Nissan Xterra vs. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Hardware02, Nov 12, 2012.

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Which 4x4 SUV?

  1. Nissan Xterra S

  2. Jeep Sahara Unlimited

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  1. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Not my experience at all. Around here at least, stock, well kept Jeeps seem to draw more than those built up to their owner's content.

    I've probably put $5k into my Jeep in aftermarket stuff, but in the end I pulled it all back down to stock. You think the stocker rides bad; throw a lift and mud terrains on it and see what you think. Not sure your plans, but I would keep it stock one way or another. Plenty of off road capability stock, and if you want to really wheel, buy an old YJ for $3k and build that.

    Also, I'm too lazy to look it up, but I know the Unlimiteds have higher tow ratings than the standard SWB Jeeps. My 4.0 can pull a tree out of the ground, but the issue with towing really comes from the SWB. My small boat makes it's presence known, and it's way less than what my Jeep is rated for.
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  2. Hardware02

    Hardware02 Long timer

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    Thanks for all the advice gang. Great stuff!!

    Notice when I listed the tow rating I prefaced the 5000 with a "~" meaning there's wiggle room there...pardon the pun.

    The Jeep Canada website lists the tow rating for the both 2 dr and 4dr Sahara models at 907 kgs (2000 lbs).

    That's not an absolute show stopper. If it can have a hitch mounted and can periodically be called upon to haul my 5x10 utility trailer (400 lbs) with my ATV (800 lbs) or possibly our motorcycles (~1000 lbs combined) in it, then it's still far more utilitarian than the Rogue.

    For any serious towing, I have my 2500 Ram with a Cummins.
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  3. GP640

    GP640 Long timer

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    Trust me, I owned an 09 Rubicon unlimited.

    It had 3500lbs towing and felt horrible towing half that. Our 01 Tacoma was way better with less hp
    and similar wheelbase towing the exact same load.

    My particular Jeep was a huge POS and as a result my wife and I strongly caution anyone to look
    at alternatives unless you absolutely have to have a 4x4 that can go topless.

    If I wanted a less reliable vehicle I'd have bought a newer Land Rover
    :hide
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  4. Krang

    Krang Rides with hippies

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    FWIW, I was asking myself the same question not too long ago. . . I wound up not buying another vehicle,but you can get great used deals on XTerras.
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  5. Rogue_Ryder

    Rogue_Ryder 速 Flat Biller 速

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    Jeeps don't die they just keep getting rebuilt. :D lots of old Jeeps running around, and I mean OLD, I see at least 1 30+ y/o Jeep a day on the road.

    I would only choose the Jeep over the Xterra because the resale on the Wrangler is awesome. If you were talking FJ vs Wrangler then maybe there'd be more debate. The Jeep also gets major cool points for being able to go topless in the summer. Nissans generally don't have the same awesome resale value as a Wrangler or Toyota, despite being pretty good cars.
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  6. Ianstein

    Ianstein Been here awhile

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    Whoever said its apples to oranges said it best.

    A jeep is a jeep. It's not a SUV, it's not a truck, its sure not anything car related. It's built for the purpose of off roading. Plain and simple. Sure it's got some creature comforts to make it a little more bearable on road, but that's not where it belongs.

    In moto terms, think of it like comparing a KTM Adventure to a Vstrom. sure, both are "adventure" bikes and both can go off road, but one is defintely geared towards on road and the other for off road.
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  7. Krabill

    Krabill Long timer

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    Hmm . . . my last Jeep had 285k miles on it when I sold it. Still ran just fine. My current Jeep has over 230k miles on it and still rides and drives as well as it did the day I drove it off the lot with 0 miles on it. The motor and tranny have never been apart. A couple wheel bearings, radiator hoses, and a thermostat is about it other than tires/oil/brakes. I don't know what this "dead" Jeep thing is you're talking about.

    That said, my next vehicle will be yet another Jeep.
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  8. rifflebox

    rifflebox Yee Haw!

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    I own a 2005 Xterra S (4WD) and a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon - 2D. Both are 6-speed manuals. For everyday driving I'd take the Xterra. We have a rough access road to the house (lots of rocks and washboarding) and the Xterra has gone 125,000 miles without a rattle. We have had the front-end rebuilt once, but then we had the Dodge 2500 RAM front end rebuilt too because the road really beats them up. The V6 in the Xterra is way more powerful than the Jeep and it handles OK. I don't know if this is a common problem but we are having timing chains replaced on the Xterra ($1700) and the Integrated Power Distribution Module failed about a month ago ($750), but I think it is worth keeping since it has been paid off for years.

    The Jeep is more fun for zipping around town and for serious off-roading. I haven't looked into what it would take to make the Xterra more off-road worthy but it is a good, well built, body-on-frame SUV and I'd buy another one. One more thing is that the Nissan dealer network has shrunk in the past couple of years and it is an hour to the closest dealer.

    Either vehicle is good, but we have had good service from Nissan trucks and the Xterra.
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  9. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    I assume you're talking about the 4.0 though? I know why Jeep left the 4.0, but I wish they hadn't.
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  10. Krabill

    Krabill Long timer

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    Yes, they have both had the 4.0, but if the "old" Jeeps aren't dying on the side of the road, I have no reason to believe "new" Jeeps will be. At least I haven't seen any.

    I had an even older Jeep than these two, too. I had a 1978 CJ-5 with the 304 V8 and a 3 speed. My dad bought it brand new. I got it when I turned 16. It only had about 80k miles on it when we sold it, but the majority of those miles were off-road. It had a lot of time on it - slow all-day trail riding - but not a lot of miles. Again, nothing mechanical broke on it. Tires, oil, brakes.
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  11. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    WRONG! I've towed our ~2500 lb (empty), 3500 lb GVWR pop up for around 1k miles thus far. I don't even know it's there. I get up to 70 darn quick and with the trailer brakes, stop the same as unloaded. I drove up Monitor pass like total juvenile and was dumbfounded how everything cornered. AND for last weeks' camping trip, we got 18 mpg (admittedly going around 55 as per the limit in CA). AND did the Rubicon a few weeks prior with only minor modifications.

    We paid $35k for ours and have another $3k in modifications (winch, armor, and VERY mild lift with stock tires). Shop around, and that is a darn competitive price for an SUV that will annihilate any other machine off road (save an H1).

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    I can't speak to reliability as I've only got 13k on it thus far, but I'm pretty ecstatic with it.

    I also disagree with resale value stuff. Jeeps have high resale because of the name and as off roaders. Also, I think modified Jeeps are worth LESS as it means the vehicle was used as it was designed: beat up.

    But the real conversation IMO is on how this is an apples to oranges comparison. The JK has no real peer any longer with the exception of a G Wagen in that no one offers solid front and rear axles. That makes a huge difference in drivability.

    However, I think the Jeep makes a darn nice car. It has all the creature comforts like AC and power everything and remote entry and GPS and bluetooth and cruise and such. I actually think it's quite quiet as well. But I'm a bad example as I came from a heavily modifed YJ and was 2 wheels only for a few years, so any cage is going to be comfy and quiet to me.

    Now I love my Jeep and will probably keep it for many years regardless of reliability, but if it was my wife and we already had a hard core off road machine, I'd get the more comfy and easier to drive SUV.
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  12. Doc.Snyder

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    You should add -in the US.

    There are the HD Landcruiser 105, the Landcruiser 70 series, the Nissan Patrol, The G Professional, Landrover Defender, Santana / Iveco PS10, ........................................................ and a few more.

    All with solid axles and very capable Offroad. :D


    Oh... and they're all available as Diesels :-D:rofl

    Ok, enough with the trolling... Just had to. Sorry.
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  13. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    Touché. We've got an '85 300GD we brought back from Germany, so I know what you mean. However, none of those diesels are sold here mostly due to emissions. Plus, the JK is sold in a diesel in Europe. :D
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  14. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    Maybe you discussed this with the dealer, but I thought that the IPDM on most all Nissan trucks and SUVs was covered under some TSB. They are prone to failing. I have heard of several people on the Nissan forums who have had their trucks just shut off and lock wheels at 70 MPH :eek1

    That said, I have owned two Titans and a Pathfinder, and had no issues with any of them. I would buy again. Well, maybe not the new 2013 Pathfinder. I know why they built it, but I do not like it.

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    I know. Wish I could have brought my Defender 110 tdi when I moved to the US a few years ago... :-(
    Broke my heart but I had to sell it... Grrr.
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  16. Rider_WV

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    I have owned jeeps for 15+ years. I have wheeled and beat on them, build them and bled on them. They can be great offroad. They can be a giant pain in the ass as well.

    The new pentastars have head issues and there is still QC issues on the rest of the vehicle. The 12-13 wranglers do feel better built than the previous chrysler turds.

    I am a jeep guy, will probably always wheel a jeep of some sort.

    That being said. Buy a ProX4 Xterra and forget about a jeep. Factory rear locker, all kinds of power, you can run 33's with a super cheap shackle/spacer lift. I have a close friend that has sworn by jeeps for longer than me, he ended up with an Xterra and beats the absolute crap out of it and has had ZERO issues with it. They will tow fine, especially with the 6spd. Very quiet inside, strong frames and very well built. You can pick up a 2012 pro4x right now for well under $30k. You will be very very hard pressed to find an Unlimited wrangler for under 40k.
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  17. xr400r

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    Hey OP! Buy a Jeep then. Good luck with it.
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  18. henrymartin

    henrymartin Mr. Tourguide

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    I've owned a Sahara (shorty) and was happy with it (TJ). When the second baby came along, I needed something where I could fit two large dogs, two kids, and all the crap that comes with carrying all that. I looked in to the Unlimited Jeeps and came back less than impressed. Unless you go for the over the top, top of the line MOAB, the long wheel base makes them questionable in the dirt.

    So, I ended up with an 05 Xterra (I think SE) that had a bunch of extras installed by the PO. Running boards, side step bumper, class III hitch, VDC, tint...A nice rig. I outfitted it with a set of General Grabber ATs and been happy ever since.

    More civilized on road, certainly quieter than the Jeep. The only think I dislike is the shift on the fly for the 4H and 4L, and the VDC system. It applies brakes when slipping, when traction is lost, et cetera. I shut it off when I need to - I feel safer that way. :lol3 because it makes the vehicle less predictable when sliding and such.

    There is enough room for everyone, all the stuff we carry, and the gas mileage is decent 17-20mpg. Mine is a 6 speed stick, and the V6 has more oomph than I need. It will comfortably cruise at 40 in 6th gear (gas saver) or pass a car at 85 in 4th gear (quick passing to avoid danger).

    Every winter, I get lazy with groceries and drive the rig up to my deck over a decent hill. The Jeep would push through 3ft of unpacked snow. The Xterra starts slipping at 2.5ft of unpacked snow. But, it will clear two feet without any problems. The hill shape/angle has a lot to do with it though.

    Mine now has 90k miles on it and the only thing the truck needed was a new serpentine belt, belt tensioner, and a little electronic fan speed modulator. All in all, aside from gas and oil changes, it needed about $200 worth of maintenance in the past three years I owned it.

    There are not many SUVs with a stick shift these days, and I will never buy a CVT vehicle. :deal
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  19. Hardware02

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    Lots of good perspective here.

    When the time comes, we'll test drive both. I suspect that barring some unforeseen amazing deal she'll end up with the Xterra (especially once she drives a Jeep). Eventually I'd like to find an older CJ as a resto project...
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  20. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    Shame it's not imported to the U.S.
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