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I used my brother's new taco yesterday and the toyota MT is much smoother and more pleasant to drive the X's. The clutch requires little effort and the throw is short. Is it me or is the X MT a little funky.
 

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Happy with my MT. Leaps and bounds above the sloppy MT in the 1st Gen X.
 

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Happy with my MT. Leaps and bounds above the sloppy MT in the 1st Gen X.
Hmm. My problem is I went from a very small car to a truck.
 

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I must admit, the clutch in the New X took a little getting used to. This is however the first brand new MT I have ever driven, seems to be wearing in a little now at 10k miles.
 

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I have ~15K and the clutch is a little better.
 

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I have not driven an MT Xterra, but I can tell you, the difference between a MT truck and car is like apples and pineapples.
 

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I have not driven an MT Xterra, but I can tell you, the difference between a MT truck and car is like apples and pineapples.
I will let you try mine at ECXC. It was tricky at first. Weird clutch and gas timing. My wife hates it.
 

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Could the gas timing be because of the drive by wire gas pedal?
Yes and with the addition of VDC it makes it funky. Turn off VDC and it drives much better.
 

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Hmm, odd. I wonder if they changed anything in the 06's to solve this problem (new code) or if they will in 07. You MT guys might want to bring this up to Nissan.
 

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Hmm, odd. I wonder if they changed anything in the 06's to solve this problem (new code) or if they will in 07. You MT guys might want to bring this up to Nissan.
Yeah, along with the general THIS CLUTCH SUCKS stuff.
 

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RiNkY said:
Happy with my MT. Leaps and bounds above the sloppy MT in the 1st Gen X.
I feel just the opposite, first gen clutch hat 22K and worked like new. 2nd Gen on second at 8k and it still sucks.
 

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I have no complaints about my clutch (I prefer it to my BMw's auto). And I can't recall a difference between my 01 and this 06...
 

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I have no problem either. It's a little jerky, but I just thought it was because it was a truck and not a car. I came from a 6spd Maxima which was smoother, but like Rinky said...this is the first brand new clutch that I've ever driven.

I do agree that the throws are too long. I want to chop off the shifter about 2 inches.
 

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I like my clutch but I find it harder to mix smooth. When I mix it smooth I hear the engine work to hard and then I feel like I'm burning the clutch.
 

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I have no complaints but only a few hundred miles on it. The throw is a bit long for a sports car, but for an SUV it is phenomenal. The clutch has a quick take-up that takes a bit of getting used to, but other than that it’s good.

Driving it smoothly does take a bit of practice, especially starting in 1st. I find it best to give it as little gas as possible while releasing the clutch. It can cause a stall, but with a little practice it’s easy to master. The engine barely rises above idle until the clutch is engaged. Then I get on the gas. When I’m in a hurry all that goes out the window.

1st to second is hard to do smoothly. I credit the drive by wire which seems to keep the revs up a bit.

I think the reports of short clutch life come from folks slipping the clutch more than required just trying to smooth things out.

I’m not sure what “mix smooth� means.

-Old Army
 

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I have no complaints but only a few hundred miles on it. The throw is a bit long for a sports car, but for an SUV it is phenomenal. The clutch has a quick take-up that takes a bit of getting used to, but other than that it’s good.

Driving it smoothly does take a bit of practice, especially starting in 1st. I find it best to give it as little gas as possible while releasing the clutch. It can cause a stall, but with a little practice it’s easy to master. The engine barely rises above idle until the clutch is engaged. Then I get on the gas. When I’m in a hurry all that goes out the window.

1st to second is hard to do smoothly. I credit the drive by wire which seems to keep the revs up a bit.

I think the reports of short clutch life come from folks slipping the clutch more than required just trying to smooth things out.

I’m not sure what “mix smooth� means.

-Old Army
Hey Old Army, Welcome! I started driving on a 1948 Willys with an F-head and a three speed with a clutch that kicked like a mule. I know how to shift. 05 clutches SUCK! Under engineered and paper thin. try backing an 1800 pound trailer up a hill. Feel/Smell the burn baby! Even in 4 low with locker on. My 2002 had 22K when I traded it and it's clutch was great. 05 +^ clutches just SUCK (.)
 

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I don't mind the throw, and it's a real smooth ride when you get used to it, even in 4LO. But what I hate, and it seems to be true of many of the newer hydraulic clutches, is that with even the slightest slip, you get burn, and smell. It leads me into 4LO sometimes when I'd stay in HIGH or 2 with a more heavy-duty clutch. I've never smelled burning clutch in LO, no matter what.

I've driven commercial trucks, and I know how to shift. And I never even smelled clutch until a late model Subaru I used to drive. You could beat hell out of my '91 VW GTI and the clutch was original when I sold the car with 150 K. Ditto my '97 Integra.

Nissan, of all companies, owes us a better clutch. It's practically a defect! Anything out yet on the aftermarket?
 

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Yeah Nissan clutches typical last less then 100K of normal driving. Only replaced a clutch once in one of my daily drivers after 140K. All others not issues ever.
 

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I don't mind the throw, and it's a real smooth ride when you get used to it, even in 4LO. But what I hate, and it seems to be true of many of the newer hydraulic clutches, is that with even the slightest slip, you get burn, and smell. It leads me into 4LO sometimes when I'd stay in HIGH or 2 with a more heavy-duty clutch. I've never smelled burning clutch in LO, no matter what.

I've driven commercial trucks, and I know how to shift. And I never even smelled clutch until a late model Subaru I used to drive. You could beat hell out of my '91 VW GTI and the clutch was original when I sold the car with 150 K. Ditto my '97 Integra.

Nissan, of all companies, owes us a better clutch. It's practically a defect! Anything out yet on the aftermarket?
I checked centerforce and another and not for 05 yet. I wold have paid to dump the OEM clutch.
 
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