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Nissan XTerra SUV



  • I have a 1991 Nissan Pathfinder that I have owned for 14 years and have clocked 170K trouble free miles. It is time to put this workhorse to pasture and I have been looking to down size the vehicle to an Xterra, however I want more power than the 157 horses that the Pathfinder had. Anybody test the 05 Xterra yet? I understand that it has a 4 L engine. Is it available in a manual? Any feed back before I go in to the dealers would be helpful.
  • Hello, I am thinking about buying a 2000 xterra. I want to know how they ride and if they fall apart or anything. I have a 1978 trans am now but i do not like driving it alot because it is in mint condition and i don't like taking a risk of crashing it. I have never bought a car before. (the trans am was my dads) I am now looking for a car. My cousin had a 2000 or a 2001 xterra a few years ago. It rode great and did not use alot of gasoline. I am thinking of buying one at the end of summer 2005. Now i need some more money, i only have 6,400 now but i am going to make some more this summer. Please let em know about the 2000 xterra. Thanks!
  • I would rave for the most part about the X, but fuel mileage would not be one of them. I get just under 17mpg in a mix of hiway/city driving. It never gets much better when I do more highway either. Also, the ride is fair, I wouldn't brag about it, but for how tough this truck is- it sure isn't too bad.

    BNut, that said, I love the space, versitility and toughness. My truck (2001 in picture a few posts back) has 41,000 miles on it, and other than squeeky front brakes, and a corroded battery terminal one day, NOTHING has failed. It has very few rattles, and the body has held up well ( I did undercoat it however- so I do have an advantage there).

    Anyway, if you feel the mpg is worth theutility- go for it.

    The consumer guides rate thje car well, and I believe it was Motortrend (?) Car of the year in "00 or "01.

    I have only owner 2 new cars in my life, both were Nissans and I am sold on them. Both have served me so well that it is hard for me to imagine buying anything else. My wife just got an 04 Nissan Murano, and I love that too.

    There are manyt other great SUVs out there too. Check them out after assessing your real needs and preferences.

    I hope I helped.
  • stevep,

    The 05Xterra comes in both a six speed manual and an automatic transmission. Based on all the information I have been able to find is that you won't be able to find one on the lots until Jan 05. I have not been able to find out any pricing or what colors they will offer. I figured that they may offer colors similar to the Pathfinder or Armada though. The new 4.0 litre will have around 250 HP as well.
  • tonka9764,
            This truck will have to be used day in and day out for a good 5-6 years maybe. I mean i don't have money for when it breaks though. The only problem i see with it is the MPG. Thats what i hate, the F-150 gets 21Highway and the xterra gets 18, i think. I like how it rode though i mean most SUV's are top heavy, this one did nto seem it. Ones that are top heavy you feel it when you make a sharp turn. Also i have heard rumors about the AC not working good in the xterra. I live in Florida so i need that. So what do you think is a good car for me, i mean i have never really drivin alot before. I just got my license last week. Should i get:

    Searria 1500
  • It's a 2002, well has it been sitting outside for a while not driven? Sitting otuside everynight? I think it depends on were you live and were you park it. My friend has a 1994 Jeep wrangler and it has developed only ONE rust spot. A 2002 should not have a rust spot. I would go to a shop and get it looked at and ask what it is from. Good luck though.
  • Well, I cannot tell you what to get since I don't know how well you drive... the Xterra is an SUV and thus, prone to rollover more than a car for instance. If I had just gotten my license and live in FL, I must say I'd pick a car... maybe a Subaru? Put some cool foglights on it?? I like the dependability of the "X", but the gas issue is important if you are filling up often, and it does not look like gas prices are coming down. But the truth is, I love the Xterra and have a hard time not reccomending it, as it really is great. And as for the AC (and I am not kidding)... it is the BEST I have had, and my wife has had many cars and she agrees. Only her Nissan Murano is as good. Motor Trend I think did an SUV comparrison (2 years back?) in the desert and said something like everyone wanted to ride in the Xterra because it made up for the heat so well with its strong AC... Good luck, and if you drive carefully and can afford the gas, it is a great vehicle, you probably won't be spending a lot in the shop for repairs, which makes up for a lot when $$ is tight.
  • I don't know if it was on this thread, but someone posted and said a 4X4 is safer and a lot less abt to rollover than a 4X2, WRONG!

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (news - web sites) said The Ford Ranger 4x2 and Mazda B-Series 4x2 fared better than the four-wheel-drive version, earning three stars and a 21.9 percent chance of rolling over.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 501
    I said something along these lines. If the 4x2 is lower riding, it is less likely to roll over. If the 4x2 has the same ride height as the 4x4, the 4x4 is less likely to rollover, because a couple of hundred extra pounds of metal on the bottom of the truck lowers the center of gravity.

    It would not be a huge effect, but it is there, and depending upon model if you look at the superior Institute for Highway Safety website you will see a difference.
    Therefore, if you don't need a 4x4 and drive a lower 4x2, you are better off. But if you don't need a 4x4 and are in a high riding poseur 4x2 (A Ranger Edge, A Mazda Dual Sport, a Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, A 4x2 Toyota Pre Runner, an Xterra 4x2 (which has the same ride height as the 4X4)) you are more likely to roll over. Not that I am against SUVs, but if you do not tow and do not go off road, you need to ask yourself why you are riding in a poorer handling and more dangerous vehicle. Do not say cargo capacity, because if that was the case there are lots of wagons and crossovers with ample cargo room.

    I stated this in the original post, so try to hold your sarcasm when you cannot understand the issue being discussed, Mr. "WRONG!".
  • I'm saving up for a new car and im really wanting a Nissan Xterra. My mom had a Maxima and it lasted for ever. But ive also heard ppl say that with Nissan cars you either get a really good one or a really bad one. Anyway, have you ever had a Nissan or know someone who has. Better yet do you or have you had an Xterra. If so and not anymore, why did you get rid of it.
    I do like Hondas, I have a Civic '94 right now. I would get anotehr Honda but I need an off road type vehicle for my hobbies. Honda doesnt really have one except the Element and Ive seen those things in person and they have no ground clearence and its a 4 cylinder. Land Rovers are the best but unfortuneatly I have no bling. I never thought that a 4Runner would be the kind of vehicle to take off road and an SUV is really what im looking for. Chevy's dont have good long lasting stats as Ive looked at a few Consumer Reports type mags. And Fords are expensive. So I figured the Nissan Xterra was about 20K for a basic 4x4 SUV. Which isnt a bad price. Ok, thats where im at right now.

    PS: these are a couple of post from another forum not about cars. I went there asking and someone led me here. Thanks for the help.
  • could someone give me a quick general experience with Xterra's. i got to the 15th page and didnt have the attention span to keep reading. pls dont make me sift through 120 pages worth of posts.

    nevermind, i ahve found some bad remarks about them. Im learning more each day from this place ^-^
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    It will be out in two months, there shouldn't be much of a price increase (they still have to keep it well under the Pathfinder, which is to start at $28K), and it will be worlds apart in the improvements over the current model.

    Now if you are looking to bargain hard for a big price reduction, then now is the time. Nissan is running $2500 cash back on XTerra, and dealers will likely give you another 20% off sticker with a little encouragement - there are still plenty out there and two months is a short time.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • Still have the rust issue with my 2002 Nissan Xterra. I was informed that the "Cloud White" Nissans do not have a clear topcoat. I'm trying to do some research to gather information to prove that the lack of a topcoat is causing my rusting. Any suggestions?
  • Can someone please tell me what the basket on the roof is for? Does it still interfere with the sunroof on the 05? I juscant think of anything I would possibly want to put up there.
    Does anyone know if the 6spd is basically the same (junk) trans used in the Z?
    I've seen pathfinders in the lot for under 28k (in Union NJ) so I would imagine a nicely equipped X-Terra should be had for 26K. Might be a fun toy to lease....
  • love the vehicle! Tight turning circle decent acceleration but driving the vehicle at highway speeds is rattling!
  • Per, the base Xterra S starts at about $21k. Add power options and you are looking at about $23k. Isn't that pathfinder territory ? The new Xterra will only sell if they keep it a notch below pathfinder and 4runner. Otherwise, it will price itself out of buyers' hands. Think about it. You can add a couple of grand and get a 4runner or a pathfinder so why would you get this one ?
  • jgriffjgriff Posts: 362
    I myself have read of loaded up Xterra priced into the low 30's. And no doubt I was just as soon buy a PF, 4R, or even maybe even a Jeep GC, before spending that much on a Xterra.


    You get a bigger more powerful engine, and just a little more interior room.


    At my local dealer, they still have way too many '04 sitting on the lot. No one wants them.
  • If Nissan is reading this, here is a free friendly recommendation. Keep the Xterra under $20k with some power options and it will do well. But keeping it over $20k will move it to a higher class level and will affect sales.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 501
    I was just curious why the Xterra board is so quiet, especially in consideration of the fact that a great new model is coming out. The Frontier board has been hopping. Is it a sign of lack of interest in this vehicle? Or are you guys actually out doing stuff with your vehicles and not sitting around in front of computers?
  • cobbocobbo Posts: 34
    My guess is the silence around here is b/c Nissan is withholding information about the new 2005 while they're trying to clear the massive backlog of '04s off of their lots...this will probably be a busier forum come April...
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 501
    Car & Driver has a preview article in the most recent edition. It has a good bit of info on the vehicle. I was expecting that to spike some interest.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    "Nissan's new Xterra emphasizes the "utility" in SUV, as it makes up for oddball styling and a spartan interior with positive features like a powerful V6 engine, stellar off-road prowess and unmatched storage space and versatility."


    First Drive: 2005 Nissan Xterra


    Steve, Host
  • sblutsblut Posts: 2
    My daughter has an 2000 Xterra that we bought used in 2002 I have a 2002 Altima SE V-6 which I bought new three years ago.these cars have been essentailly trouble free vehicles I would not hesitate to buy another Nissan and I have never owned a japanese vehicle before this.The new Xterra looks like a great vehicle and my daughter might consider purchasing one when she gets out of pharmacy school she loves her car it has been very reliable.The only drawback to that Xterra is the gas mileage but what suvs except for the hybrid ones get good mileage?Thats the trade-off when you buy an Suv.And with that new engine which is the same one in my car it has to be a blast to drive.
  • jgriffjgriff Posts: 362
    Yep I have some interest in the new X, but I'm a little concerned that it may come up short. I'm hoping that by not having a 3rd row of seats, it might allow for some more leg room over the PF.
  • wrxwrx Posts: 2

    I am considering grabbing an 04 before the 05's hit. How cheap are they actually going for? I am expecting some deep discounts and wanted to hear of anyone who picked one up recently.

    Is Nissan still offering 2500?

  • pkc1pkc1 Posts: 4
    I'd hold off on getting the 04 based on price alone. There are to many enhancements to the 05. In fact, it is a completely redesigned vehicle. Go to Google and do a search for nissan xterra 2005 and you may change your mind.
  • pkc1pkc1 Posts: 4
    Couldn't get close at the Miami auto show in Nov. Nissan reworked the interior fabric and I'm not sure I'll like it compared to the 04's
  • Anybody have any specific information on when the 05's will begin arriving at dealerships? The most specific thing I've seen is 'February'.
  • cobbocobbo Posts: 34
    Don't know where you're looking Popinjay, but down here in the Tampa, FL area, we were told not to expect to see them until April...hope that's not the case b/c I'm interested in checking them out...
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