Used 2005 Nissan Xterra

2005 Nissan Xterra
List price range
$6,000 - $9,551

Pros

  • One of the most powerful V6s in the class, above average off-road capability, solid passenger room, innovative cargo features.

Cons

  • Still not what we would call refined on the street, a few instances of low-grade interior materials.

Used 2005 Nissan Xterra for Sale

Nissan Xterra 2005 S 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
86,194 miles
Used 2005
Nissan Xterra
S
List$9,551
Est.Loan: $195/mo
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Dealer Notes
2005 Nissan Xterra Avalanche Clearcoat 4WD Off-Road 4.0L V6 DOHC Clean CARFAX. * LEATHER *, 4WD, ABS brakes, All Season Mats, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency Kit, Illuminated entry, Low tire pressure warning, Protection Package, Remote keyless entry, Rockford Fosgate Audio Package, Traction control, Wheel Locks. Recent Arrival! *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, any dealer-installed options (if applicable) and a $299 dealer processing fee (not required by law). Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer.
Nissan Xterra 2005 SE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
149,482 miles
Used 2005
Nissan Xterra
SE
List$6,000
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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** 1-OWNER CLEAN CARFAX / EXTREMELY CLEAN FOR THE YEAR AND MILEAGE / 4-WHEEL DRIVE / AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION/ ALL POWER COMPONENTS AND MECHANICAL COMPONENTS ARE IN GREAT WORKING CONDITION** TRADED-IN BY THE ORIGINAL OWNER** usually we don't sell vehicles over 100K miles unless they are in great condition****FREE DELIVERY FOR UP TO 500 MILE RADIUS $0.40-$0.60per mile after 500-mile radius. Ask your salesperson for up to additional 6years or 100k miles extended warranty for under $2000 on qualified vehicles. � $199 for ceiling DVD or $799 for dual headrestDVD�s on qualified vehicles. We reserve the rights to end this listing or anyother listings at anytime should the vehicle no longer be available for saleand sales prices are subject to change without notice. Fees and Taxes: allvehicles sold are subject to $695.00 dealer processing fee. Buyer(s) are responsible for all state county city taxes and feesas well as title/registration fees in the state that the vehicle will beregistered. SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING IS BASED ON ONE TIME PAYMENT OF CASHCERTIFIED FUNDS MONEY ORDER AND EFT's. TOTAL PRICES ON VEHICLES FINANCED MAYVARY. WE FINANCE PEOPLE WITH ALL TYPES OF CREDIT. EVERYONE IS APPROVED. AlphaMotorsports is not responsible for TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS MISPRINTS ONEQUIPMENT VOIDED MANUFACTURER WARRANTY due to previous accident(s). Customersmust confirm all the options with the manufacturer and the remaining warrantywith the manufacturer prior of purchasing the vehicle. We print Carfax historyon the same day that we buy the vehicle from different sources AlphaMotorsports is not responsible for any changes to Carfax history in the futurePlease print your own most updated Carfax history from www.carfax.com**
Nissan Xterra 2005 SE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
94,237 miles
Used 2005
Nissan Xterra
SE
(1)
Marlow Ford
59.6 mi away
List$8,947
Est.Loan: $183/mo
Fair Deal!
Fair Deal!
$246 Below Market
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Locally owned trade-in from a really nice couple here in the valley. SE Edition 4WD and just serviced by us and ready to be enjoyed! Clean..Clean..Clean! Low, low miles on this nice SUV! 2005 Nissan Xterra SE Edition 4x4! 40,000 below average market! 2005 Nissan Xterra SE, 4x4, Canteen (Green) Pearl Mica Metallic Clearcoat w/Graphite & Tan Meshed Premium Cloth Bucket Seats, 4.0L V6 DOHC with 5-Spd Automatic, A/C, Power Windows & Door Locks, Tilt Wheel & Cruise Control, great set of Kelly All Season Radials with Factory Alloy Wheels and Tubular Factory Boards. Odometer is 38,635 miles below market average! Clean CARFAX.Small dealer and Low Overhead equals BIG Savings! Marlow Ford, established in 2000, located in Luray, VA, is Page County only franchise and Ford dealership. We are proud to serve the Full-Service New Ford and Pre-Owned Automotive Sales, Service, Parts, and Financing needs of Virginia Shenandoah Valley!
Nissan Xterra 2005 SE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
157,498 miles
Used 2005
Nissan Xterra
SE
ListNot Listed
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Edmunds' Expert Review

With newfound power under the hood, a more refined suspension underneath and more passenger space inside, Nissan addresses all the shortcomings of the previous Xterra without taking away any of the appealing attitude that made it a hit in the first place.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2005 Nissan Xterra.

Shame on Nissan!!
torrdcs, 5/30/2013
Purchased at 64000 miles, drove it, loved it, no problems at all other than the tire pressure light after so many miles of consistent driving. Then, at 121,000 miles, boom... transmission failure. Upon further research, it is a NISSAN DEFECT in the radiator that Nissan refuses to address more than a little warranty increase, and even THAT took a lawsuit. I spent $3000+ over a period of 8 months to fix it and it still wasn't fixed. I had to purchase another vehicle to drive while it was down. I ran out of money, so I was forced to trade the XTerra with $3500 of negative equity, totaling near $7000 that I lost on this vehicle, due to Nissan and its ways. NEVER. AGAIN.
trans has design flaw
hs21, 4/26/2015
I have a 2005 Xterra and this a known problem that the radiator leaks into the trans causing both to fail. Nissan was sued over this problem and lost, so they extended the warranty to cover fixing. This problem also exists on the Frontier and Pathfinder. Nissan doesn't tell you this and I found out the hard way.
radiator/transmission
cindy0710, 7/12/2011
I, too, have experienced the faulty radiator leaking into the transmission and ruining it...I have 109000 miles so it is beyond the 80000 mile warranty and nissan wants thousands to fix it....acknowledging that the faulty radiator caused the problem, not wear, tear, etc.....so now they want me to pay the hefty bill for a new radiator and transmission for a defect in the automobile....Shame on Nissan for not recalling and fixing this problem
Nissan attitude
glenavon, 6/22/2015
My primary issue is not so much with my xterra (even though at around 150k miles I have experienced a number of mechanical issues), rather with Nissan's apparent unwillingness to stand behind their vehicles. I purchased my 2005 xterra from the same dealer I service it at. I have, from the outset, had repeated problems with the fuel sensor gauge,. Because the issue, until now, has never caused a signal in their system check, they have refused to replace the required part. Their attitude when I complained -essentially -too bad -we have no responsibility to fix what our system check does not designate. At around 105,000 miles, I heard of an issue, through a lawyer, to do with the radiator. Despite the dealer knowing about this issue for some time, I was not advised to have the radiator replaced -until I fell out of warranty. Same response as with the fuel sensor. In summary, while I am somewhat disappoint ted in the frequency of repairs I am now experiencing, the car itself has been what I expected -a useful, solid vehicle for both highway and off road travel. However, I will not buy another Nissan because of the company's indifferent attitude to its customers. For the past year or so I have had little problem with the car. I continue to enjoy it and am not sure what else I would migrate to if i sold it- except a more fuel efficient vehicle. However, i do hear that my local dealer ship is going to a commission service model which will only add to my existnig concerns about the company's attitude to its customers
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Features & Specs

MPG
14 city / 19 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
265 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
15 city / 19 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
265 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
14 city / 20 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
265 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
14 city / 20 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
265 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Marginal
  • Roof Strength Test
    Acceptable
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Poor
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2005 Nissan Xterra
More About This Model

The Nissan Xterra is and always has been an oddity in the ever-expanding SUV world. When it was introduced as a 2000 model, the strangely styled off-road-oriented sport-ute was priced to compete with car-based SUVs, yet it packed the rugged body-on-frame construction and hefty drivetrain of a larger and more expensive truck-based hauler. Nissan's plan for the 2000 Xterra was to build an SUV for younger, more active people who needed the space and versatility of a large vehicle but wanted to look edgy and cool when they pulled up to the lake or off-road trails.

While the initial vehicle sold well, the first Nissan Xterra did have a few glaring issues that needed to be dealt with. The interior was spartan and composed mostly of hard plastic panels, the ride was a bit jarring and with only 170 horsepower on tap the diminutive V6 barely had enough oats to propel the midsize SUV around town. Nissan attempted to fix these flaws when the Xterra underwent a midcycle redesign in 2002, and we found it to be a much improved animal in our first drive. A handful of important changes had a big impact on Nissan Xterra sales, and it ended up selling quite a few of these "extreme" SUVs.

With strong sales and an established image under its belt, Nissan didn't want to rock the boat with the completely redesigned 2005 Nissan Xterra. At first glance the new model looks very similar to the previous version, yet there isn't a single part carried over from the old platform. The front end has been styled to match the rest of the Nissan truck lineup, but the rest of the exterior looks much more evolutionary than revolutionary. Giant fender flares? Check. Kicked-up roofline? Check. Tubular roof rack and lumpy rear hatch complete with first aid kit? Check and check.

The overall look is very familiar, but Nissan stylists did a nice job of cleaning things up a bit and giving the new Xterra a tighter overall appearance. The rear bumper is smoother yet now features integrated footholds for easier roof rack access and the new front end is much easier on the eyes than the previous model's buglike snout. Also contributing to the leaner and meaner appearance is a reduction in the front and rear overhangs. The vehicle's overall length is basically unchanged yet the wheelbase has been stretched by 2 inches. This not only netted a tighter look but also improves ramp angles for increased off-road clearance and performance.

Speaking of off-road prowess, the 2005 Nissan Xterra climbs like a rabid mountain goat thanks to all-new underpinnings and a powerful new heart. While the bodywork is a mere evolution of the previous model, chassis development took a giant leap forward on the new SUV thanks to the addition of Nissan's F-Alpha platform. Originally developed for the industrial-strength Nissan Titan full-size pickup, the F-Alpha chassis features fully boxed frame rails constructed out of high-tensile steel for unparalleled durability. This single change has improved the Xterra more than any other feature on the '05 model, as the marshmallow ride that plagued the previous version is long gone. Suspension components are also new with a high-strength rear leaf-spring setup with a "solid" rear axle. Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS are now standard, and a new speed-sensitive power-assist rack and pinion steering setup gives the Xterra a much more nimble feel on the highway and around town.

Off-road fans will also appreciate three new options, Hill Descent Control that lets the vehicle roll down a steep incline without changing speed, Hill-Start Assist that prevents the vehicle from rolling back when starting up a steep incline and low-range locking four-wheel drive for escaping those hard-to-reach places. Ground clearance has been increased to 9.5 inches, and all of the sensitive undercarriage parts like the transfer case and fuel tank have been tucked up above the bottom of the frame for added protection off-road.

All of that chassis development wouldn't be worth much if the 2005 Xterra was still motivated by the same tired, old 3.3-liter V6, so the decision was made to redesign the power plant as well. Looking to improve on an already winning formula, Nissan engineers started with the highly refined 3.5 V6 out of the 350Z and bumped the displacement up to 4.0 liters, then retuned the induction system and variable timing control to provide maximum torque and bottom-end power. The result is a big-bore V6 that cranks out 265 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful standard six-cylinder in any SUV on the American market. All that extra grunt would have obliterated the old transmission, so a new electronically controlled five-speed automatic was designed to mate with the new mill, and a new six-speed manual is available for those who like to do the shifting on their own. No matter which way you go, either transmission offers tight ratios and smooth shifts that make the most of the available power.

While the chassis and drivetrain offer the most dramatic changes for '05, the redesigned interior is nothing to sneeze at. Improvements include stadium-style second-row seating; increased shoulder, hip-, leg- and headroom; fold-flat front-passenger and rear seats; and a nifty cargo area packed with useful features. Utility was definitely the goal for the Xterra's cabin, as cupholders, water bottle holders, storage compartments (including a double-decker glovebox) and power outlets abound. Behind the rear seat lies the new "multiflex" cargo area, which is shrouded in textured vinyl and hard plastic designed for easy cleanup. A Utili-trak channel tie-down system similar to the one employed in the Nissan Titan bed has been integrated into the floor, and 10 tie-down hooks have been placed on the floor, sides and ceiling of the cargo area for maximum versatility. Overall, the new interior may not coddle the driver in opulent luxury like some of the more expensive SUVs on the market, but it offers an unparalleled degree of access and utility for those who would rather spend their weekends bombing down a mountain on a dirt bike than hitting the links at the local country club.

The four-cylinder version has been nixed for 2005, so the 4.0L V6 is the only engine available in the new Xterra. Trim levels include the standard S, the upscale SE and the rugged Off Road (OR) edition. We spent time in both an SE and an Off Road, and didn't notice much difference between the two. Both models were four-wheel drive, and while the latter model comes with bigger tires, Bilstein shocks and undercarriage skid plates, they didn't affect the way the vehicle drove in most situations. Only those looking for serious rock-climbing performance need bother with the OR.

Otherwise, we were pleasantly surprised by the new Nissan Xterra's available power and chassis refinement. For a relatively tall body-on-frame SUV, it doesn't tip or roll much in the corners, and the highway handling is nimble and confidence-inspiring. The ride over busted-up asphalt highways was a bit harsh, which we suspect is a concession to the stiffly sprung rear suspension. It took a bit of getting used to, but the firmer suspension paid off in spades on the dirt, where the SUV was so secure it made us feel like we were gliding over obstacles in the Baja 1000. The 4.0 V6 provides so much bottom-end punch that it feels like a V8 has taken roost under the hood, and both transmissions do a nice job of evenly distributing the power all the way up to about 100 mph, where the motor starts to lose steam. That isn't a bad thing, however, since we wouldn't recommend taking a relatively large SUV over that velocity anyway.

Behind the nicely contoured steering wheel, we found all of the switches and secondary controls within easy reach. The turn signal/wiper/cruise control stalks are typical Nissan — easy to understand and effortless to operate — and the climate control and audio systems both featured simple knobs and excellent functionality. Speaking of the stereo, SE and OR versions are available with a Rockford Fosgate audio system complete with pre-amp and underseat subwoofer that can really crank out the sound, especially if you're a fan of gut-busting bass. The seats feature a combination of soft fabric and an interesting open-weave fabric, giving them a sporty albeit somewhat utilitarian look. The front buckets are extremely comfortable, however, and the fold-down rear bench offers plenty of back support and legroom. The cabin is relatively quiet for an SUV in this price range, and our only real complaint about the entire vehicle is that the interior materials look and feel cheap. Hard plastic is everywhere, from the dashboard and door panels to the center console and even the barely padded armrests. We don't expect Infiniti-like leather-lined luxury in a hard-core off-road SUV, but a bit of soft-touch material here and there would go a long way. However, the fit and finish of said panels is top-notch, and we suspect all that plastic would be easy to wipe down if you have a propensity for collecting dirt, grime and all that other nasty stuff that goes along with being "extreme."

The midsize SUV market has changed quite a bit in the five years since Nissan Xterra made its first appearance, but we think it should make an interesting and capable contender in several market segments, thanks to its competitive price tag and long list of available features. It may not be the prettiest or plushest vehicle in the Nissan stable, but the 2005 Nissan Xterra should serve as a capable, practical and fun-to-drive tool for the action hero set.

Used 2005 Nissan Xterra Overview

The Used 2005 Nissan Xterra is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Off-Road 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Off-Road Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), S 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), S Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), SE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), SE Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Off-Road 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 6M), S 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 6M), Off-Road Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 6M), and S Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 6M).

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Save up to $246 on one of 3 Used 2005 Nissan Xterra for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $6,000 as of08/20/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from4.4 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2005 Nissan Xterra trim styles:

  • The Used 2005 Nissan Xterra SE is priced between $6,000 and$8,947 with odometer readings between 94237 and149482 miles.
  • The Used 2005 Nissan Xterra S is priced between $9,551 and$9,551 with odometer readings between 86194 and86194 miles.

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