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Nissan Xterra, SUV
#2501 of 2816 Re: 2005 Xterra... I'm keeping my 2002 [coolcom]
Mar 23, 2005 (12:00 pm)
I think Nissan wanted to separate the Xterra a little more from the Pathfinder. Sounds like you fell on the Pathfinder side of the divide, except for no 6-speed at all on the Pathfinder.
Personally, I think the Xterra rocks in almost every way except looks. I like the steering wheel controls, the carpetless back, and I'm only 5'9", so I have no headroom problems. Add to that the locker, the ground clearance, the clutch interlock defeat, the VDC, the ABLS...nothing can touch it for all around capability on and off road for any price. At least until the Toyota FJ hits the market in another 18 months.
#2502 of 2816 Re: 2005 Xterra... I'm keeping my 2002 [scottl]
Mar 24, 2005 (4:06 pm)
After reading messages by coolcom and scott, I just want to add another two cents to the discussion. For those of us who want the Xterra for pure off road use, we find the interior to our liking...easy to clean with no frills. In the fine dust of Utah, that's a blessing. Being 6'3" I find the seats great for looking over the hood, especially off road. For all around capability, as Scott say, I agree nothing can touch it. However, ABS is not a good thing for off road; you want those tires to dig in pushing dirt and rocks (and snow) ahead to make a stop. Rockcrawler has a good explanation of this in one of their articles. Plus, I do not like the Hill Descent Control or the VDC. I prefer to do all my own braking and vehicle control based on my ability to drive a car in all situations. The Hill Descent Control can certainly overheat brakes in bad situations (I want control in bad situations) and the VDC is a false sense of security and made for people who don't know how to drive (soccer moms). These things drive the cost of the vehicle up and in my opinion, are not something I even want on my car. Too bad you cannot order the Xterra without ABS, VDC, and HDC. That's why many people still prefer Jeeps; they give up the comfort for the driving ability and lack of technology under the premise of "leave the driving to us"!
#2504 of 2816 Re: 2005 Xterra... I'm keeping my 2002 [iconoclast]
Mar 25, 2005 (2:02 pm)
Well said. iconoclast. I can never understand the need for hill decent and accent controls, particularly with a auto trans. I went to a Jeep 101 once, over there I drove up and down very steep dirt pile and never had any sort of control problem at all. 1st gear and low range are all you need.
Stability control is another gimmick that I dont need. Slow down is the only sure bet in bad road condition. Being a longtime software engineer myself, I know first hand that you dont want to push your luck with the stablilty control.
#2505 of 2816 Re: 2005 Xterra... I'm keeping my 2002 [steve_]
Mar 25, 2005 (4:20 pm)
Thanks, Steve...interesting article. Having driven the ice and snow all my life in the Colorado mountains, I still do not want a car that takes the driving out of my hands. I think it far more important to teach people HOW to drive than to make vehicles that think for us. Anything technological in a vehicle is subject to error as are humans...I would rather it be my error than something mechanical, electrical, or computerized. As long as these things can be turned off at the driver's discretion, I have no problem. When it becomes mandatory and we have no choice, I become concerned. It's too bad our driver education courses in schools are nothing more than an avenue to get a license. I was trained to be an driving educator by the Texas Highway Patrol and what we went through I have never seen in any school program...it was tough an demanding putting the driver in all kinds of emergency situations. Too bad that kind of teaching doesn't exist in schools today.
#2506 of 2816 Re: 2005 Xterra... I'm keeping my 2002 [iconoclast]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 25, 2005 (4:30 pm)
I like the idea myself (not many of us have had any kind of demanding driver's ed in the States). If nothing else, maybe it'll keep someone else from crossing into my lane and tagging me.
4rider has the right idea, but no one slows down either.
#2507 of 2816 just got an 05 today
Mar 26, 2005 (1:49 pm)
just picked up my new black 05 xterra today.got an s 4x4 model with auto and some other options.power is amazing and entire truck seems to be well built.cabin is pretty quiet and the only major complaint is that the stereo is horrible.got a great deal since my friend runs the dealership.even if i had to pay sticker of $25,980.00 the truck would have still been a good deal.
#2508 of 2816 Grill guard for an 05
Mar 27, 2005 (11:21 am)
Does anyone know where I can get a grill guard for an 05 xterra? Any companies making them?
Mine should arrive mid April.
Won't know if it will have VDC until it gets here. Nissan says it will give me a credit if it doesn't. Anyone gotten a credit for this?
#2509 of 2816 transfer case/differential strength??
Mar 27, 2005 (3:22 pm)
We all know the Jeeps are available with the Dana 44's and 30's and they are tough. Anyone know how tough the components are for the Xterra? Differentials and transfer cases?
#2510 of 2816 Re: 2005 Xterra... I'm keeping my 2002 [coolcom]
Mar 27, 2005 (9:00 pm)
I purchased the 2005 Xterra so I admit to having a bias. But, I absolutely love the new 265 HP V-6. It is powerful and has tremendous passing ability. I test drove several other vehicles, but for the money, nothing compared to the feel, look, and performance of the Nisaan.
I appreciate your view of the 2005 shortcomings, but I found the vehicle to offer so much more than comparable vehicles. Very few vehicles in its class have the hardware, performance, or luxury and styling of the new Xterra. Good luck to everyone.