Originally Posted by wyldstyle
Model: Sentra GXE
Engine: 4-Cyl. 1.6 Liter
Transmission: Automatic (Overdrive)
Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
Question: Hello all, and thanks in advance for any help you may be able to provide. I just got the above car from my cousin. She tells me I need some new PVC joints and a wash. So while I am getting new PVC I want to replace the stock suspension, and add an cold air intake. So my question is what parts (company) should I go with? Now before you guys start quoting outrageous prices for exotic parts, please keep in mind I am still a college student with a budget of about $1200 - 1400. I don't mind putting in different systems in stages. My over all goals are to have installed few mods to the engine, but change the stock suspension and exhaust. I am a newbie to imports (Dream car 72 Dodge Dart) but seeing how I am about finished with college I needed a car. So please walk me thru steps to adding the necessary mods to this car. Also, I live in Northern California, so if anyone knows of a Good Mechanic who could do this job, please tell me.
First I would like to thank you for a well thought out question, supplying ample information such as goals and budget, and pertinent specs on your car. It's a pleasure to see someone who thinks before hitting submit, many could take lessons from you.
I would also like to correct you on one point. What you probably mean are CV joints, or more likely CV axle assemblies. CV stands for constant velocity. PCV is positive crankcase ventilation, which doesn't have any joints. 8)
Now we get offline a little bit. I can't really recommend any mods for your car. Why? First it's not the greatest base to start with especially with the automatic. Second because any money spent will keep you away from your '72 Dart which would be way more fun.
I will however recommend you first make sure all maintenance items are 100% and maybe go with a K&N replacement filter. Then maybe throw some wheels and tires and a stereo at it. That right there will get you close to $1,000. It'll cost less than doing major mods and you'll still have just as much fun with it. And have bucks left to go find your Mopar. Good luck.