About Nissan Xterra
Aimed at attracting younger and active buyers, Nissan Xterra was built by the outstanding Japanese multinational automobile manufactured Nissan Motor Company Ltd between 1999 and 2015 as compact and mid-size Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). Originally introduced to fight for the market with Kia Sorento, Ford Edge and Subaru Outback, Xterra also utilized the Nissan F-Alpha platform sharing with the Nissan Frontier pickup truck. Having receiving lots of awards and recognition such as Motor Trend's Sport Utility of the Year, North American Truck of the Year, Edmunds.com Editor Most Wanted Vehicle and so on, the Xterra was discontinued in the U.S. after the 2015 due to poor fuel economy, declining sales and mandated upgrades to safety and emissions after being manufactured for two generations.
The first-generation Nissan Xterra was produced from May 1999 to 2004 and went on sale in the same year as a 2000 model. It was offered in only one body style, 4-door SUV but came in two trim levels: XE and SE. During this generation, Nissan Xterra was powered by engines ranging from 2.4 L petrol I4 rated at 143 hp to 2.8 L diesel I4 producing 140 horsepower and these engines sent power through either 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission to rear wheels or four wheels. The more recent Xterra was unveiled at the 2004 New York International Auto Show for the 2005 model year. It offered in three trim levels: X, S and Pro-4X. Back then, Xterra only got one engine option, the 4.0 L V6 making 265 hp, and this engine was mated to either 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.
Nissan Xterra Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Nissan Xterra was always a steady seller among those who used their SUV for outdoor recreation thanks to its stout body-on-frame construction and available four-wheel drive. But as the accumulation of mileage, the Xterra still could not get away from these common problems:
First, Nissan Xterra must have experienced many kinds of harsh road conditions so that suspension failure becomes its most common and serious issue. In case suffering from uncomfortable, unsteady and even unsafe driving trip, you should learn about these typical symptoms of this issue provided by experienced Xterra drivers. First of all, you may hear clunking or grinding noises coming from underneath the vehicle; then you will find the tire wear uneven and the vehicle seems to tilt one side; finally, you feel sluggish in vehicle handling due to intense vibration, unintentional steering, swerving or nose diving when braking and a loose steering wheel. And to solve these, you need to replace the Xterra leaf spring bushing, control arm bushing, control arm bushing, control arm shaft kit, wheel bearing, shock absorber, axle shaft, leaf spring and drive shaft immediately.
Second, engine and transmission failures are other two troublesome issues on Nissan Xterra. I believe the seriousness of engine failure is understandable for most drivers, but transmission failure is not. Therefore, if the engine performance has an obvious reduction, it misfires, stalls and even suffers from starting issues, and the vehicle loses power while acceleration and has poor fuel mileage, you need to inspect the Xterra engine control module, fuel tank, oxygen sensor, throttle cable, camshaft position sensor, intake manifold gasket, exhaust manifold gasket, oil filter, and drive belt. As for transmission failure, please pay more attention to the working condition of Xterra valve body and shift cable.
But depending on solving common problems on your Nissan Xterra is not enough to make sure a safe and comfortable driving trip as some parts on it are bound to be more vulnerable due to fragile materials and harsh working conditions. Maintaining them routinely is the most effective way to keep you away from potential dangers while driving. You are advised to put the Xterra seat belt, parking brake cable, wiper arm, door lock actuator, and power steering hose on routine maintenance list.
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