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2003 Nissan Xterra

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 14/Hwy 19/Comb 16 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: V6, 3.3 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: United States

2003 Nissan Xterra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 566 Ratings for the 2000 - 2004 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

good in the snow, decent gas milage

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
9/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "good gas milage. good in the snow."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"had engine replaced in feb 2015. needs head gasket. Had engine replaced in feb 2015. New engine has 100000k miles. New fuel pump. Needs head gasket."

Great SUV

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Sporty, fun to drive, easy to maintain"

Cons: "cabin is a bit loud at highway speeds"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought my 2001 Xterra SE in 2008 for $7K as a work vehicle and fell in love with it. For the money it has been a great value. It's been pretty beat up (by me and my fam) cosmetically but no major mechanical issues and still running strong at 165K miles. Granted this car has a lot of road noise and a few minor rattles after being driven hard for 15 years but I don't regret buying it one minute. I was pleasantly surprised to see it's still valued at around $3K, too."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

My 15 Year Love Affair

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 121,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "read my complete review (worship) of the Xterra"

Cons: "absolutely none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Jack, Truman & Xterra

"I am about to absolve myself of my trusty Xterra after 15 years and 2 weeks of ownership and drive time. She sits in the driveway facing her 2015 Nissan Frontier replacement, reflecting back when she replaced a 1992 Nissan Sentra. Anyway, this truck was one reliable piece of transportation and worth every penny I paid. She handled Michigan winters, living without a garage since 2006. Always started (reliable), always ran, was fun to drive, hauled everything under the sun, towed trailers and U-Hauls with ease, took a few cross country trips. A/C, power windows and locks, rear defroster, etc all still work. Handy 2nd stick shift for 4x4 engagement. Bounced back from me wrecking her 3x yet was never in the shop otherwise until very late in life. Kudos Nissan, well done on this one."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Jack, Truman & Xterra

Awesome utility vehicle!

By on Monday, March 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 277,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great price, reliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This has been an awesome SUV. While there are a high number of miles on the car, several things have been replaced/are new (AC hoses & electrical, upgraded stereo, tires, battery, spark plugs & wires, O2 sensor, thermostat, radiator, etc.), giving it a much longer life. It was taken very good care of and I can show you all paperwork. Still in very good condition."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I've ever owned!

By on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 145,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great performance and fun to drive."

Cons: "Heater weak in really cold weather (-5 degrees)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the best vehicle I've ever owned. It has never been in the shop for a mechanical problem. I've simply changed tires, brakes, shocks and washed off the mud!"

2 people out of 9 found this review helpful

I LOVE THIS CAR

By on Friday, February 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive, RELIABLE, tough car"

Cons: "no vanity mirrors, fuel pump can be a concern"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This was my very first car. I bought it after I graduated from college in 2005 so it was already a few years old when I got it. It has been the best car ever and has never let me down. I will tell you I have been hard on it, too. I do my best to get the oil changed every 3,000 miles but sometimes I would forget. I have driven this car from Texas to Connecticut and no problems. It has been a dream car. It handles well and doesn't feel like a BIG car, very maneuverable and easy to drive. I went from driving my parents' Jetta to this and the transition was very easy. In recent years it has begun to show its age, it is 15 years old after all so it is to be expected. If I could I would buy another one or even better keep this one forever but I just got into law school and I will have a very long commute to school and I need a car that is easy on the gas. It goes without saying that the Xterra is not easy on gas, but I do not consider that a flaw because it is an SUV, they guzzle gas, it's what they do. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this car and the day I have to part with it will be a very sad day indeed."

22 people out of 34 found this review helpful

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