By Sirgwhiz on
2005 Nissan Xterra Off-Road 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
Bought vehicle new; mpg ratings were 16-20. Had an 03 Maxima rated at 24-28 mpg; in 45k miles avged 31.5. Expected Xterra to avg 20 or better. Highest ever was 17. Service rep said it was within specs and offered no help. Dealer couldn't reprogram. Overall it is rugged, manages very well in snow and slush and truly is a stable multiple purpose vehicle. Circuit card for fan and AC burned out, $60; clunking in drive train after 35k miles, dealer replaced front and rear drive shafts did not fix the noise. Spare tire lift mechanism broke ($140 - replaced it myself); jack is cheap and bent in use; leak in tailgate corroded lock; wheel bearing went out at 65000, tow & repair $900
Responsive engine, height and visibility, 4 wheel drive and road clearance is excellent, roof rack, towing capability
Rear suspension bottoms out with a light load, better or dealer adjustable programming to manage fuel consumption (tail pipe is black with unburned fuel), brake pedal is mushy from day 1 - dealer says that's normal. Leather seats and heated mirrors. Replaceable rear floor glides.