"A few kinks in my '01 Xterra have been far outweighed by my enjoyment of the vehicle.
The gas mileage (approx 16mpg) was a shock at first, and I also had trouble with a whistle in the moonroof. Later in life, I think I also caused damage to the front panel of the roof rack by going through a carwash, because the panel now rattles significantly at high speeds. The solution - I took it off. There is also plenty of road noise.
The material of the front/back bumper looks low-quality compared to a glossy finish, but it's all part of the rugged style.
I think this vehicle has a vintage feel and I look forward to driving it until it's long outdated."
"I've had my XTerra for over 5 years and have loved it. Never any mechanical problems at all (of course I also keep it serviced). VERY reliable. My gripes: the seat cloth will snag fairly easily, the seats are not comfortable on long trips, there isn't much takeoff power (heavy vehicle, V6). Would recommend it to anyone."
"I have owned several Nissans and this Xterra has been the best vehicle I have owned. In the 175,000 miles I have logged in my rig - I have had only ONE repair other than normal wear and tear. (Rear main seal). I have driven all across the West and in and out of various hazards and my Xterra keeps on running. I love my Xterra and my next SUV will be an Xterra."
"I loved my 2001 Xterra SE. It looks great, has 120K miles on it and still runs and looks new. It isn't a plush vehicle, but is very sporty! I never had any problems with it, other than the window regulators failed on all four windows after 75,000 miles. Nissan would not replace under warranty past the 75,000 mile mark. Gas mileage isn't the best, about 16-17 mpg, but if you don't mind that, it's a very fun and reliable car to drive!"