Disappointed in my New Xterra, Stalling, Drivability, Flywheel Clutch Failure
Hey all. Ranting incoming.
So I've had my Xterra for about 4 months now. I've put maybe 2000 miles on it? It is a 2007 6MT Off Road with 68k miles. I've recently come to realize that I'm actually very disappointed in the vehicle.
Little background: I've grown up an avid car guy. My first car was a stick shift 1985 Corvette. Intake, Long tube headers and exhaust, plus brakes wheels and tires. That thing kicked ass. Still have it, it sits in my dad's garage. Second car was a 1983 K5 Blazer. I sanded the entire thing body and frame to bare metal, then primed and bedlined the entire baby. Lifted it 4" and put some 35" tires on it plus an POSI LSD. Also a stick shift. I loved that truck. That dinky 5.0L 305cui could still make those 35"s screech. She wheeled like a boss too. I spun the main bearing on the motor, but the truck had at least 200k miles on it if not more. Sits on my dad's property. 3rd car was my 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX. 2.5L Turbo. 5 speed manual shift. Lowered it on coilovers, exhaust intake and tune. Pulled like a horse, handled fantastic.
You get the picture.
The Xterra is my 4th vehicle. I got it in hopes of having a decent off roading SUV, that also could handle highways and daily driving. I am very disappointed in the truck so far. Forget that at 68k miles it needed a $1500 timing chain replacement, or that the clutch is at 5% life left according to the dealer tech.
The throttle response is terrible; it feels like the gas pedal position sensor to ecu to throttle mapping is completely crap! There is no fine control over the rpms. Push the pedal a bit, RPMs don't move anywhere. Keep pushing, all of a sudden they jump up to 1500, then drop down to 1100 or something even if you keep your foot exactly still once they start moving up! Also the ECU seems to be an idiot when it comes to keep the motor from dying. This is a 2007 fuel injected motor for goodness sake. My carburated 83 Blazer, 85 early fuel injection Corvette, and 2006 Subaru all were much more capable of monitoring engine RPS. Really consider it! The vacuum advance system on a 1983 Blazer does a better job at keeping the motor from stalling out than a 2007 Nissan with 68k miles. This truck sucks! It is infuriating. At every stoplight and stop sign the truck is jumpy and grabby to get going, or just stalls out and dies. It is like the ECU isn't even watching the RPMS, not to mention the idle is something stupid low like 600 or 500. I try to slowly let the clutch up and the ECU doesn't rev the motor at all. Either the RPMS tank form 500 or 600 to zero and it stalls, or the truck slowly gets going while the RPMs just stay right at 500. What moron programmed this thing! Oh and this 4.0 motor is trash. No torque, not oomph, but burns just as much gas my 1983 K5 blazer. I don't know about all you guys towing but my X is SLOW. You have to wring it for all it is worth for it to be about as fast as a midsize sedan.
Oh yeah and it can't even off road that well. Gutless torqueless motor is useless in 4Hi for offroading, and 4Lo is painfully slow unless you're spinning at like 3.5k rpms. Just yesterday I was exploring a trail with a friend and we had to turn back at something that I'm pretty sure a stock Wrangler could handle. Hell my K5 would have been all over it! I've got 33"s too so it isn't like my truck is stock.
Xterra has poor ECU RPM management, poor throttle response, poor gas pedal to throttle mapping/programing, stalls out excessively, needs timing chain and clutch ($1500+$2800 at dealer), can't even off road well.
If it wasn't financial suicide I'd sell this weak excuse for an vehicle (off and on road) and dump the money into my Chevy's and buy some dinky old Subaru sedan that would probably be more reliable than this nisscrap.
Okay rant over. Sorry for the negativity but I feel sick after borrowing $11k for a truck that I now can't stand. Two more years to graduate so I don't even have the ability to get another car without taking a huge financial hit.
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Last edited by Max Chen; 05-20-2017 at 12:50 AM.