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Nissan XTerra SUV



  • Don't know about the rest of the country, but here in Houston they're scheduled to arrive Feb 18. Still don't have confirmed pricing (see for tentative pricing).
  • First of all, the available rebate on the 2004 Xterra is $2400 (not $2500) with an incentive option of 1% financing (W.A.C) AND $1000 rebate.


    Expecting a 20% discount on the 04s at this time is unrealistic. A typically equipped 04 XE-V6 (A/T) lists for ~ 23K, with an invoice of ~ 21.7K. MOST Nissan dealerships will not normally discount below invoice, so expect a maximum discount of ~ $1300 or 6%. 20% would equal $4600 or $3300 below invoice (this isn't a Ford or Chevy!!!). Don't expect sale prices on 04s to drop much further until Nissan increases the rebate.


    As for quantities of 04 Xterras still on dealer lots, Nissan is sending ALL remaining unshipped 04s to the dealers at this time. For most dealers, this will likely result in an increase in units before the 05s begin to show up.


    05 pricing is expected to be very comparable to 04. A typical equipped 05 S (A/T) is expected to list for ~ 22.9K. However, without rebates or other incentives, don't expect too much discounting until the 04s are nearly gone.
  • Your are accurate that a 05 Xterra equipped with power will list for ~23K. However, a Pathfinder XE (base model) will typically list for ~25.7K, a $2700 difference. Now that doesn't sound like a lot, but ask yourself: "What type of an SUV am I looking for?" Their capabilities are vastly different.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    Print ads I have seen are claiming February.
  • pkc1pkc1 Posts: 4
    In Colorado the dealerships are saying the earliest we should see the 05 is the third week of Feb.
  • You can't buy a well-equipped SUV in the United States for less than $20k, so I have no idea what 'coupedincal' is talking about. You can't even buy a 2004 Xterra well-equipped for less than $20k. Nor can you buy a well-equipped Pathfinder now for less than $30k. Nissan is not risking anything by pricing the Xterra more than $20k. That's the price range of cheap SUVs. A loaded X will even break $30k, and that seems reasonable to me. A loaded 4Runner will break $40k. That's the market.
  • pkc1pkc1 Posts: 4
    Dealers here in Denver say that if the pricing stays consistent with the 05 Pathfinder and Frontier the 05 Xterra should be $400 less than the 04.
  • I picked up a 2004 XE V6 on 2-5-05...we got it for$250 over invoice plus rebates. Getting hard to find ones with side air bags. The rebates offer two options 1)$1000 and 1% Nissan financing (if you qualify) 2) or $2400 and shop for your own financing**the other caveat is a $500 new college grad rebate added to either of the above options if you are a new/soon-to-be-new college grad** We negotiated for $250 over invoice BEFORE the $1500 in rebates($1000+$500=$1500)(wife is new grad) AND 1% for 60 months--. That is about what the TMV price was here at Edmunds (go armed with that info). We only got 14.3 MPG on our all-highway first tank of gas (even with a bit of a tail wind-ouch). I will follow up on the fuel economy after I experiment.
  • Just bought my second Xterra. First was a early 2000 Red SE 4x2 in Tampa,Florida Had 2 years ad traded off. Now I traded a 03 Jeep Liberty Sport for a New 04 Xterra XE with a lot of options; Got $5500. off the MSRP before trade in. Love my Xterra. Ride is lot better than Liberty and more room all around also. After the engine breaks in and a treatment of Slick fifty I expect to get around 21-22 MPG as I did with the 2000 model. It just takes about 8-1000 miles to break in first, (Nissan Engine Quality).
  • Specs and pricing for the 2005 Xterra are now on the Nissan website (


    A loaded Off-Road edition goes for $28,930. There are only three factory options available on an Off-Road (once you've selected the drivetrain): Rockford Fosgate Audio, Side and Curtain Airbags, and an In-Cabin Microfilter. I think the price is pretty good.
  • Well, per nissan, the 2005's are scheduled to go on sale today. Anybody ventured to the dealerships yet? I imagine there will be slim pickings for a few weeks or so as inventory is built up. I'd be interested to hear how willing the dealers are to negotiate. I'll be looking at one, but will gladly wait until there's a deal to be had.
  • vik66vik66 Posts: 10
    I do not think that $28,930 is good price... I think it should be a couple thousands less...

    I doubt if people will buy such vehicle for almost 29,000.... but I need to see a vehicle to say for sure...
  • Yesterday I test drove an '05 Pathfinder and I loved it. I hope the Xterra drives and handles like the Pathfinder because I didn't want to take it back the dealer. Let's hope for the best.
  • They are offering $2400 rebate

    I just got a 2004 4x4 XE MSRP 24,950 for 20,700.
  • on the '05 Xterra? I honestly thought it was pointless on the last model because of the shield on the front of the basket.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    For a loaded, 4x4 real SUV $28,930 is not a bad retail or list price. There are some pretty neat features on the new 4x4 system (stability control, traction control, hill descent...).


    Having said that, I hope that once they have been out a little while and dealers have built their inventories, it will be possible to buy one for a few thousand less.
  • I think that the 05 Xterras are agressively priced. I went to the website and priced a basic S model with 4x4, 6speed and most options (the ones I like) for $25,200. By the way, I emailed NissanUSA to ask if the choice of the transmission affects the maximum tow rating? They answered: No - for both Frontier and Xterra! Finally - the manual tranny is strong enough to tow. I miss rowing the gears. I am imagining buying a used one in a couple of years for about $18K. That would be a sweet ride!


  • I test drove an '05 OR Xterra last Friday and I must say I was impressed with the feel of the ride and the power of the engine was really good. It seemed to be some engine noise in the cabin, but not unbearable although to hear from the outside it was relatively quiet. The dash is well laid out, though on the minimal side as far a buttons and switches. The front seats were very comfy with very good legroom. did notice from the passenger seat that the seat top would jerk slightly, I wonder if this is because it is the fold flat seat? My knees did not touch the bottom of the dash or the side of the center console. I love the look of the Xterra. The dealer had just got that one in the day before. I will get one later this year after the shake down period.
  • goosegoose Posts: 77
    I live in Tucson, AZ. One of our Nissan dealers has a white SE 4X2 on the lot. It looks great. In fact, the 05 Xterra had captured the attention of a Range Rover owner. I'm not sure of the Rover model he was driving but it was a small, late model Range Rover. Back to the Xterra, it looks tough and the inside also looks great. Well, the stereo looks blandish but I place priority on the whole inside experience. The seat material looks good, the back seat leg room looked very good. Good job Nissan. I hope the build quality on the 05's first year in production is as good or better than my 03 Frontier. Unfortunately, I have to wait another year before seriously looking at the new Xterra.
  • I have read how to shift in into 4 wheel drive. The manual says to put in nutural and then shift.

    When shifting into 4 high it makes a load grinding sound. It also does this loud sound when shifting into low 4 wheel.

    Does the warranty cover this: it has 42,000 and I understand the xterra has a 60,000 power train warranty. This should be covered? I just purchase this xe 4wheel drive.

    Any help on this would be of great help. I do not want to tear anything up.
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