2005 Xterra New Car Test Drive
2005 Xterra Owner Reviews (5)
Major repairs for the 05-08 model's
palbenson 2011-11-28 15:10:56
I have a 05 and with only 75k miles the radiator went out, under warranty till 80k. The cost $700 to repair. The 05-08 models are having failure of the transmission as radiator fluid leaks into the transmission! Also these model's are having problems with the timing chain going out. Cost $2,600. Mind you all this happen to me at 70+k miles!! Google this info for your protection!! I hear that changes have been made to the newer models 09-12. But would not recommend buying used under 2009. I will say that Nissan came trough with the warranty at a cost to them of $3,300. But don't think i will ever buy another nissan again! These are major defects that can cost you A LOT of money!
great SUV, but terrible gas mileage
BlueEyedGuy25 2009-03-04 01:59:50
I know, I know. YOu buy an SUV, you don't expect great gas mileage. Well, the Xterra is a very good SUV, no doubt about ********** just that terrible gas mileage! The high end says 22 mpg. We are lucky if we can get 16 out of it. We don't drive like maniacs and we don't do peel-outs or any other ridiculous types of driving. Mechanics have assured us that everything is running just as it should be and yet, here we are, constantly and continually having to fuel up all the time. As I write this, gas is back down to $2.15/gal but if it should creep up again to the 5 dollar mark, I know my wife and I will be muttering curses on the Nissan engineers and designers again for not whipping up a little something to boost that mileage some more. Also, everytime that I check there is never any of that safety data available on my model and make and year to see just how well it does in a front impact accident simulation. Now why is that? Makes me wonder a little since the data is available out there for so many other vehicles.
I like it a lot!
Nporecords 2009-02-03 19:12:48
Overall it's a great SUV. Just bought my 2005 in December at Auction in PA. Seems to do everything well. Very happy I didn't get an Explorer.
Update of an excellent serving vehicle
Fordf350va 2009-01-23 11:35:59
We bought our 2005 Xterra at West Texas Nissan, Odessa, TX in April 2006. It was a dealer "program car" with a new car warranty (15k startings miles). I have never purchased a brand new car. We were expecting to be relocated to N. VA, and we needed a vehicle that would provide good service in heavy weather, but not be too expensive to maintain. This vehicle has provided superior service. In the snow, it does not care, and appears to be perfectly balanced to endure any severe weather situation. We are not "off-roaders", but it was off road twice in Texas durning my service as a volunteer fire fighter. I spent 22 years of my adult life in the U.S. Army, and in a tank battalion you spend a lot of time in off road situations. So, my level of experience is good enough to know what I am talking about. That is why I do not normally take a personal vehicle off-road (LOL). This Xterra provides good fuel economy: 23 mpg hwy, 17 mpg city. My uncle had an 06 Ford Ranger with a 4.0 V6, and automatic transmission, very similar to our Xterra, and it only gave 15 mpg at best. He got rid of it. Very disappointed with it. This Xterra now has nearly 70k miles, and still runs well, with no failures. It aways starts up immediately, and is excellent for long trips to see our grandkids 600 miles from our home in Stafford, VA, in NC. One caveot, this is not a sports car. It's a truck, and its performance as such is superior to any I've ever used before, including the military Hummer. My wife loves it. It is the only car she has ever been able to parallel park. Why? She can see all around the vehicle quite well. Good design, and clearances. Best of luck with yours. Norman Prevatte Stafford, VA
Review of 2005 Nissan Xterra