Used Car of the Day: 2002 Nissan XTerra

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

used car of the day 2002 nissan xterra

While we wait for Nissan to come to its senses and bring back the XTerra as a Ford Bronco -- or maybe, more likely Bronco Sport -- fighter with true off-road chops, we can gaze upon this 2002 Nissan XTerra and daydream.

The mileage is high -- 208K and counting -- but the seller says it runs and drives well. The title is rebuilt, apparently from "minor damage" and there is a CarFax available.

The control arms, knock sensor, transmission cooler lines, rear shocks, and drive belts have been recently replaced. The seller will provide a new water pump and timing belt.

The seller also wired up a kill switch and prepped the car for subwoofers. Snow chains come with the vehicle.

The headliner does sag, though.

If you're looking for a cheap, old SUV with some off-road potential, you can snag this one for three grand.

[Images: Seller]

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  • Fahrvergnugen Fahrvergnugen on Feb 10, 2023

    didn't know these came in anything but yellow.

  • Dustin Dustin on Feb 13, 2023

    I had a 2006 (2nd gen) and even went through the SMOD repair (very well know issue, easy to prevent) and it was truly a great SUV. Only drawbacks were, as mentioned, a thirsty engine, relatively low payload (due to suspension design would bottom out), and fairly tight entry/egress in the back seats because of the rear door design (similar to the earlier LR Disco door shape).

    From a drivability and road/off-road comfort standpoint, they were excellent, and the Pro-4x was really a great setup.

    A new gen of Xterra with some modern design pulled from the latest Frontier would make this a great, rugged, alternative to the pathfinder (soft-roader) - if they can bear to make something that isn't a rogue for a while (we have a rogue and it's a great CUV).

  • MaintenanceCosts The GT-Line and Long Range aren't going to get more than about 250 miles EPA. That's pretty disappointing for a vehicle in a class that often gets used for long trips. I would have expected at least one trim to hit 300 miles EPA.
  • Watersketch I didn't like them but my cost-conscious boss loved them. Said the 4-cyl versions were a lot cheaper to run than the full-size vans they replaced.
  • William Piper Awful exterior styling…would be a hard pass for that alone. Perhaps for $60k, but $100 large? For this?
  • Sgeffe Gee, a hybrid can have some actual horsepower behind it! With a four-pot ICE as the generator!See what Stellantis can do, and with 1.3 liters, Honda?! (Whose “Accord” will be spanked by a PRIUS!! 🤬🙄)
  • Kcflyer I get the argument to not compete in the sedan market in order to maximize short term profits on SUV's and Trucks. But what happens if Toyota ever gets serious and builds a full line of light and heavy duty trucks? What I'm saying is maybe Ford should continue to build the best vehicles they can in this and other mainstay segments. To paraphrase the last good Dem president, not because it is easy, but because it is hard. Even if the Japanese don't eventually bankrupt Ford, Tesla just might. I understand their sedans sell quite well.