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2005 Nissan Xterra



  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    Has anyone heard an ETA for the Xterra?

    Another thing I was wondering, considering the nice V8 rumble from the Titan and Armada, and the nice growl Nissan gets from the 3.5 V6 (Neighbor has a G35 coupe and it sounds great), I hope that Nissan has designed a good exhaust system for the 4.0 version in the Xterra, Frontier and Pathfinder. If anything, one would think that it might have a little deeper rumble as compared to the 3.5.

    I know that you can always go aftermarket, but most of those systems are too loud, and frankly I have yet to hear an aftermarket exhaust on a V6 that I have liked (most sound raspy or tinny). Making a V6 sound good really takes careful tuning from the manufacturer.

    We have seen the pictures (looks great IMHO), but has anyone heard what these new Xterras sound like?
  • 2fastdre2fastdre Posts: 59
    I agree. It's harder to get a V6 sound nice, but I heard a 350Z with Nismo exhaust. Wow! It was a little on the loud side, but it sounded like it was going to eat you alive. Personally, I want my 3.5VQ Pathfinder to sound a little louder and throatier. Maybe, they will eventually come out with a Pathfinder Nismo exhaust system? If so, then the trucks and SUVs will the last in line to get racy treatments. If I am in the market for a new SUV in about 3 or 4 years, then Xterra will be very near the top of my list.

    As far as ETA goes: I would bet that you can test drive it in February/March timeframe.

  • noodlemannoodleman Posts: 1
    The new Xterra fixes just about everything that was wrong with the previous version:

    -Weak engine
    -Extra cheap interior
    -Lack of interior room
    -Wimpy front end

    There's just one thing that bothers me. What were they thinking with those side steps on the rear bumper? It maybe gives you an extra 6" of reach over standing on the bumper, and it ruins an otherwise gorgeous profile. Am I the only one bothered by this? Please tell me those side steps are just an option.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    I disagree.

    There's just one thing that bothers me. What were they thinking with those side steps on the rear bumper? It maybe gives you an extra 6" of reach over standing on the bumper, and it ruins an otherwise gorgeous profile. Am I the only one bothered by this? Please tell me those side steps are just an option.

    In fact I couldn't disagree more... Those side steps are a brilliant idea, and long overdue. It has nothing to do with styling; it's all about function. Yes, they are there to aid in accessing the roof rack. If anything, I would like to see an additional step added, but lower for those with short legs. If you study Xterra ads and TV commercials, they market it as a "4WD tool," more than a vehicle. So this side step makes perfect sense IMO.

    The Xterra is a tall vehicle, and Nissan makes a big deal about how great their roof rack is. Now people can actually find a way to reach it.

    BTW, I've been a graphic designer for over 30 years. I earn my living by "design" so to speak. Even so, I will take "function" any day over "styling." To put it even more bluntly, if a feature is there to make it "function better," that is "good design," even if it looks ugly. Good design and good styling are NOT necessarily the same thing.

    Bob (who is only 5'9" and needs all the help possible with roof racks on tall vehicles)
  • 4x4buff4x4buff Posts: 12
    I agree with Noddleman, side step should be an option. They have function but they look silly and awkward.

    It will appeal to some and be an eye sore to others so it should be an option but it isn't.

    New Xterra overall looks good, I hope off-road features are better.
    I think rear differential lock should be an option, any word on that.
  • I'm thinking of getting a 2005 Xterra. I'm wondering if I should get the 4x4 option. I only plan to off-road a little and go up to the mountains during the winter season. It's mostly going to be a commuter vehicle.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    Its really a personal choice. But just keep in mind that 2wd (Rear wheel drive) SUVs and pickups are very very very very very easy to get stuck in on mud or any kind of steep terrain. Last fall here in Atlanta I saw some joker in a tough looking SUV with push bars, brush guards, fancy wheels, racks, etc. etc. trying to climb his wet and leaf covered driveway. The poseur had 2wd and he could not do it. I stopped to watch him and laughed so hard I almost started crying.

    To put it another way, if you get 2wd on an SUV and you do not tow on a regular basis and do not go off road, you are only buying for style and you would be much better better served not putting up with the drawbacks of a truck based vehicle and would be better off in a car or crossover. Just my $.02.
  • Thanks for the input. I live in Souther California so i don't see a lot of mud or even rain for that matter. Steepest inclines I'd probably have to drive are those that lead up from the more secluded beaches. I might just get the 4wd just so I can drive in the sand at the beaches.

    I hear the Nissan 4wd system cuts out at 19/mph? If that's so, I'm hesitant to put down an additional $2,000 for it.

    Oh well, there's always the 4 door Toyota Tacoma. Damn you Toyota and you options packaging.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    I think the 4wd that cuts out at 19mph refers to the locking 4wd on the Murano. However, part time 4wd systems are not made for driving at higher speeds anyway.

    Also, I wanted to make sure you are aware that the Tacoma is being redesigned next year also. If I go for a crew cab pickup next year, the new Frontier and Tacoma are on my short lists. If I go for an SUV, the Xterra is on my short list. Can't wait until these new models come out so I can drive them.
  • So the 4wd system on the Xterra is different from the Muranos? I just assumed that they used the same system across the board.

    It just happens to be that I'm looking into getting either the '05 Tacoma, Frontier, or Xterra. They're relatively priced the same, plus or minus $2k. That's one of the reasons I'm waiting till year end '05 to buy the vehicle. I want some reviews on the redesigns before plunking down some hard earned money.

    I'm kinda worried about the Tacomas that will be manufactured in Mexico though.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    The Xterra is built on a truck chassis with a separate frame. The current Xterra is related to the Frontier. The new (2005) Frontier, Xterra will all be on a modified Titan chassis. It is rear wheel drive, unless you engage the part time 4wd system.

    The Murano is a crossover based off a modified car (I believe Altima, but don't quote me on that) chassis. It is a unibody and not a body on frame design. In 2wd it is a front drive vehicle. The 4wd system is actually a full time AWD system. The two vehicles are very different mechanically.

    Having said that, the Murano may be a better choice for you. You give up some off road capability in exchange for better ride and handling, and it is less likely to turn over than a truck based SUV.

    I like the Murano, but we already have a crossover (a Subaru Forester XT) and for my work I need a vehicle that can occasionally get through the mud and the woods. And (back to our regularly scheduled programming) that is why I am hanging around the 2005 Xterra board.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    I would not worry too much about a vehicle made in Mexico. Many of the major parts will probably be sourced from the Japan and the U.S., and I do not think a major manufacturer would be in Mexico if they did not feel comfortable with the end product. Toyota (or Nissan for that matter) will not put out junk.
  • I was looking at the Murano at first, but after doing some budgeting, discovered that it's slightly more than I want to pay a month. The Xterra/Frontier/Tacoma is in the price range I'm looking for. I just wish Toyota and Nissan would put out more information about the '05 Xterra and Tacoma. This waiting for more detail thing is hella annoying.

    I guess I'll wait until I buy the car to decide if I want the 4wd.
  • Anyone have any new info on the '05 Xterra? Like gas mileage or price range?
  • I have an 04 Murano AND a 01 Xterra, and my 2cents would be to go with the Murano if you are mostly staying on-road.

    The difference in your payment will be helped by better fuel economy. Having Al-Wheel-Drive makes snowy roads a no-shift, no brainer.

    I think re-sale on Muranos might make the "Cost to Own" superior to Xterra too, although Xterras do pretty well in that regard as well.

    Anyway folks- nice to be here, and you can ask whatever you want as far as comparing Murano-Xterra benefits etc, as i have both with no agenda.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    ETA on the xterra, pathfinder, and frontier is late october/early november on the coasts, and late november/early december for everyone else.

    as far as the 4x4 option, i look at it this way:

    if you use it for stability/traction control, and use it more than 1 or 2 times a year, its worth it.

    but if you only need it for the looks or increased ride height, then dont bother. the nissan products all look and drive the same with or without 4x4.
  • Also, as much as I like 4x4/AWD in our snowy climate, I wouldn't have it in a dry area where i am not going off-road as it does affect fuel economy to the negative.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    4x4 should be HEAVILY considered, because not only does it affect fuel economy, it raises insurance rates and price as well.
  • Ya if I do end up getting an xterra next year it probably won't be a 4x4. not much adverse conditions in southern california. Besides I don't plan to do much off-roading. Probably just some light trails to camp grounds or trips up to the mountains for xmas. While is snows in the california mountains, its probably nothing compared what you guys have back east or up north. Thxs for the info.

    Now if I can just find out about the gas mileage on the '05 xterras, I'd be happy.
  • beebee13beebee13 Posts: 38
    I am looking forward to test driving the '05 X Terra, and Frontier Crew Cab! My husband and I can hardly wait for retirement and do a little traveling. How much can you tow with the X? So many choices out there, but don't want a mini-van or sedan (are "babies" are our doggies now)...we were also considering the Honda's I said sooo many decisions! I contacted Nissan to ask about their X-Trail which seems like just what we would be interested in, and I was told NO X-Trails in the US...At ALL!! I was disappointed because I had heard it would be here in '06 since its doing so well in other countries.
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