Sentra SE-R Turbo

Cheap Speed

1993 Nissan Sentra SE-R
77,000 miles



This folks is about as cheap as speed gets.  The old saying goes “Speed is money, how fast do you want to go?”  Over the years I’ve spent plenty of money and had lots of fun with the car.  But, even the best chapters in life come to an end and the time has come to sell the “Classic.”

Turbo Sentra Engine
This picture was taken last week not 10 years ago.  This car has to be one of the most pristine of the original SE-R's left.  The reaction from most people who know nothing about these cars is "That's a SENTRA?"

The car has dynoed 366hp to the wheels at 18psi of boost.  We stopped at 18psi because the air flow was choking due to the small air-filter put on the car by F-Max when they built the kit.  With a larger air-filter this car should be in the mid 400hp range with more boost and a retune.  The turbo is over 70% efficient at 24psi of boost so there’s plenty of headroom for those brave enough to crank the boost.  Power at 11.6psi (wastegate spring) is 280hp to the wheels.  This car is not super laggy like other big turbo 4 cylinder cars.  Boost builds just under 3k RPM and makes 3psi at 3,000 RPM.  At 3200 the turbo makes 5psi and just after 4K RPM the car reaches the wastegate setting of 11.6psi.  Anything past half throttle in 1st and 2nd gear will spin the tires and at times 3rd gear will break loose at full throttle.

Turbo SE-R Interior
No rice in this interior.  Simple and mostly stock other than the boost gauge, Momo pedals, shift knob and old school Alpine head unit.  I also have a two pillar gauge pod that matches the gray A-pillar for the new owner.

Other than the first two years I owned the car it has never been a daily driver and has mostly sat in a garage, under a cover or both (the engine gets turned over about once a month).  I am the second owner and have had the car for the last 18 years.  The turbo system has about 7,000 miles on it.

Turbo SE-R Interior Passenger Side
No tears or cracks on this interior, no mystery stains.  Nobody ever eats in my cars.  The switch to arm the water injection is hidden under the ash tray.

The following items have been recently changed / replaced

  1. Drivers side axle with a high quality Raxles axle to replace torn CV boot
  2. Both front wheel bearings because the car sat in the garage so long
  3. The lower control arm end links were also replaced
  4. 4 quarts of Redline Heavy Shockproof when the CV boot was replaced
  5. Flushed the Koyo Radiator with 50/50 coolant/water mix and a bottle of Redline Water Wetter
  6. 4 fresh quarts of Mobile 1 Synthetic and a factory oil filter both of which I’ve always run on the car
  7. New rubber fuel lines front and rear with new fuel filter
  8. PIAA wiper blades


Turbo SE-R Backseat
This is where you put passengers you really wan't to scare the crap out of.  There's a rear strut tower brace behind those seats.


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Sunday, March 11, 2012 11:20 PM
One of the nicest turbo SE-R I've seen!
I'm a big fan of these cars and would love to scoop this one up but sadly my wallet doesn't agree : (
Good luck with selling the car though.
Monday, March 12, 2012 3:17 AM
I would buy this on the spot if it were listed exactly 4 months from now.
Monday, March 12, 2012 3:24 AM
Very pretty car, it's a shame you have to sell it. Good luck finding someone who will treat just as well in its future home!
Monday, March 12, 2012 6:08 AM
Awesome car.
Monday, March 12, 2012 8:42 AM
Very nice, helping spread the word. Good luck with getting a good buyer!
Dusty Duster
Dusty Dusterlink
Monday, March 12, 2012 9:11 AM
Dang, I would totally rock this thing as a daily driver.
Scott Helmer
Scott Helmerlink
Monday, March 12, 2012 9:27 AM
How did the White Lightning work out for you on the turbo/manifold, Mike? I've been wondering for a while as to whether or not it actually does anything to improve spool-up.
Monday, March 12, 2012 9:45 AM
Great car at an even better price. Good luck with the sale!
Monday, March 12, 2012 10:14 AM
Thanks for the comments!

@ -Scott I don't have any evidence for spool up times before and after since I coated the manifold before installing it. However our ghetto testing method was blasting hard for a while, pop the hood and put my hand right next to the manifold. Surface temps were just over 300f after some good runs on the dyno with the hood open.
Monday, March 12, 2012 12:42 PM
Want to trade for an ST185 Celica Alltrac? lol
Monday, March 12, 2012 2:49 PM
Beautiful SE-R, not sure that it's as cheap as speed gets as advertised however.
Monday, March 12, 2012 3:04 PM
very nice. if only...
Monday, March 12, 2012 3:15 PM
Sad, sad day in SE-R history..... haha J/K Aaron. This is what happens when your married with children and try to keep the garage queen. Doesn't work.....when your tryin' to keep the wife happy! That's why mine is a DD!! And other days I ride my bike to work. pedal bike that is..... Hope everything is well with the wife and kids Aaron!!
Monday, March 12, 2012 3:31 PM
@ sr20freak - Thanks George! Believe it or not my wife is cool with me keeping the car but after 18 years it's simply time for something different. It's great your rocking the 200sx. That was the car that convinced me and many others to go turbo way back when. All is good here thanks. Same to you and your family. We'll have to hang at SEMA 2012.
Monday, March 12, 2012 7:09 PM
really ?? at that price ?? ... *crying like a baby !!

Damn, that car is probably the nicest built SER ive seen.. for the cleanliness and the no-rice all race setup youve tested and put in it, it should sell real fast ! Ive been fallowing the built for the last 10 years or so... this car is a dream built !!
Are you passing it for another project ?
Friday, March 16, 2012 7:03 AM
Hey, very interested in the car! I created this account on here just to buy this car. Lol....cleannnnnesstt B13 I have seen. Could you let me know what goes on. Have cash in hand! Let me know!
Can get ahold of me at 262-573-2268 call or text
Friday, March 16, 2012 12:42 PM
Thank you everyone for the interest. The car sold this afternoon and now has a new home with a family who loves these cars as much we do.
Saturday, March 17, 2012 9:30 PM
My dad is now the owner/driver while I'm just the mechanic/occasional driver of this beautiful se-r . Aaron, thanks for keeping the SE-R so clean, it's easy to say that my dad has found his dream se-r. Don't worry, I'll be keeping it clean as well. If you guy's would like to find out whats going on with the car now, look up my username on sr20-forum, I'll be starting a thread on it soon.
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