2003 Nissan Xterra Top Comparisons

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2003 Nissan XterraReview
Amanda writes:
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Got to the car lot and they told me it didnt even run

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dwight writes:
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For the money there’s no better suv for its age. Is the Right size and really dependable even with 200,000 miles plus

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2003 Nissan Xterra Review
Brandon says:
vs2003 Toyota RAV4
2003 Nissan Xterra winning categories:
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Value Ranked 2003 Toyota RAV4 worse.
"I like the roof racks and the sportyness of it."
Would Buy Ranked 2003 Toyota RAV4 better.
"The Rav is great on gas but lacks the size."
2003 Nissan Xterra XEReview
Rolando writes:
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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

Pros: very good car

Cons: maintenance. is very costly when something goes wrong.

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2003 Nissan Xterra SE 4WDReview
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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

Pros: lots of space, large car seat fits great, traveled to Texas and back with no problems, cd player and radio works,  heat is awesome

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

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2003 Nissan XterraReview
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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

Pros: The hatchback and the hitch

Cons: 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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2003 Nissan Xterra XE V6 4WDReview
Katie writes:
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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

Pros: Size, handling, versatility, comfort.

Cons: Gas mileage, power.

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2003 Nissan Xterra SEReview
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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

Pros: Good looking built on heavy duty truck frame. Small 4 cylinder gets 22 mpg on hwy with 5 speed manual transmission.

Cons: Small 4 cylinder is underpowered for heavy frame

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2003 Nissan Xterra XE V6Review
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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

Pros: its  a great car even thought it has 150000 miles. Dependable, good mileage, great condition

Cons: Not 4x5

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2003 Nissan XterraReview
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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

Pros: Lot's of room

Cons: A bit of a gas hog

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Reviews From Other Years

2015 Nissan Xterra Reviews

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I love everything about the model except that it’s a 6 speed. Read More

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This vehicle is as good as advertised. i would recommend. Read More

2014 Nissan Xterra Reviews

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I really like that it was available with a 6 speed manual transmission. I am disappointed that Nissan is going like everyone else and eliminating their manual transmissions. I almost never get stuck... Read More

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It’s an excellent SUV with equally capable on and off-road capabilities. Read More

2013 Nissan Xterra Reviews

Review By Amber

Great suv! I absolutely love it. I went from a 2000 model to the 2013 Pro 4X. It is even better and more fun to drive. The leather seats are a nice upgrade along with the navigation system and back u... Read More

2012 Nissan Xterra Reviews

Review By Rory

All I’ve ever driven are big SUV’s like suburban or Navigator L. So the Xterra gave me my first taste of a crossover. I love the pep and tight handling. It’s like driving a super quick go-cart. It... Read More

Review By Guru9YL3L5

The xterra is not too big or too small, it has a roof rack and is a proven dependable vehicle. One problem with this xterra and the frontier and the maximas is the timing chain has to be replaced at... Read More

2011 Nissan Xterra Reviews

Review By Guru9BFXXL

This is a utility vehicle first and foremost. It has plenty of room and very capable of handling things on and off road. It is comfortable and powerful. The only thing that holds this back is its fuel... Read More

Review By Guru9D2Q2F

It’s a little tight between the driver and the door but for an suv it’s really kinda cool. Read More

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