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Posted: 9/28/2004 5:40:32 PM EST
I'm in the market for a sports ute, and am looking hard at a Nissan Xterra. Anyone have experience / opinions?
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 5:48:10 PM EST
My g/f and I bought when at the beginning of the year, a 2000 off-leasewith 44K on the clock.

Pros: We wanted an SUV based on a truck platform.

Decent 4WD performance.

Reliable. She had a Nissan that ran damn near forever, we expect the same with the XTerra.

Plenty of room to fit stuff.


Cons: It rides like a truck.

Fit and finish is typical for lower-end Japanese vehicles. Some trim rattles and crap like that.

Tight in the rear seat for average-sized male adults.

The naturally-aspirated 6 is a bit sloooooow.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 8:09:25 PM EST
Compare Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, 15" longer than a regular Wrangler and put to good use.

More headroom, better 4WD subsystem, a forever powerplant, most likely lower insurance premiums. Cons, only about 18-20MPG at best, and noisy if you get the soft top only.

The new hard tops are head and shoulders above the old ones, and if you haven't ridden in a Wrangler (any model) since they changed to coil springs, you're in for a real surpise.

Opinons vary widely, but I hate the automatic transmissions. With a stick it is a totally different vehicle. The Unlimited was automatic only in 2004, but other models had either auto or 5 speed.

They've got huge sales on the 2004 models in inventory. Key reason is that 2005 adds a manual transmission to the Unlimited, and across the entrie Wrangler line the 5 speed is replaced with a 6 speed, the same 6 speed as in the Mercedes M series 4WD. Right now you can get like $1500 off a 2004 wrangler and 1.9% financing
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 8:11:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/29/2004 8:12:49 PM EST by -Absolut-]
love mine. had it for about 4 years now:





only problem i've had is with the rear power windows motor dying, but it was under warranty and fixed by them
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:04:45 AM EST
Thanks guys. Picked it up last night.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:06:43 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2004 9:06:55 AM EST by Guns_N_Shizzle]
Do you want to support the French? If so, buy Nissan. The frogs will thank you



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