Bought used with aprox. 20,000 miles, in 2006. Now has 80,000 in 2010. I have only changed the oil, the air filter, the head lights, wipers, and battery. Did every thing but the oil myself with ease. My good friend, a mechanic, recommended I buy an Xterra. I am glad I did. I owned a 2000 Frontier that never gave me a problem either, so I was happy to by another Nissan. I'd bet it has the same 2.4 litter engine, but geared lower. I removed the roof rack air dam for better mileage.
The running board steps. I can throw my canoe on top, strap it down, and go to the river! 5 speed manual lets me save gas by shifting into neutral and coasting. Also, this car looks good in every color it comes in!
I miss having a moon-roof, and electric door-locks. The tires are perhaps too big and expensive.
I have owned this car for 6 months now, and have no complaints at all so far, is solid like a rock, and very fun to drive. Is not like one of those SUV that look much more like a sedan on the inside, is rather basic and rough, but is still very quiet in the inside, seats are comfortable, and has a lot of pockets and compartments all over. AC and heater are great, factory stereo has a decent sound, manual transmission is smooth (for an off-road SUV) and looks fantastic, all your neighbors will notice it, that's for sure.
It feels really really solid, is not bad on gas at all, nice inside and out, really responsive.
Well, a few details here and there would be nice, but for the price, and the target of this car (off-road and outdoor sports and such) is perfect. I use it as a family car all the time, and is just perfect for me, my wife, and 2 young daughters.
Reliability has been great and it has definitely hauled a lot of items for me. Very easy to steer and turns on a dime. However, I'm very disappointed in Nissan craftmanship. Front grille immediately faded within 6 months. I was told by dealer that this was part of the "rugged" look and they wouldn't replace it. Seats are very hard and uncomfortable for travel. Windows have poor insulation - wind is howling. No mirrors even on the visors! Back seat doors are made for people smaller than a size ten (and younger than 50) to squeeze through to get into the backseat. But I guess you pay for what you get.
I like this XTERRA a lot. I have only had it for 2 months, but it is just like an old friend, specifically the old Nissan truck I had years ago. It IS very rugged looking and DRIVING. It feels every bump and curve in the road,but it keeps on going. It's a fun truck / suv to drive. Yes, the 5 speed is NOT powerful, but anyone knows that before they buy it (internet research).It keeps me from getting tickets! Its too cute for words and so far, I like it. We also have a Titan which is rated pretty low.But we like it,too. IT IS TOO POWERFUL!
Exterior looks,roof rack,privacy windows,easy to park and turn in tight spots,small yet roomy enough for a family
As we all think,"MPG!" but it IS an SUV,so there's no surprise there,right? There's a lot of road noise but hey, IT'S A TRUCK DISGUISED AS AN SUV! It's not one of those $40,000 things that ride like Cadillacs.
Bought vehicle used with 39,000 miles.
Now it has 84,000 miles. So far, only
part replaced was thermal sensor for the
fuel injector, A.K.A. "wax kit", which
measures engine heat for the fuel
injector through a radiator hose. Wax
kit, dealer installed, was $230.00.
Covered under accessory warranty
(3yrs/36K miles), not under drivetrain
warranty (5 yrs/60,000 miles). The 4
cyl/5 spd manual is nice and economical
with hwy/city mileage almost always 20
MPG with regular gasoline. It's easy to
work on mechanically, with a lot of
extra room in the engine compartment.
Rides nice and secure on the highway.
The 4 cyl / 5 spd manual is an excellent
value, even if purchased brand new.
Body-on-frame construction, weighs
almost 2 tons. Lots of metal body/full
frame surrounding the passenger
compartment, no "unibody" construction
(because it is built on a truck chassis,
and not a car chassis).
The 4 cylinder engine would be nice with
a little wider torque range; at some
RPM's, there could be a little more
"get-up-and-go", but this can be
compensated for through downshifting to
a lower gear (like "passing gear" on an