Best value in a 4x4 SUV, plenty of quality built in
Replaced tires two times now, but I am hot on the gas pedal.
Replaced a few headlights bulbs, as I drive with them on all the time.
Gas cap got caught on security cord and didn't seat right, light came on, free to correct.
I have enjoyed Nissan for the past 17 years, got 220,000 miles out of my D-21 V6 5-speed King Cab 4x4, then gave it to my nephew. Great vehicle, looked nearly new, no rust, great body styling.
Now, the Xterra missed a few chances to excel when they engineers decided not to put the front seat adjustments like the D-21 had for up/down and lumbar support. There is no glove box light, not a major inconvenience, but how much more would it take to place a light bulb in there? This 5 speed I bought for driving pleasure, my wife calls it my sports car, because I have so many hobbies I need the space to take things with me. Roof rack holds a bunch of stuff and easy to access. This SUV handles amazingly, using the engine for control in bad weather, I can cruise 70 mph in a nasty snow storm thanks to the excellent 4x4 performance.
I agree with earlier comments about the sunroof hatch and poor gas mileage. Otherwise, I have really enjoyed this vehicle, superb sound system, good A/C and heater, great 4 wheel performance off-road, handles well, and I cannot imagine getting this much value out a an SUV for twice the price. I am contemplating a Lexus GX-470, but for twice the price, will I get twice the vehicle or should I just get two Xterras? Interesting.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th January, 2005