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2006 Nissan Xterra X 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I bought my Xterra with 4wd used in 2010, and have since had it for 2 and a half years. It has been a fantastic vehicle in terms of reliability and performance. The problem is the gas mileage. If you do not need to haul heavy things, pull large objects, or you do not frequently encounter bad weather, then I do not suggest this SUV. The back seat is cramped for adults, and the interior lacks a lot to be desired in terms of comfort. Combine those aspects with the very poor mpg, and it makes this SUV difficult to validate. HOWEVER... if you do need such a vehicle, I could not suggest a better one. The reliability is up there with Honda, and off road/ working performance is great.
The traction control system is great, it can handle most basic bad weather without you needing to turn on the 4 wheel drive system. If you do need the 4wd system, then you still don't need to worry because the system is straight forward to activate, and works great. The interior is very lackluster, but very durable. It holds up well to wear, and is easy to clean. The cargo space is deceptively spacious, especially if you are a Tetris wiz. The roof racks are solid, and can hold a stand up piano (speaking from experience). The exterior looks are masculine, but not ugly. The seats are supportive enough, and visibility is quite good. Turning radius is good for a car of this size.
Again, the gas mileage is poor if you are looking for a daily driver or family vehicle. The interior has virtually no 'toys' in a base model. The back seat is quite small. The V6 engine is powerful enough but whiney when pushed. There is plenty of power off the line, but it has trouble finding any extra at highway speeds (which just means it is not super fun to drive). The body rolls a bit when turning. Did I mention the gas mileage? But honestly, it is a great vehicle for the right people.
2006 Nissan Xterra SE 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I've read a lot of reviews from other people.
The repairs on my XTerra are mounting up.
Should I bight the bullet and dow out the money.
They say I have a cracked radiator which seems common with this model.
Power steering fluid leak will cost $1200 to replace unit.
Dealership says it can leak into other areas of car.
Brake rotare should never wear out in my mind.
And now wheel bearing problems.
Several years ago, I paid to have the timing chain corrected.
Why are all these things happening.
Handles great in Minnesota snow
2006 Nissan Xterra S 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
5 years! That's it. And now it's worthless.
Like everyone else I have fallen victim to radiator/ transmission problems on my 2006 Nissan Xterra.
I went to my dealer to get an oil change. While I was there I described a symptom of at certain speeds my 2006 Xterra felt like it was driving over a rumble strip and at other times there was a loss of acceleration. They informed me this is a known issue that Nissan has extended the warranty BUT my Xterra was right outside of the warranty period at 112K miles. They then proceeded to quote me around $6000 for the repair. When I informed them that the truck was practically brand new, they shrugged and said sorry
Any favorite features I have are shot down by the reliability of the vehicle. As of now it is impossible to say anything good. What would be the point?
Nissan needs to step up and fix this issue. They are losing way more money by not fixing than if they did. I can promise you right now that Nissan will not get the next $30K I spend on a vehicle.
2006 Nissan Xterra X 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I was generally satisfied with my Xterra up until
about a year ago. The problems started rolling in with major cash outlays for numerous issues. Fuel level sensor and fuel pump issues along with numerous electrical problems.
Then the worst recently hit where the transmission fluid leaked into the coolant system. The dealership estimated a repair cost of almost $10,000 for the cooling system and transmission replacement.
Apparently this is a known issue as Nissan has recently extended the warranty somewhat, but not enough to cover most drivers. If you search online, Xterra transmission system issues is a top result.
(I worked hard to use other sources and get the cost to $5000.)
Acceleration. Smooth highway ride. Great vehicle for camping. Might make a great second vehicle for an active outdoors person who will not put many miles on it.
Do not buy the mid 2000's Xterra and Pathfinder pre-owned as both vehicles have major issues with transmission reliability that will result in extremely expensive repairs that Nissan will not cover. In addition the vehicle will have numerous other mechanical and electrical issues at this point in it's life cycle. And if you currently own an Xterra and haven't had problems yet: dump it now before you get stuck with it.
2006 Nissan Xterra X 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 6M)
My Xterra has 94,000 miles on it.
I've kept up with all required/suggested maintenance and inspections. The only thing I had to replace were the tires at 40,000 miles and they are due to be replaced again. No problems whatsoever.
Sturdy and Reliable: I've run over a few boulders, hit a few pigeons and side swiped a trash can or two (on accident of course); she takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
The gas bill is a huge bummer, $5,000/year and gas prices are only going up.