Used Car of the Day: 2009 Nissan XTerra

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

I both love and hate concise ads for the used cars I feature in this space.

I love them because they get to the point and make a little less work for me. I hate them because sometimes they leave too much unknown.

Such is the case with the ad for this 2009 Nissan XTerra.

Here's what I can tell you. It has 165,000 miles, apparently runs well, and the exterior is in good condition.

Here's what I can't tell you -- what the listed "damage in the back seat" is. Torn upholstery? Missing seating row? Something else? Your guess is as good as mine.

On the other hand, I can tell you this vehicle is for sale in Atlanta for $4,500.

Click here to find out more, if there's more to find out.

[Images: 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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  • Arthur Dailey Arthur Dailey on Jun 13, 2024
    One of the last home runs hit by Nissan/Datsun? The 510, the 240Z, the 'Hardbody' truck, the Maxima 4DSC, the original Pathfinder, and the GT-R were all 'knock them out of the park' successes. For a number of years Nissan/Datsun may have had more of these types of successful designs/vehicles than any other manufacturer. I would suggest that the XTerra and smaller XTrail and the Sentra SE-R while not home runs were also highly successful designs/autos
  • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on Jun 13, 2024
    I’m personally more of a fan of the first generation XTerra since it’s a bit trimmer and more nimble for everyday driving and off roading. Plus the quality of Nissan vehicles from that era was pretty good. You can fine ones in decent condition with 100-200k that look barely worn for $2-5k. Nonetheless this is a good deal for someone who needs a second vehicle or for a teenager driver. A fair number of these sold, particularly in the sunbelt are 4X2 models, which a lot of people can live with.
    • CoastieLenn CoastieLenn on Jun 13, 2024
      I had an ‘02 Xterra SE/SC 4x4. Even with the blower and a manual, it still was super sluggish with the 2” lift and 31” tires I added. Didn’t care, I loved it! Only downside? Premium fuel only and 12mpg if I drive it like an undertaker downhill.
  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.
  • EBFlex No. I buy as little Chinese products as possible.
  • John "...often in a state of complete disarray on the roads" What does that mean? Many examples in poor repair? Talk about awful writing.
  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.
  • Kcflyer it's not a ford, it's not a mustang. just like the ford gt is not a ford but multimatic gt or mustang wouldn't roll off the tongue