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Nissan XTerra SUV



  • natiejnatiej Posts: 1
    Any Idea on when the 2003 X's will be available?
  • I had a 2000 SE 4x4 i purchased within the first month of the xterra debut in 99'. I had put 36K on mine with no problems to report, however sold it because of the "rough" ride, as i practically live in my cars due to work. Could not find info about a ride improvement but do like the new front end look.
  • ntmtntmt Posts: 9
    Sorry, 4got to mention that, it is 2w, there is no need 4X4 in DFW/TX, what would it be then, the price?, thanks in advances.
  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    My brother just Purchased a 2002 for $250 below invoice and received $500.00 cash back plus 3.9% for 60 months.
  • yukon70yukon70 Posts: 2
    I've got a 2002 Xterra 2-wheel drive with about 9,000 miles. It has developed a whine-like noise in the rear that has gotten louder. Dealer claims that all 2002 Xterra's develop this around 10,000 miles, that they have called Nissan and they do not have a fix for it. Refuses to change out differential under warranty. Referenced me to the Nissan Corp, which I have called and they are looking into it. Would appreciate info from anyone else having this problem.
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    It isn't unheard of, but I've only heard of it on 2000 & 2001.. whine heard under acceleration around the 40 to 50 mph mark. A number of owners have had it replaced without too many problems. I'd try another dealer, I wouldn't put it under the "normal" catagory.
  • yukon70yukon70 Posts: 2
    As a follow-up to message 2107. Nissan headquarters has gotten back to me and indicated that the noise is normal. They cannot and will not do anything about it. Looks like I just bought my last Nissan product.
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    I can't directly comment since I don't have a problem and mine is a 2000. I would suggest going to and do a search under the problem & annoy. and/or drivetrain forums. If you find some hits for the '02/diff.. print it and go to another dealer, if not, post the question. Much more traffic on that site, and you'll have some notes to work with.
  • bskohlerbskohler Posts: 53
    Is your 2002 X a supercharged model? If so, could the whine you are hearing be the supercharger and not the rear end? The S/C does whine a little which is normal.

    The differential whine is absolutely real and you should insist that it is not normal, it did not do it when you bought it, and that you want it looked at by someone other than just your dealer (try and ask for like a regional manager or somebody like that). NICE about it. If you politely insist that something be done, then you'll have better luck than if you raise hell and get angry. If you are getting nowhere with your dealer, go to another one and start all over.

    Nissan has been known to replace the whining diffs several times on the same vehicle. The problem is a real one and you should persue it.
  • shill3shill3 Posts: 124
    I am seriously considering an Xterra. I had my sights set on a Liberty, but I don't care for the cosmetic and performance changes on the '03's.

    How do folks find the V-6 non supercharged (other than under the hood)? I am not looking at drag racing, but off-road use. No trailer, but an assortment of family, dog, tent, etc.

    This seems to be one of the last, reasonably priced off-roaders out there.
  • thelthel Posts: 767
    I found that when I finally went on a test drive in one that most of what I heard about a lack of power was pure bunk. The Xterra accelerates quite well with not nearly as much noise as I thought there would be.

    After reading the reviews on Edmunds, one gets the impression that the Xterra is like an anemic wheezing dump truck with seats so uncomfortable that you will be plagued with terminal back pains if you survive the turns because it doesn't corner as well as my Miata. I was shocked at how well behaved the Xterra was, quite impressive.

    Take my advice and test drive it, then you will see for yourself.
  • shill3shill3 Posts: 124
    I did test drive an '02 last November (Flagstaff to Denver and back again) and while my wife complained as the passenger, I enjoyed the "rough" ride and seats. It reminded me a lot of my old CJ. I guess it suffers somewhat in comparison with its older sibling.

    I should note that I am intersted in the 5 spd.'s performance (our rental was an automatic).

    I plan to take another test drive shortly and compare with the Liberty and perhaps the Pathfinder.
  • Lately I've test-driven and am considering buying this vehicle. I first considered buying a 4X4 but noticed that with the 4X2 Supercharged the horsepower and the torque were significantly higher. I want the vehicle to have an automatic transmission since I drive the freeways in Los Angeles. The reason I originally wanted the 4X4 is that I do volunteer Search and Rescue and at times I need a vehicle that will take me off-road. I believe that the 4X2 S/C will have sufficient horsepower and torque for my needs. The Xterra that I drove had front brush guards, which I'm considering getting but not necessary. Would anyone out there advise me on what would be a good price that will be satisfactory to both myself and the dealership, whether the 4X2 S/C really has the power it claims, if the S/C performance will NOT diminish using lower octane fuels, and whether I should just wait for the 2003's. By the way, the asking price for the vehicle I test-drove was $26,500
  • I think you will really regret getting a 4x2. Firstly, the extra hp isn't going to help you if you get stuck; you really need the the 4 wheel drive. The extra hp is just going to spin your wheels even faster.

    Second of all, if you decide to re-sell it down the road, nobody wants a 4x2 and your resale value will suffer.

    Hope this helps; spend the extra grand or so and get the 4 wheel drive. It's worth more than the price for the peace of mind when you get in a sticky situation.

    Take it from someone in the northeast that has to deal with snow and ice.
  • My 2001 xterra appears to have a misaligned steering column. The dealer says that it is not. I thought I had seen stuff about this in the past. Any help?
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    I will mildly disagree with you fishooked. I think a 4x2 is slightly under rated. You have the height, good distribution of weight, and pretty capable of most roads. (I'm not matching it against a 4x4 in real offroad, but enough for what most people do in reality 99% of the time)

    As far as re-sale.. it really depends where you are.. we can't even get a 4x2 in Canada, one would not go over to well here, but in a sunshine state ?? Some owners I know have only gone into 4WD maybe once, and only because it was there, not because it was needed. Extra mechanics, weight.. just to say you have an extra knob to shift..

    That being said.. the fact SR8 mentions "search & rescue".. it might be a nice option on standby, and I don't thing there is much of a difference between power and mpg between the two. Full brushguards are nice looking, but next to useless.. due to the shape, the wings bash into your hood and fenders, maybe causing more damage. (especially the newer brush guards which are made of alum. and meant to crumple upon impact)

    Just my 2.5 cents
  • Yeah, I guess it's whatever you're into. Although when I heard the term 'search & rescue' I picture rugged terrain when 4x4 would be a necessity. I know around here they don't sell too well, but the 4x4 does come in handy during torrential downpours too. Saved me a few times when I started to hydroplane after hitting a big puddle on the highways...
  • I've got a 2000 X with 67,000 miles.I was in the dealership the other day and they told me I was due for a brake fluid and power steering fluid change.I never heard of either of these fluids needing to be changed and there is no mention of it in the maintenance schedule.Is this the dealer trying to seperate me from my hard earned money or are these legitimate maintenance concerns?Anybody?
  • With the mileage you have, I'd get the service done. But ask them to FLUSH the brake system and FLUSH the power steering system. Don't let them get away with just topping off your fluids. A drain and refill is fine, but the best thing you can do is to get the entire system flushed and replaced with new fluid. You might want to get your ABS serviced too.

    If they (dealer) want too much for the service, take it to a local shop. Most local shops will do all of those services at a slightly lower cost then a dealership will. But yes, I'd reccomend getting it done.
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    Personally, never heard or have done a fluid "change" for either, at the very most, I've only topped them up on previous trucks. (I had over 150K miles on my 4runner)
    The only time I've touched either is doing something major to the brakes or steering.. bleeding, air in the line etc. I find it odd.
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    I found it odd, but asked on another board I frequent.. it seems changing the brake and steering fluid is a good preventive measure. I can't remember ever doing it, but I guess I'll have to go over my owners manual. Learn something everyday..
  • Hey everyone! I am happy to say that I just purchased a 2002 Xterra XE. I am so happy! I do have one concern already, however. I have noticed that after driving and exiting the vehicle, I hear a hissing or a sizzle from the engine area. It sounds as if liquid is dropping on something hot and sizzling. it will do this off and on every couple of seconds. Is this normal, has this happened to anyone else? I am so happy with my new X and just hope it nothing to be worried about. Thanks
  • thelthel Posts: 767
    Did you open up the hood to see where the sound appears to be coming from?
  • seems to be the right side of the engine compartment. I'm hoping it is the A/C condensing and hitting something hot. I was just wondering if anyone else noticed this?
  • thelthel Posts: 767
    would be the temperature guage, do you notice it getting abnormally high?
  • I just bought a new XTERRA SE the other day...very happy. I noticed the exact same sizzling sound upon driving it home from the dealership and parking it. I have not heard it since. It was definitely condensatation dripping onto the exhaust/cat from either the AC or from water that got up into the engine compartment from the wash they give it at the dealership before you drive it home. Whatever it was, it was more annoying than concerning and it has not recurred. I wouldn't sweat it unless you hear it everytime you park.
  • You should be able to get the Xterra XE-S/C 2002 4X2 for $24,500 (maybe even less). This should include any little extras like In-cabin microfilter, tow hitch, floor mats, etc. I just purchased a 2002 SE 4x4 with sunroof, tow hitch, protection package, etc. for 25,250. Check out Go to New Car Price Service and pay the $12 for their pricing is invaluable when haggling with the dealerships. Also, be extrememly prepared for all the BS they try to pull on you. Always nail down the vehicle price first!!! Do not run your credit or talk about monthly payments until the price is set. GOOD LUCK!
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  • I'm a very upset consumer. today I picked up a 2003 Xterra broacher. As I was excited to get the new leather interior on SE S/C edition. But I find Nissan will no longer offer a 5 speed on any SE or S/C models for 2003.

    I knew they where dropping it from the pathfinder but the Xterra is for offroading. and nothing funner than shifting as your climbing rough trails!

    Is there anyone else as upset as I am? They will still offer it on the XE base 4 banger and XE base v6 but thats it!
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    Manual is going to die in North America and fade out like vinyl records. :-( I doubt the Xterra will keep much of its offroad capabilities either in the next few years.
    My last excuse for not letting my wife drive my vehicles is about to die.
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