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Nissan XTerra SUV



  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    To one and all, have a good holiday.. while some of us surf.. I mean work.
    Keep the dirty side down and shiny side up.. watch the roads, and have fun xing around.
  • I ordered a solar yellow 2001 SE 2WD 5-sp the end of September. I didn't get it yet but I paid $22,700 for it. You can take it from there.
  • Hey Hgonzo thanks for the pricing info. This board should be mandatory reading for anyone considering an Xterra. I'm gonna pick it up tomorrow. I can't wait.
  • This is a continuation to someone's post a week or so ago..... can't remember who started this. If only I could have remember the answer that was posted! I had to pull a trailer with some "dogloos" and for the life of me could not figure out how to hook up the brake light wiring! We read the manual - what a joke! The junction box we thought was the hook up was the same one in the post that said.....'I found the box, but there are things already plugged in...' The manual does not do a good job explaining where the hook up is. Finally had to call the service department and he explained that it was not behind the right rear wheel well, it was more towards the back at the end of the frame. Even then, it was not easy to find - or connect. Let's just say that I will leave the wiring connected and "tie" it up where I don't have to remove that cap again. After all of that, it was a joy to tow the trailer!
  • Just bought a 2001 XE auto 2wd with the sport, utility and power packages for $500 below invoice during the late November sales period. This is Atlanta, and there may be different incentives in your area (better financing, etc...) It was a cash deal for me as I had my financing in place. I was waiting for the dealers to show some softness, and was treated very fairly when I called ahead and said I had the Edmunds invoice pricing. Dealing with the fleet manager or chief of sales is important. He'll hand the paperwork drudgery of to another salesman and still get his cut. Looking forward to many years of happy driving!
  • I was told by the finance manager that the extended warranty is the same bumper to bumper as the factory warranty only extended for 7 years or 100,000 miles. However yesterday in the mail I received the warranty book and after reading it, it doesn't seem like the factory warranty only extended. This extended warranty is suppose to be from Nissan also. Does anyone know about this warranty?

    Thanks for you help, I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.
  • xeroxero Posts: 5
    Does the packet say it is from Nissan? I bought the 100k mile warranty from Ryan Warranty at the dealer, but then quickly refunded it and bought the Nissan warranty offered at
    I saved about $400 and felt better that it was directly from Nissan. Odd thing was that the dealer I bought from told me that they do not even offer the Nissan warranty which I still find a little strange.
  • Thanks to everyone for all their help. I purchased a 2001 XE 4WD, Alpine Green Xterra yesterday. It is bad to the bone! Thanks to Edmunds I got a fair deal. $23,790 with 12 free oil changes and a roof top bike/ski rack as part of a promotion with a local sport store. It was nice not to deal with their financing, not having a trade and walking out feeling like you have not been screwed. I recommend doing your homework, it is all here at Edmunds.
  • evr31evr31 Posts: 3
    I have a Silver 2000 XE (w/ the 3 pack) with about 4400 miles. Recently, the "Service Engine Soon" warning light came on and I brought it into the dealer's service center to check it out. As it turns out, the warning light was triggered by the aftermarket Locking Gas Cap that I bought from From what I was told, that particular cap is ventilated (which is a no no for the X). The service person told me to put the original gas cap on and that the warning light should go away in a few days after it computer resets. Anyone experience this before? How long does it take for the computer to reset? Its been 5 days and its still on!!! Is there anything I can do to quicken the process?

    Also, I was driving in LI, NY yesterday and I saw a black X with the plates XTERROR. Whoever you are (I think I saw someone mention it earlier when talking about customized plates), Great X! Hopefully you see this so you can tell me where you got that cool Xterra decal (I think it was)for the wind deflector.

    One last question, I am thinking about replacing the front speakers and the stereo/CD as a holiday gift to myself. :) Any recommendations? I'm looking for quality sound (e.g. Bose) as opposed to high volume. Also, if anyone knows of an a good audio shop in the NY Tri-State area that sells and does installations, I would appreciate your recommendations!

    Sorry for such a long post...I hope everyone had a good Holiday!!!!
  • shek3shek3 Posts: 72
    hey evr,
    thats me!! thanks for the compliment....I got the Xterra decal on my wind deflector at a sign shop....they can make just about anything you want(color, size, font style) cost me around $40. Its a small world after all.....where are your from??? take care, Mike

    ps I have replaced my complete sound system and would recommend Eclipse. Mine sounds 100x better than stock.....I bought my stuff from a guy on Route 110 in Huntington....
  • If it doesn't go off after a day or so, the condition was present long enough that the computer doesn't consider it transient and won't clear it on its own. The dealer can plug into the computer and clear it in a jiffy. I can't believe they didn't do it for you while you were there...

    If there isn't a "whoosh" sound when you loosen the cap then it's not sealing properly. My Stant "Pre-vent" cap does fine on my '00.

  • evr31evr31 Posts: 3
    Mike/Shek3 - I'm from the city but I saw you driving on Jericho. Are you from that area? I had just stopped by ATV to buy some PIAA bulbs. Also stopped by the 5 Star car wash..gotta admit, it had to be the best car wash I've ever had!! LOL Thanks for the info! What's the name of the place on 110?? I think I passed it yesterday, a few blocks past the Jericho intersection? Opposite the Mall? I think theres another shop heading toward the LIE. By the way, someone told me to be careful with the installers because it can void the warranty. Is that true?

    Thanks again and maybe next time I'm around the neighborhood you can show me your X and give me some ideas! Mine is starting to look a little boring! LOL
  • evr31evr31 Posts: 3
    Brent, thanks for your reply! I did have the Stant cap and I also heard the Woosh every time I opened it. I mentioned that to the dealer and also told him that I've had the cap for the last 4 months and that the light just turned on. After what you just told me, I can't believe they sent me home with the light still on!! I'm bringing it back this week!!!
  • Hey guys thanks for all the help on the Xterra. I brought her home today. I drove 180 miles to make the deal only to find my dealer trying to stiff me with a $250 processing fee. Being that he wasn't processing jack, I told him I was not gonna pay it. He wouldn't budge, so I decided to put capitalism in motion and I got up and walked out straight to his competition across town. Now I have a kick butt X and I am $250 richer. Don't pay that bs charge. You guys were right I love it.
  • shek3shek3 Posts: 72
    I am from the Huntington area......the name of the stereo place is Audio Planet.......just south of Jericho............guy's name is Mike........tell him I sent you(or let me know when you will be there and maybe I can help you out) Dealers are always telling you that any work they dont do will void the warranty(they like to take ALL your money, and not share the wealth with outside companies). If you buy the wiring harnesses and you are somewhat handy you could probably do the system yourself. The next time you see my truck it may have new wheels and tires.......please Santa please.........take care, Mike
  • Xero - by the way - thanks for pointing out the site! I had a quick question. I don't see a link at the site to the warranty you mentioned. Did you call them to get it?
  • I was skimming over a car magazine this weekend and reviewed the information regarding the Xterra. It said something about the 2002 X's will have more power. Does anyone know anything about this? I currently drive a Mustang and I know that the X, (along with other SUV's), will not have the same power. I am not expecting the X to drive like my Mustang, but if anyone knows what the difference the 2002 will have compared to the 2001, please let me know.
  • Mstexasx,

    I haven't heard anything about more power in the Xterra in 2002 But if this is true, more than likely the Xterra will get the same super charger that's in the Frontier that pumps out 210 HP and 245 lb/ft. torque (I believe the 245 is correct). Frankly, I wouldn't jump on it just yet. Since the setup is relatively new with this engine, enough time hasn't passed to make me feel comfortable with it just yet.
  • xsexse Posts: 66
    i agree about long term worries on the supercharger. it maybe nothing, but it may be everything...just too early to tell.

    i wouldnt be surprised if they add it in '02 or '03 for sure. with all the new competition, they have to keep the xterra in the game :)

    if you want power, why not the 245hp pathfinder? it is highly rated as an suv and looks/ drives great
  • gonzo7gonzo7 Posts: 259
    Don't forget the X has a 6yr 60k mile powertrain warranty. If you're worried get a 100k warranty from Nissan. So, If a supercharger shows up, I wouldn't be scared.
  • I may have bought the right SUV, but I should have taken better note of Edmund's comment that the Xterra has 'uncomfortable front seats'. Crimany, I'm not looking for a Caddy ride, but these are ridiculous! It's like the lumbar is in the wrong place and just shoves me in the back. I've had the car 9 days and am getting serious buyer's remorse from this problem. As a possible solution, I thought I'd ask if anyone has heard of installing a Pathfinder driver seat in place of the original....?? If I can't solve this, I'm going to take my loss and go with the Acura MDX.
  • There are plenty of solutions, including extra lumbar cushions or other padding. You can stick 'em under the "waterproof" seat covers if you want to hide them and you like the covers in the first place. I wouldn't can the X over something as minor as the seats, especially when you're willing to spend $10k more on an MDX to make up for it! You can buy replacement seats or do most anything to suit you and make you comfortable for far less money. And the MDX is 100% new as far as I know, I wouldn't take that risk over the seats either even if I had the extra dough to move up.
    And just what makes you think the MDX will be any more comforable? A test drive? So you didn't test drive the X?

    Just playing devil's advocate, if you demand comfort, don't buy a "back to basics" SUV, especially without checking this important quality out first.

  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    I'll agree, you have a lot of options to make the X more comfortable, they suit me just fine in my case.
    This topic has come up off and on again, anyone coming from a car will suffer more, due to the new driving position, ( more upright ). Go through the full range of movement with your seats, give it 2 more weeks, then decide if you need the support. I'm on the opposite end, so used to being in a truck ( the X isn't my first ) that I go through pains when I'm in a car.
    My 2 cents anyway..
  • Hey guys, thanks for the input on my pain in the seat. As far as test drives go, of course I took one. Unfortunatley, this problem doesn't become apparent during a 15 minute test drive where you have all the other sensory input to deal with. The Acura didn't get ragged on for seat discomfort and with it's various adjustments, etc., I'm drawing a fairly reasonable conclusion. Besides, it would be hard to get anything more uncomfortable than this recycled ironing board. My 12 speed isn't as brutal as the X is!

    Anyway, getting constructive again.... Can anyone elaborate on available replacement seats? The cushion solution is proving to be unviable as it eats up legroom I sorely need. (I've got pretty long legs..).

    Thanks, veterans.

  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    When I got my X, I did manage to score some Racaro seats, but couldn't match the rails to my liking.. the x seats are a complete unit, rail & seat combo. I got the neoprene covers for my original seats, and they ended up adding the little more support & comfort.

    I don't know of any straight swap, but if you head down to a proper aftermarket seat shop, ( check under custom vans ), these guys are wiz's at matching rails with what ever seat you want to spend your money on, and maybe extend the rails so you get more distance. Good luck with your back.
  • to xcanuk for the idea! This group therapy session has made me fell better already. (Sort of)
  • I have owned a number of cars during the last almost 35 years of being a licensed driver, and the Xterra is undoubtidely the most fun to drive, etc. Your so-called experts don't know didedly about driving or enjoying the type of vehicle the Xterra is. I have owned my X for over a year and have had no problems or complaints with it. It has performed better than expected. It is not a race car or a sports car. It is a truck and should be handled like a truck. Your inspectors or editors should know a little more about a vehicle before commenting on it. The X has proven to be quite successful and over 100,000 owners during the first year can't all be wrong. I think the three reporters are absolutely NUTS and think they should be sentenced to drive a YUGO for the next six months before they are allowed back in the business!! Just my two cents worth of comments to

  • mpsxmpsx Posts: 2
    I am ready to seal the deal for my 2001 X-Terra 4x4 SE. Right now I have an interior bike rack included. has anyone used this or the roof or hitch bike racks? I just want to know which of these is the easiest to use. I can't imagine it being easy to lift a bike to the roof and I think that the hitch rack would force you to remove the bikes before opening the back gate. I believe that I'm only sacrificing interior cargo space and need to take the time to remove the front wheel. Any advice?????
  • Personally, I wouldn't want to put my muddy, dirty bike inside the back of my X. If you have a tow hitch, I'd go with a hitch bike rack. There are several on the market that easily fold down for access to the back gate. I've heard that a few of the roof racks are a bit unsturdy, though I don't have any firsthand information since I've never tried one.

    Though you can find it cheaper just about anywhere else, check out They have several hitch racks that work well. Get the name and model and try to find it cheaper somewhere else.

    Good Luck.
  • you can get a hitch rack that will hold up to 4 (I've seen up to 6, though I wouldn't recommend it) bikes. In the back of the X, you can only fit up to 2 bikes. I also remember someone complaining that their bike just barely doesn't fit in the back even with the front wheel removed.

    Something to think about.
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