2003 Nissan Xterra Consumer Review: Mountain Goat

2003 Nissan Xterra - Consumer Review

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XE 4dr SUV (3.3L V6 4x4 5-speed Manual)

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Mountain Goat
By tommy2cat on


2003 Nissan Xterra XE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 5M)


I love this vehicle.
Exterior silver w/brush guards, roof rack w/tray.
Interior rare black leather interior w/heated seats. Kids love visibility from tiered second row. Rear compartment provides plenty of storage for baseball equipment, etc.

Added Bilstein shocks to smooth ride.
Adding catback & CAI to address substandard fuel economy & provide boost to slightly underpowered 3.3 liter engine. An issue, not a problem. Currently 20/17 mpg w/conservative use.

Handles blizzards with confidence. Climbed NYC snowbank to create parking spot!

Nissan should consider turbo diesel engine for this tree-climbing Billy Goat. Love it

Best Features

Front and rear visibility, turning radius, off-road agility, reliability, manual transmission, interior/exterior storage, large center console, multiple 12 volt outlets, leg and head room, superior inclement weather performer. I like the 2003 model better than the 2005 model in appearance.

Worst Features

Fuel economy; however, this is a real SUV with a truck platform. Conservative driving habits & exhaust modifications eliminate the issue. HVAC/Stereo layout a bummer for in-dash DVD navigation unit. Nissan inverted units in 2005 & newer models. Nissan addressed performance in '05 models by adding 4.0 liter 262 horsepower engine. Would prefer a turbo diesel engine for the Xterra, which are available overseas. A TDI would truly make this the Uber vehicle for the new millenium.
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