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#2190 of 2816 Noise in rear differential
Aug 21, 2002 (10:07 am)
I've got a 2002 Xterra 2-wheel drive with about 9,000 miles. It has developed a whine-like noise in the rear that has gotten louder. Dealer claims that all 2002 Xterra's develop this around 10,000 miles, that they have called Nissan and they do not have a fix for it. Refuses to change out differential under warranty. Referenced me to the Nissan Corp, which I have called and they are looking into it. Would appreciate info from anyone else having this problem.
Aug 21, 2002 (11:42 am)
It isn't unheard of, but I've only heard of it on 2000 & 2001.. whine heard under acceleration around the 40 to 50 mph mark. A number of owners have had it replaced without too many problems. I'd try another dealer, I wouldn't put it under the "normal" catagory.
#2192 of 2816 Read differential noise
Aug 23, 2002 (9:00 am)
As a follow-up to message 2107. Nissan headquarters has gotten back to me and indicated that the noise is normal. They cannot and will not do anything about it. Looks like I just bought my last Nissan product.
#2193 of 2816 Dif Info search
Aug 23, 2002 (10:59 am)
I can't directly comment since I don't have a problem and mine is a 2000. I would suggest going to www.xterraownersclub.com and do a search under the problem & annoy. and/or drivetrain forums. If you find some hits for the '02/diff.. print it and go to another dealer, if not, post the question. Much more traffic on that site, and you'll have some notes to work with.
Aug 28, 2002 (7:06 am)
Is your 2002 X a supercharged model? If so, could the whine you are hearing be the supercharger and not the rear end? The S/C does whine a little which is normal.
The differential whine is absolutely real and you should insist that it is not normal, it did not do it when you bought it, and that you want it looked at by someone other than just your dealer (try and ask for like a regional manager or somebody like that). But....be NICE about it. If you politely insist that something be done, then you'll have better luck than if you raise hell and get angry. If you are getting nowhere with your dealer, go to another one and start all over.
Nissan has been known to replace the whining diffs several times on the same vehicle. The problem is a real one and you should persue it.
#2195 of 2816 Considering Xterra
Sep 03, 2002 (1:50 pm)
I am seriously considering an Xterra. I had my sights set on a Liberty, but I don't care for the cosmetic and performance changes on the '03's.
How do folks find the V-6 non supercharged (other than under the hood)? I am not looking at drag racing, but off-road use. No trailer, but an assortment of family, dog, tent, etc.
This seems to be one of the last, reasonably priced off-roaders out there.
#2196 of 2816 shill3
Sep 03, 2002 (5:57 pm)
I found that when I finally went on a test drive in one that most of what I heard about a lack of power was pure bunk. The Xterra accelerates quite well with not nearly as much noise as I thought there would be.
After reading the reviews on Edmunds, one gets the impression that the Xterra is like an anemic wheezing dump truck with seats so uncomfortable that you will be plagued with terminal back pains if you survive the turns because it doesn't corner as well as my Miata. I was shocked at how well behaved the Xterra was, quite impressive.
Take my advice and test drive it, then you will see for yourself.
#2197 of 2816 Thanks Thel
Sep 04, 2002 (10:01 am)
I did test drive an '02 last November (Flagstaff to Denver and back again) and while my wife complained as the passenger, I enjoyed the "rough" ride and seats. It reminded me a lot of my old CJ. I guess it suffers somewhat in comparison with its older sibling.
I should note that I am intersted in the 5 spd.'s performance (our rental was an automatic).
I plan to take another test drive shortly and compare with the Liberty and perhaps the Pathfinder.
#2198 of 2816 Xterra XE-S/C 2002 4X2
Sep 04, 2002 (10:27 am)
Lately I've test-driven and am considering buying this vehicle. I first considered buying a 4X4 but noticed that with the 4X2 Supercharged the horsepower and the torque were significantly higher. I want the vehicle to have an automatic transmission since I drive the freeways in Los Angeles. The reason I originally wanted the 4X4 is that I do volunteer Search and Rescue and at times I need a vehicle that will take me off-road. I believe that the 4X2 S/C will have sufficient horsepower and torque for my needs. The Xterra that I drove had front brush guards, which I'm considering getting but not necessary. Would anyone out there advise me on what would be a good price that will be satisfactory to both myself and the dealership, whether the 4X2 S/C really has the power it claims, if the S/C performance will NOT diminish using lower octane fuels, and whether I should just wait for the 2003's. By the way, the asking price for the vehicle I test-drove was $26,500
#2199 of 2816 Don't get a 4x2 just to save a little cash!
Sep 04, 2002 (10:57 am)
I think you will really regret getting a 4x2. Firstly, the extra hp isn't going to help you if you get stuck; you really need the the 4 wheel drive. The extra hp is just going to spin your wheels even faster.
Second of all, if you decide to re-sell it down the road, nobody wants a 4x2 and your resale value will suffer.
Hope this helps; spend the extra grand or so and get the 4 wheel drive. It's worth more than the price for the peace of mind when you get in a sticky situation.
Take it from someone in the northeast that has to deal with snow and ice.