2004 Nissan X-Terra XE 3.3 liter from North America
While it has some positive features, there are far too many ridiculous flaws for my liking.
Flaw number 1.... When using the windshield defogger, the AC compressor starts. The only way to disengage the compressor is to completely turn off the vehicle and select a different air vent option. I've perfected the art of doing this at 65 mph on the highway by shifting to neutral while my wife screams in horror that I am going to get us all killed.
Flaw number 2... The engineers at Nissan need to take a course in developing algorithms because the cruise control cannot maintain a consistent speed on any road.
Flaw number 3... While shifting the truck into 4WD at any speed above zero expect to grunt and hear your transfer case slowly being destroyed.
Flaw number 4... My personal least favorite aspect of this vehicle is the fold "almost" flat seats. When folding the rear seat down, I question where to put the seat cushions. Do I throw them away or store them in the useless luggage rack atop the vehicle?
Flaw number 5... Despite constant cleaning, the rear windshield wiper doesn't connect with the rear glass at all during the winter. Thus, it is rendered useless during the only time of year that I actually NEED it!
Flaw number 6... The engine is under-powered and (in my estimation) geared wrong for road travel.
Flaw number 7... With gas at $4 a gallon, I can't give the thing away.
Overall, the vehicle has been maintenance free, but certainly not trouble free. On the positive side, it has a great roof rack for hauling large kayaks/canoes, bikes, even lumber. The front passenger seat folds down, which allows for the hauling of longer items. And the seats are comfy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th June, 2008
10th Nov 2008, 20:54
I bought the wife a 2wd 2004 Xterra about a year ago. We take exception to a couple of your comments. The cruise control works flawlessly. Her previous car was a crew cab Nissan, with the same engine and transmission (V6 and 5-speed). We have no complaints about power or gas mileage. Ours gets about 23 mpg on the highway. The rear seat cushion storage problem is a bit of a pain, but we just leave them home when we fold the seat backs down. I would jump at the chance to get a 4wd of the same year.
23rd Dec 2010, 05:06
The A/C compressor starting while in 'defog' is common in newer cars because the A/C unit removes moisture while it operates and therefore can 'defog' better.