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2001 Nissan Xterra Overview

An affordable rugged off-road SUV appeals to those who actually use the extra cargo space to store bikes, surfboards, or camping gear. The Nissan Xterra sits on a truck platform, but is less than an inch shorter than the more upscale Pathfinder. It seems to have found its niche with a younger, more active consumer, and has already proven a big seller. The 2001 Xterra adds a few more standard features and revises the instrument panel this year.

The 2001 Xterra comes with either a 2.4-liter, 143-hp I4 engine matched to a 5-speed manual, or a 3.3-liter, 170-hp V6 with choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. The XE comes with either engine, the SE only with the V6. V6 models offer a choice of 2WD or 4WD, while the I4 is only offered with the 2WD. New for 2001, the XE I4 gets a CD player. The SE now comes standard with a 6-CD player with controls on the steering wheel, a leather-wrapped wheel, new 16-inch alloy wheels, and titanium interior trim. The SE is much better outfitted with adjustable roof rails, skid plates, step rails, a sunroof, and power features, most of which come optional for the XE. There are two useful options with the 2001 Xterra -- a tow package and a bike rack for the cargo bed, which opens up to 65 cubic feet when the rear seats fold flat.

Built like a truck, the 2001 Xterra can tackle off-roading with surefootedness, but this same ability makes it a bit bumpy and bouncy on paved roads. Drivers like its agile handling and tight turning radius, and the price tag makes it appealing to younger drivers. Its rugged looks also distinguish it from blander SUVs. Disappointments include two underpowered engines, low fuel economy, uncomfortable seats for long trips, and an instrument panel that's sometimes hard to read.


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Have replaced the distributor, wires, plugs and fuel pump. It ran fine for a few days now it wont fire. Any suggestions?

If The Belt Breaks On A 2001 Xterra Can The Entire Motor Go?

I have a 2001 Xterra that was driving fine until one day it just stopped while on the freeway. The shop I took it to stated that the belt had broken and had to be replace every 100k miles or so, an...

Replaced Thermastat And Still Overheating. What Else?

In the past 2 years have had head gaskets, radiator, thermastat replaced 2 times, Just picked it up from the shop and today it overheated with needle going to H My mechanic could not find anything wro...

Hi, I Have A Nissan Xterra 2001 And It Overheats ONLY During A HOT And Sunn...

Hi, I have a Nissan Xterra 2001 and it overheats ONLY during a HOT and sunny day. On grey days or night it does NOT overheat. The radiator water is OK, the engine oil is ok. I replaced the fan. The th...

Engine Stalls

at first cold start and run was fine , after shut off would not start. let cool down start and run fine, had code idle air valve, changed valve installed plugs wires dist. cap and rotor. started fine ...