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AN SUV that is really an SUV
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By rzrbck1
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2002 Nissan Xterra SUV SE 2WD 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 5M)


Review

While primarily driven by my wife, I
have had the opportunity to spend 8
weeks as the primary driver. The
vehicle looks great, is made well, and
has a fantastic audio system. Its an
SUV in the truest form of an SUV.
This vehicle is not for everyone, but
we have enjoyed it for what it is. A
truck based...SUV.


Best Features

Our children really like the "stadium seating". Build quality is excellent and the audio system is one of the best. The service at the local dealer where the vehicle was purchased has been second to none.


Worst Features

Improved fit and finish in the interior. Several interior pieces have been replaced due to discoloration and fading.


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Upgrade to the Supercharger!
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By msy1
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2002 Nissan Xterra SUV SE S/C 4WD 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl S/C 5M)


Review

My Xterra has been great! You can't
get this much truck at the same price
from another manufacturer. I bought
the SE/SC with the optional 17'
wheels and have found the extra
sticker price to be worth the fun
factor. This truck has exceptional
stop light accelaration and plenty of
power when passing on the
highway. I test drove the standard V6
before I drove the supercharged
version, don't waist your time with it,
get a mini-van a save your cash.
The larger wheels give it a look that
sets it apart from the other Xterras.
It is worth it!


Best Features

The 6 disk 6 speaker stereo is great. The covering on the seats resists stains and sweat well if you use it outdoors. The ridgid frame and 4wd system are built for off-roading at its best. The 5000lbs towing capacity is best in its class. This truck is a great overall value.


Worst Features

The sunroof can't be opened when the basket is in. The true locking 4wd system creates difficulty when turning on the road, even though it works great for low traction situations.


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Real Off Road Machine - Out of the Box
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By SarnX
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2002 Nissan Xterra SUV SE S/C 4WD 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl S/C 5M)


Review

I wanted a vehicle to take me to and
from work everyday and be able to play
offroad on the weekends all at a
reasonable price. Hands down this
vehicle is it.

The supercharger is a wonderful feature
for highway driving and passing.

The fact that this machine has a full
box ladder frame makes it perfect for
real offroading.

Aftermarket parts are also becoming
more widely available.

My only complaint would be fuel economy
but if that was my main concern I
wouldn't have bought this vehicle in
the first place.


Best Features

Supercharged Engine. 5 spd Manual Transmission. Box Ladder frame. Audio System. Offroad Capability.


Worst Features

3.5 L V6 Engine. Better Leaf Springs for the Back. Offroad package with better tires, shocks, torsion bars and springs.


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Gas pigs need love too
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By damage case
on

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2002 Nissan Xterra SUV SE S/C 2WD 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl S/C 5M)


Review

My 2002 Molten Lava Xterra SC-SE is a
cool ride. I test drove an XE and it
was quite sluggish compared to the SC.
Also, the 17" wheels on the SC really
improve an already good look. Spend
the extra money and get the SC. BTW,
you don't have to use premium fuel in
the SC - it is just recommended for
maximum performance. Which is
important, considering its high (for
its size) gas consumption. Also, get
the custom neoprene seat covers - great
look, and otherwise the interior cloth
is a dirt and dog hair magnet.


Best Features

looks that make CR-V and Rav4 owners feel inadequate. 6 disc in dash cd and stereo. High seating position. 10 inches of ground clearance. The optional interior bike rack. It is actually still pretty quiet on the highway with the sunroof open.


Worst Features

A major safety issue is the blind spots from the side and front pillars. The dash gauges are hard to read, and the steering wheel doesnt tilt enough. Have to remove the back seat cushions to put the back seats down Can't open the sunroof with the rooftop gear basket installed.


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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
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By PeterWL01
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Vehicle

2002 Nissan Xterra SUV XE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 5M)


Review

I test drive many vehicles before I
purchase. I am in no way an impulse
buyer. This is one of the fun to drive
SUVs, which provides the most utility
for your dollar. Plenty of room in the
back. 4 whel drive is superb.
Recently, we had 24" of snow fall in my
area. This SUV cut through the snow
like a hot nife through butter. No
problem what so ever. Highly
recommended.


Best Features

Excellent off road capabilities. Stereo is great. Sits on a true truck frame, not easy to find on SUVs these days. Plenty of cargo area. Stadium style seating is neat. Not bad on gas for an SUV.


Worst Features

Can't complain, but more engine performance.


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