Nissan Xterra 2002-2015 Key Programming Procedure
The following are the key programming procedures for Nissan Xterra for the year 2002 to 2015.
ALL KEY FOBS MUST BE PRESENT WHEN PROGRAMMING NEW FOBS. (OLD REMOTES ARE ELIMINATED: BY OLDEST ONE FIRST AS NEW REMOTES ARE PROGRAMMED INTO THE VEHICLE)
1. Close and lock all doors with the driver’s side power lock/unlock switch.
2. Insert key into ignition and remove it from the ignition key cylinder at least six times within 10seconds. Your Hazard Lamps will flash if you performed this step successfully. NOTE: Withdraw key completely from ignition cylinder each time. If this procedure is performed too fast, the system will not enter programming mode.
3. Insert key into the ignition cylinder and turn to the ACC position.
4. Within 5 seconds, push ANY button on the remote transmitter. Your Hazard Lamps should flash. NOTE: Do not press the button more than one time in the above step. If the button is pressed more than one time, the programming procedure will not be successful.
5. If there are any remaining transmitters (including the old ones), unlock then lock all doors using the driver’s side power lock/unlock switch and within 5 seconds, push ANY button on the next remote. Your Hazard Lamps should flash. Repeat this step for each transmitter (including any existing transmitters).
6. Turn the key to the OFF position, remove keys from the ignition, unlock doors using the driver’s side power lock/unlock switch and open the driver side door.
7. Test remote (s).
About Nissan Xterra
The 2015 Nissan Xterra is still available in three trim levels: X, S, and the off-road-focused PRO-4X, which gets additional skid plates, a locking differential (for 4×4 models), Bilstein shocks, and 16-inch off-road wheels with BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires. PRO-4X variants get contrast stitching and seat embroidery this year, as well as auto headlights, an outside temperature display, a navigation system with rearview monitor, and a new Display Audio system with auxiliary input, USB connector, and Sirius satellite radio compatibility. The NissanConnect color radio display with mobile apps, as well as the USB and Bluetooth connectivity that comes with that infotainment system, is now standard on Xterra S models for 2015.
The Xterra keeps things simple, sharing a platform with the Frontier pickup and employing a variant of the frame and underpinnings used in the full-size Nissan Titan trucks. Unlike most utility vehicles, the Xterra’s body-on-frame design is suitable for frequent trail clambering, and its 261-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 engine gives plenty of torque for off-roading or towing and works well with the smooth-shifting automatic transmission. Because of its solid axle and leaf springs in the back, the Xterra’s ride can be pitchy at times, but on-road handling is good.
Except for the Off-Road trims, all 2015 Xterra models are available with rear-wheel drive, but the Xterra makes a lot of sense as a 4×4, with 9.5 inches of ground clearance and an approach angle of more than 33 degrees. It’s a part-time, off-road-oriented 4×4 arrangement with high and low settings, but Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, and the electronic stability control system all assist keep it in check and maximize traction.
The interior of the automobile is made with robust upholstery, extra storage places, tie-downs for gear, and easy-to-clean surfaces borrowed from the Frontier truck, giving it the same utilitarian look and feel as the SUV’s exterior. Simply said, it sacrifices some passenger comfort in exchange for all-around usefulness—particularly usefulness in ways that a car or SUV cannot. Nissan has found ways to hone the Xterra’s abilities for freight and gear, making it somewhat of a Swiss Army knife. There’s a huge center console, a double glovebox, and a substantial 35 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the rear seat up—expandable to nearly 66 cubic feet with the seat folded forward. The front passenger seat can also fold forward to a horizontal position to accommodate particularly lengthy things, such as bulky sports equipment. Trims and panels are typically composed of hard plastic, which is sensible given the vehicle’s intended use (you’ll want those easy-to-clean surfaces).
In terms of safety, the Xterra is unremarkable in its class, with less-than-perfect ratings in the IIHS rear impact and roof strength tests but otherwise ‘good’ results. Several technologies featured with the optional stability control system, such as Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist, employ electronics to assist in maintaining balance in perilous situations.