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2003 Nissan Xterra SUV

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Great Truck
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By Todd
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2003 Nissan Xterra SUV SE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 4A)


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At first we were looking at the Jeep Liberty, but decided to compare it with the Xterra because it was priced about the same. I have to say that we are very happy with our decision. This is one of the better truck-like SUVs you can get for the money. I say truck-like, because its not fair to compare it to those car-based SUVs. It rides like a truck, sounds like a truck, uses fuel like a truck...just like a sport UTILITY vehicle should. If you're looking for a car-like grocery-getter, look elsewhere. It has been driven in 18" of snow on unplowed dirt roads in Pennsylvania and on snow-covered roads across West Virginia to Snowshoe Mtn. ski resort, and it performed beautifully.


Best Features

Looks. It just looks like an SUV should (aggressive and rugged). Interior space. It has plenty of room for packing it full of camping, skiing, or whatever gear you've got. Roof-rack. Whatever you can't fit inside, fits on the outside. Stereo. Rockford Fosgate sounds great.


Worst Features

Better fuel economy would be great, but only if it didn't take away from the horsepower (a real challange). More comfortable seats in the front. My [body] needs a little more isolation from the suspension.


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2003 Nissan Xterra is a winner
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By Ramin
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2003 Nissan Xterra SUV SE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 4A)


Review

This was the first time I bought an
SUV.My first choice was a Hummer but
the price was too high for me. My
second choice was an Xterra. I bought
this vehicle because I believe it
delivers what it claims to. I enjoy
driving it a lot but the front seats
are too small and not comfortable as
comfortable as they should be. The fron
seats leg rooms are not sufficient. The
engine could have used much more HP.
189 HP is too weak for the weight of
this SUV. Fuel consumption is very high
for a vehicle of this size. So far I
have had one recall and two minor
service works done. I am told that 2005
model is a much improved vehicle. Will
I buy another one? Yes,I will.


Best Features

The exterior design, the size of the vehicle, the back seats (lots of room for the passengers), Loading capacity, reliabilty, use of regular gas, the price ( the best deal in the market for true outdoors men). Think Xterra before buying one of those ugly and cheap Korean SUVs. You won't regret it.


Worst Features

Larger and more comfortable front seats with more leg room. More HO and torque, quality interior and better gas mileage.


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Big Mistake
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By desertman
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2003 Nissan Xterra SUV XE Rwd 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 5M)


Review

Thought I wanted an SUV. Picked Xterra
based on looks. Hate driving it. Gas
mileage is awful and it rides like the
tires are made of metal.


Best Features

Looks and towing ability


Worst Features

Suspension and gas mileage.


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more power
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By joelmart
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2003 Nissan Xterra SUV SE Rwd 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 4A)


Review

After one year and 12k miles,
nothing's gone wrong. Pros: I love the
rugged look of the outside, the big
tires, the material of the cloth
interior, the stadium type seating on
the back. Cons: It needs more power (I
guess they knew that, look at the 2005
X), intermitent rear wipers, the
plastic console looks cheap and the
roof rack, although very nice looking
and sturdy, could use some more rings
to hook up straps. Overall, I'm very
happy with the truck. Look forward to
the '05.


Best Features

seat material, the way it looks


Worst Features

power, better quality plastics


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Sorry to see it go...
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By skyhogg
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2003 Nissan Xterra SUV SE S/C 4WD 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl S/C 4A)


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but after 10 months, I just cant live
with the crappy mileage. I fill the
tank (39 bucks) and I get about 275
miles out of it. And now, Nissan says
that the 05's are even bigger, with
even worse MPG. I'm sorry to see the
last pure SUV for real people go this
direction. If it were'nt for the gas
suck, I'd keep it forever. Rides nice,
looks great, great offroad, etc. Just
decided to go the other way. Honda
Element, here I come!


Best Features

Styling, great RF stereo, roof rack is very usefull. Nice premium wheels. Great power (what would you expect)


Worst Features

Definately a more efficient engine (ya it's possible). Rear seats that fold down instead of having to be removed to put the seatbacks down. Lighted steering wheel controls.


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