I will let you try mine at ECXC. It was tricky at first. Weird clutch and gas timing. My wife hates it.Muzikman said: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.
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 (.)Old Army said: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 itâ€™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 itâ€™s easy to master. The engine barely rises above idle until the clutch is engaged. Then I get on the gas. When Iâ€™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.
Iâ€™m not sure what â€œmix smoothâ€? means.
I checked centerforce and another and not for 05 yet. I wold have paid to dump the OEM clutch.d-rap said: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?