2004 Nissan Xterra Consumer Review: Nice Vehicle even as "bare bon

2004 Nissan Xterra - Consumer Review

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XE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Nice Vehicle even as "bare bones" model
By Che57vy on


2004 Nissan Xterra XE I4 Rwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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.

Best Features

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).

Worst Features

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 autiomatic transmission).
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