Nissan xterra 2003 Workshop Service Repair Manual – Mechanical Information
The first-generation Nissan Xterra was, to be blunt, a passable product wrapped in a great idea. Think of it as the Twinkie of small sport-utes-not the best merchandise overall for consumption, but damn if it didn’t hit the spot. Available between 2000 and 2004, that original Xterra was built around the Frontier pickup’s ladder frame-a dated platform comprised of C-section rails made from conventional steel-and came with an available V-6 engine that was not only down on power (even the new-for-2002 supercharged 3.3-liter SOHC 12-valve mill put out a middling 210 horses) but also about as refined as raw sugar.
All that was trivial, we’re told, in the eyes of active-lifestyle junkies, both genuine and wannabes. To them, Nissan had created SUV utopia with the Xterra’s blend of a sub-$20,000 starting price, blistered sheetmetal, and genuine functionality for extreme activities. After all, it had the luggage nets, the first-aid kit, and the available interior bike rack to prove it, not to mention the roof-mounted storage compartment designed for dirty dungarees or wet waders. The Xterra was a sports locker on wheels, and Nissan held the combination.
For this generation, Nissan has created new trim levels: the entry-level S, the hard-core Off-Road, and the premium SE. Each comes standard with a potent 265-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 engine, two-wheel drive, and a six-speed manual transmission. Optional are four-wheel drive and a five-speed automatic transmission. Best of all, Nissan says pricing will hover around current levels, which means a new S will start at $21,380, the Off-Road at $23,780, and the SE at $25,880; and add about $2000 to those prices for four-wheel drive.
Accelerator Control, Fuel & Exhaust Systems