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#2456 of 2816 2005 Nissan Xterra Front Seats
Feb 27, 2005 (9:45 pm)
I have a Nissan Xterra 2000. Love it. 62K. The new 05 Xterra is one of the best Suv ever built.
Except for a fatal flaw. The Driver Seat. They changed the Head Rest & Seat. If you rest your
head back on the active head rest & roll over some minor bumps it will about rattle the filling
out of you head. I tired ever position on a Se with no luck. Very hard on the back. No sweet spot to be found. Yes this has 8 Way seats. The seat feels like you are being pushed forward. Sorry to say you can fix a bunch of problems but replacing two seats on a 30 K vehicle is just ridicules. Very bummed out. This is the most imporant feature. Has anyone felt the same problem. If not please take a test ride & let me know what you think.
#2457 of 2816 2004 Xterra Gas Gauge issues
Mar 03, 2005 (6:59 pm)
I have a 2004 XE-V6 with 7500 miles. Since day 1 the fuel gauge has not worked. It would stick at 3/4ths of a tank. Nissan replaced the dash cluster. Then, the four wheel drive lite would not go out. They said it was "stuck". It worked for a few months. Now, the gauge does not go on at all and stays past E. I was driving from another state and they said to "keep gas in it". Thanks for the tip, I would not have thought of that myself. They said it was the fuel sending unit. Four days later it does not work again. I have seen this complaint before, but hardly from 04s. I live in NY and am researching the lemon law. Any advice?
#2459 of 2816 2005 Xterra Off Road
Mar 05, 2005 (8:03 am)
I kind of stumbled on to the new Xterra and got all excited. I'm looking at getting a new vehicle, and I'm getting as much offroad capability as I can. I currently have a fullsized Chevy pickup, long bed extended cab. It is just too freaking big for some spots I want to get to, although you'd be surprised where it can go.
I'm seriously looking at a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. There is no doubt that there are some offroad situations where the Rubi would smoke an Xterra, but there is also no doubt that in the 99.9% of other situations, the Xterra is more practical, refined, capable and safe.
I read all the Nissan propaganda, and thought the hill descent/hill hold, 4-wheel limited slip and other features were awesome.
In digging a little deeper, it turns out that hill descent/hold is not available on the six speed and the 4-wheel limited slip is "late availability" on the 6-speed. So as of right now, the Off Road package with 6-speed consists of Bilstein shocks, rear locker and a switch to allow the starter to operate in 1st gear low range.
I'm guessing the hill descent/hold is just some electronic trickery inside the auto transmission.
The 4 wheel limited slip is electronic brake actuation based on information from the wheel sensors. This is a cool idea, but of course it is disabled on the rear if the locker is engaged, and I'm a little skeptical about how well it will work on the front. I've never had a vehicle with electronic traction control.
Anyone have any insight as to when the traction control will be available on the 6-speeds?
I also did an inventory search in the Denver area, and there are no Off Road models available. Have they all been bought, or are they not yet available? Anyone seen one?
#2460 of 2816 Speaker upgrades
Mar 05, 2005 (12:34 pm)
What kind of speakers would be best to upgrade to in my 04 xterra? I recently got an alpine unit with sirius satellite radio but I want to upgrade the speakers too. Thoughts?
#2461 of 2816 '05 Xterra
Mar 05, 2005 (5:02 pm)
I drove by a Nissan dealer to look at an '05 Xterra. They had three, one S model 5-speed and two SE autos.
Honestly, I like the styling of the '04 better. They had an '04 sitting next to the '05s, and the '04 looked cleaner and tighter. The '05 has too much MechWarrior squared off robot look for me. It wouldn't keep me from buying one, but the thing is pretty ugly.
I like the interior. Very functional. The curvy dash doesn't do much for me, but I guess that's just me, since all vehicles seem to be going that way.
Now some rants.
The Nissan web site absolutely sucks. Trying to get any real information out of that thing is maddening. Lots of slow-mo videos of trucks splashing in mud, almost no hard info, and in some cases it is just plain misleading. It talks about optional features like they exist on all models, and it is impossible to tell what does and doesn't come on each trim level.
For example the fold flat front passenger seat is trumpeted, but at least on the 'S' model you don't get that unless you get the 'Utility' package for over $500 with a bunch of fairly useless crap.
They talk about the traction control, then bury in the fine print that it isn't yet available on the 6-speed. It is ambiguous about whether it is a feature on the 'S' model at all. What about the people who buy a 6-speed now? Are they SOL, or is it retrofitted later (I doubt it).
And no where does it say that you must use PREMIUM gas in the thing. I read that in a magazine article.
I think I'm going to download the owner's manual and go through it.
After lookin' this here horse in the mouth, there might be a few teeth missin'.
I think the biggest problem is going to be dealers ordering all the little splash guards/side rails/floor mats, etc. etc. etc. Finding an Off Road 6-speed with no options but the airbags is going to be impossible, I think.
#2463 of 2816 '05 (cont.)
Mar 06, 2005 (2:00 pm)
I saw a few more '05s. The 'S' model 6-speeds do have the traction control on the sticker. I think it is the VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) that is held up on the 6-speed OR and SE models.
Without skid plates, the oil pan is really exposed on this thing. It is really narrow and sits right in front of a frame cross member. I'd be scared to death to take one of these into any kind of rocks without a good skid plate over the pan.
Does anyone know the ETA of 6-speed Off Road models?
Mar 07, 2005 (6:41 pm)
i got my xterra back not fixed. They told me, and I quote, "we have no idea whats wrong". I have to bring it back with 1/4th of a tank of gas. We'll see what happens!
#2465 of 2816 No '05 OR models around here
Mar 09, 2005 (9:56 am)
I looked at the Nissan Dealer Inventory Search on their website, and the 3 or 4 dealers I looked at didn't have OR models. I'm in southern NH so the search carried into northern Mass.
My thought is wait a few months until I see some discounts and rebates, and then possibly go in at the end of the month (May or June), and place an order. Right now I'd go with the OR - 6 speed in Yellow. Get exactly what I want. And since I ordered it, I would save the cost of all those options which are added to the ones on the lot. And you know those options are 2X or 3X higher than you can aftermarket.
I'd bet that most Xterras on the lots are going to be autos., and you'll have to get lucky to find the color, model, trans, and a dealer you like all at the same time. Find a dealer who'll give you a good price, and order one.