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I bought my 06 2 wheel drive auto Xterra back in 2011. It was at 90k when I bought it. It is now at 170,000. So far I have replaced the brake pads twice, rotors, etc, headlights once, oil changes, tires, and the fan speed switch twice. Those are all minor and expected. But here is the bad the tranny fluid mixed with my anti-freeze last year. Any company that knows they have a major problem like this should fix it! Shame on you Nissan for doing nothing!! I flushed the coolant system for a whole day and flushed my tranny with $300 in tranny fluid. So far it is still running. It's been a year now with no noticeable issues.
The other issue is the front wheel bearings. They are $300 a piece for the cheap off brands. $500 a piece for name brand. They are the most expensive bearings I ever had to purchase. Thank goodness I do all my own repairs. Otherwise it would be sitting in my yard dead. It is a love hate relationship with this SUV. It gets around really well but like I said xterra customers should of been compensated for their tranny/radiator screw up. If you buy one make sure it has been bypassed.
I have almost 200k on my Xterra and I've only had about $100 in repairs. Maybe I'm lucky, but it's been the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned. Practically everything is still original on the truck. I've read the bad reviews and I feel bad for people, especially women or moms who have experienced costly repairs with their Xterra. Nissan should have told every owner about the common radiator and timing chain issues.
If I could offer some advice it would be to research the vehicle on internet forums before buying. With regard to Xterras, perhaps people should stay away from '05 to '08 Xterras unless the owner had recently changed out the radiator and changed the timing chain, guides and tensioners. And if you're going to buy used make sure the vehicle had basic maintenance done to it. I have written records for every fluid change, tire rotation, etc. Apparently, by 2009 Nissan had corrected the radiator and timing chain issues. I'm still on my original timing chain, but I'm always listening for 'whining' noises from the front end that would tell me the chain is about to go.
The key to a long lasting timing chain is regular oil changes, every 5k to 7k miles. I drain/refill my transmission fluid annually as well. My Xterra doesn't leak oil, doesn't use oil and the transmission is as smooth as the day I bought it. The Xterra is a great truck and I hate it that Nissan has failed its customers with not being more forthcoming about known problems.
I bought my 2005 Nissan Xterra new. Around 15k miles the timing chain failed and failed another 4 times before being repaired. I love the car, but all of the repairs, including the part causing coolant to enter the transmission, are a constant source of emotional and financial distress. Then there is Nissan - I recently took the car to a dealer that told me car was totaled. To shorten the story I phoned an engineer friend and ended up driving the car home. I am of the opinion they tried to steal my car and get me in a new one. I have also had dealers switch new parts off my car and replace with a part from some old car. This is a VERY dishonest company and I will never buy a car from Nissan ever again. And yes, it is true, there are 2 class action lawsuits involving this vehicle. Nissan refuses to help owners and address known defects.
The Xterra, besides its terrible mileage, is my dream car. I love being able to sit up high, I hate drive sedans. I love that it's not a huge SUV. I love loading music gear or the dog crate in the back and road tripping. I bought my 2000 Xterra in 2004 and drove it until I blew the head gasket near the start of a trip from NY to CA, in 2010. It had almost 200K miles and I decided not to fix it. I traded it in for a 2006 Xterra: 4yo w/ 60K miles. It had been treated more roughly, so when I got to CA I found a good shop to go over everything.
I got very, very lucky with the leaky radiator problem. The shop identified the oily coolant and knew the transmission fluid mixing had started. They replaced the radiator and cleaned up the system. They also documented their diagnosis so completely that I actually got a check from the class action suit! (In 2018, I had to replace the radiator again. NOT good, Nissan!)
I have stayed in love with the truck. Back in NY, I have over 200K miles on it. Now, however, I have a problem with the belt coming off in the rain. My shop replaced the tensioner with a new device that Nissan made available (but Nissan isn't very upfront about why this is needed) and replaced the rotted-out splash guard. But, rain is still getting in through the hood and making the belt wet enough to slip off when I start the car, on occasion.
I am able to limp the 1 mile to my shop without power steering, they put the belt back on for me every time without a charge, because they're annoyed with themselves that they can't figure out a fix. We haven't replaced, or roughed-up, the belt yet and/or maybe there is misalignment in a pulley that's difficult to detect. I am sad that I can't rely on this car the way I did before. I want to drive back to CA, but I'm afraid to replace this car with a late model Nissan given what I've read. I may have to find a new car to love sooner than I want.
Bought this 2009 Nissan Xterra in October 2017. We had a horrible ice and snow storm, 16” of it, in the Hartford CT area and my 4X4 system glitched but reset itself. Other than that I love it. Would never get rid of it. I rented one back in 2014 for a month and fell in love! So I knew what it could do! Great handling and yes you feel it. It’s a 4x4 duh!
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Bought a used 2012 Xterra w/ 100k km (60,000 miles) on it. Just drove it, fully loaded-4 people on board, at pretty high speed, 1850 km over 3 days and used 11.6l/100-20.3 mpg (us). Better than my '10 Ridgeline (overrated and overpriced junk) and on par w/ Tacoma. Xterra was comfortable, fast, fuel efficient, and reliable. Not sure why everyone rates it low. If you can find a good used, buy it.
I love my Xterra, 2006. But I also have had lots of mechanical issues that Nissan would never help me fix. Fuel gauge not working, leaky radiator which ruined my transmission, catalytic converters gone bad, timing shoes or chain repairs, driver window issues, and more. I lost track of the $ amount in repairs, over $10,000. It's too bad, Nissan can't make the Xterra free of such expensive repairs or at least have better parts during the manufacturing, because they are a fun off roading 4x4, comfortable for me, great all around SUV, but always needing to fix something. If they were only trustworthy. I had a 1985 Toyota 4x4 pickup that went 300,00 miles with almost no repairs. Now thats trustworthy.
I am pushing 250k+ miles and have it serviced regularly. A 2002 with sports package and 4WD. I have rescued many kids and dogs with this vehicle. I love it so much that I hope to rebuild it when needed. The new models don't have the sleek look through older models have. I go many places and still get asked what year it is!
The Feb 2015 Nissan Xterra drives so nice and it handles itself so well in snow and ice. It can even have snow plow put on it as we live in the mountains and have to maintain our own roads. The Nissan is very comfortable and it is very good looking. The 4 wheel drive does great. There is plenty room for families, pets and plenty room for groceries. It goes places others go. I also love the stereo system.
I bought it at the auction. It was a quick decision because my car was in an accident. I had to hurry and the car I want I have to actually wait on the settle for. I was expecting a lot better but the Nissan Xterra feels like an old ch 7 Jeep. I was hoping for a better smoother ride. But the car is really loud and you can feel every bump you go over. It could use a lot more handling and more vehicle maintenance before it was sold. The car should have had a roomy interior as well. And the stereo is awful. If I had to choose again I would be in a Tahoe.
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