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Nissan XTerra SUV



  • Actually, the rotten egg sulfur smell is coming from the catalytic converters. Most new cars make this smell when new and Nissan is especially proned to it. Mine did it too for a couple weeks. Just wait it out and it will eventually disappear.
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    I went through the new truck burn off, the burning smell did return, mine is a stick, but I'm not burning my clutch.. after this many years, I hope not.. but I do get it from time to time, the only trend I found to the smell is when it is cold out..and after a short drive. It is still a mystery to me why it comes and goes.

    Lately, with the falling temps, I also get that burning smell ( not the same burning smell after shutdown ) when I have to crank the heat to max with the fan at a higher setting. It will last for the first few minutes.. then air out.
  • I have a 2000 X and just experienced a new sound that just happened. While moving and a slight turn of the steering wheel to the left, a rubbing, grinding kind of sound occurs from the front end. It doesn't happen when you turn to the right. No unusual driving has occured. I drove to point A and when I finished there to come back home is when this horrifying sound came on. I visually inspected the front end the best I could and saw nothing suspicious. Anyone else have this happen or have any clues to what it may be??? Thanks!
  • Two thoughts come to mind.

    Do you have stock or bigger tires? Is it snowy or muddy where you are? Maybe one tire is rubbing on some crud on the mudflap when you turn the wheel. You wouldn't see this unless the wheel was still turned when you went to check.

    The other rubbing, grinding sound I've ever had was when my auto hubs didn't unlock. This was on my old Isuzu Trooper though, not the X.
  • Thanks for the reply. The tires and wheels on my X are still stock. My truck is clean and has not been through any snow or mud. The 4 wheel drive has not been engaged at the time either. It just all of a sudden out of nowhere happened. Guess I might have to take it in to Nissan this week if it doesn't clear up. UGGGHHH!
  • If it makes you feel any better, this happened to me just yesterday. It only lasted for about a second, so I thought I had imagined it. Like you, it happened while turning left (and there was a very little dip in the road). Hasn't happened prior or since that one time yesterday. I wouldn't worry about it unless it happens often. I too have stock everything and there's no sign of any snow/sleet/slush anywhere here and I hadn't engaged the 4WD since at least a week prior.
  • thanks for your car is automatic. i actually talked to a service manager here. he thought maybe it was due to the fact that i use cheveron gas. he said ever since cheveron added techron to their gas he's noticed more complaints about various things and also noted problems with his car. he suggested to use 76.
  • i thought chevron went out of business a LONG time ago??? at least, here in NJ there are NO chevron gas stations. i use Exxon, Amoco, Gulf. I filled up one time at Getty, and i don't know if the gas was not good or what...but my X was driving horribly! i then filled up w/ Amoco 94, and it ran great. i guess you can say that Xterra's (or at least mine) don't like Getty gas!!
  • Well, I found out my little rubbing noise. I neglected to look at the right front side of my truck last night because I first thought it was on the left side. But this morning I found out that someone had bumped the right lower front bumper in front of the tire last night as my X sat in a parking lot. This "bump" popped it out of place and snapped a couple of plastic hinges and one of the screws that held it onto the fender. Luckily for me it pretty much snapped back into place and I was able to screw it back into the fender with what was left of the plastic eye the screw went through. It's not quite as flush with the rest of the front fender but is barely noticable. This is the second minor "bump and run" my X has experienced in the 3 months that I have had it. It's Nauseating!!!! People need to learn how to drive and be responsible for their ability not to. Thanks for the replies guys.
  • mindiemindie Posts: 109
    I've got a Chevron right up the street - I never go there though. Must be a Jersey thing. :o)

    I actually try to buy gas anywhere outside of my county, as we have reformulated crap-gas that (though I acknowledge it's better for the environment) costs more and makes my mileage suck even worse.

  • I too have noticed that Getty, Gulf and Hess gas smells vile and gives worse mileage.
  • In general I don't puchase these things but the dealer mailed me a card saying that I could still buy it during the first 30 days (I didn't buy through the dealer fyi...).. so my question is, does anyone think it's worthwhile to purchase it? What does it actually extend for you?

    Just crossed over the 1K mile mark with my new X and luv it...I make frequent stops by the Amoco but thats ok...I just get to admire it from the outside more often this way...

  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    I'll admit I'm ignorant state side, but here we have a year from purchase to add the extension.. maybe a point to check.. you can keep your money in your pocket and then decide.
    How you take care of your X would be the second indicator.. normal care will keep the x running solid.
    I added the extended guar. to my first 4x4.. it did save me from a good bill.. I didn't get it on my other 4x4.. and over 10 years.. it never came into play.. so hind sight.. it would have been a waste of money.
    So you have a half and half chance that it will be worth the money. If you have time to decide.. wait.. then check out if xterrastore is still selling it at their super rate.. last time I heard, he still had the best price.
  • gonzo7gonzo7 Posts: 259
    Just wait-
    You can buy the warranty anytime while your X is still under the original warranty. Don't make the mistake of buying it right away. You can buy it from any dealer. What if your x gets wrecked or stolen? Maybe you'll decide to sell it after a year or two. Then your 750 warranty is useless money spent. Be patient- there is no hurry.
  • those with SE models... is the sunroof worth moving up from the XE model? those with XE, which packages are you happy with or unhappy with? looking to buy 2001 model in next 6 weeks or so.
  • as i've stated before, i used to have a VW Passat, w/ a moonroof. i loved it! i swore i'd never buy another car w/o a moon/sun roof. i now drive a 2001 XE, hence, no sunroof. at first i felt a little confined, but i don't miss it now. anyway, it's more of a pain in the rear since it only pops up and doesn't open up. that's my opinion.
  • mindiemindie Posts: 109
    I have an SE. Though it may be one of the most prominent, the sunroof is not the only difference between an SE and a 3-pack XE. It did however end up being one of the things I got the SE for.

    I've taken the sunroof inside cover out of my X completely, and I enjoy having the pop-up roof to get some air circulating. I also like the 6 disc in-dash changer, the leather-wrapped steering wheel, the different seat fabric, the (look of the) wheels, and the titanium dash accents. There's also a difference in wheel size (up to 16" from 15" on the XE) which some see as a potential downfall, if you are offroading, because it also means a lower tire profile. I'm sure there are a few other minor differences between the two models that I've forgotten.

    Be sure to evaluate all of these factors as you make your decision. I've never regretted going with my SE, but I wasn't too concerned with the ~$1000 price increase either. I think most everyone here will agree that no matter what X you end up getting, you will *love* it. :o)

  • tibertiber Posts: 3
    Keep checking here. I am in Fort Lauderdale. I have checked Maroone on Federal and Esserman in Pompano and they both offer 4x2 XE w/3 pack for $23,562 (I think; it's $23,5xx, anyway) sticker. Edmunds TMV (with additional options--body side molding, floor mats, tow hitch, splash guards) is $22,694. That's $650 over invoice. I may be buying this weekend so I will let you know how it goes.
  • mindiemindie Posts: 109
    Is everyone gone on end-of-winter-soon vacations or something? I keep expecting some new messages, but to no avail!

  • I remember you posting on these (and numerous other) boards when you were waiting to get your X (for "X"Mas, right?) Now you're posting and replying as if you've driven yours to the Yukon and back. Right on. Sounds like you've got it good. Ahh, that new car smell...
    rob in Santa Fe
  • kyxkyx Posts: 7
    Mindie: This is my first time here and I don't plan on taking a vacation any time soon! Just wondering if you know anybody in the KY area that likes to off road. In Lex, everybody just shines their SUV up and drives to the grocery store.

    xinhawaii: Hope the smell clears up for you. Three months later, I still have a strong sulfur smell that occurs inside and outside the truck. I have tried almost every brand of gas in town. Only thing left is to try to get the dealership to do something about the catalytic converter.

    everyone: The stink can't run me off! This is still the most enjoyable automobile that I have ever owned. The problem is that it is so fun to drive that I keep racking up the miles!!!
  • No way! I think everyone's out enjoying their X's. I sure am. Kyx mentioned racking up the miles. Same here--gotta head for the mountains every weekend and go mushing! I have had absolutely no problems driving my X in the snow (2001 SE 4X4, stock tires), but I admit it's usually just on compact snow and ice with sand. Except for the one time in the SnoPark parking lot when a pickup got stuck right behind where I was parked and dug a huge hole that I had to back into to leave. The X hardly noticed it. Today, however, I was able to save some miles on the X as I got to go dogsledding out my front door for the first time in three winters. The dogs and I had a blast mushing around the neighborhood and along a commuter trail next to the Interstate. I finally took the X out on the streets and went to work two hours late. Great Day! Hope you all are having fun this winter!
  • msisengmsiseng Posts: 369
    I just bought my X...(2001 SE, 4WD, Auto Dimming Mirror, Mud Guards, Floor Mats, Filter, useless moonroof and stock 16" tires for $24,600 including frieght). The vehicle has minor problems like a warped side mirror and the fuel guage registers 1/3 full when fully filled with gas. I hope Nissan will fix this or I will have to return the vehicle under the lemon law.

    Other than these minor issues, the X beats the heck out of my more expensive Ford Explorer. I read all the reviews that stated the X drives like a truck, but, in reality, the Explorer has a far worse ride and costs a lot more. Moreover, Ford SUCKS after you leave the showroom. I hope Nissan is not the same.

    Sometimes the 4WD grinds when I try to put it in gear. Does this happen to anyone else?
  • If you shift into 4WD while moving, you will hear some noise. I've never heard it because I always come to a full stop first but I think it's a pretty good clunking noise. (I don't want to hear it, that's why I stop.) In any event, it's best to shift swiftly, firmly and smoothly. If you stop between 2 and 4, you may grind the gears.
  • msisengmsiseng Posts: 369
    BTW - The Edmunds prices are right on the money. In some markets, vehicles cost more due to socio-economic factors. February is a good time to purchase and dealers just want to make their bulk sale hidden incentive Nissan is offering them. Therefore, they are willing to sell for less than invoice and include extras like the bike rack, the cooler and the seat covers.

    On a general rule, one has to walk out of a showroom twice to get a deal under invoice. It is also prudent to cut into the dealer's holdback and floorplan charge. This is 3% of the invoice price for Nissans.

    Dealers still make $200.00 - $300.00 per car if they make their quotas, so do not feel bad for sticking it to them. My dealer lost almost $700.00 on the deal and I am darn proud of it. He will just get the next person who will pay sticker.

    Thank You, Edmunds, for offering such a superior service!
  • msisengmsiseng Posts: 369

    Thanks for the input. I am so used to my Explorer (Exploader) Sport Model that I tried to change into 4WD on the fly. The grinding noise scared the heck out of me. From now on, I will take your advice and stop before changing from 2WD to 4WD. This vehicle is amazing offroad and took one foot of solid of mud like a champ! BTW- My friend was following in a Pathfinder with the more powerful engine and got stuck!
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    when going into 4wd the first time.. ( hubs not locked ) I prefer to be at a stand still as well. Once the hubs are locked, its seems to glide if you are shifting into 4wd when you are moving. I also found pushing down on the lever while pulling it back helps as well.
  • Hi,
    I just (couple of months back) bought a 2001 XTERRA SE V6 4x4 5M, my first vehicle in US. Well while driving it at 65-70MPH the RPM ranges between 3000-3200. Looks a little strange, is it normal or should I have it checked ??

  • anyone change out the factory turers with aftermarket? seams like one of you guys wrote something about putting a changer under the rear seat? How about the factory am/fm cd/cass is that a worthwhile after thought purchase?
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    With a stick, in 5th, that is the normal range, haven't checked exactly at those speeds, but at 60, I'm just below 3000.
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