 15 days ago

    I drive a 2002 sentra gxe

  • Derrick Mitchell
    Derrick Mitchell 16 days ago

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

  • Challenger RC
    Challenger RC 16 days ago

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

  • Yanuchi Uchiha: Anime, Games and Ramdomness

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

  • Saule Karavirs
    Saule Karavirs 16 days ago

    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.

  • GTiRnissan
    GTiRnissan 16 days ago

    not even a mention of gti-r swaps?

    MYHATY 16 days ago

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

  • Semper Faith
    Semper Faith 16 days ago +1

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

  • Benjamin Butcher
    Benjamin Butcher 16 days ago +1

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

    • Benjamin Butcher
      Benjamin Butcher 16 days ago

      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.

  • Carlos Zamora
    Carlos Zamora 16 days ago +15

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

  • Jacob Griffin
    Jacob Griffin 17 days ago

    And I'm all out ofbubblegum. Butt.

  • Luis Angel
    Luis Angel 17 days ago +18

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

  • Keifer Herron
    Keifer Herron 17 days ago +1

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

  • DRAGOON games
    DRAGOON games 17 days ago

    Plz lx570

  • Olivia Quezada
    Olivia Quezada 18 days ago

    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.

    IMPERATOR 18 days ago

    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

  • Nelson B
    Nelson B 18 days ago

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

  • that guy
    that guy 18 days ago

    Mitsubishi l200 please

  • Nik Trivino
    Nik Trivino 18 days ago

    have you done maxima???

  • Nik Trivino
    Nik Trivino 18 days ago

    hey man would love if you did maxima

  • Nik Trivino
    Nik Trivino 18 days ago

    hey do a maxima

  • Nik Trivino
    Nik Trivino 18 days ago


  • wsde1231
    wsde1231 18 days ago

    Do a video on the Lexus sc300/400

  • Eric Cummings
    Eric Cummings 18 days ago

    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.

  • Carlos Alvarez
    Carlos Alvarez 18 days ago +3

    Hey can you do Nissan Maxima next

  • Steve Taibi
    Steve Taibi 18 days ago

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

  • Gentsofintel
    Gentsofintel 18 days ago

    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!!!!!!!)

  • Dallas Alvarado
    Dallas Alvarado 18 days ago

    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!!!!

  • julio castro
    julio castro 19 days ago +1

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

  • south9563
    south9563 19 days ago

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

  • Ember Storm
    Ember Storm 19 days ago +1

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

  • 404UserNotFound
    404UserNotFound 19 days ago

    Lol #71 at the box office

  • kage ryuz88
    kage ryuz88 19 days ago

    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

  • Adrián T. L.
    Adrián T. L. 19 days ago

    Oh shit, the Tsuru!!!

  • Donald Rickett
    Donald Rickett 19 days ago

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

  • Justin Dodson
    Justin Dodson 19 days ago

    I have an '04 spec and I fucking love it. He didn't mention the fact that it had a 6-speed transmission or that it came with Brembos up front. It's by far my most favorite car I've ever owned.

  • Felipe Heberle
    Felipe Heberle 19 days ago

    Hey Donut, can u guys make and episode about the VW Gol GTI and GTS. Those are Brazilian VW models that where quite famous back in the day and I'm sure lots of ppl don't know bout those cars cose they where only sold in Brazil and some countries of South America. Thanks guys, I really like ur channel, u guys kick ass!

  • Hiro
    Hiro 20 days ago +19

    Wait... the B13 was produced all the way into 2017?! 🤯 How legendary

  • Jonathan Cabanas
    Jonathan Cabanas 20 days ago

    The 04 SE-R Spec-V was a cool car, bought it brand new, smoked all the honda swapped hatchback's from all that freaking torque it had, wheel hopping like crazy, had to reinforce the mounts after breaking so many. Sometimes i miss it. The limiting factor in that engine were the rods though. Oh and the one thing i do not miss was that bucktooth grill, always was hidious.

  • kareem john
    kareem john 20 days ago

    How about the NEO-VVL engines?

  • Nicholas Trimble
    Nicholas Trimble 20 days ago

    Please sir Nissan Altima

  • tatt oo sticker
    tatt oo sticker 20 days ago

    I want one! I’m searching them as this video plays! 😂😂

  • adper112j
    adper112j 20 days ago

    When's the CRX vid coming James?

  • panggop jio
    panggop jio 20 days ago +6

    He said Nissan right one time, then corrected himself. It's pronounced "Knee-Sawn".

    • Dwhizzle Dizzle
      Dwhizzle Dizzle Day ago

      I couldn't even watch this video all the way thru because of that. Everytime he mispronounced Nissan it was like nails on a fuckin chalkboard.

  • Chris Eller
    Chris Eller 21 day ago

    i just bought an 05 ser spec v super fun car mine is a rare one but dosnt have brembos so im buying and 06 i found and swaping. oh and you cant beat how cheap these things are. Very under rated little cars.