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Jul 09, 2003 (2:55 pm)
I wonder what percentage of Xterras are being manufactured with the optional side air bags? I would venture to guess it is below 5%. I did an internet search within 100 miles of New Orleans and only found one Xterra in dealer inventory with side air bags. I hope the Insurance Institute's recent findings on how poorly most smaller SUVs did in a side impact when not equipped with side air bags will prompt Nissan to equip a much higher percentage of the 2004 models with the side air bag/head curtains. I for one have been holding out until I can find the SUV I want equipped that way (still trying to decide between Xterra and 4-Runner; and, by the way, no more 4-Runners in inventory have the side air bag option than Xterras and when there is one, of course it is the most expensive Limited model). Anyone out there finding a higher percentage of side air bags on 2003 Xterras in another part of the country?
#2328 of 2816 2000 Nissan Xterra noise
Jul 18, 2003 (5:18 am)
Just purchased a used 2000 Xterra. First time out on the expressway I detected a high pitch noise that started around 55mph and faded out at around 70mph. Not sure if it is tire noise or ?. Anyone have a similar experience?
Jul 18, 2003 (7:29 pm)
If your X has the deflectors on windows and hood, it is probably the bottom of the front window ones. My first X had that noise too, and it was from the bottom of the driver's side wind deflector. My new one without the deflectors doesn't have the noise.
If thats the noise a small piece of 3m double sided tape under the end of it will reduce or eliminate it.
#2330 of 2816 Reply to 2321 - shocks
Aug 03, 2003 (4:58 pm)
The best way to check if the shocks are worn is to press down hard on the front and rear bumpers and watch the vehicle bounce. If it bouces up and down more than once, the shocks are probably worn. If the shocks are good, the car should bounce only once after pushed down.
Do you do a lot of driving on bumpy roads? The function of shock absorbers is really not to absorb shock (the springs do this), but to control the spring oscillations. If you have really bad shocks, you will get wheel hop, and lot of bouncing when you hit a bad spot in the road.
I am absolutely convinced that you can find decent gas pressurized shocks for you Xterra for around $ 100 for all four. I installed four Gabreiel shocks on my 95 Nissan SE V6 4X4 pickup for about $ 80. I got the shocks from Autozone I believe. I have had these for about two years now and they work just fine. The claim that only Rancho shocks fit your vehicle sounds like nonsense to me. Check JC Whitney catalog on line - they probably have quite a few shock absorbers for your vehicle at a reasonable price.
#2331 of 2816 Rear Rattle
Aug 07, 2003 (1:03 pm)
Hi- I have a 2000 xterra SE and for the past year there has been a rattling sound coming from the rear of the truck (maybe more on driver's side - not sure, though). Took it in to dealership and they can't figure out where it's coming from (took out the first-aid kit just in case...). It mainly happens when going over bumpy road surfaces or turning. Anyone have any ideas?? *One more question... It's time for my 30k maintenance check. If I rarely use my 4WD, do I still need to have the front wheel bearing grease and hub grease replaced? It's $200 for just that!!
#2332 of 2816 Looking at buying an 03 Xterra XE.
Aug 11, 2003 (8:55 am)
2003 Nissan Xterra XE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 4A) MSRP Invoice
National Base Price $23,399 $22,129 $22,312
for Zip Code 50124 -- -- $21
Optional Equipment $1,834 $1,517 $1,568
P01 Power Package info $1,299 $1,126 $1,154
V93 Electrochromic Mirror info $219 $167 $175
K94 Body Side Molding info $99 $73 $77
M93 Splash Guards info $89 $53 $59
L92 Floor Mats info $79 $61 $64
F94 In-Cabin Microfilter info $49 $37 $39
Silver Ice Metallic Clearcoat -- -- -$31
Destination Charge $540 $540 $540
Total $25,773 $24,186 $24,410
Totals $24,186 for invoice. We have a $1500 rebate with 1.9% financing for 60 months. Would $1k under invoice minus rebate for a total of about $21600 sound out of line? I know the X-Terra is down 25% in sales for the year and the 04's are coming soon. Is this in the right ballpark, or should I ask for more or less? Thanks in advance.
#2333 of 2816 Flip up sunroof problem?
Aug 14, 2003 (5:44 pm)
Hi there I have a 2001 Nissan Xterra SE with a flip up sunroof. I only have one problem with it, when you drive more that 50 miles in hour it makes a lot of noise. Anyone else having this problem? It doesn't shake or anything, but sounds like it is. Maybe it was removing the gear basket? Thanks Max
Aug 17, 2003 (7:59 am)
A certain amount of noise is unavoidable, you are intruding the sunroof into the airflow. Adding turbulence = adding noise. If the sunshade is left on, it makes the noise even worse. Especially if you took off the front wind deflector from the roof rack for maximum visibility like most people do. With the front deflector in place, the roof isn't the piece causing the wake turbulence, and not as much wind directly on it.
#2335 of 2816 Xterra lease incentive
Aug 18, 2003 (1:02 pm)
The $1500 cash back goes with the 1.9% financing but not with the special lease. I can not find verification of that on the Edmunds site. In fact it indicates the the $1500 is available both ways lease or buy. Any other place to look on Edmunds ?
Aug 23, 2003 (3:44 am)
I am looking into buying a 2003 Xterra and was wondering is there that much of a difference with the super charger and other options that the SE has over the ones of the XE? Does having 17" wheels improve the ride that much more than the 16"? Also has anyone heard about the 2004 models? what improvements they will have?
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!!