2003 Nissan Xterra Overview

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2003 Nissan Xterra Overview

The 2003 Nissan Xterra is no pretender. It looks like an SUV and acts like an SUV, in an era when such vehicles are becoming increasingly emasculated and suburbanized. The compact SUV built on a truck frame seeks lovers of an active lifestyle need something that can take the surfer across sandy beaches, the mountain biker up unpaved inclines, or the skier through a snowstorm. For 2003, the Xterra adds more options to improve performance in such conditions, such as a new tire pressure monitor, and optional traction and stability control. These go with the already standard ABS brakes and dual front airbags.

The 2003 Xterra comes in XE and SE trims in either rear-wheel or 4WD. The XE comes with a choice of a 143-hp 2.4-liter I4 engine (2WD only) or 3.3-liter V6 rated, getting a horsepower boost this year to 180-hp. A supercharged version is also available, hitting 210-hp. The SE comes standard with the naturally aspirated V6, but the supercharged engine is optional. A 5-speed manual is standard on the XE, and a 4-speed auto tran on the SE. Other new additions this year include 16-inch alloy wheels and step rails on the XE, previously only available as an option. The SE also gets a limited slip differential to help with off-roading performance, which is truly possible in the Xterra due to low-range gearing in the 4WD. New cargo nets in the headliner and 44-cubic foot cargo area add to the storage already provided by the adjustable roof rails and built-in basket.

Even though it's more rugged than the Pathfinder, you won't miss out on comforts such as power features, cruise control, a 6-CD player, leather-wrapped wheel, keyless entry, and steering wheel-mounted controls. All of these are standard on the SE and optional for the XE. Drivers love that they can take the 2003 Xterra off-road and that the storage (66 cubic feet with the seats down) is big enough to carry everything they need for outdoor fun. The sporty styling is also a big draw. Downsides are its underpowered engine choices, low fuel economy, uncomfortable seats that need more cushioning for the truck-like ride, and the plastic-looking interior materials.

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    Netty45
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    Car Wont Start

    I have an 03 xterra had alot of work done under the hood. Now it wont start, i can drive all day, stop to shop then get in and it clicks but wont turn over, i was told battery dying, i put in bran...

    3 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)
    sarloro
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    Overheating

    Our Xterra has been overheating for about 2 years. We've gone through probably close to $10k and 5 mechanics, including the dealership. We've had the radiator and hoses replaced, head gasket seale...

    48 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)
    Jason Gutierrez
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    My 03 Nissan Xterra Runs Smooth On 4 Wheel Drive But When I Switch It To 2 ...

    9 views with no answers yet
    forfrenchy
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    I Have A 2003 Nissan Xterra. The Ac Blows But Is Not Cold, Put Freon In It ...

    16 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 months ago)
    Carl White
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    Interference Motor Or Not?

    I have a 2003 Nissan Exterra V6 3.3 liter non supercharged 2wd, Is my motor a interference motor or not? URGENT ANSWER NEEDED ASAP

    29 views with 2 answers (last answer 6 months ago)