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2006 Nissan Xterra Consumer Reviews

4.1
Average based on 17 reviews
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I guess my XTerra missed the 'Reliability' Boat

by from Charleston, SC on October 19, 2008

I have owned my 06 XTerra for a little over two years now. At 11k miles my transmission went out and left my wife and I stranded on the side of the highway in the middle of no where. Since I have had ...
I have owned my 06 XTerra for a little over two years now. At 11k miles my transmission went out and left my wife and I stranded on the side of the highway in the middle of no where. Since I have had it back in the shop for a new fuel gaugesensor (all of a sudden didn't know how much fuel I had), new catalytic converter, new IPDM module, and currently the dealer doesn't know what is wrong with it because they are not getting an error code on their diagnostic machine. Needless to say, I have not been pleased with the service that has been conducted, nor have I been pleased having to have it towed to the dealer four times now. Three of those four were within the same week. The feaures are great and I have enjoyed while I have driven it. I have the Rockford Fosgate system and have used it extensively for tailgating. If I didn't have the above issues, I would throughly enjoy this vehicle.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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i love my Xterra

by from Tulsa on December 13, 2011

I have an Xterra and i absolutely love it. its got the torque in the beginning where it really counts. In my opinion its the best car I've owned.
I have an Xterra and i absolutely love it. its got the torque in the beginning where it really counts. In my opinion its the best car I've owned.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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It's an SUV, not a smart car - and a good one

by from Chicage on February 20, 2007

I'd recommend it! Don't buy this TRUCK if you want a Crossover SUV or a pickup truck. If you want a rugged small-size SUV this is a great option. I almost bought a Dodge Nitro, but opted for this one...
I'd recommend it! Don't buy this TRUCK if you want a Crossover SUV or a pickup truck. If you want a rugged small-size SUV this is a great option. I almost bought a Dodge Nitro, but opted for this one instead - GREAT DECISION! Buy the "X" model with the power package option ($1100) and put your own accessories on (hitch, wheels, step rails, etc.), you'll save a ton of money.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Rugged, Reliable, Powerful (and nice to look at)

by from Grand Canyon, AZ on August 25, 2006

Why would anyone buy a powerful (4.0L 265hp), inexpensive ($20,000 after rebates), off-road warrior and then complain about a slightly noisy muffler, gas mileage and seats not being cushy enough? If ...
Why would anyone buy a powerful (4.0L 265hp), inexpensive ($20,000 after rebates), off-road warrior and then complain about a slightly noisy muffler, gas mileage and seats not being cushy enough? If you want a plush, fluffy street utility vehicle... buy a $35,000+ something else! This is the Swiss army knife of production SUV's. I live at the Grand Canyon and these are the choice of local explorers. Carry everything, go anywhere, hose it out when you're done. With the new vehicle dynamics control (VDC), the transition from highway to dirt goes almost without notice. The Xterra is not built to be an interstate cruiser but I travel long distances often and have no complaints. Go test drive one in the hills and on the highway. Then come back here and write a review.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Excellent value

by from Westwood, NJ on October 10, 2011

I recently purchased a 2006 Nissan XTerra SE for my soon to be 17 year old son. Plenty of power, but fuel economy so far only about 15 mpg around town. 4WD system for wet/snow or off road only, so hav...
I recently purchased a 2006 Nissan XTerra SE for my soon to be 17 year old son. Plenty of power, but fuel economy so far only about 15 mpg around town. 4WD system for wet/snow or off road only, so have not used much yet. Somewhat noisy, but optional Rockford Fosgate sound system overpowers road noise. Excellent cargo capacity. Rear seats fold flat and passenger front seat as well. Very rugged styling, with sturdiest roof rack I have ever seen. 5 speed automatic always able to find proper gear with very little sensation of shifting. Deep tinted windows excellent for keeping interior cool, and concealing cargo. Excellent anti lock braking system stopping vehicle consistently with little if any fade.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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great car

by from st louis on July 19, 2006

lots of fun to drive, turns heads, everything is close by, you dont have to stretch for any controls, it has more than enough power but handles very well
lots of fun to drive, turns heads, everything is close by, you dont have to stretch for any controls, it has more than enough power but handles very well
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Xterra Review

by from Virginia on January 11, 2013

Ok, so I'm pretty big into cars, and i'm test driving the Nissan Xterra and several other cars before I decide what I want. I have driven several Xterras from the 2005 model year. The big thing that I...
Ok, so I'm pretty big into cars, and i'm test driving the Nissan Xterra and several other cars before I decide what I want. I have driven several Xterras from the 2005 model year. The big thing that I have noticed with this car is the reliability... Fun as heck to drive, looks great, serves my offroad purposes... but every car I've driven or test drove from this model are the exact same... there are a lot of small electrical problems with the cars... I've also had problems with other things as well... while they may be minute problems, it would be very timely and costly to keep fixing problems. As far for the engine, great engine, great performance, great power. Excellent offroad capabilities, but how can you drive if the car is constantly in the shop?? You will have more time and money spent in the shop than you will enjoying the car... If you get lucky, you will love it... problem is, how lucky are you!?
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

Does not recommend this car

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Love the Xterra

by from boston,MA on April 16, 2012

I love it. The extras that came with it such as the cd changer and tow package. The Nissan dealership was friendly and helpful and very polite.
I love it. The extras that came with it such as the cd changer and tow package. The Nissan dealership was friendly and helpful and very polite.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Reliable

by from Orlando on August 12, 2006

This car is reliable only for its engine. If you buy the trims for this vehicle are very poor. The lowest model includes manual windows, not power. The rear space is very ample. But the cargo space is...
This car is reliable only for its engine. If you buy the trims for this vehicle are very poor. The lowest model includes manual windows, not power. The rear space is very ample. But the cargo space is good. The muffler will make a noise. The Xterra eats gas.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Lots of Noise

by from Spotsylvania VA on May 17, 2006

We purchased our 2006 Nissan X-terra back in March 2006, since then we've had to take it back to the shop 4 times, just recently it's started making a LOUD humming noise, so loud it can be heard over ...
We purchased our 2006 Nissan X-terra back in March 2006, since then we've had to take it back to the shop 4 times, just recently it's started making a LOUD humming noise, so loud it can be heard over the $900 stereo system. I've driven a new car/truck almost every year (for the past 23 years) and I have to say, I'm not impressed with this vehicle. Add a brush guard and the steering becomes heavy and combersome, seats are comfortable, but only for a 1/2 day ride. The service I get is lacking the tech knowledge to add or correct any problems...I expected a lot more out of this car and Nissan all together....Really disappointed...I won't buy another Nissan again.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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