2005 Nissan Xterra Consumer Review: Loved It But It Let Me Down

2005 Nissan Xterra - Consumer Review

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Loved It But It Let Me Down
By NewJeepGirl on


2005 Nissan Xterra S 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 6M)


I really loved this truck. Had great performance-never seemed to lack HP, 6 spd tranny lots of fun. ABS computer died at 400 miles none of the gauges worked. Cam seal started leaking at 23K, then dealership couldn't get parts claiming they were hopelessly backordered. Nissan Corporate was no help either. Nice truck if you get a reliable one (good luck-it's a crap shoot). Family has had good luck with older Nissans-this one was definitely my last. Traded it for an 08 Jeep Patriot, and was so glad I did-AWD, Lifetime powertrain warentee, better ride and easier to get in/out of. Can't tow my camper like the X, but that's what my '97 Ford Expedition is for!

Best Features

Performance, 6 spd manual, dual glove box plus console, wipe down luggage area, bumpers in steps

Worst Features

Build quality-what the heck! Cam seals should NEVER fail at 23K. Cargo always banged around cargo area because it was so slick. Ice gets caught in roof racks, making it awful to get out (like 20 lb ice chunks you have to chop out pain!).
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