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Autotrader Find: 1987 Nissan Sentra Wagon with Under 125,000 Miles


Here’s a car that looks pretty mundane until you really consider the last time you’ve seen one like it on the road.  It’s a 1987 Nissan Sentra wagon, and with low mileage and a clean exterior, it earns a nod as today’s Autotrader Find.

The Sentra has now been sold over eight generations; through its first four generations, it was considered a subcompact, but starting with its fifth generation, it was reclassified as a compact.  Either way, the Sentra was introduced for the 1982 model year, and this 1987 model hails from the vehicle’s second generation. The second-gen Sentra was sold from 1986 through 1990, and it was available in several different body styles.  There were basic sedan and coupe models, and in addition, there was a unique Sport Coupe that shared none of its bodywork with other Sentra models and kind of looked like a shrunken Mazda MX-6, the XE 3-door hatchback, and wagon variants.  For 1987, most Sentras came with a basic 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine making 69 horsepower and mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Sentras from this era are known to be reliable and efficient and share a lot of parts with other vehicles in the Nissan lineup, making them easy and affordable to maintain.

This particular 1987 Nissan Sentra Wagon hails from the warm, dry climate of Santa Barbara, California, and looks to be in excellent shape.  It’s white with a brown and beige interior, and according to the listing, it’s been used as a surf shuttle, and many of the listing photos even show a surfboard bungeed to the factory roof rails and crossbars.  On top of all that, it’s a one-owner vehicle and comes with just 125,000 miles on the odometer.  All around, this has to be one of the nicest Nissan Sentra wagons left in existence.  It can be yours if you’re willing to pay the seller’s $5,500 asking price. Find a Nissan Sentra for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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