Sunday, December 31, 2006

Goodbye 2006 Hello 2007!

Hi There Everyone,

It's good to be back with a new blog. Have been playing around a bit with my Sentra and decided to start this blog so I can blabber on a bit. What to do? Old habits die hard. This blog will be more bout basic bolt-on mods though rather than the really hardcore race stuff ala SP Files. Nowadays also into In Car Entertainment since the Sentra ain't too good for performance. Will be sharing some on that too. Just basic 2-channel audio stuff though as DVD and surround sound does not interest me.

2007 will be very interesting as I'm really thinking of building a Nismo S (Saw)-Tune Sentra which will handle a bit yet ferry me in comfort and with a decent sound system to boot. Big compromise here compared to the single track race car SP but what to do? Currently driving the Sentra enthusiastically is about as interesting as watching the Da Vinci Code movie which to sum it up is a real bore. TCM launched the Sentra Nismo Edition recently which got me all excited but in the end turned out to be a real "tupperware" exercise only. What a shame. The N16 Sentra FL2 ain't too bad actually. The basic chassis is loads stiffer and feels much more together when pushed compared to a flexi Wira. The big challenge here is getting the rear beam suspension to handle well and the poorly ratioed manual gearbox. The engine's not too bad actually with a super buttery smooth idle to die for but doesn't really like to rev. Oh and I like the looks. Reminds me of a smaller version of the Teana and Fuga. Shame the wheels are so small but adding something even bigger than my current 15 inchers means S..L...O...W...E....R unless I can afford lightweight forged wheels. Nismo LM-GT? Dream on... Then there's the rear drum brakes. Yes.. rear drum brakes on a 118ps car capable of hitting approx 190+km/h in the year 2006. Shades of Honda and the prev gen crappy 1.7 Civic? Apparently TCM saw fit to have rear disc brakes on the slower 1.6 SG-L(ousy) model but not on the faster manual. I know I know.. I'm starting to whine but TCM sometimes really really make me wanna get a Honda. Hoping to change the rear brakes + rear beam assy myself as a DIY project like my previous Wilwood brakes. Give me some time..

So Bring on 2007 and here's Wishing a Happy, Prosperous and Fun New Year to Everyone reading this blog!


JoeChan said...

Hi andrew, I was curios why you didn't buy a Honda Civic in the first place?

Personally, I find that the Honda Civic is more advanced from a technology perspective.

That's just me 2 cents from my back to back test drives of the Nissan Sentra's from TCM.

However I've only previously owned the EG series JDM before but the good news is that I have recently purchased the FD Civic (my wife would be driving it) and expecting delivery in 1st qtr 2007 so will let you know how it goes. Had only tested the 1.8 Civic and 2.4 Accord so far so keeping my fingers crossed on the 2.0S acquisition.

Andrew Saw said...

Hi Joe,

The 3 reasons why I didn't buy a Civic in the 1st place is 1. There's no manual, 2. I was requested to wait 6 months for a 2.0 when I inquired and 3. Thought I could save the moolah. On reflection I should've gotten the Civic though but having gotten the Sentra I'll hafta soldier on with it a bit.