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Nissan XTerra SUV



  • In my opinion it all comes down to what you are comfortable with. I've driven both types and for me, RWD works better. The only time I ever got stuck in snow was with FWD, pretty bizarre, but true. The overwhelming majority of vehicles I've owned over the years have been RWD, so that is what "feels right" to me. With the X, I have the 4WD option to use when needed.
  • rapriderraprider Posts: 42

    thanks for the fotos...pretty cool job...
    unfortunately, dear wife would have my head if...

    so, anybody else?
    info on the interior rack for the xterra (for my highlander)?


  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    Your wife has something against saving $$$. ??? For what its worth.. I've been helping another X owner with an interior rack.. he has the Xterra one and says its a bit of a pain to put in & remove. You can always check them out over at or just one of the cheaper places to shop on line.
  • dhdunndhdunn Posts: 51
    Hi!! I was quoted $24,400 as the invoice price for an SE with manual transmission (no options). I was looking right at the invoice, and it was, or at least looked like, a legit invoice. Does this sound right?

    Also, what do people get for city mileage? I'm assuming that the 16 MPG is low because of the factoring in that needs to be done for 4X4 driving. Is that a correct assumption?


  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    Nope.. that's normal regular driving, lowest 14mpg using 4x4 in winter (city), highest 19mpg highway constant 65mph, mix of city/light highway 16mpg... same as any other 4x4 I've had. 2000 manual.
  • bskohlerbskohler Posts: 53
    The X is gonna get 16-17 around town....and that's considered good mileage. I get around 22 mpg or so on long highway trips, but that's rare. If you drive around town and you are getttng 16 mpg then you're pretty much right where you should be (unfortunately) :)
  • rapriderraprider Posts: 42
    what you missed was the fact that my wife would kill me if i drill holes in her new car...even if it saves me $200!!!

  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    take a second look.. "no" holes were drilled into the X.. The skewers are drilled into a board, the board & the skewers are placed into the cargo area.. at the most, the "stock" cargo hooks (if the highlander have any) are used to further lock the board into place. But it holds steady without them. In any sense, its the same logic as the $$$interior bike rack.

    If you really want to drill the Toyota.. I won't stop ya :)
  • wluo_yahwluo_yah Posts: 2
    I have a Xterra 4x4 2000. It runs well until last Saturday when I came out from a shopping center, I turned on the engine. The engine was trembling and rph changed wildly before the engine stopped running. I turned on the starter again, and the same symptom repeated. Finally the engine even refused to run at all.

    I rely on this car heavily and put 32000 miles on this car in two years. Fortunately, it is still under warranty. I had it towed to my orignial Nissan dealership this morning. To my amazement, the dealer was changing ownership and no longer accept Nissan warranty. Neverthless, they checked the problem and told me that the fuel pump was broken. I believe that they tried to coax me into fixing the problem at their place by luring me with free of chage fix. But I have do a more than $500 30,000 mile matainance there. I refused to fix it there.

    I had the car towed to another Nissan dealer. They are going to check into it and let me know tomorrow.

    For those living in central Jersy area, the first Nissan dealer is Laborila Nissan at red bank. The second Nissan dealer is Pine Belt Nissan at Keyport. I will report the latest progress tomorrow.
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    I must have lost something somewhere, you have a "Nissan Warranty".. not an ABC Dealer warranty. As far as I know, they are supposed to cover it without any strings attached.. new owners or not.
    I bought my X at one dealer, didn't like their service, moved to another dealer and haven't had any problems with warranty.. actually the service dept gives me more even though I didn't buy the X there.
    As far as service plans.. I always compare what the dealer wants to do and compare it to the manual.. you'd be surprised how much you can knock off their service $$ and keep the warranty 100%....
  • dhdunndhdunn Posts: 51
    Dear XTerra owners:

    I'd like to ask you for your input on the 5 best reasons to buy an XTerra. Yes, I know it "looks cool", but I'm more interested in more substantive stuff (not looking for a chick magnet, because I already have an extremely cool chick to whom I've been married for almost 15 years).

    We already have an Explorer which has been completely wonderful and 100% trouble free at 48K miles. I was considering an Outback wagon to kind of compliment the Explorer's SUV characteristics. But when I drove the XTerra I liked it so much I've had a change of heart. Please let me know what YOUR reasons were for buying, and also how reliable/wonderful/horrible/whatever your XTerra has been. Thanks VERY MUCH for this input!!

  • xverbxverb Posts: 1
    Question: What can I do, inside the manufacturer's warranty, to improve horsepower/mileage (I know they don't really go together) in my 2002 Xterra (SE, 4WD, Auto)?

  • wluo_yahwluo_yah Posts: 2
    I had the engine fixed today. It is the fuel sending unit that was broken.

    As far as the warranty, the dealer that I purchased the car from was in a transition
    of changing owners. So they refused to take warranty. The second Nissan dealer fixed it without charge, but......

    They only covered the towing for no more than $50. In my case, I towed the car twice and it costed me $125 in total, only $50 is covered. They do not cover car rental, and they persuaded me into buying their maintance for more than $400...... I should have checked xcanuk's email earlier.

    So the lesson is when dealer says they want to do something that you orignially do not plan to have them do, say "no" on the phone. Think more about it when you hang up the phone. You can always have the service done by calling them up.
  • xtirol9xtirol9 Posts: 27
    These are my two cents despite the fact that I don't own one yet. :-P

    1. An affordable 4x4 price range considering other competition. 4Runner anybody?
    2. Available supercharger.
    3."Everything you need, nothing you don't." quoting Nissan's commercial. No frills or anything fancy on the truck.
    4. For people who actually use it for its purpose.(ie. off-road, biking, hiking, etc.)
    5. And from what I have seen from here, not that many problems considering this is its third year. If you do want to check, find other message boards about the Xterra.
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    First off, (only cuz you're happy with the exploder) I'd go for the outback.. only because its a complimentary vehicle.. as much as I love the X, and would get another one to replace it, I'd look at a Pick-up or a car as a second.. increase the range/purpose for travelling.

    5 reason why I got mine... I'll limit myself

    1) comparable SUV's were too car-like, I like the truck feel.
    2) very basic in set-up and easy to customize to your own liking. ( I hate getting a fully dressed vehicle that I'm gonna swap parts on anyway )
    3) Nice interior space even with the rear seats up, easy to load.. 2 dogs and always going to home depot for projects
    4) Great rack... ever notice most other suv's don't come with crossbars.. bikes, gear, canoe.. it can handle it all.
    5) Well mannered on the road, (power & handling) you don't have to worry to much if you go off the pavement.

    Downfalls.. typical MPG for a SUV (low).. after 2 1/2 years.. no other complaints.
  • xtirol9xtirol9 Posts: 27
  • cb70cb70 Posts: 226
    All your exploders belong in the boneyard. Lol.

       The internet phenomenon that just wouldn't die.

  • xtirol9xtirol9 Posts: 27
  • Raprider,I bought the interior rack right away after I purchased my X 2 years ago.Installation was a breeze.Two bikes and two wheel forks will fit in the Xterra although a bit snug.The skewers can be adjusted up or down to accomadate different handlebar widths.I've carried all kind of different combos of mine and my buddies road and mtn. bikes.The best thing about the rack is it is solid as a rock.When tightened down you can't budge it.There is also the obvious plus of having your bike(s)out of sight.The rack secures to the X via a pair of "O" rings that come prebolted to the truck.Your Highlander may not have a comparable setup.Overall I love the rack and I've always got one bike or another in it.I paid $150 for it at
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