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#2761 of 2816 05 Nissan Xterra Offroad Suddenly accelerating while braking
Jan 24, 2008 (7:48 am)
Have maintained my 05 and love it until it accelerated and took us into a concrete bulkhead. I was almost to a complete stop, foot on brake, it revved up & accelerated and we flew forward about 8' into a concrete bulkhead and then back about 7'. The whole time my foot was on the brake. Airbags didn't deploy until I turned it off - then with a fizzle and didn't fully inflate, and seatbelts never engaged. Has anyone else encountered this? I've heard of it with Pathfinders, Jeeps, and Audis. The engine is now about 1' shorter than it was and all engine components are compacted together. I have asked the ins. to see if my rig has a black box in it as cars newer than 2004 with airbags do have black boxes. Ins. is going to repair it. Frame is bent in two places and they are cutting it out and replacing it. I am wondering just how safe it will be to drive and if it will happen again. Any thoughts would be most appreciated. Thank you!
#2762 of 2816 05 Xterra Offroad Wheel came off at 50mph
Feb 14, 2008 (4:17 pm)
Last night as I was driving down the freeway at 50mph, the left front wheel detached with a clunk. Was barely able to get it under control and by standing on the brake got it to stop. As soon as the tow truck lifted it, the wheel completely detached. All of the lug nuts were broken off. I had heard a light flapping sound for the two days prior, but it did not seem like a serious issue - I guess I was wrong on that one! I have never experienced such a disturbing event in 26 years of driving. My 5 year old daughter was in the back seat, and I am now doubtful of the safety of this vehicle. Carmax, where I bought this prize just 6 weeks ago is completely clueless as to how to fix it. Can anyone offer any help or advice?
#2763 of 2816 Poorest mileage I ever got on a 6 cyl.
Feb 28, 2008 (12:59 pm)
I am seeing all these posts of the Xterra get 18 to 23 MPG. I bought a 2008 OFF ROAD model which has transfer case, locking rear differential, hill descent control and other mileage robbers the other models donít have. I get 11 MPG on dirt road and 15 on the highway. I live in the Arizona hot desert rural community so I don't get city driving. I never had a six cylinder get such poor mileage. Every thing else I like. Runs good on the highway, good suspension and steering, plenty of power. For being a true off road machine, I say off road because it truly has a truck type ladder frame... only Toyota FJ Cruiser and the Xterra have ladder frames in SUVís. The question I have, comparing apples to apples does every one with the OFF ROAD Model with the 4.0 liter 5 speed automatic get such poor mileage? I am starting to believe they changed something for 2008? At least for the Off Road Model???
#2764 of 2816 Re: Poorest mileage I ever got on a 6 cyl. [pdclay]
Feb 28, 2008 (2:30 pm)
I have an '07 Off Road edition and I was getting 20-22mpg in the summer and 17-19mpg in winter, most likely due to different gas used in winter. Even with almost full tank used in 4WD during the snow storm I got 17mpg. The only difference is mine is 5M and not an automatic, but I don't think it should make such a huge difference.
Didn't have a chance to try it off-road but I can see it getting 11mpg or less during some serious off-roading.
#2765 of 2816 Re: Poorest mileage I ever got on a 6 cyl. [pdclay]
Mar 17, 2008 (1:02 pm)
I have an '08 Xterra Off Road with similar options. I can watch the needle move...heh heh. How are you measuring mileage?
I'm in the SF Bay Area and am shocked at how much gas I am guzzling.
#2766 of 2816 Poor MPG On Xterra OFF ROAD Model
Mar 17, 2008 (3:38 pm)
When I purchase gas I reset the odometer. Then you have the number miles driven for the next gas purchase which comes soon in the Xterra. I keep a calculator in the console and divide the number of gallons purchased into the number of miles on the odometer. Thatís the only accurate way to measure Miles Per Gallon. The fuel gauge is very accurate and yes you can see it move quickly down. It can give a rough estimate when it reads half full is about ten gallons. I look at the odometer and usually have about 165 miles. Which is 16.5 MPG. Better not drive over 330 miles or you will be walking to the gas station.
#2767 of 2816 Re: Poorest mileage I ever got on a 6 cyl. [jms703]
May 27, 2008 (4:33 pm)
I can only get 12 mile a gallon on my xterra, is there something wrong with it.
#2768 of 2816 Re: Poorest mileage I ever got on a 6 cyl. [9babies]
May 28, 2008 (12:43 am)
I think Xterra is always in good condition.
#2769 of 2816 Re: 05 Xterra Offroad Wheel came off at 50mph [lvxterra05]
May 30, 2008 (8:53 am)
It sounds like the previous owner or serviceperson hugely overtorqued the lug nuts or had replaced them with something from the hardware store. Proper torque is probably 98 Ft/Lbs.; your owner's manual will say for sure.
You need to immediately check the other wheels. If you can't remove them with the lug nut wrench that came with the truck, they're probably overtorqued. Overtorquing can also warp the brake rotors. Scary stuff -- thank heaven you stopped safety!
#2770 of 2816 01 Xterra SE - car alarm ultra-sensitive
Jun 03, 2008 (9:11 pm)
I've got a 2001 Xterra. 6 months ago, my truck was hit, and repaired at a body shop. Since then (and never before this event) the car alarm is ultra-sensitive.
It goes off within 5 minutes of me locking the truck w/ the key fob. It will go off every 5-7 minutes, or maybe every 10 minutes. In recent weeks it will go off within 2 minutes of locking the truck. It is definitely getting worse.
I no longer lock the truck, because I don't want to upset my neighbors with the constant alarms.
I took the truck to mechanic who didn't know how to lower the sensitivity. I asked him is he could simply disable the alarm, but he wasn't sure about that either.
Is there a way to just disable the alarm function without affecting anything else? I would just as soon be able to lock the car without the alarm feature. Or, how does one go about decreasing the sensitivity of the car alarm?
Thanks in advance!