2003 Nissan Xterra
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Great mid sized SUV

by from Palm Coast, FL on August 12, 2017

My biggest grip is the interior display. The gauges sit back & are not well lit & neither is the audio equipment. I LOVE that there are lots of charging ports, but no waste of space on an ashtray. I l...
My biggest grip is the interior display. The gauges sit back & are not well lit & neither is the audio equipment. I LOVE that there are lots of charging ports, but no waste of space on an ashtray. I like that the cup holders are removable, as are the back seats. It handles well & gets decent gas mileage for a truck that size. Plenty of power & plenty of leg room. The only reason I gave it a 4 on reliability is bc it *OLD* now!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Havingfun

Does recommend this car!!

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I Actually Own This Car

by from Dallas, TX on August 11, 2017

The car is a very basic one. I would say it is a safe one but overall its nothing special. Its not made to carry a lot of weight. The driver side is med size and the steering wheel has a limit on how ...
The car is a very basic one. I would say it is a safe one but overall its nothing special. Its not made to carry a lot of weight. The driver side is med size and the steering wheel has a limit on how much it can move. I got in a wreck and it damaged the other car more than I expected while I just have a messed up front bumper. It is a well made-ish car but I would ONLY recommend it if you really need a car.
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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A fun and unique car

by from CO on August 9, 2017

This cat is a great car to own. My X is currently at 164,000 miles and I have had few issues. The only ones to speak of are the rear shocks are starting to give out, the A/C pressure switch has failed...
This cat is a great car to own. My X is currently at 164,000 miles and I have had few issues. The only ones to speak of are the rear shocks are starting to give out, the A/C pressure switch has failed, along with the knock sensor, and one of the catalytic converters is functioning below peak efficiency. Still a fun car to see in the parking lot, and the V6 sounds great!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Reliable vehicle

by from on March 8, 2017

Rides good. Great 4x4 vehicle, goes great in snow. Very roomy, fits 5 full grown adults very well. Has plenty of room in back for groceries or luggage for travel.
Rides good. Great 4x4 vehicle, goes great in snow. Very roomy, fits 5 full grown adults very well. Has plenty of room in back for groceries or luggage for travel.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car!!

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Versatile

by from Ambler, PA on February 24, 2017

2003 Xterra XE with 139,000 miles and still running well. Love the height that I am driving and handles very well in snow and rain. A lot of space especiallty in the back which is convenient especial...
2003 Xterra XE with 139,000 miles and still running well. Love the height that I am driving and handles very well in snow and rain. A lot of space especiallty in the back which is convenient especially for travel. Use it for work, fun, beach, put my 2 dogs in the back and reliable. No complaints and happy with this 14 year old car.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Great xterra! Very impressed

by from on October 16, 2016

Very great suv! Best one iv owned since 16! Iv went thru 17 cars,suvs and trucks! This one has to be the absolute best! 4wd very great! Got into some sticky situations with it! Dropped it down to bull...
Very great suv! Best one iv owned since 16! Iv went thru 17 cars,suvs and trucks! This one has to be the absolute best! 4wd very great! Got into some sticky situations with it! Dropped it down to bull low (4L) and she creeped out of there like nothing! Very impressed!!! Gas milage aint the best tho!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Off-roading

Does recommend this car!!

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Love this car!

by from on August 21, 2014

My first car ever and I don't ever want to let it go. I'm going on 150k miles and I've only had to do a tune up and routine oil changes here and there.
My first car ever and I don't ever want to let it go. I'm going on 150k miles and I've only had to do a tune up and routine oil changes here and there.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car!!

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198k miles and still going strong

by from Stillwater, NY on August 4, 2014

I bought this brand new, it was been everywhere from the Adirondack Mnts, to the NC Beach. 198k miles and I have only replaced the timing belt, starter and normal things like brakes and rotors. Best s...
I bought this brand new, it was been everywhere from the Adirondack Mnts, to the NC Beach. 198k miles and I have only replaced the timing belt, starter and normal things like brakes and rotors. Best set of tires for it Nitto Grappler, expensive but worth every penny, 85 miles on the tires, Mnts, Sand and road. AMAZING. I have also been re-rended Twice and each time, barely any damage, other cars totaled! She is a tank
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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We have two

by from Arizona on January 4, 2014

Great cars. Budget friendly four wheel drive car. Both have been very reliable. Each of my daughters have one. They feel very confident when they drive in the snow. Gas mileage not great and accelerat...
Great cars. Budget friendly four wheel drive car. Both have been very reliable. Each of my daughters have one. They feel very confident when they drive in the snow. Gas mileage not great and acceleration a little slow, but pulling trailers to go to school etc no problem.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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Awesome SUV

by from San Antonio, TX on October 10, 2013

Really awesome SUV I love the exterior design and the simple interior look. Only issues with it I found was the available performance. Nissan could of done better with there 4 Cylinder engines and add...
Really awesome SUV I love the exterior design and the simple interior look. Only issues with it I found was the available performance. Nissan could of done better with there 4 Cylinder engines and added some kind of performance option like a turbo, supercharger or a ECU upgrade to give the 4 Cylinder engine enough power to do the things I do with my Xterra. Also didn't like the fact that 4WD is not an option with the 4 cylinder engine, but can be easily fixed with a transmission swap out of a Nissan Hardbody pickup (both vehicles have the exact same 4 cylinder engine). The interior is very stylish and easy to work with. Love how simple it is to remove the interior to do any interior modifications. Its a awesome SUV can't complain about. I plan on keeping my Xterra for a long time
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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