Good dependable SUV for 10 years ownership
Timing belt at 125K.
Headlights and brake lights blew every 3 to 6 months - known electrical problems with the X-Terra of 00-01.
AC died more than 3x.
Head gasket at 135K.
Turn signal stalk - 185K.
Rear view mirror - 190K.
ABS died - 199K.
Transmission - 205K.
I bought this brand new off the showroom floor with 5 miles on it. I put 60K on it in the 1st two years as a service technician for my company that didn't have a service vehicle. Moved to LA from Washington DC at 67K, then more like 15 - 20K per year over the course of 2001 - 2008.
Overall it was a great car, very reliable and dependable, very little service needed other than oil changes and such, however the car is not designed to go more than 200K, or even 175K without replacing major parts.
You WILL need to replace the timing belt at 105K as suggested, not doing so will result in engine problems like mine when you get up to 120-130K.
The 00 model did not have enough clearance on the wheels to get bigger tires, you have to cut a small piece out of the tire well to get a bigger tire to fit. New models didn't have this problem.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th October, 2009