2003 Nissan Xterra User Reviews

2003 Nissan Xterra Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 18 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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Rolando writes:
2003 Nissan Xterra XE Review
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5

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very good car

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maintenance. is very costly when something goes wrong.

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Xterra — what i like it fits my family of 3 quit well its sporty & its offroad,what i dont like its very costly for parts,but it is a foreign car.i like the body of it &the sporty luggage rack &the cargo space is just right,also has a tow bar!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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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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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:
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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.

CautiousConsumer
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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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stephaniebaxter writes:
2003 Nissan Xterra SE 4WD Review
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4

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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

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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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4

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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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4

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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!!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Matthew writes:
2003 Nissan Xterra SE Supercharged Review
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5

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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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Reza writes:
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5

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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.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Reviews From Other Years

2000 Nissan Xterra Reviews

Travel Companion By dxynbyte

Extremely reliable. Never breaks down. Great for traveling, enough room in back to sleep two people comfortably when on the road. No problem handling cargo on roof rack, maintains stability. Desc... Read More

Loved The Car Until Gas Went Up To $4 A Gallon By spankey2310

I have always loved our Xterra, my husband can use it for fishing trips and we can make a Costco run without worrying about where to put the 10 gallons of mustard. It is a smooth ride and I always fe... Read More

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2001 Nissan Xterra Reviews

Nissan Xterra By Carrick

My 2001 Nissan Xterra runs and drives great. It is the most reliable vehicle I own. The back seat is small for two car seats a person to fit though. I haven't had to do many repairs beside maintenance... Read More

Great All Around Vehicle For The Money By TrafficGuy

Keep up with the maintenance and it will keep up with you. My vehicle had 192,000 miles when it was sold. Changed the oil every 5k miles and did the major tune up with timing belt at 125k. That is th... Read More

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2002 Nissan Xterra Reviews

Great Little Suv By cotaone

It handles really good, it's very dependable. It is easy to get into and out of, and for a tight suspension, it rides smoothly. The controls are easy to reach and operate, and it is a really nice litt... Read More

A Very Solid, Affordable, Dependable And Stylish 4x4 By dannywhite

I have owned 2 nissan xterras and have been very pleased with both of them. straight from the factory it's a very capable and reliable vehicle. I do not recommend buying a naturally aspirated xterra h... Read More

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2004 Nissan Xterra Reviews

Love My X! By Doris

Overall I have a lot of LOVE for this suv ... nothing like blowing pass a huge 4x4 with my little 2004 Nissan Xterra V6 4wd in a blizzard!!!! I have worked on old muscle cars so the layout of my X is... Read More

Tank Like Qualites And First And Second Generation Advantages By KevinVB

I spend a considerable amount of time researching vehicles and found a good deal on a 2004. I was familiar with the Frontier and wanted to stay along that lines for a second "play vehicle". I found th... Read More

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2005 Nissan Xterra Reviews

Offroad Camping Machine By Chad

Fun to drive, lots of interior room, good roof rack system. aftermarket basket on roof rack holds gear in place! always drove by Xterras and would see myself owning one in the future, first camping t... Read More

Enjoyable Comfy Ride By Cbushey

This car has been great! It has lasted me four long years and still has many more years left. The spacious interior makes transporting cargo a breeze. The comfy seats make those long car rides seem li... Read More

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