How's the Nissan Xterra?

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  1. Charles J P

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    I was thinking about getting one of these. Hopefully with the new super charger for 2002. I was wondering how they ride/drive and if anyone owns one with the super charger, does it accelerate well? How about people with the previous model, does it accelerate well with the standard V-6?
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    Charles,
    I love my 2000 Xterra. It has a nice ride, plenty of room and just looks damn good. The only complaint I have is that it is a little underpowered. Accelerating to get onto the freeway can sometimes be a little daunting (compared to my wife's ZX2, which has some get-up-and-go).
    I am looking at upgrading -- as I always seem to be with the things in my life (sorry, honey, not you!) -- my Xterra to a 2002 S/C 4X4. While my current 2WD does pretty good off-road, I don't dare push it as much as I would like. If you want an SUV isn't > $30,000 and has most of the features that > $30,000 SUVs have, go with the X.
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    I used to think the Xterra was the ugliest Sport Utility until Pontiac released the Mistake... I mean Aztek! Now I actually think the Xterra's look nice. However, I have 2000 Explorer and want to trade it in on the Acura MDX. For the money, I feel the Acura is the best sport utility on the market. My opinion though. But, the Xterra is still kinda cool.
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    Just get the 2001 or 2002 Nissan Pathfinder.....skip right over the Xterra.
    250 HP!
    Nicer ride!
    A tad bit bigger - but alot more cargo room!
    I love my Sierra Silver 2001 Pathfinder LE!
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    If you want stock off-road ability go with a Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep Wrangler is the best stock offroading vehicle on the market. The Wrangler has beaten LandRovers in test done by OffRoad and Car and Driver. Plus the V6 sport and Sahara models really have nice pick up with 180 hp in such a lightweight car. Sorry if I sound like a Jeep spokesman here I just love my 98 Wrangler. It shocked me at what my 4 banger 4x4 can do on rough TN trails.
     
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    I appreciate all your comments, but I should mention that I need 4 doors (no wrangler [​IMG] ) and my budget is about $21,000 (No pathfinder [​IMG] ) Any other thoughts on what I should consider? I am looking for the best bang for the buck. I want good performance, but I should mention that I need cargo space and some towing capacity more than I need true off-road performance. I am also concerned with overall quality. I will probably be driving this vehicle for 8-10 years. I was also considering the new Honda CRV. It is supposed to have an upgraded engine and better interior. I hope so. My grandma has a 98ish range, and it seriously dogs and the interior is too "thin".
    I know the Jeep Liberty and Ford/Mazda twin mini utes are in this class too, but past experiance makes me wary of american cars. Before I piss anyone off with that comment, my last car was a 9 year old oldsmobile. It ran fine, but it was rusting to bits, and it felt like the dash was going to fall off in my lap and the whole interior made noises if I went over 50 mph. Now I have a 14 year old Acura, with 170,000 miles on it and it is very clean, runs great, and has VERY few rattles.
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    The Xterra's a real nice buy for its price... Its tied for first in the Horsepower category, at a supercharged 210HP. The inside room is very nice, its almost the same dimensions as my 1998 Nissan Pathfinder! The Xterra is almost identical to the last-gen Pathfinder in almost every way, expcept for the styling, and the 2002's have more power than the old Pathfinders. Other than that, the ride is a tad bit cushier, like more of a floaty-marshmallow feeling compared to the Pathfinder.
    If i had to choose, it would be a close decision between the Liberty and Xterra in first, followed by the Tribute/Escape in second. Both the Liberty and Xterra are built very solidly. Car and driver said (paraphrased) that the Xterra's door shut like a Range Rovers's. But i saw the liberty, the build quality is nice, but the plasticky-silver dash stuff is butt ugly, though the last Xterra (dunno bout the 2002)'s gray plastic was real drab and boring. Both have ample amounts of Offroading prowess, the Liberty may have an advantage because of the JEEP's standards that all their cars are able to go through the Rubicon trail in their Stock form. IN the last comparo between the Xterra and the Cherokee (predecessor of Liberty), the Cherokee squeaked by in Off-road ability, but overall the Xterra won, but it was hindered by its low power.
    Edit: Since Daimler-Chrysler actually designed/built the Liberty, its like you're driving a German car, rather than an American hunkajunk.. [​IMG]
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    Check out the new Jeep Liberty. They are reasonably priced under $22k for the 2WD 3.7 liter Limited Edition. Might be worth looking into. I've never driven one.
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    I think the Jeep Liberty is the best buy out there right now. I'm seriously thinking of getting one in '02. Check out the web for some excellent review on the Liberty.
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    My cousin was recently looking at budget V6 SUVs and we drove the Nissan X-Terra, the Ford Escape, and the Jeep Liberty. I am not at all impressed with the X-Terra. The interior is ugly, noisy, and the engine sounds unrefined and is severely underpowered. Considering what a great value and performer the Maxima is, I am surprised at what a piece of overpriced junk the X-Terra is.
    The Ford Escape is the most carlike...because it's based on the Taurus! While the V6 had nice acceleration and the Escape was reasonably fun to drive, everything about it seemed cheap, like it would fall apart in 6 months. The numerous recalls this vehicle had in the first weeks they were released supports my conclusion.
    My cousin ended up buying the Jeep Liberty. While I won't be giving up my Chevrolet Silverado Z-71 for one, I must say that the Jeep was A LOT of car for the money. Overall quality was good considering the price, and it rode and performed nicely. My cousin got a 4x4 V6 Liberty Sport well-equipped for under $20,000 (non including tax and licence). For the money, I don't think this SUV can be beat.
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    My wife is on her second Xterra. Yes we upgraded to the 02 Supercharged V6. It does have more power than the previous models as she used to have a V6 SE. This one is quieter due to the fact of no sunroof (worthless). She loves it. It is not the smoothest ride but I think they did improve it as well. Of course pathfinders have a smoother ride, however, you are going to pay for it. I was also able to trade in her 2000 after two and a half years with 33,000 miles straight across with the same payments and length of contract and no cash down. [​IMG] In other words they really keep their value.
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    I've had my Jeep Liberty Limited 2WD for nearly three months and love it. I chose the Limited because I liked the brushed-aluminum accents and wanted the other extras over the Sport model, including leather seats. I also didn't like the gray cladding over the tire wells of the Sport, preferring instead a single color (Patriot Blue in my case) throughout. It's a nice ride. The towing capacity it has, but I'd say cargo space is definitely not one of its strengths (which isn't a problem at all for me).
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    Lisel, if you don't mind me asking: what was your out-the-door price for your Liberty? Cheers...
     
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    Drew,
    I paid $26K for my Liberty, but that includes around $4K in import duties. (I recently moved to Puerto Rico.) That kinda money in the States should get you a just about loaded Limited 4WD.
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    Liberty in action [​IMG]
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    Check out the Auction for America Liberty
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    I haven't been bothered by noise at those speeds, but then I have the radio on all the time, usually at a volume of 24.
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