Nissan is a Japanese automobile manufacturing company that was formed in 1933. Nissan is best known for building reliable cars, durable trucks and some of the most exciting sports cars of all time. The Nissan Xterra was introduced for the 2000 model year as a compact SUV. Regarded as rugged and reliable, owners find it easy to maintain with a Nissan Xterra service manual.
The Nissan Xterra is something of an anomaly in the SUV world. Built on a ladder-type frame using body on frame technology and sharing many components with trucks, the compact SUV bucks the trend of attempting to court luxury car buyers with a dressed up utility vehicle. Instead, the Xterra was designed and built for people who want a limited-frills, durable and reliable vehicle.
Design decisions, like the stepped roof that allows more rear head room and a more usable front utility roof rack are indicative of the intentions developers had, and the market they hoped to capture. Various features throughout the Xterra show the forward thinking of designers who knew the buyer would need a compact SUV that could handle any terrain.
Early models used Nissan’s VG-series of V6 engines, while later models wre upgraded to use the VQ-series of variable valve V6 engines that produced a robust 261 horsepower. The Xterra was available as either a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configuration. Four wheel drive models had an optional rear differential locker, a piece of equipment that allows power to be directed to both wheels simultaneously.
The Nissan Xterra was discontinued following the 2015 model year, citing poor sales, increasing emissions standards and poor fuel economy. Being a Nissan product, it is likely that sportsman and outdoor enthusiasts will keep these competent SUVs on the road for many years to come.
Servicing a Nissan Xterra is an easy process, no matter if it needs new brakes or shocks, or if it is time to overhaul the engine. A Nissan Xterra repair manual provides the detailed instructions the home mechanic needs to accomplish any service easily.