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Nissan XTerra SUV



  • steveg64steveg64 Posts: 6
    I bought it new and it was fine till it hit 30k. I'm just not happy with it and I don't feel good about the warranty coming to an end. Also it sucks on gas and even that has got worse. Are all the 05's bad?
  • Boris2Boris2 Posts: 177
    Anything specifically (aside from gas mileage which will generally suck on everything larger than corolla nowadays)?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,913
    My '97 Subaru alarm was acting up - I suspected the shock sensor, and it seemed mostly affected by cold weather. There is an sensitivity dial adjustment on mine. Assuming the factory setting can be adjusted, the dealer may know how to set yours for a lower sensitivity.

    I go so frustrated with mine, instead of tinkering with the dial settings, I disconnected the battery and pulled the siren out and clipped the wires. Now it sometimes doesn't want to crank if I don't hit "unlock" on the key fob or press the "secret" override button that mine has, so I really can't recommend this method. But it did shut it up!

    Good luck - durn alarms can really drive you boinkers.
  • mysportmysport Posts: 19
    Have 2006 with 22K on it and rust bubbles are forming just below the rear window. No accidents or anything like that. Not looking forward to resolving this with the dealer/Nissan - if the clutch fiasco we went through is any indication.

  • Boris2Boris2 Posts: 177
    What kind of gas do you put in XTerra? I've been fulling up with mid grade for the last years on all of my cars (including XTerra) and the dealer recently told me that all Nissans are designed for regular unleaded for the last several years.

    I know that it'd make only $3-4 difference per fuel up but it all adds up.
  • bogfuggerbogfugger Posts: 3
    my 05 offroad has the rust bubbles you mentioned,it also has rust on the spotwelds on bottom of rear lift hatch,where outside door skin and inside door structure is spot welded,have 2 cases with nissan 800 customer service active now,have contacted BBB,now looking into filing a lawsuit againt nissan and dealership,neither wants to fix problem.....i dont feel my 2005 should have rust on it
  • First off, I apologize for replying so late, however I had the exact same issue around the same time with my purchased brand new 2006 Off Road manual transmission. The only difference in my case, was I quit searching around the net because Nissan graciously decided to repair my clutch under warranty. I have a feeling it was because the service manager here in Fairbanks, AK really pushed for the warranty coverage. The flywheel, pressure plate, and clutch pad all had to be replaced at 21k miles. I noticed it failing well before I took it to the dealer, but I literally smoked the thing! They gave me the same spiel about how there are no recorded cases of 06 clutch failures and how it's probably because I'm hard on my vehicle. I did tow about 3500 lbs from Georgia to Alaska, but at no time did I ever "abuse" my clutch. I have been driving manual shift vehicles for 9 years now, 3 of them towing cars in a wrecker, so I know abuse to a clutch. I keep reading more and more of these posts on the net, which concerns me for the next 20k miles on this clutch. Whenever towing or in 4x4, I can smell the pad burning again, and despite taking it back to the dealer twice, they have yet to do anything about it. If it happens again I'm just going to replace it myself with an aftermarket clutch kit. Nissan is a [non-permissible content removed] for not doing anything about this for others; last Nissan I buy.
  • judy28judy28 Posts: 1
    Hi Mattyk19,

    I was so welcome to see your clutch problem, and as many others stated, it can't be my driving habilts as you have driven mannual your whole life. Me too. I find my 2005 Frontier clutch is bad at 47,000 miles. The dealer says it is not covered unless they open it up (with my authorization for $400 if not covered) and it is a spring.For a truck that is supposed to be rated for a towing capacity of 5000 punds plus what a buch a nonesense. My dealer has reffered me to nissan. I was wondering how you made out with your situation.
    Thank you, judy
  • dzubadzuba Posts: 159
    Considering buying this for my 16yr old...........w/94K miles on it for 5K. Not sure if I will as it does not have side air bags. I used to have a 98 Maxima that ran forever and was very reliable. Any thoughts on the reliability of this model, and specific issues/parts inherent to the 03 Xterra?
  • Just recently posted my issue under the Xterra clutch problem forum. I know yours occured a few months ago. Have you made any progress.
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    On the 2009 Xterra Manual Transmission 6-Speed is the parking brake a handbrake in the center console or is it somewhere else? Thanks. :confuse:
  • Boris2Boris2 Posts: 177
    It better be! I looked at the pics they listed on their website and it's either int he center console or under the left foot. If it's a foot brake it completely defeats the purpose of having the manual transmission.
  • dat2dat2 Posts: 242

    i have an 08 6 speed and I can verify that the parking brake is an old fashioned handle between the seats (thank god!).
  • i was getting 11 mpg......on my 2005 xterra. the problem was when i cleaned the battery posts, i did not realize that the ecu got re-set and when i started engine it was on its re-learning air/fuel mixture procedure...... you must keep rpm's from 1000 to 1500 and not go above that for the following: take truck to open highway with low rpm's and get up to 60 mph for 15 minutes. i drove with low rpm's for 2 days just to make sure. took a 265 road trip and was back to 20's mpg. so if you notice your mpg abnormal, this should be the reason. the mechanic showed me on his nissan computer that my engine was performing at 86% prior to re-setting ecu.
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    Thanks for your response on the 6-Speed Xterra parking brake handle location -- that is indeed good news. I agree with you --putting a foot pedal for such gets tiresome and it crowds the floorpan.
  • I have a 2002 Xterra currently with P265/75R16 radial tires. I would like to put an All terrain or Mud terrain tires on it. Should I stay with a 265/75R16 tire or can I go with LT265/70R17E tires?
  • gvkgvk Posts: 7
    Hi guys,

    Can somebody tell me where 2009 XTerra is ? I don't see it at Nissan dealerships here in Houston. Isn't it due ? It was supposed to be released for sale back in October 2008 as far as I know !? Wanted to take a look at the new 2009 model and drive it, but where the hell is it ???

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,913 now has a view inventory link - drill down to the Xterra using your Houston zip code, click on View Inventory near the top left, and it'll find any within 200 miles.

    They must be rare though - I only see one 2009 model within 200 miles of Boise right now.

    I don't see anyone posting about buying an '09 over in the Nissan Xterra Prices Paid & Buying Experiences discussion.

    Any Nissan salespeople here with the scoop? Did we miss an announcement about the release date?
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    You can also look at and check dealer inventory. In the immediate Houston area, Baker Jackson South has 1 Ea, Mossy Nissan has 2 Ea, Tom Peacock has 2 Ea, Baytown has 1 Ea, Clear Lake has 2 Ea and Gillman has 1 Ea. Good luck in your search.
  • gvkgvk Posts: 7
    Thank you for your responses ! I live near Nissan Peacock and those two 2009 xterras they have are 2008 models actually ! Not sure about other dealerships (will call them), but Robbins Nissan, another dealer in my area, don't have 2009 xterras either.. weird, when a new model is released dealerships usually have tons of them.. never seen it on the streets as well. If it's been on sale since september- october 2008, there must be at least a few of them running on the streets... something is wrong... I'd better ask some nissan sales guy...
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