Junkyard Find: 1993 Nissan Sentra with 320,165 miles

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When I’m sniffing around in car graveyards and I find a discarded Toyota or Honda with between 300,000 and 400,000 miles, I won’t photograph it unless there’s something interesting about it beyond just the odometer reading. With Nissan machinery, however, the bar is lower; today’s Junkyard Find should make both Yokohama and Smyrna proud.

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

Most of the crusher-bound vehicles I document were photographed in Colorado, where I have lived since 2010, or California, where I used to live and still have family. However, I do make an effort to shoot inmates of car graveyards in other states (including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina, Arizona, North Dakota, Washington and Wyoming) and other countries ( Sweden, England). Today’s Junkyard Find was found in New Orleans, Louisiana.

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

I was in New Orleans to judge at the Cain’t Git Bayou 24 Hours of Lemons race, along with the guy who competed in every single Lemons race of the 2022 season and a guy you may remember from 14 years of writing for this very publication. In honor of a certain New Orleans hit song of a quarter-century back, the Lemons Supreme Court justices dressed in proper “Bling Bling” style for the weekend.

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

It was fun hanging out with Judge Sajeev at NOLA Motorsports Park, and he got some thoughtful gifts from the Gulf Region racers who love him. That coat made of stuffed animals looks dignified on a Lincoln Mark VIII driver.

*Ed. note — We miss Sajeev.

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

I showed up for the event a day early, so I could hear some live music in town and hit at least one local junkyard. That turned out to be the New Orleans West Pull-a-Part.

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

It appears that this car was parked in a place it didn’t belong.

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

320,165 miles on the odometer makes this the sixth-best-traveled Nissan product I’ve found during my junkyard travels, after a 1990 Sentra with 440k miles, a 1991 Stanza with 402k miles, a 1994 Maxima with 364k miles, a 1987 Maxima with 341k miles and a 1996 Quest with 338k miles (yes, I know, that one’s actually a Ford). I feel certain that the pasted-together-from-many-taxis Nissan Tsuru I found last year belongs in this list, but I can’t prove it.

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

Since this car was built in Smyrna, Tennessee, it’s #14 in the standings for American-made vehicles in the Murilee Martin Junkyard Odometer Hall of Fame (#1 is a Kentucky-built Camry wagon and #2 is a 1990 Sentra).

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

This being muggy, swampy Gulf Coast Louisiana, the interior of this Sentra had a powerful eau de mildew scent.

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

The combination of harsh sun and damp climate has been rough on the paint.

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

There’s no road salt in Louisiana, but leaky weatherstripping leads to rust-through from the inside in such a wet place.

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

This car is a base Sentra E model, so it has the 1.6-liter DOHC engine, rated at 110 horsepower and 108 pound-feet. If you got the SE-R version in 1993, you got a 2.0 with 140 horsepower and 132 pound-feet.

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

The base transmission was a five-on-the-floor manual, and that’s what this car has.

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

The MSRP for this car was $8,715, or about $18,966 in 2024 dollars. That’s a lot cheaper in inflation-adjusted dollars than the current Sentra, but the current car weighs 800 additional pounds and boasts 39 additional horsepower plus a long list of standard features that would have been extra-cost options in 1993.

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

This car does have air conditioning, a $995 option ($2,165 in today’s money) and a must-have in Louisiana.

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

It was cheap, basic transportation in its day and it served its owners well for more than three decades.

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

Cheaper than a Corolla‚Ķ and I’ve never documented a discarded Corolla with more miles than today’s Junkyard Find ( Tercels, for sure, but not Corollas).

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

The Mexican-market commercials for this car are more fun.

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

Naturally, the JDM advertising is the most frantic.

junkyard find 1993 nissan sentra with 320 165 miles

1993 Nissan Sentra E Sedan in Lousiana junkyard.

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