- Jun 8, 2022
Torsion bars went away in 2005. The 2nd gen Xterra's are very different than the 1st gen, it was a clean slate. Still body on frame, but more power, more stable, more space, more everything really.Xterra’s are fun. It’s a true body on frame Ute with a truck-derived drivetrain, and a perfect size for both commuting and play. The torsion bar front suspension can be lifted and lowered with two smallish wrenches by adjusting the preload, about under the front driver and passenger floor pans. They take well to a mild lift, and in my experience don’t need much upkeep. I’m not as familiar with the chain guide issues … we had a 97 pathfinder, and i helped a friend who bought a used Xterra - I would not shy someone away from one. I would choose an xterra over a pathfinder every day of the week.
I do think there likely the most under-rated vehicles ever made. I bought mine on a total whim. However in true Nissan fashion, they got about 95% to perfection and dropped the ball a little on the last 5% which gave the Nissan haters something to groan about . If you can get past those couple things they will last forever.