2003 Nissan Xterra User Reviews

2003 Nissan Xterra Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 17 reviews

  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 6 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"space" 2 reviews
"big space" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"power" 7 reviews

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Kent writes:
2003 Nissan Xterra SE Supercharged 4WD Review
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Styling, Fun Factor, Great factory interior options

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Fuel Milage, Performance at High RPM

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Xterra Supercharged — Performance: The only beef I have with this vehicle is the lack of power considering that this vehicle is supercharged. Not to much get up and go at around 110km/h. Aside from that, this Nissan drives smooth and rides great! Feels like a great quality vehicle!

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CautiousConsumer writes:
2003 Nissan Xterra Review
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4

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The hatchback and the hitch

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I don't like how the back seats sit so high. It doesn't seem to handle real well, seems almost like top heavy. Our car in particular is slow to accelerate and the breaks are super touchy.

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Meh — I like the way it looks, I like that we can tow our trailer (mobile grill) and I like that it has a hatchback. I don't like how the back seats sit so high. It doesn't seem to handle real well, seems almost like top heavy. Our car in particular is slow to accelerate and the breaks are super touchy. We didn't shop around for this car, a friend was selling it and we needed a second car, that's why we bought it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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StaceyVoss writes:
2003 Nissan Xterra SE 4WD Review
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It handles well on the road, especially in bad weather.

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Not ideal gas mileage.

StaceyVoss
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Reliable And Safe — I have always loved the appearance of this car. SUV's can sometimes resemble minivans, but the Xterra looks rugged, but attractive at the same time. My favorite aspects of this car was how well it handled on the ice/snow and how high off the road I was. I felt powerful. This car has been in my family for almost 8 years now and it will be sad seeing her go. I know that whoever buys it will take comfort in the safety it provides, just like I did.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Matthew writes:
2003 Nissan Xterra SE Supercharged Review
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The SUV has a classic, sporty look that's always in style! It's super fun to drive, the A/C is cold and the maintenance has been virtually none.

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Not the best "family" car as the back seats are hard for small children to get in and out of.

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Excellent 20something Suv — Nothing much that I don't like about this SUV. It's Sporty, fun to drive, has good power to weight ration and the styling is classic. Xterra's are a reliable SUV and more fun to drive than comparable models in it's class.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Anson writes:
2003 Nissan Xterra SE 4WD Review
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Rugged durability, off-road machine, 4wd, utilitarian

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Truck-like bumpy ride, needs more power

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2003 Xterra Se 4wd — Excellent off-road and snow paving machine. ;) Lots of room for hualing stuff. Gas mileage is near average @ 16-18mpg mixed driving behavior. Road noise is below average. I can hear my Brigdestone Dueller A/T Revo whining! lol Great towing vehicle rated @ 5,000 lbs strength. Body style is still great even after a total makeover in 2006.

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stephaniebaxter writes:
2003 Nissan Xterra SE 4WD Review
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lots of space, large car seat fits great, traveled to Texas and back with no problems, cd player and radio works,  heat is awesome

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bulky and too truck like for my family and would like something newer

stephaniebaxter
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Fun And Spacious — top heavy in the wind, I have a morning commute of 60 miles a day and would like a vehicle more car like. i am shorter and have to climb into and out of the vehicle to take care of my baby?

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Katie writes:
2003 Nissan Xterra XE V6 4WD Review
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Size, handling, versatility, comfort.

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Gas mileage, power.

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Great Overall Suv — Love this car, I had a manual transmission, and it was pretty good, sometimes the transmission sticks, but it's also an 11year old car so take that with a grain of salt. Loved the handling in inclement weather, and was great for hauling people/stuff. The gas mileage was a little much to compete with, especially when gas prices spike, but it is an SUV so it was mostly expected. Loved the easy to read gauges, and no stupid touch screens! Easy to maintain, and fairly easy on the wallet. It is a very fun car to drive, and I felt very safe, though I did have a few moments of irrational fear that I was going to roll it (operator error, nothing mechanical/structural.)

Primary Use: Family transportation

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alanfro writes:
2003 Nissan Xterra SE Review
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Good looking built on heavy duty truck frame. Small 4 cylinder gets 22 mpg on hwy with 5 speed manual transmission.

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Small 4 cylinder is underpowered for heavy frame

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Good Solid Vehicle. — Handles well in all weather. Acceleration is poor due to it's small engine vs. heavy frame but it's worth it for the better fuel economy. Wheels sold me on this truck. Usually these Xterra's have tall, skinny tires/wheels. This has lower wider profile wheels that make the truck look so much better. I needed a cruise control so I added a Rostra cruise control.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Daccon writes:
2003 Nissan Xterra XE V6 Review
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its  a great car even thought it has 150000 miles. Dependable, good mileage, great condition

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Not 4x5

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Xterra — This has just been a super car that has lasted 150000 with very little problems. Air went out and had to replace the compressor but that's about it. The drawback is that the mileage is not so good. Great car!!!

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Reza writes:
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Lot's of room

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A bit of a gas hog

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Love The Xterra — This car was very comfortable, easy to get in and out of. Kid friendly! Maitenance was very minimal for the car which made it worth the money. I have had 2 of these cars now and may get a 3rd when the time comes. Great for off roading even with out the 4 wheel drive.

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2012 Nissan Xterra Reviews

Xterra Pro 4x By Travis

Nissans last true off road vechicle, only full truck frame vechicle. Plenty of extras just wish it had in dash Navigation and push button start, but i will get it one day. it lacks Fuel Economy my v8 ... Read More

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2011 Nissan Xterra Reviews

Good, Reliable, Adventurous By Wayne

Liked the versatility and reliability. It's also a great vehicle for off-road, towing, and Winter driving. I hope future versions of this car include a turbo-charged diesel engine, and maybe some op... Read More

Durable, Well Built, Safe, And Fun To Drive. By JGallagher17

I love that I can use this car for daily commute to work, long trips, off road and cargo purposes. It's an all inclusive vehicle. Would be perfect if it averaged more than 20 MPG's. Recommend to ... Read More

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2010 Nissan Xterra Reviews

I Love My X By Wally

Decent on fuel for what it is. Lots of fun to drive and hit the trails. Enuff cargo space for a weeks worth of camping and fishing gear. Handles and rides really nice on road trips. The Stadium se... Read More

Great Vehicle By 5TBONE

The 2010 Xterra SE is a Great vehicle,lots of room everywhere, the ride is very good, steering response is very good, Drove 10 hours straight and the interior leather seats are comfortable and support... Read More

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2009 Nissan Xterra Reviews

Real Utilitiy In Smallish Suv. By dieseld

Fun, enjoyable, practical, small(ish) SUV. Plenty of power from the 3.7 engine and decent handling. Good ride on highway and off road. Plenty of storage on rooftop for bikes and skis. Throw your d... Read More

Fun Family Vehicle Or Great Suv For Off Road And Snow!! By kelly9406

This car has been VERY reliable and has never needed to go into the shop for anything except routine maintenance and oil changes. Decent gas mileage for an SUV 18-20 on average. Plenty of storage r... Read More

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2008 Nissan Xterra Reviews

The Last Of The No-nonsense Suv's Available To The Masses. By dbreegi

I loved my 2000 Xterra 3.3l V6. It was RWD but still very capable. The only way I can describe the difference is a more ROBUST feeling throughout the entire car. It is taller and wider than my old 200... Read More

Sporty By JWILLIAMS88

Great for my family! Safe, reliable, fuel efficient, it's an all around good vehicle that I love. I am sad to see it go but I am looking for a car - something different now that my kids are getting ol... Read More

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