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#400 of 2816 Thinnking about buying a 2000 Xterra used...
Jan 14, 2001 (1:17 pm)
I must say, there is a very different tone when reading the posts here than in the Montero Sport area...seems everyone here pretty much is happy about their Xterra...can not say the same for the Sports...I've been looking to replace my 94 Pathfinder for awhile now, partly due to crash test results given we now have a yng child and plus, hell, it's been 6+ years. It's been great but I don't want to drop another $30K+. I saw a couple used 2000 Xterra at the Nissan dealer and it was the first time I really thought about getting one...There all about $20K with about 30K miles...does that sound like a decent deal? How do you guys really like your Xterras? I really wont be going off road that much, does the ride on highway suffer much compared to others?
I've considered a Tribute of Santa Fe but I hate to jump into that unproven reliablility...
Jan 14, 2001 (3:18 pm)
Thanks for all your posts. They helped me make my decision and I haven't regretted it once. If anyone wants to purchase an X in Florida, I recommend Firkins Nissan in Bradenton. I purchased my 2001 Nissan (SE) Alpine green, over the phone based on internet quotes. It came with the automatic dimming mirror, (love it) flaps and the a/c filter. My price was $23,700 which was 1.5% above the invoice including the add-ons. They also delivered it to the house, which was cool. I have to fight my husband to even drive it, now he thinks its "his". I haven't let the dogs in it just yet, they'll want to drive it too! Anyway, if you are thinking about purchasing one of these trucks, go for it!
Jan 14, 2001 (3:20 pm)
srushing- Do you like your Pathfinder?
The 94 Path was based on the "hardbody" style Nissan pickup. Then the hardbody became the Frontier. The Xterra is a Frontier SUV Thus= mechanically, the Xterra is the same as your Pathfinder. Same frame, engine and most of the mechanical bits. The crash ratings are OK- a bit better than most of it's competition but not as good as the BMW or Mercedes
Jan 14, 2001 (3:49 pm)
Tires - I got the P265/75/R15s for the X and the other vehicle in the house ('01 Frontier Crew Cab) got 265/75/16s. Fortunately, I only had to pay for the tires for the X. They came to just over $500 mounted and spin balanced but I'm sure it will have been worth it. When we busted a taillight on the CC the other week sliding backwards down the driveway in the snow, the taillight alone cost $135 to replace. So bring on the snow!
Much to my surprise though, I had to trim the front mudflaps on the X because the tires were rubbing at full lock. Thanks to posts on this and other boards about going to bigger tires, I knew exactly what was causing the awful grinding noise so I didn't panic, just went home and got out the grinder.
srushing, I don't offroad either, just some dirt roads and springtime mud, but I think the X rides very well on the highway and on rural roads. The steering is very tight and responsive and the ride is not overly trucklike IMO. A friend of mine had an '88 Pathfinder and I thought that ride was much rougher.
#404 of 2816 Silverxglider > Just asking
Jan 14, 2001 (4:53 pm)
I'm a little surprised you had to trim, but I'm no tire expert on the sizes. My stupid Q is did you get winter rims as well, or just the tires ? A slightly different offset, even with the originals would cause rubbing. But at least you knew.. and knowing is half the battle.
Jan 15, 2001 (8:53 am)
after driving over the weekend, and using my EC mirror (which i LOVE btw), i've noticed one thing that really irks me. it seems to me that the objects in the rearview mirror are closer than they appear...just kidding...really though, it seems that the lights are showing up like i'm seeing double...anyone have this problem?? let me know...
Jan 15, 2001 (9:06 am)
Less Vodka.. more coffee.
This might be too simple.. ( I can't remember if the mirror has auto-dimming ) But you have a lever under the mirror to flip for day & night driving.. if it is flipped to night, you will see a ghost image. Try flipping it and re adjusting the mirror.
If that doesn't work, drink enough Vodka until you see triple, and pick the image in the middle ( next to the pink elephant )
Or learn to drive the European way.. whatsa behind you don't matter.
Jan 15, 2001 (10:30 am)
I ended up going to a local tire shop that had the winter duelers in stock. I had them mounted on the rims on the truck. I'll put the Long trails back on in the spring. Ideally, I'll find a set of used stock rims so I can have both sets of tires permanently mounted and change them myself. I was going to buy a set off someone from the xoc board but he just e-mailed me to say he sold them to someone else.
I guess the 265/75s were just enough wider than stock, or maybe the shoulders are more square, causing the rubbing. Or, who knows, maybe my torsion bars are out of spec. No rubbing now though.
Jan 15, 2001 (1:57 pm)
no problem...i'm marrying into a russian family, so the vodka is not a problem...it does have auto dimming, and even when i turn it off i still see double...maybe i've been drinking too much vodka, or beer in celebration of my New York Football Giants 41-0 victory yesterday!!! go Big Blue!!!
#409 of 2816 White exhaust smoke
Jan 15, 2001 (6:02 pm)
I have a new X with 2000 miles. I know until it is warmed up there is white smoke, but after 400 miles on the highway it is still smoking when I come to a stop at a red light. It does not matter what the outside temperature is.
I have not done the first oil change.