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#2153 of 2816 Skid plates for XTerra
Jun 27, 2002 (8:51 am)
Well, i must admit i was a bit surprised and disappointed to learn that my new 2002 XTerra didn't come with skid plates protecting the transfer case. My local Nissan dealer said that they couldn't find any available from Nissan.
So, does anybody know if there are any after-market skid plates available for the Nissan XTerra? If so, where did you see/get them? Thanks very much!!
Otherwise extremely satisfied as of 1400 miles,
#2154 of 2816 transfer case skid.
Jun 27, 2002 (10:07 am)
Well...the Pathfinder skidplate fits the Xterra. It bolts right into the transfer case. It's not exactly a plate, but rather more like a bar that croses over it. It offers a little protection, but it's not the most optimum. For full skids, check out someplace like
or check at www.xterraparts.com. They have skids to replace the gas tank, and a skid for the rear diff.
Part Numbers for Pathfinder transfer case skid and bolts:
skidplate pn - 30409-33G00
The Pathfinder transfer skid plate does not come with the required mounting bolts, you will have to order them in addition:
Bolt-fix pn - 33201-33G10
Bolt+hex pn - 08121-0201E
You will need two (2) of each bolt.
Read more about it here... http://dean.thayer.net/off-road/upgrades/tcaseskid/
Hope this helps.
#2155 of 2816 thanks bskohler!!!!!
Jun 28, 2002 (2:25 pm)
Thanks very much for this invaluable information!! I'm not going to go the Pathfinder skidplate route, as it is mounted on the transfer case itself, which doesn't provide any shock protection whatsoever.
But the other 2 sources are excellent. Thanks again!!
Jul 02, 2002 (3:46 pm)
I just bought a 2002 se/sc last week. After three days I hear a funny sound that I think is under the hood or possibly in the shock towers. It sounds like something is like a piece of rubber that is being vibrated or rubbing up against a moving part. I sometimes get it going over a bump or just accelerating from a stop. It will usually go away after about five seconds or so but it really annoys me considering I have only had the car for about 5 days now. I was thinking it was the belt but it seems tight as can be. I was also wondering if it could the drive shaft vibrating something. Any thoughts would be helpful, especially if any of you have experienced this type of problem
#2157 of 2816 mountain driving
Jul 02, 2002 (3:48 pm)
I am considering buying a Xterra S/C sometime this year and was wondering how they handle in the mountains? I have a 1996 Isuzu Rodeo and it is terrible in the mountains (Colorado). It is always trying to shift gears (Auto Trans) while climbing. I was wondering how the xterra Auto trans drove in the mountains if it is always trying to find the right gear i.e. second or third gear or if it is smooth and has the power to climb 6-7 % grades in the mountains without shifting every few seconds.
Thanks for the feedback.
#2158 of 2816 mountain driving = manual tranny :)
Jul 05, 2002 (1:49 pm)
Hi!! i have a new XTerra SC with a 5-speed manual, and have about 1600 miles on it. i took it up to the mountains around the CU High Altitude Research Center (between Nederland and Ward), and it did great. As a matter of fact, I bailed on a road (Caribou jeep trail, FS Road 505) because of being out of practice/short on confidence in myself, not the vehicle (and because there is no skid plate protecting the tranny - I'm fixing that with a Skidrow skid plate that I've ordered thanks to help from forum contributer bskohler).
In any case, i would suggest that you get into manual transmissions. There's no way ANY auto can do as well as you can. It can't know when you want to shift, and you do know when you want to shift. So, I can't testify to performance with an auto, but otherwise the vehicle seems great. I've had no problems thus far, none at all (knock on the dashboard...).
#2159 of 2816 Self correction
Jul 07, 2002 (4:26 pm)
Ooopsies!! In a reply to ctb933's post about auto trannies and mountain driving, I said I have a 2002 "SC", and meant to say "SE". I don't have the supercharged XTerra. Phew!! Now i can sleep at nights!!
#2160 of 2816 Xterra or Santa Fe
Jul 17, 2002 (5:51 am)
Ok, need some opinions, I am going to buy the Xterra (XE) or a Hyundai Santa Fe (GLS). I currently own a 01 Sonata (love it). I know the Xterra's strength is off road and is more truck like. The Santa Fe is more car like and has a hell of a waranty. Thanks much!
#2161 of 2816 XTERRA 2.4 Liter Four
Jul 18, 2002 (3:14 pm)
Hello Xterrans. I have loved looking at XTERRAs ever since they first came out. I am torn between black and gold rush. I have read most of the nearly 2200 postings on this board and have not yet seen anything on the 2.4 liter Four version. I live in New Orleans where we encounter snow about once every 25 years, so having 4WD is not an issue. I am wondering if anyone out there has the Four and if there are any problems with it, whether you regret not having the 6 and if the mileage is decent. I really want more than 16 or 17 MPG. I have found a gold rush with the power and utility packs, body side molding, floor mats and splash guards; the dealer says he will sell it "at invoice" and with 0.9% financing for 24 months. I am going in armed with Edmond's invoice which is exactly $19,100, plus tax, license, title (which they had better not jack up).
I am also wondering if anyone has heard of plans to put the 175 HP 2.5 liter Four from the Altima in the XTERRA soon? Man, 175 HP from that Four would be more than the HP in the current non S/C Six. That would probably still deliver great gas mileage and would be worth waiting for.
The "shaking" in some postings is giving me great concern. Maybe I should consider leasing it so that I won't have it that long if it becomes a problem. My last new car was a 1985 Nissan 300ZX which only has 79,500 miles on it. It has been as problem-free as any vehicle ever made and I am keeping it. So, I tend to keep vehicles a long time, if warranted.
Thanks for any help; sorry so wordy.....
Jul 19, 2002 (6:35 am)
I'm looking to purchase an X SE S/C soon, however; with 2003 production so close I'm contemplating waiting until the '03 models are out. Will purchasing an '02 so close to the new model year affect potential trade in value? Does anyone know what, if any, enhancements the '03 year will provide?