"BOUGHT THIS UNIT AFTER OUR HYUNDIA SANTA FA 2001 RUSTED OUT. OUR FIRST TRIP WITH IT TO GEORGIA FOR VACATION JUST LOVED THE RIDE AND CONFORT. WIFE WAS WARY AT FIRST BUT LOVES IT AND CLAIMED IT FOR HER SELF SO ITS HER RIDE HENCE NAME SHE CALLS IT FRED I WANTED TONKA FOR ROUGH. OVER ALL WE LOVE IT."
"The 2005 xterra was the fastest 0-60 SUV in production that year. Faster than the Porsche Cayenne. Even after 100,000 with regular oil changes it still rips when I want it to. I learned of the flaw with the radiator and had a trans-cooler put in for $300 before disaster struck. I also had to sink $1200 into the transmission and for that I give it an 8 in quality. Compared to some other brands $1500 over 10 years is pretty darn good.
What I like best about this SUV is its solid build. It drives like a truck, not like a car with a truck body. It has alot of torque and climbs and four-wheels like no other. Very functional interior for outdoors or events, especially with the rubber floor mats and hard plastic fold down hatch.
Lets just say that when I am ready to trade this one in, I'm getting another."
"The Nissan Xterra would be a great vehicle, except for its MPG. Mine never did much better than 11 mpg!!! I knew it when I bought it, but like some relationships, I thought I could change it somehow.
"I've owned 4 Nissans in my life. The first was a bulletproof 97 Pathfinder, the second was a 2005 350Z that was a nice car for the money, the third was a 2001 Xterra SE that I bought with 200,000 miles, at 245,000 the engine blew & I sold it. The fourth was a 2005 Xterra SE with 70k miles. I was excited about the new 4.0 and redesigned body. After owning it for 2 years I felt like I had been completely robbed. I replaced the radiator three times along with the transmission, I replaced the wheel hub assembly and wheel bearing, I went through 3 sets of brakes and rotors. I replaced the serpentine belt, tensioner & belt, pulley, fan, electrical fan, fan shroud & bracket...the list goes on...I called Nissan about the transmission because it went at 82,000 miles. Nissan knew about a major design flaw in Pathfinders, Frontiers & Xterras from 05 and up. The oil cooler hose leaks coolant into the tranny causing the trans fluid & colant to mix resulting in failure. They never issued a recall, they just extended the warranty on the transmission to 80k. The problem with this is that the problem occurs over 80k. Since I was at 82k they basically told me tough luck. I can't understand how a company can sell a product that they know is defective and not stand by their mistake. I was lucky enough to get out of this nightmare and purchase a brand new Jeep Wrangler. I was a loyal Nissan customer, but I'll never buy anything from Nissan for the rest of my life. I would recommend Jeep or Toyota, they stand by their product."