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Nissan XTerra SUV



  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    Prewired and they cost $700? Either they are not really prewired or they are making a lot of money on the installation.
  • miata007miata007 Posts: 129
    Do you guys know if aftermarket fog/aux xenon lights are available? That will brighten things quite a bit.

  • mbuntingmbunting Posts: 158
    hello all....

    I'm a habitual PF owner (Previously owned a 2001 LE) and currently own a 2003 LE.

    I'm LOVING the looks on the new Xterra (and also the new Pathy) and am contemplating purchasing another one sometime this summer. I just can't decide if I want to stay with the Pathy or step (a bit?) down to the Xterra.

    Some Q's on the Xterra:

    Moon Roof: Can you see anything when this is open? It's one of my favorite things on my Pathy....

    Color Preferences:

    I need to go check out the "Night Armor" color in person before I make up my mind....what do you all think?

    Here is a shot of the "Night Armor" Xterra from the Nissan site:


    If I don't make up my mind here this summer, I'll probably just wait until later this Fall when there are more deals on the Pathy and Xterra before the 06' Models start arriving...but if a dealer can give me a good price on the Xterra here this month (near invoice) then I can see myself pulling the trigger early.

    I'm kinda scared going from a Pathy to an X...but I guess I probably shouldn't be. I'll be moving to the "High Desert" area of Southern California Desert (think Barstow/Fort Irwin area) and I think I would have a lot more "fun" in the X versus the PF....

    Thanks for any and all discussion....

  • jgriffjgriff Posts: 362
    I hate to be the one to break to you, but the new '05 X has NO moonroof option. So if moonroof is a requirement for you, you will need to stick with the PF.

    I've seen the Night Armor in person, and I like it. It is on my color choice list, along with Granite & white. I'm just not sure if I want to deal with a dark color SUV or not.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    JGRIFF already pointed out the moonroof / sunroof issue, which also bums me out a little. With the roofline, I guess adding one would be tough also.

    Pathfinder - Bigger with a 3rd row and more cargo area, smoother ride with IRS and the ability to add more "luxury" options (leather, etc.)

    Xterra - More rugged and less expensive. A little smaller.

    Both have lots of power. Having said that the Xterra is less expensive, I have noticed locally in Atlanta the dealers, which just started advertising the new Xterra (they were focused on clearing out the '04s until a couple of weeks ago) are actually advertising better lease deals on the Pathfinder. As Alan Greenspan would say, that is a conundrum. My guess is as both are out a while and inventories stabilize, this situation will end.
  • mbuntingmbunting Posts: 158
    I guess in all my comparisons between the new 05' Xterra and the 05' Pathy I failed to realize the lack of a Moon Roof on the X.

    This is probably going to make me look even harder at the Pathy now...especially after owning the 2001 and 2003 models, both with Moon Roofs :)

    Looks like I will definitely wait till this fall (OCT) to make my purchase now...

    I would have liked to save a bit of cash and go w/ the Xterra - but I don't think I can do without a moon roof....
  • dannykadannyka Posts: 115
    but if a dealer can give me a good price on the Xterra here this month (near invoice) then I can see myself pulling the trigger early.


    Check out new-nissans. They are a dot com offering 500 below invoice and are right in your neck of the woods (or suburbia).

    Even without the moon roof I really like the X, but if you gotta have one, you gotta have one ;)

  • jgriffjgriff Posts: 362
    When I test drove the PF, I could not get pass how little leg room there was in the 2nd row. So one is paying the price to have a 3rd row of seats, which to me was NOT that important.

    I also like the more rugged looks of the X over the PF, plus it is not as expensive.
  • mbuntingmbunting Posts: 158
    dannyka (Dan) - Thanks for the new-nissans. information......

    Still debating everything :)
  • drladdrlad Posts: 1
    I am looking at a 05 Xterra. I currently own a 03 and I tow a 3700 lb travel trailer. The 03 strains under the weight and has a hard time getting up to speed. I am hoping the 05 will be better. Any insight? The 03 is also supposed to be able to pull 5000 lbs, but it struggles.
  • xpirate04xpirate04 Posts: 3
    About the gas.. funny thing, I was actually reading the manual this morning and it is PREMIUM! I have an 04 XE with a 3.3 V6 and was very disappointed with the lack of power it has. But, it does say in the maual that if using less than PREMIUM will effect the performance. Right now I have a 1/4 of a tank with regular gas.. (the cheap kind) and am hoping to see a big difference when I have to refuel paying almost 20 more cents a gallon.
  • xpirate04xpirate04 Posts: 3
    How is everyones power/ performance when trying to go up hill or accelerate?
    Mine is poor, and I have a 2004 Xterra XE with a 3.3 V6 engine.
    BUT! I have been using REGULAR gas, not PREMIUM.
    Any responses to this would be nice... along with the detail of year, engine, and gas you use. I will be switching to premium today (since I just found out). I really hope pay for the high quality gas makes a difference. Also, I know that using regular unleaded has an effect on performance, but does it hurt my engine? It doesn't say in the manual that it would but maybe one of you happens to be a mechanic. Thanks for reading this... let me know.
  • kas72kas72 Posts: 2
    ok - so I coming into this a little late in the game.......
    I looked at the 04 SE but decided to wait for the 05 b/c of the changes in the interior. Now I am seeing postings about no moonroof??? I haven't looked at the 05s in person yet, but remember that the 04s had a pop up/removable moonroof. Can you clarify?
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    The 5,000 lb rating is the same, but I would have to think with all the extra power and torque the '05 would do a much better job pulling your load. Also, both the Frontier and Pathfinder with essentially the same engine are rated as 6,000 lbs or over.
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    xterra's have (had) pop-up moonroofs, but they were not removable unless you modified the catch.
    As far as I know, all X's (pre-2005) ran on regular ( 87 octane ) except for the SC.
    My 2000 is still running fine with reg, but I do use super as a treat before a good road trip, what ever mpg I gained was offset by the price increase.

    Nice to see thisboard active again
  • xpirate04xpirate04 Posts: 3
    I have a 2004 Xterra XE and I cannot go faster than 95 w/o it jerking and slowing down. I am not too happy about that because I like to drive fast on the freeway. Is there anything I can do about that? I bought my Xterra in Dec of 2004.. Should have waited. But, I was told by my dealer that they were not going to change the body. I was originally going to buy a used Wrangler they had on the lot and somehow ended up with a new Xterra.. I must say overall I am happy with it. I never gave them much notice till I got one.
  • xterramexxterramex Posts: 1
    Hello everyone!
    I just came across this site and I'm very X-cited to see so many Xterra peeps! I love it!
    Quick question. Do you know if there is a web site that can help me with installing an amp and a sub woofer to the stock stereo system? Is this at all possible? Please let me know.
    By the way I just bought a used 2001 4x4 Xterra. I'm loving it!!
    Thanks! :shades:
  • Folks:

    I want a white Off Road with manual transmission. Dealer cannot locate one. Dealer says I should settle for another color because he cannot order a 05 and supplemental side air bags will not be an option on 06.

    Is it true that supplemental side and curtain air bags will not be an option in 06?

  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    All X's since 2000 have a cut off at 95mph, its a safety issue. Given the weight and height of the X, you shouldn't be travelling that fast anyway. A few have gotten around it by reprograming the chip.
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