Friday, April 17, 2015

1k: GA16DE Turbo Swap: 1989 Nissan Sentra XE AWD Wagon

The B12 generation Nissan Sentra (1985-1989) was never available in the USA with the sporty SE-R version that was released in the B13 version (1990-1994), but there was an extremely limited edition all-wheel-drive wagon version.  Today's feature gets power from a force-fed version of a later Sentra engine and could be fun.  Find this 1989 Nissan Sentra XE 4WD Wagon here on eBay currently bidding for $710 with 3 days to go.

The Nissan Sentra wagon is not a common car (when new, or today) and the all-wheel-drive version is even more of a unicorn.  I wasn't able to determine exact production numbers from a few minutes of searching on the internet, but perhaps a knowledgeable reader can comment.

The original  1.6 liter GA16I is long gone -- in its place is a 1.6 liter GA16DE inline-4 from a B13 Sentra that has been augmented with a Hotshot TSi Turbo kit, good for 150 horsepower according to the seller. Power is routed to a 5-speed manual (the AWD wagon was not available with an auto) and a Subaru limite slip diff out back.

The AWD wagon version of the Sentra featured a slightly raised suspension & quicker steering ratio, but for the most part it used common Sentra parts.  The interior is going to be very basic, but it doesn't look as bad as you might expect.

See another unlikely sleeper that isn't really fast?


  1. Swap aside (this one actually makes some kind of sense), neat find!

  2. Had a 1989 Sentra as my first car back in 1996, gave serious thought to finding a cheap beater one just for old times sake.

  3. I want this! The rust is a huge concern and unbelievable someone would blast and reseal underneath every year! Great gas mileage, power, and a 4wheel drive winter wagon, what else do you need?


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