I have owned my 2007 xterra for 15 months now, and it's a love/hate relationship. I purchased mine used, with 58k and purchased the (unusually expensive) extended warranty with it. Shortly after purchasing the car, the radiator began leaking and was replaced. Then the rear differential seal began leaking and was replaced. Soon after that the entire rear end basically gave out, and the transfer case, rear differential, and rear axel were all replaced. Now the rear hatch quit locking, and the water outlet on the engine block is leaking coolant.. I love this car but with 74k and already $5400 of maintenance (luckily mostly covered) in 15 months it may not be in my garage much longer.
Powerful engine, and great off road capability. It's a blast to drive in snow or through the woods, and has a good highway feel to it.
Easy to clean rear compartment, and looks great from the outside.
The reliability of this vehicle is really in question. I admit, I baby it for the most part... But use it as intended on weekend outings as well.
Unfortunately it sits in the shop as much as it sits in the garage for a constant barrage of maintenance on the coolant system and rear differential.
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