Used Car of the Day: 2005 Nissan XTerra

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today's UCOTD comes to us via Miami, and the ad copy is...sparse.

But I picked it anyway because this particular SUV is generally cool, especially with a manual transmission. I speak of the 2005 Nissan XTerra.

This V6 XTerra has the V6 engine and six-speed manual transmission. It's a one-owner vehicle, has 117,000 miles on the clock, and it's an S trim. The bummer here is it is two-wheel drive.

The seller claims it's in good condition and runs "great."

Oh, and there's one other reason I picked this Miami-based rig: The $4,800 price is more than reasonable.

[Image: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Chiefmonkey Chiefmonkey on Jul 27, 2023

    Everyone I know who had one of these spoke highly of it. Beautifully simple SUVs.

    • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X Kwik_Shift_Pro4X on Jul 27, 2023

      That's what I like about my 2019 Nissan Frontier. Still on 2005 tech. lol

  • Alan Alan on Jul 27, 2023

    I always liked the X Terra. We never received these in Australia which is a shame. I don't see why 2WD was ever manufactured. In 2WD there are just too many compromises to make it a worthwhile investment.

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    • Alan Alan on Jul 28, 2023

      Kwik_Shift, I never stated there is any thing wrong with the X Terra, I even stated its a shame we didn't get it here in Australia. What I did state a 2WD is too much of a compromise. My logic behind this is there are better value vehicles which will offer better dynamics to achieve the same results.

  • Gray Gray on Jul 28, 2023

    Not bad. Simple build, not too many electronics. Plenty of usable interior space and doesn't look like a minivan. Probably already sold.

  • Olddavid Olddavid on Jul 30, 2023

    The first Datsun I ever saw had a kind of cross-eyed look to it. Then a 510 came in trade. Yellow with black vinyl and I think a five speed. The Fairlady of the day - the 2000 - had that transmission, so maybe my memory banks are not overdrawn, after all. My point is that from 1966-1986 you could set your watch by their engineering. They were built well, mostly easy to work on and could take a beating and come back for more. My 1972 240 was joyridden around the Satsop Music and Art Fair and came back with the steering wheel facing right with the wheels left. We managed to compress a Rainier cold pack case into shims holding the rack to the mounts and limped it back home. I would drive this and count the lack of economy as paid up front by the lower cap cost. And, it's a Datsun. Sorry, Nissan.