If you don't mind driving a rugged SUV, this car rocks. I expected a bumpy ride, as it's built on a truck frame. In my opinion , the bumpiness combined with my 5-speed manual transmission makes my X-Terra very fun to drive.
I am glad that Nissan no longer uses this V6 engine when they introduced the 2005 model. My engine problems began at 65 to 70k miles. I had to replace the Knock sensor that is located deep inside the block. The dealer wanted $1200 to replace; I used a non-dealer where the cost to repair in the book understates the labor hours. The timing belt won't last for 105K miles; they now recommend every 60k that costs another several hundred dollars. Thank god my exhaust manifolds have held up even though my dealer said they needed to be replaced for $1200 (other mechanics said they were ok.) Nissan uses a "plastic" bolt on the ac compressor sprocket. Mine eventually "popped" off.
I am using this space for more engine complaints: This sprocket also holds the belt for the radiator fan. I had to replace the water pump. If the water pump is to be replaced, go ahead and have the timing belt replaced; it will save you money.
The engine developed a metallic ringing noise when you accelerated. Adding a washer to tighten the bolt on the AC sprocket eliminated this noise. I have a noise eminating from the dash area when you want to accelerate uphill. You can hear the AC compressor coming on and off now. Back to the shop!
I'm had the xterra for 5 years, 93K
miles. So far so good. Nothing has
ever broken down, and it still runs
like new. I cant ask for anything
more. Go anywhere capability, good
wear on the brakes. Brakes are awsome.
Changed the oil every 2500 miles, using
castro syntec 5w50. I cant say enough
about the build quality. A little
bouncy on the but upgraded the
suspension with a tokico kit and it
rides well. GREAT CAR111
Go anywhere capability. Great in the
snow, Binghamton winters and now NYC
winters. Never even came close to
getting stuck. ABS is awsome too.
Strong suspension, NYC potholes are no
problem. The reliability and price
when I purchased it 24000 is amazing.
Got all three packages.
Gas milage, good on highway 16-17 on
highway but 12 in the city. But I
guess thats just NYC traffic averaging
10 MPH, or maybe I have a lead foot?
Seats could be more cofortable and I
think this is a problem with most
cars. MORE LEGROOM, you know some
people are over 6 foot.
I have had my Xterra for only a few
years and have hit over 100,000 miles
(yea I drive alot). It has given me
relativly little problems but the
normal wear and tear fixes ( brakes,
batteries and tires). I have taken long
road trips and the gas milage, tho not
ideal is not as bad as I would have
thought. I can drive from LA to SJ on 1
tank of gas.
The only thing I don't like which I
think has been correct in later models
is that when you are driving on the
freeway, air passes between the black
cover over the sunroof and the car
making a loud thapping sound.