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#2215 of 2815 Nissan dropping the manual 5 speed in 2003!!
Sep 24, 2002 (5:11 pm)
I'm a very upset consumer. today I picked up a 2003 Xterra broacher. As I was excited to get the new leather interior on SE S/C edition. But I find Nissan will no longer offer a 5 speed on any SE or S/C models for 2003.
I knew they where dropping it from the pathfinder but the Xterra is for offroading. and nothing funner than shifting as your climbing rough trails!
Is there anyone else as upset as I am? They will still offer it on the XE base 4 banger and XE base v6 but thats it!
#2216 of 2815 Sign of the times
Sep 24, 2002 (8:18 pm)
Manual is going to die in North America and fade out like vinyl records. I doubt the Xterra will keep much of its offroad capabilities either in the next few years.
My last excuse for not letting my wife drive my vehicles is about to die.
#2217 of 2815 4x2 in Winter Climates
Sep 25, 2002 (1:48 pm)
I live in a sunshine state where I never see snow/ice. My wife and I enjoy our X-Terra 4x2 in this area, but we are thinking of skiing trip to Colorado. I was wondering if anyone of expertise could advise on how well the 4x2 (rear wheel drive) handles on roads where ice/snow may be present. Would anyone recommend taking this vehicle on a winter trip?
#2218 of 2815 If a car can do it
Sep 26, 2002 (10:48 am)
so can a 4x2 X... you would just drive more securely in a 4x4. Add a little weight in the rear (sand bags etc) to gain extra traction, watch you foot on the gas and you should be fine. Maybe think about getting a set of chains.
I only hit the 4WD in deep storms, or to help with ice, otherwise I can spend most of the winter in 2WD.. (but I do have proper winter tires)
#2219 of 2815 This is one heck of a truck
Sep 29, 2002 (10:41 pm)
I have driven a car all of my life while my friends drove trucks/suv's. I was so jealous since my interests mainly pertained to outdoor activities. After being a toyota salesman and swearing that I would only buy a 4Runner, I ran across a beautiful 02 Xterra SE 4X4 with the brush guards, hitch, .... fell in love with it and compulsively bought it. It is a heck of a deal- you get more than the 4Runner offers for about $5,000.00 less, the same warranty, and I believe that the quality is just as good or maybe even better. Upon buying the vehicle on 8/03/02, I haven't seen another like it- another thing I like given that 4Runners are everywhere, one exactly like the other beside it.
I have been surprised with the little "extras" that I have found upon exploring the vehicle. The styling is awesome. The off-road capability is superb. It DOES turn heads. Unlike the competitors, this is truely a no-bs sport ute that is truely a capable truck and not a sissy car.
I don't really have any complaints with the vehichle at all, but do with the service dept at the dealership which I purchased it from. It wasn't PDI'd. My AC didn't work sufficiently (bad compressor- had to replace it a week after the purchase), the alignment seems to be off, and there is some road noise (I believe this is the right term) through the audio system when it is turned on (a "whistle" upon accleration). I was wondering if anyone else had encountered similar problems. The gas mileage could be a little better, but is still decent for a heavy four wheel drive SUV. The low-end torque is great, but you do sacrifice power going up hill at interstate speeds.
The only addition that I have made so far was a set of heavy duty deep rubber mats to replace the carpet floor mats- strongly reccomend them. I am wanting to get a basket for the top and was wondering if anyone had any resources or reccomendations concerning any other accessories. Sorry to tire your ear with my babbling, but I had to run my mouth about this thing!
Oct 01, 2002 (11:46 am)
Glad to hear you like your X! I love mine too (2001 SE Silver Ice 4x4) and have had no problems. The only upgrade that I think is a "must have" is the tires. Nissan puts crappy tires on their SUVs (general grabbers, BFG long trails, BFG rugged trails) and if you leave the pavement you will soon find that they are useless. My general grabbers were downright dangerous on wet pavement too. So after about 5K miles I ditched them and got a set of Yokohama Geolandar AT+II tires. What a difference. Another popular tire is the Pirelli Scorpion AT. Both are all-around true All Terrain tires, but manage to keep road noise to a minimum. BFG AT's are a great choice too. All of these tires greatly improve the X both on and off road. I guess to keep the cost down Nissan chose to use a cheap all pupose tire instead of a true AT tire.
Once I got the tires squared away I've gone places that I would never have tried in my Cherokees or Chevys. The X is a great all purpose SUV that strikes the perfect balance between a
9-5 commuter ride and a capable off-roader for the weekends. Of all the 4x4s I have had, this one does the best. The Cherokee flexed better (solid front axle), but was very unreliable and was like riding on an amusement park ride.
Oct 03, 2002 (10:19 am)
I have a squeal that comes for awhile then it leaves for awhile, then comes back for awhile then leaves for awhile. When i put the brakes on it goes away, sometimes for awhile sometimes only till i take my foot off the brakes, I was wondering if anyone could help me with this, I'm thinking it is the brakes, but i only have 34,000 miles on it and i'm not hard on brakes, or at least i didn't think i was. thanks
Oct 08, 2002 (12:19 am)
I have been reading over the "other side" and there is alot of talk about the Toyota SR5 4runner with a whopping new 245 hp V6 and the venerable, silky smooth V8 Tundra engine. All this at about the starting cost of 27k (around SC X price). This is not a direct competitor to the X in price, but in possible utility.
Does anyone know when the 240 Horse VQ will make into the X? Will there be a cyclical re-design before then?
#2223 of 2815 kenobisan...check automobile mag
Oct 09, 2002 (5:02 pm)
The inside fold-out is the new 4-Runner in all its glory. New V8 and Avalanche (GM) body lines. A little odd, but I'm sure it will grow. The motor alone is worth driving. If Nissan drops the VQ into the baby X....WOW, what a ride!!! There is a post somewhere a group of Nissan performance guys dropped the 240-horse monster into an X for the GOX event.....it can be done, the only question is will it be done. I hope Nissan would realize the runaway sales numbers this option could give them!
#2224 of 2815 4Runner starting at 27k.....?????????
Oct 10, 2002 (3:23 am)
That'll never happen. I'm sure ( considering what I've seen of the previous 4Runner stickers ) it'll be more like 32k to 44k.
There is usually a huge difference from the published starting prices and the stickers you'll see at the dealer.
And then when comparing two vehicles, I never compare the sticker price. I compare the price I would have to pay to purchase.