What Kind of Transmission Fluid Does a 2002 Nissan Xterra Use?

by Justin Cupler

The Xterra hit the market in 2000 to give Nissan a rugged, off-road-capable midsize SUV that could tackle the likes of the Chevy Blazer and Jeep Grand Cherokee. The 2002 model year introduced a new supercharged V-6 engine that gave buyers a peppy alternative to the base 143-horsepower four-cylinder, and optional 170-horsepower V-6. The 2002 Xterra came standard with a five-speed manual transmission and had an optional four-speed automatic available. The fluid in both transmissions not only lubricates them, but it also cleans and cools the transmissions, so using the correct fluid is very important.

Transmission Fluid Type

With an automatic transmission, your 2002 Nissan Xterra requires Nissan Matic "D" transmission fluid, which is readily available at most Nissan dealerships and some auto parts stores. You can opt for Dexron-III/Mercon transmission fluid in place of the Nissan Matic "D" fluid. If your Xterra has a manual transmission, it requires an SAE 75W-90 GL-4 manual transmission gear oil,

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