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Pros: Smooth ride. Vehicle height.
Cons: Weak 4cyl motor. Poor gas mileage. Long shifter throw. Poor dash illumination.
Advice: Go for the 6 cyl with automatic. The 4 cyl is sluggish and underpowered.Basic vehicle does what I want it to do: carry a bike inside, kayak on top, day-to-day stuff in the rear cargo area. Poor performance in other areas. Test driving this vehicle versus a v-6 model did not reveal much difference (145hp versus 170 for the V-6), but it was not long after buying that I began looking for something with more power. I think this is Nissan's plan. The 175hp 2.5 found in the Altima is not available for the Xterra, making choice of the V-6 the only alternative. Base vehicle price is attractive; opting for the V-6 and any other nice to have options adds $$$ quickly. Five speed manual operation is cumbersome, requiring long throws between gears which gets tiresome in traffic. On the highway the vehicle is overly noisy; the search for a 6th gear begins at about 60mph. Dash instrumentation is difficult to see in daylight. Plastic front integrated mud flap was pulled off of vehicle in the dealer's car wash. Overall, look hard before buying.
Pros: The Sound System
Cons: The problems
Advice: Check out the reviews and maintenance sheets if used.I have a Nissan X-terra with a super-charged pack. I really like the way it drove at first. Now it has been in the shop about 10 times or more in the last 6 months for one thing or the other. Within the last month it has been in the shop about three times. First it was the belts needed to be replaced. Then it was the power steering pump and now the transmission is slipping and I can go on. I would not recommend this vehicle to anyone. The service department that I work with has been helpful in some way. They do of course keep telling me that my vehicle is normal with the slipping and bucking it does. With the price I paid for this vehicle, I will never get the pleasure due to the problems. I am sorry I ever purchased this vehicle.
Pros: Good offroad vehicule
Cons: The bumpers are in plastic!!
Advice: Don't ask about fuel mileageIf you buy this SUV for grocery shopping or to bring the kids to a soccer practice, buy a Ford Escape. This truck is made for going to work on the week days and off road on the weekends. This was made for my lifestyle IE: Mountainbiking, climbing, snowboarding...it's the vehicule for the outdoor type. The Nissan slogan is right, 'everything you need with nothing you don't'. I don't need leather interior, power seats or microwave oven but something that won't get destroyed when I come back in the truck covered in mud. I put my truck off road almost every weekend and I never had mechanical problems.
Pros: Looks / rides great.
Cons: Tires / gas mileage.
Advice: Beware the BF Goodrich tires. Unless you like the 'stage coach' feel, you WILL be replacing these thingsI've had my Xterra for over a year now, and I absolutely love it. I've had zero mechanical issues and it is a lot of fun to drive. The only problem I've encountered is that the BF Goodrich tires that come standard on this truck are awful. I had Nissan replace all 4 tires (under warranty) at around 5,000 miles due to excessive highway vibration. I ended up putting a set of Michelins on at 7,000 miles and haven't had vibration problems since.
Pros: 4X4 very good
Cons: rear tyres protrude and dirty your clothes getting in and out
Advice: check fo transmission whines at 55 miles an hourQuite and a pleasure to handel , heavy on gas
Pros: Build quality
Cons: Fuel mileage
Advice: If you can feed it, BUY it.This is my second X-Terra. My first was a 2000 XE, which I drove for 3 yr, 45000 miles. My experience with that truck was excellent with the exception of the fuel mileage, which was a dismal 15 mpg. on the highway. The new truck is a vast improvement; quieter, more refined feeling, and finally enough power with the supercharger. Body roll is less with the 17' rims as well. The redesign is awesome making the already great looks even better. The cabin is super trick now with power points everywhere ans a kick-ass Rockford Fosgate stereo. My only complaint once again is the mileage which now is an abominal 12 mpg. on the highway. The price of performance I suppose. I still love this truck and would recommend it to anyone who can afford to keep it fed.
Pros: Tough, rugged, turning circle - manoeuvres like a mini
Cons: front seat comfort, engine noise, highway stability
Advice: Make sure you really want to use it's off-road capabilities - otherwise get something better suited to pavement driving.Not a great highway vehicle - driven for over a year now - it's tough, reliable, but has poor fit and finish - obviously built to a price. Off road ability is EXCELLENT. I bought it because most SUVs don't even offer a 5-speed in the USA. 5-speed (no longer available) gives adequate performance and better control than automatic. But the shifting is notchy, even for a truck. It does have a harsher ride than the 4-Runner and the steering is not very precise for highway driving, though sensible for off-road. Keep both hands on the wheel if you want to stay in lane! Aerodynamic shape actually gives worse highway gas mileage than city. (17.5 overall). I put a pad on the seat and seat covers - much more comfortable.