Where does Nissan get a reliability reputation from?
Clutch blew out at 27K. Not covered under warranty.
Timing chain guides worn, thankfully covered under warranty as it happened at 58k (warranty up to 60k).
Fuel gauge sending unit.
Xterra is seriously quick and fun to drive with the manual trans. Fairly quiet at highway speeds and comfortable. Leaf spring suspension in back is really truck-like, don't let the power fool you that it's a sports car!
Reliability is crap. First clutch blew out at 27k. Not a fluke as there's a forum on edmunds.com that's 75 pages long with people having premature clutch failure. NO, Nissan will not cover it under warranty. They blame driver error, which can't be the case in all those situations.
The fuel sending unit crapped out, and luckily I was able to do repair myself. Otherwise it would've been $600.
Oh, and for a 4 year old vehicle, it was already starting to rust! Small rust specks by the back window, and the inside of the bumpers and generally the underbody were turning yellow. Never buying another Nissan again!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th July, 2011