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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: CVT Trani,
Cons: Cup holder/instrument cluster
Advice: I bought mine for under invoice,, way under. It all depends on the dealerI had my doubts coming out of a E320. This car is a rocket. The trani is seamless,,,no chirping automatic gears? What a concept! It handles tight turns and does well on the highway. Road noise is at a minimum even with the big tires. I had it out inthe snow today and it performed better that any truck I have ever driven in the snow. The big tires really help it plow through two feet of snow.
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.
Pros: You look good in this car!
Cons: When driving I felt really high, the seats in the XE were uncomfortable, and the dash seemed to make clicking noises when turing on and off buttons (which I was told was normal?)
Advice: A brand new 2003 with all the features you'd want is at least $25,000. You can find 2001/2002 with the same features for a lot cheaper! Make sure to get warranties!Determine the difference between all the Xterra models before buying! I liked the features, but the new 2003 doesn't seem much different than the others besides the obvious body differences. It didn't seem too loud on the freeway, but you really had to stomp on it to get it to go up a steep hill. All in all, it was a cool car, but I didn't see much difference from the earlier models.
Pros: Space for size
Cons: Cup holder
Advice: Work the priceI thoroughly enjoyed the test drive. I drove a SL model and it went fast. Not as quick as the Maxima but clocked to 80 very quickly for its size. Took some curves at high speed and it handled well. This model did not have the AWD. The reclining rear seat and auto fold-down feature were nice. My buddy has the Nissan Nav system in his Pathfinder and they work very well. Probably not worth the $1900 option price so haggle on it. Sharp looking and nice interior.
Pros: The drive
Cons: that an american car company didn't produce it
Advice: Test any other SUV or sedan and the Murano will come out #1Excellent Drives like a 350z SUV I traded in my 350z on the Murano.