Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,226 - $5,052
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
16 City / 20 HWY
Horsepower
143-210
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,226 - $5,052
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
16 City / 20 HWY
Horsepower
143-210
Seats
5

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2003 Nissan Xterra Owner Reviews

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61 Reviews
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2003 Nissan Xterra. Reliable and dependable, not technologically advanced.

2003 Nissan Xterra

The 2003 Nissan Xterra is a safe and affordable vehicle. When taken care of regularly, this vehicle is extremely dependable lasting well past 250, 000 miles. It is very common to find a decent Nissan Xterra used. This vehicle seats five (5) passengers and contains trunk space via hatchback. The back seat cushions come out entirely and fold down creating more room to transport larger items for those big projects. The roof rack on top allows for a secured car top carrier. This feature is nice when traveling with the family because everyone in the car is able to bring what they want and still have room inside the car to be comfortable. When purchasing the 2003 Nissan Xterra, be sure to check what wheel drive it is. Not all of the 2003 Nissan Xterra's are 4 wheel drive and the 2 wheel drive causes occasional sliding in wet and/or icy conditions. During the winter season, the heating unit works wonderfully. However, it has been noticed that the air conditioning unit does not work as efficiently. The good news is that the air conditioning belt is separate from the rest of the belt systems under the hood, so if the air conditioning goes out, it does not affect the rest of the belt systems under the hood. The big windows minimize blind spots making it safer when traveling on the road. With this car, the owner has the option to buy off-roading tires, making this vehicle great to drive on loose gravel and dirt. Keeping in mind that the 2003 Nissan Xterra is not the most technological automobile, it is still very reliable and dependable and I would highly recommend owning one.

- Marsh M

Car maintenance and capability.

2003 Nissan Xterra SE

This has been a pretty decent car overall. The drive train is not bad, it gets power when it's needed, but because it's older it's getting wear and tare issues. There are definitely transmission problems after a few years. Add to that, the oxygen sensors and motor mounts wear out rather quickly. The seats are comfortable but could use more leg room. With car seats, there are some that don't fit properly so you want to check before you purchase. In general, it's a good car that goes quite a bit before regular tune up and such. The oil should always be changed regularly but the rest will hold out. Tires get worn easily if you don't stay on top of rotating them.

- Ashley M

My Nissan xterra can get through challenging weather.

2003 Nissan Xterra XE

My Nissan has been reliable for my commute to work as well as for road trips to nearby states. It is comfortable and my family and I feel safe in it. Additionally, it is heavy-duty in winter weather as it can travel without trouble through snow due to the 4-wheel drive. Last, it has comfortable seating for long drives and stays cool in summer and warm in winter. That said, a recurring problem I have had with this car is the knock sensor making the engine light come up and also an issue with the distributor which I had to replace twice - luckily after the first time, the part is under a lifetime warranty.

- Natalie H

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$17,999 - $23,399
$24,699 - $27,999

Horsepower

Horsepower
143 - 180 hp
180 - 210 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.4L DOHC EFI 16
3.3L SOHC SMPI V6 engine
3.3L SOHC SMPI V6 engine
3.3L SOHC SMPI supercharged V6 engine

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Optional

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Optional

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows
Optional

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.4 in.
41.4 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38 - 38.6 in.
38 - 38.6 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
32.8 in.
32.8 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.8 in.
37.8 in.

Entertainment

CD Player

CD Player

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P265/70R15 - P265/70R16
P265/70R16 - R265/65R17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
104.3 in.
104.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.4 ft.
35.4 ft.

Length

Length
178 in.
178 in.

Width

Width
70.4 in.
70.4 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3589 - 4075 lbs.
3857 - 4200 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
143 - 180 hp
180 - 210 hp

Torque

Torque
154 - 202 ft. lbs.
202 - 246 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
350 - 500 lbs.
500 lbs.

Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
Optional
Optional

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
19.4 gal.
19.4 gal.

Combined

Combined
18 - 22 mpg
17 - 19 mpg

City

City
16 - 19 mpg
15 - 17 mpg

Highway

Highway
20 - 24 mpg
18 - 20 mpg

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

Tow Hooks
Optional

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Optional
Optional

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
Optional
Optional

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Optional
Optional

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

    N/A
  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety