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#2483 of 2816 newly purchased 2004 Xterra...
Mar 16, 2005 (12:50 pm)
I just traded in my 1998 Ford Explorer (perhaps better called 'exploder') for a 2004 Nissan Xterra. Yes, there are still plenty of new ones on dealers' lots ... and the rebate from Nissan was irresistable. I also had a chance to look for the 2005 Xterra. My thoughts, and some which are perhaps obvious, ...
- the 2004 looks much cleaner than the 2005. The 2005 looks ungainly and, well, a bit strange. Fortunately the 2004 is on the cool side of the cool-weird dividing line.
- the 2005 has serious horsepower. The 2004 has about the same performance as my (6 cylinder) Explorer. Certainly adequate but definitely uninspiring. However I understand the 2005 requires premium fuel ... a big no-no in my book.
- the 2005 has an absolutely marvelous interior. It is as if Nissan listened to complaints about the previous models and improved everything. The 2004 interior is fine but nothing special.
So I bought the 2004 because of price and styling. However both cars "really rock". I am thrilled with my purchase.
PS - I have a XE 2WD model. I live in south Florida and drive in urban areas. I didn't see the value (for me) in purchasing a 4WD (, although I understand the merits of it).
#2484 of 2816 Re: newly purchased 2004 Xterra... [lazza]
Mar 16, 2005 (3:49 pm)
THats incorrect that the new 2005 requires premium fuel. The owners manuel states a minimum of 87 octane. I tried both tanks of 87 and 93 and found very lil difference in fuel economy or power.
The 05 rocks but the 04 is cool too, You can not go wrong with either.
#2485 of 2816 New Owner of 2001 Xterra
Mar 16, 2005 (4:10 pm)
I am the new owner of a 2001 Xterra SE in cloud white, two wheel drive. Just got it yesterday. It was well cared for with one owner. I researched the Xterra every which way possible and read nearly every post available here to gain insight. I just wanted to be sure that this was the right vehicle for me. It feels like home already. I am REALLY enjoying it and thanks to everyone who helped me make a good decision.
#2486 of 2816 Re: newly purchased 2004 Xterra... [wargoat]
Mar 17, 2005 (3:16 pm)
Ah, thanks for the correction. I knew the Maxima was also rated at 265 hp and so I thought the Xterra shared the same engine and premium fuel requirement. But no. The Maxima's engine is smaller (with considerably less torque).
Yes, both the 2005 and 2004 models are terrific. My negative opinion about the 2005's exterior is only one person's judgement, although its terrific interior should please most everyone. And both vehicles have that certain muscular, brute-ish aspect I really like.
PS - btw, what sort of mpg do you get with your 2005?
#2487 of 2816 Re: 2005 Xterra Off Road [scottl]
Mar 17, 2005 (6:36 pm)
Hello, brother Coloradoan:
I live in Colorado, also, and go to Utah for about 4 weeks each year. Used to live in Montrose and now (Ugh!!) have to live in Parker and travel those long hours. I agree with you about the noise and comfort lacking in the Rubicon. And after real careful consideration and comparing gearing ratios, I'm leaning toward the Xterra regardless of the bumper/tire thing. I'm waiting on a 6 speed, also, since no one in the Denver area has one to date. For the money, and unless your hell bent on Hell's Revenge for fun, the Xterra with a 6 speed is the best all-around. If I can't get there with the Xterra, then I'll get close and hike the rest of the way. At least my left arm won't have to wear an elbow guard to keep from rubbing the skin off on the door...and I'll be a lot more comfortable getting there. The Rubicon is for Hell's Revenge and Elephant Hill..for most all other trails it's the Xterra.
Holler when you hear about a 6 speed in Colorado and I'll do the same.
#2488 of 2816 just saying hi
Mar 17, 2005 (8:16 pm)
Nice to see this board active again, hung around here when it was all new in 2000 (which I still have and still running strong and problem free)
As far as the X - Jeep debate, whatever short comings of a stock X, it can be modified. Approach and plastic bumper can be replaced with an ARB, Calmini or Shockworks winch bumper, and then you can go for suspension or body lifts.. there is pretty good support out there geared for the X.
Out of the dealer lot, a Rubicon will take it, with a little investment (like any offroad rig) the X is no dog and will handle (and has) class 4 & 5 trails.
#2489 of 2816 Re: 2005 Xterra Off Road [4rider]
Mar 18, 2005 (8:37 am)
"This is a very good suggestion. Could you provide the link for the rental company?"
They were new vehicles last year. It was a new business, and I don't know if they planned on getting new ones every year. I'd like to try a Rubicon Unlimited (I don't know if they have them now), but I'm probably getting an Off Road Xterra now.
#2490 of 2816 Re: 2005 Xterra Off Road [iconoclast]
Mar 18, 2005 (8:59 am)
The dealer in Boulder just got in a Night Armor Off Road 6-speed. I test drove it yesterday, and it is awesome. Despite what Nissan has said, after driving a 6-speed S and a 6-speed Off Road, it is clear that the Off Road has lower gearing.
The only option on the one they have is the Rockford Fosgate stereo. Boy, does that thing kick.
I would have bought it on the spot, but I want Granite and side airbags. Also, anyone buying an OR 6-speed right now will not be getting the VDC. As far as I'm concerned, you will have an orphan that will haunt you unless the VDC can be flashed in later. It is just software, so maybe that can be done, but I'm not taking that chance.
#2491 of 2816 Re: newly purchased 2004 Xterra... [lazza]
Mar 18, 2005 (10:19 am)
Its only a week old so need to break it in. But i get on the hwy an avg of 20 MPG
city it varies 15 to 18. I expect it to get better with proper break in after 7000 miles.
#2492 of 2816 6-Speed vs Automatic
Mar 18, 2005 (9:05 pm)
Can some of you more serious off-roaders chime in and give me some of your opinions/experience in reguard to the advantages/disadvantages, specifically referring to off road ability of a manual transmission vs automatic. I currently own a 97 Tacoma Extra Cab V6 with a 5-speed manual and am leaning towards staying with a manual trans for the Xterra. I am not a hard-core off roader by any means but several times a year I like to venture off with the family and explore. I've read the biggest advantages of the automatic are ease of brake and throttle control and perhaps (please correct me here) significant Torque Multiplication offered by an automatic transmission at low speeds. Thanks for your help on this.