Is there anyone out there who owns or knows of someone who owns an '05 nissan xterra that is rigged to carry touring kayaks?
I’m looking at buying this vehicle, and I would want to use the yakima lowrider system to attach to the siderails. This seems like the most solid system to use as opposed to the mighty mounts.
I’ve called yakima several times to confirm if the lowrider can fit onto the side rails of the '05, but no one seems to be able to confim this.
Can anyone else out there confirm this?
How did the rack change on the 05?
I thought I saw one on the net and I did not notice any difference. I have Yakima low riders on my 2001 and they work great for about 3.5 yrs and no problems. What you want to ask the dealer about is if they fixed the problem with the power windows.
Use lowriders on a 2002
The Xterra has been dependable, but loading kayaks is a pita. Plus it is a gas pig.
For better info
Go to the Xterra Owners Club website (See link below), check out whats been posted on the forum about the 2005, use the search function, ask on the forum, people there will know the exact measurements. It is a pain putting boats on the roof as chuck says, but not insurmountable. I’ve been luck I get better gas milage than most. I love my Xterra and would buy one again, if you want a fancy SUV its not for you.
'05 may not be a gas pig
Well, not as much of one.
The '05 Frontiers are available with 6-speed manual trannys (the 6th gear is a tall overdrive gear), and I thought I read that the '05 Xterra will also offer this config.
If so, gas mileage should increase. I haven’t seen the figures for Xterra, but Frontier V6 w/6-spd manual in 4WD supposedly gets 21 mpg highway, using regular gas.
no it is not…
I’ve had one for a while, '03 got it as a Christmas present 12/15/02. Better on gas than the Jeep Wrangler, or most other SUV’s
but I don’t have any rigs yet up on top for my kayak. By the way Yakima is the way to go with Xterras has something to do with the mighty mounts fitting the roof racks best without any add ons. I have the lock jaw for my mountain bike up on the roof.
and as for loading a kayak up there, heck I’m 5’4" and I have no problem. Slide it bottoms up on the top and then strap it down.
Yakima Xtowers are bombproof
but Yakima doesn’t make them anymore (discontinued item) but you can still find them at some shops. http://www.blackriveroutdoors.com/Store/ForSaleYakima/XTower.jpg I think the lowriders will work too but I’m not sure what you need to do it.
Love my Xterra, too…
I’m getting 20+ mph on the highway and 16-18 around town with my 2002. This is at highway speeds of 65-75 and at 5-7000 feet elevation. Mileage is not nearly as bad as everyone claims, and neither is the power in my opinion. Can’t address the roof rack question, though.
Agreed on the X towers
You can load anything on these babies. I’ve had over 250 lbs. of crap on my X, and no problem on the interstate at high speeds.
Been getting between 16-19 mpg
since we got it. Maybe it is the 4x4 and automatic options. And at over $2/gallon… it is a gas pig.
VANCE, BUY AMERICAN. MY F-150 4X4 LARIAT WILL OUT
EVERYTHING THAT NISSAN, INCLUDING PROVIDING SLEEPING QUARTERS, AND A QUIET, SMOOTH RIDE WITH THE SAME GAS MILEAGE. I HAVE TWO NISSAN BUDDIES
THAT ALWAYS SEEM TO FIND EXCUSES TO TAKE MY TRUCK…
Nissan reliability 2nd to none
I bought my X in fall '99, 1st model year, and have had no trips to the shop other than routine maintenance. Sure it’s a gas hog and not high of horse, but really, that’s not why you buy it, right? It’s a reliable, low frills buggy that you can trash without remorse. More importantly, chicks dig it!
Much warmer sleeping in the Ex
I used to love my Ford pick up truck, but its much nicer folding the seats down and sleeping in the back of the Xterra. From my experience my Ford Pick-up had problems every year I owned it and then really started falling apart at 60,000 miles . I gave it to my Father in law though and its still running but he just uses it for farm chores.
Do you really need to be told?
Nissan trucks ARE made in the U.S.A., in Tennessee. Toyota trucks are made in California. There’s more, but you get the idea (I hope).
And of course, any make of car sold here benefits the salary of a U.S. employee, the salesperson.
You live in OH. Do you work for the Ford factory there?
OK heres a last ditch
effort for Nissan X
Twins that fight. “Stop looking at me” “Don’t look out my window” “I can’t see anything out mine”
For some reasons most vehicles are lower in back then in front. The X has stadium seating, the kids love it! The don’t have to grab hold of the back of my seat to strain to see the sights.
Friends love it, they say after sitting in the back of an X the back of other vehicles feel like sitting in a hole.
Pickups might be ok for some, but when I pack up kids and dogs and backpacks and snowshoes to go on all day hikes I need the space, the 4 wheel drive and the peaceful quiet of kids not fighting…
shoot which I don’t have right now or I would finish this speel…darn what are the fighting about now…
I’VE ONLY OWNED TWO TRUCKS. THE FIRST ONE HAS 380,000MI WHICH I GAVE AWAY TO A FRIEND THAT STILL USES IT FOR HIS PAINTING BUISINESS.(AN F-150) AND MY CURRENT F-150 WHICH HAS ONLY 100K.THIS TRUCK IS AS MAINT FREE AS YOU CAN POSSIBLY GET. SINCE I KEEP MAINT RECORDS TO THE
PENNY, I CAN HONESTLY STATE THAT THIS TRUCK HAS
COST ME LESS THAT $300.00 IN MAINT.-NOT COUNTING
FLUID AND FILTERS, AND IT STILL HAS THE ORIG. GOODYEAR SKINS.
BESIDES THE SILKY SMOOTH RIDE AND AWESOME 4WD OF
THIS TRUCK, THE SWEETEST MOMENT IVE EVER HAD WAS
TOWING A BRAND-NEW TITAN TO A U-P NISSAN DEALER
AFTER HIS REAR-END STARTED ON FIRE. I GUESS THE JAPS NEVER THOUGHT SOMEONE WOULD ACTUALLY TRY TO
TOW A 8,800# BOAT/TRAILER WITH A “9,000#” RATED
TRUCK. SINCE OUR WHOLE GROUP WAS GOING TO USE THIS GUYS BOAT, NOBODY GOONED HIM TO BAD.
THE NISSAN DEALER THAT MADE THE REPAIRS GAVE HIM A BRAND NEW TRUCK TO DRIVE THE REST OF THE WAY, DROPPED OFF THE REPAIRED TRUCK, AND CAUTIONED HIM ABOUT THE TRANSTEMP BEING TOO HIGH.
ONE OF THE OTHER GUY’S LET HIM TOW BACK A SMALL
CAMPER, AND THE REAL TRUCK (POWERSTROKE) TOWED THE BOAT BACK.
MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT VERY EDUCATED IN THE WAY THE
ASIANS HAVE DONE BUISINESS WITH US. I AM.
IF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WOULD PAY ATTENTION, AND REMEMBER THE PAST AND SEE WHATS HAPPENING NOW,I THINK THAT I WOULD BE QUITE DIFFERENT IN THIS COUNTRY.
DO YOURSELF A FAVOR, INVESTIGATE HOW MUCH
ALL OF THESE ‘FRIENDLY’ COMPANIES PAY IN TAXES,
PUBLIC SUPPORT, ETC.
I’M TRUELY GLAD THAT SOME AMERICANS FOUND GOOD
JOBS AT THESE PLACES, -I AM. BUT IT REALLY WAS
JUST MARKET SHARE LOSS OF THE BIG THREE.
MY MOTHER STAYED HOME WITH US WHEN WE GREW UP.
-UNTIL JAPANESE STEEL COMPANIES USED GOVT. SUBSIDIES COUPLED WITH JUNK STEEL THAT WERE DUMPED ON OUR SHORES, TO ‘GAIN SOME OF OUR MARKET
SHARE’. THAT WAS JUST THE BEGINNING.
And high quality “American” Cars
like the Pinto, the Taurus, The Gremlin, The Vega had nothing to do with the rise of popularity of Japanese cars?
Just a note of forum use.
If you POST IN ALL CAPS it is now interpreted as screaming … no one will listen to you.
I have owned a Ford Pick Up and
a Taurus, and an ESCORT WAGON… I will never buy another FORD again. I bought the Ford products when I lived in the midwest to be a good citizen and all of them were POS that fell apart.