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Nissan XTerra SUV



  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 501
    Prewired and they cost $700? Either they are not really prewired or they are making a lot of money on the installation.
  • miata007miata007 Posts: 129
    Do you guys know if aftermarket fog/aux xenon lights are available? That will brighten things quite a bit.

  • mbuntingmbunting Posts: 158
    hello all....

    I'm a habitual PF owner (Previously owned a 2001 LE) and currently own a 2003 LE.

    I'm LOVING the looks on the new Xterra (and also the new Pathy) and am contemplating purchasing another one sometime this summer. I just can't decide if I want to stay with the Pathy or step (a bit?) down to the Xterra.

    Some Q's on the Xterra:

    Moon Roof: Can you see anything when this is open? It's one of my favorite things on my Pathy....

    Color Preferences:

    I need to go check out the "Night Armor" color in person before I make up my mind....what do you all think?

    Here is a shot of the "Night Armor" Xterra from the Nissan site:


    If I don't make up my mind here this summer, I'll probably just wait until later this Fall when there are more deals on the Pathy and Xterra before the 06' Models start arriving...but if a dealer can give me a good price on the Xterra here this month (near invoice) then I can see myself pulling the trigger early.

    I'm kinda scared going from a Pathy to an X...but I guess I probably shouldn't be. I'll be moving to the "High Desert" area of Southern California Desert (think Barstow/Fort Irwin area) and I think I would have a lot more "fun" in the X versus the PF....

    Thanks for any and all discussion....

  • jgriffjgriff Posts: 362
    I hate to be the one to break to you, but the new '05 X has NO moonroof option. So if moonroof is a requirement for you, you will need to stick with the PF.

    I've seen the Night Armor in person, and I like it. It is on my color choice list, along with Granite & white. I'm just not sure if I want to deal with a dark color SUV or not.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 501
    JGRIFF already pointed out the moonroof / sunroof issue, which also bums me out a little. With the roofline, I guess adding one would be tough also.

    Pathfinder - Bigger with a 3rd row and more cargo area, smoother ride with IRS and the ability to add more "luxury" options (leather, etc.)

    Xterra - More rugged and less expensive. A little smaller.

    Both have lots of power. Having said that the Xterra is less expensive, I have noticed locally in Atlanta the dealers, which just started advertising the new Xterra (they were focused on clearing out the '04s until a couple of weeks ago) are actually advertising better lease deals on the Pathfinder. As Alan Greenspan would say, that is a conundrum. My guess is as both are out a while and inventories stabilize, this situation will end.
  • mbuntingmbunting Posts: 158
    I guess in all my comparisons between the new 05' Xterra and the 05' Pathy I failed to realize the lack of a Moon Roof on the X.

    This is probably going to make me look even harder at the Pathy now...especially after owning the 2001 and 2003 models, both with Moon Roofs :)

    Looks like I will definitely wait till this fall (OCT) to make my purchase now...

    I would have liked to save a bit of cash and go w/ the Xterra - but I don't think I can do without a moon roof....
  • dannykadannyka Posts: 115
    but if a dealer can give me a good price on the Xterra here this month (near invoice) then I can see myself pulling the trigger early.


    Check out new-nissans. They are a dot com offering 500 below invoice and are right in your neck of the woods (or suburbia).

    Even without the moon roof I really like the X, but if you gotta have one, you gotta have one ;)

  • jgriffjgriff Posts: 362
    When I test drove the PF, I could not get pass how little leg room there was in the 2nd row. So one is paying the price to have a 3rd row of seats, which to me was NOT that important.

    I also like the more rugged looks of the X over the PF, plus it is not as expensive.
  • mbuntingmbunting Posts: 158
    dannyka (Dan) - Thanks for the new-nissans. information......

    Still debating everything :)
  • drladdrlad Posts: 1
    I am looking at a 05 Xterra. I currently own a 03 and I tow a 3700 lb travel trailer. The 03 strains under the weight and has a hard time getting up to speed. I am hoping the 05 will be better. Any insight? The 03 is also supposed to be able to pull 5000 lbs, but it struggles.
  • xpirate04xpirate04 Posts: 3
    About the gas.. funny thing, I was actually reading the manual this morning and it is PREMIUM! I have an 04 XE with a 3.3 V6 and was very disappointed with the lack of power it has. But, it does say in the maual that if using less than PREMIUM will effect the performance. Right now I have a 1/4 of a tank with regular gas.. (the cheap kind) and am hoping to see a big difference when I have to refuel paying almost 20 more cents a gallon.
  • xpirate04xpirate04 Posts: 3
    How is everyones power/ performance when trying to go up hill or accelerate?
    Mine is poor, and I have a 2004 Xterra XE with a 3.3 V6 engine.
    BUT! I have been using REGULAR gas, not PREMIUM.
    Any responses to this would be nice... along with the detail of year, engine, and gas you use. I will be switching to premium today (since I just found out). I really hope pay for the high quality gas makes a difference. Also, I know that using regular unleaded has an effect on performance, but does it hurt my engine? It doesn't say in the manual that it would but maybe one of you happens to be a mechanic. Thanks for reading this... let me know.
  • kas72kas72 Posts: 2
    ok - so I coming into this a little late in the game.......
    I looked at the 04 SE but decided to wait for the 05 b/c of the changes in the interior. Now I am seeing postings about no moonroof??? I haven't looked at the 05s in person yet, but remember that the 04s had a pop up/removable moonroof. Can you clarify?
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 501
    The 5,000 lb rating is the same, but I would have to think with all the extra power and torque the '05 would do a much better job pulling your load. Also, both the Frontier and Pathfinder with essentially the same engine are rated as 6,000 lbs or over.
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    xterra's have (had) pop-up moonroofs, but they were not removable unless you modified the catch.
    As far as I know, all X's (pre-2005) ran on regular ( 87 octane ) except for the SC.
    My 2000 is still running fine with reg, but I do use super as a treat before a good road trip, what ever mpg I gained was offset by the price increase.

    Nice to see thisboard active again
  • xpirate04xpirate04 Posts: 3
    I have a 2004 Xterra XE and I cannot go faster than 95 w/o it jerking and slowing down. I am not too happy about that because I like to drive fast on the freeway. Is there anything I can do about that? I bought my Xterra in Dec of 2004.. Should have waited. But, I was told by my dealer that they were not going to change the body. I was originally going to buy a used Wrangler they had on the lot and somehow ended up with a new Xterra.. I must say overall I am happy with it. I never gave them much notice till I got one.
  • xterramexxterramex Posts: 1
    Hello everyone!
    I just came across this site and I'm very X-cited to see so many Xterra peeps! I love it!
    Quick question. Do you know if there is a web site that can help me with installing an amp and a sub woofer to the stock stereo system? Is this at all possible? Please let me know.
    By the way I just bought a used 2001 4x4 Xterra. I'm loving it!!
    Thanks! :shades:
  • Folks:

    I want a white Off Road with manual transmission. Dealer cannot locate one. Dealer says I should settle for another color because he cannot order a 05 and supplemental side air bags will not be an option on 06.

    Is it true that supplemental side and curtain air bags will not be an option in 06?

  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    All X's since 2000 have a cut off at 95mph, its a safety issue. Given the weight and height of the X, you shouldn't be travelling that fast anyway. A few have gotten around it by reprograming the chip.
  • keyurkeyur Posts: 3
    I just ordered a fully loaded :D Off-Road 6spd in Pennsylvania, and agreed to pay 500 above invoice. Do you guys think it's a decent deal :confuse: ?

  • keyurkeyur Posts: 3
    Are you sure about your dealer not being able to order? I want the exact one as you mentioned: white 4x4 Off Road with stick, and they are going to place an order for me soon. It will include the side airbags and Rockford package.

    BTW, this is my first car purchase out of school so I was wondering if I negotiated the right price. I am paying 500 over invoice. Any thoughts?

  • rockdocrockdoc Posts: 6
    The worst my backroad travel gets is degraded dirt roads that sometimes go through washed-out ravines and arroyos - picture poorly maintained backroads in Death Valley, Joshua Tree, or the Sonoran Desert, and sand dunes drifted over such roads. To date, I've had no problems negotiating these routes, except for clipping some rocks with the front and rear overhangs of my 2000 4WD Extended Cab Ford Ranger pickup. I don't envision ever doing any true rock-hopping or extensive crosscountry off-road travel.

    Given this type of worst-case travel, how valuable would it be for me to have an Off-Road Xterra versus a model without the locking rear differential? It seems to me that the VDC feature would improve the rough-road performance of the S or SE Xterra relative to the Ranger, and therefore might serve my needs very well. Price is not a limiting factor, so I could buy an Off-Road on the off-chance that I might use the locking differential once or twice in the vehicle's life (presuming that owning such a vehicle doesn't cause me to seek out more extreme driving challenges).

    Any advice for me?
  • rockdocrockdoc Posts: 6
    My error - I meant the ABLS, not VDC.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 501
    Off Road also gets you skid plates and better tires. I'm not a rock hopper either, but I do take my vehicle off road. I figure, if I am going to get an SUV, I might as well get some capability with it. When you figure in the additional standard equipment you get with the Off Road package, the price difference is pretty small.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 501
    I hope this is wrong. I am talking to a dealer about ordering an Off Road 6 speed, with the SAB. They have not indicated that this is a problem.

    I noticed all the new Xterra reviews I have read have been of the Off Road 6 speed. Several folks here have indicated that they want one. Why are there none in stock? BTW, I was told that since May, production has started of the Off Road 6 speeds with VDC, so if you order one now it should come with that feature.
  • treadheadtreadhead Posts: 3
    Thinking of buying my first X, really like the looks, not a lot of off road planned but looking to get into it, live in New England so looking forward to driving it in the snow. The QUESTION ?? Do I go with just the S model with a 6 speed or is the Off Road or SE worth the extra money???
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 501
    See my post 2580.

    I still think that if you want a vehicle with power windows, locks, keyless, the utility package and you want features such as the VDC (IMHO some type of stability control is a key feature if you are buying a real SUV, as shown by several safety studies) you are not going to pay much more for some of the additional fun stuff with the Off Road, which bundles a lot of these features together as compared to getting an S with several of the packages to bring it to a comparable trim level.

    However, if you want a stripped 2wd truck for as cheap as possible, than get an S. I don't see much point in getting an SE, but that is my opinion.
  • treadheadtreadhead Posts: 3
    Thanks for the input, now I have to go any do battle with the dealers.
    I'm going to try driving all of the models first and then try to do some on line negotiating with the sharks. Wish me luck.
    Thanks again
  • kas72kas72 Posts: 2
    Just got home from the Nissan dealership and much to my sadness, they have eliminated all sunroof/moonroof/any kind of "window in the roof" for the 05 models. :( Suggested a potential aftermarket set-up, but as we all know - BAD IDEA!

    Interior styling is dramatically improved over 2004 and engine has much more power. Not wild about the fabric choices (leather option from the 04 is no longer an option in the 05). I like the plastic-ish bed liner in rear for cleaning.

    4x4 is now a switch on the dash vs lever on the center console (from 04). Nice addition.

    Even with the new changes - still not sure if I am sold.......
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