purchased this 2002 Xterra, 11 months
after purchasing the previous years
model for my wife.
I have driven many miles in this
Xterra, shooting photos at race tracks
across America. It has has been down
some of the roughest roads, and not
skipped a beat. The (e)Xterior, when
washed, looks as good as the day I
drove it off the lot.
I even use it to pull a cargo trailer
at times. Before the trailer, we
amazed ourselves at how much equipment
we could fit in the back with the
seats folded down.
Highway mileage is about 18-19 mpg.
Not what I expected when I bought the
first Xterra, but actually an
improvement over the 2001 model.
The raised rear seats, and rounded
headlights (vs rectangle in 2000-2001).
My driver's door started making a
whistling sound at higher speeds (80 +
mph when air somehow gets through).
The dealer said he would fix this
under warranty, but I haven't been by,
as I don't usually drive at that speed.