Buy a Sentra or a Cobalt?

“What’s better, a Nissan Sentra or a Chevy Cobalt?” queried a reader, noting they could get a fully equipped Sentra for $14,500 and a comparibly tricked-out Cobalt for $13,600.

We have no clue.

So we shot it over to our brother car blog, Jalopnik, and Ray replied:

“My vote would be the Nissan, mainly cause the re-sale value of the Nissan Sentra is significantly higher — like 80% higher. The MSRP for the Sentra $13,200 and the re-sale is around $10,000. The MSRP for the Cobalt is around $19,900 and the re-sale is around $10,951. Both being 2005 models.

That’s not a good jump.”

UPDATE: Ray read the original email and saw the price our reader is getting quoted. He says, “If the dude can get a cobalt for the price he’s getting a cobalt for — its a better deal.”

There you have it. Get a Sentra. UPDATE: Or a Cobalt. Also, some spellcheck…

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i am having difficulty choseing between a n “isson -sentra and a “chevrolet-cobalt.” “can you help? i can purchase a sentra rfor $ 14500. with ac., power windows and loclks radio /dic player and power windows : the cobalt has comprible equiptm ent at va price oe around $ 13,600 which in your opinion is a better buy?i have had b ad experiences buying american cars both chrysler and GM,m silloutteAMERICAN MOTORS HAS DEALT ITSELF AREPUTATION “MY OPINION AS MAKING INFERIOR PRODUCTS, THEN THEY DON,T REPAIR THIER MISTAKES . I THANK YOU FOR ANY ASSISWTAN CE AND/OR ANY INFORM ATION YOU CAN PROVIDES THANKS AGAINONE THAT THINKS YOU ARE A GOOD REPUTABLE OFFICE , ONE THAT IS INTERESTEDS IN HELPING THE CONSUMER TO MAKE INFORMED CHOICES , BUT NOT TRING TO PREFOEM A CAPITALISTICOPERATION ON THE CONSUMER/THQAT BEING , RIP HIM OFF FOR AS MUCH SAS THE PERSON WILL TOLERATE EX. PRES. HOVER SAID IR ALL WHEN HE STATED ” THE TROUBLE WITH CAPITALISM ARE THE CAPITALIST, THEY ARE OR B ECOME GREEDYAM ERICAN INDUSTRIES DONT SEEM TO CARE ABOT QUALITYYT
THAN KS AGAIN FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE DISILLUTIONED C AR BUYER

The email came from an AOL address, so yeah, there you go.