Based on 436 Ratings for the 2005 - 2014 models.Review this car
By Jim on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Reason: Gas mileage, high mileage
Pros: "Power, off-road capability, 6-speed manual"
Cons: "Gas mileage, rear seat access, cost to repair"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I had a blast with this car for 4 years before selling it to get a newer vehicle. It's surprisingly fast, but you'll pay for it at the pump, and otherwise its a rough and rugged go-anywhere SUV that isn't quite like anything else. I sold it because I put a lot of miles on my vehicles, so I wanted something a little better on gas, plus it was just getting up there in mileage. It ran and looked great when I sold it with about 150k miles, and I (well, "we," including my fiance and friends) still miss it. I took it from GA to Manhattan to Denver, and lots of places in between. I've slept in it, crossed rivers, crawled over boulders, got up over 115 mph on the highway, and hauled groceries and mulch. The only time it didn't start for me was when I had a dead battery, and all we did was push it far enough to pop the clutch, and that got us to the auto parts store for a new one. I ended up putting a good bit into proactive repairs, but it probably could have gone without some of it. I'm an engineer, and like my vehicles running smoothly. Two expensive maintenance costs to look out for: 1. Clutch (manuals only). The factory one is undersized, and will often go out before 100k miles. Dealers want around $2k to replace it due to the excessive labor required. Highly recommend replacing factory clutch with a Jim Wolf Technologies part, which should be a wash in cost. 2. Raditator/Tranny Leak (automatics only): Major issue with certain models/years. Wasn't a problem for me, but could cost you thousands if you have an automatic."
10 people out of 15 found this review helpful
By BuzzBuzz on Saturday, May 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Everything. Plain and simple"
Cons: "NOTHING at All."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This car has been through it all, and it still runs like the day I got it. :) This is not just a car, it is my best friend. I'm not gonna sell this work of art any time soon. I'm s grateful for this amazing car, and I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested!!!!! Trust me, it will be worth it."
18 people out of 26 found this review helpful
By Jim on Thursday, May 15, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is by far the best vehicle I have ever driven on snow/ice covered roads. The Xterra is a beast on mountain passes in any weather!"
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Alaskan on Tuesday, May 13, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "great handling on slick roads, spunky"
Cons: "poor storage in front:pens, sunglasses, tablet,etc"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"We have a 2007,drive it in 4x4 for months at a time, in snow/ice, and average almost 20,000 miles/year. Can't understand others' mileage numbers: we consistently get 20 mpg. It is a manual, so maybe that's the difference. Don't like the lack of storage in the front seat. room for coffee cups and that's it. Took out the back seats long ago, have hauled lots of cargo in it, even 8' lumber. Very few mechanical problems; but the gas gauge went bad.Very irritating. Back to dealer only once in 7 years for work."
6 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By Disappointed on Wednesday, May 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looks, ruggedness"
Cons: "Really poor quality"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"My Xterra has been a money drain since I purchased it new in 2006. I am a 40+ year old mother with a husband and two young boys - we're not hard on a vehicle. I've replaced several serpentine belts, the heat/ac switch, the alternator, radiator, drivers window motor, in-tank fuel filter, rear hatch lock, U-bolts and one and on. Of late, I replaced a cracked radiator and am currently trying to save the transmission which has radiator fluid running through it (a very common Xterra issue). I love it's looks both inside and out and the gas mileage is pretty good for its class, but I'll absolutely never ever purchase another Nissan. It's too unreliable and costly."
6 people out of 10 found this review helpful