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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-15-2011, 04:43 AM Thread Starter
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Xterra owners....

So what do you think of them? Roomy inside (as in bigger than a 2nd gen Kia Sportage)? Reliable? Durable? Auto tranny issues? 3.3L issues?

Found a 03 SE with 111K, no rust or dents or scratches. Only issue is missing one cross bar on the roof rack.

If I get it, other than getting a crossbar from a junkyard (need 2 for a kayak carrier), I'll need to put a hitch on it and put a new stereo in it (the Fosgate setup isnt a cd mp3 capable).

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We love ours.

That might be comparing apples to oranges though.
We have a 06, only engine option is 4.2 V6...

We like the fact that its simple, as in rubber floor mats.
It is the type of SUV that is designed to get dirty and be wiped down.
Dare I say... it likes to be ridden hard and put away wet.


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We have the 2011 Pro-4X and LOVE IT! right size, good power for it's size and class. We have done some addons to it, etc.

And it matches Adam's Graffiti

EDIT: Only bad point being the gas mileage isn't that great...

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Originally Posted by Camo_Hunny View Post
And it matches Adam's Graffiti
Hehe, so we're twins then. (our Xterra is night armor grey, and the street plastics for my RR are graffiti :P)

Like X said, we love our '06, and also like he said it's a different generation so it's hard to compare. I don't know what the inside of the Kia is like, but we've jammed a lot of shit in there, and it's still compact enough to not feel like a giant lumbering beast.

We've looked at trading it for something more posh (because it's not. Its very very utilitarian) but just can't justify any other vehicle that would fit our life more perfectly than the Xterra does. It tows our trailer with 3 bikes in it, we have a bike rack in the back for transporting pedal bikes, there's no fussy carpets to worry about, we had a '67 Benelli motor leak all of it's oil out in the back of it, it's been rained into, and we've thrown muddy mx gear in it. In a pinch, we've folded down the seats and slept in the back, it's not quite long enough to lay flat, but we're not super tall and it was comfortable enough.

We tried recently to put a bicycle in the back of the car and it was this very gingerly dance of not getting anything dirty, and still managed to get grease on something. Eff that.

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You can stuff a muddy dog in one of those things and hose it out. That right there is awesome.

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Buy a hemi.
Only if its a 1970 Superbird 426 hemi or 1971 Plymouth HemiCuda convertible. Other than late 60's early 70's era mopars and Vipers, Fuck Chrysler products.

Need something now with more seating than a std cab dakota (and has working heat) and my dad needs to be able to get in without a problem with a plastic leg. Something he has troubles with my dakota (door opening isnt great and truck is low in the seats.

Plus I miss going out on trails. Think the first major mod I'd do is get an ARB bullbar/winch setup to replace the front bumper. Something about a bumper that will just get a scratch if a benz pulls out in front of you...

If I could afford one, I'd love an H1 Hummer wagon. Then have Elmer Fudd airbrushed on the back holding his shotgun in one hand and 3 priuses on a string in the other with the phrase underneath, "Be vewy, vewy quiet...I'm hunting Pwiuses. hehehehehehe". Then for added effect, get some scrap prius parts and tie them to the front bumper. That would go over well in Madison.

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the #6 spark plug is a PITA to replace on the 3.3L and sometimes gets skipped.

front the day I got mine it shifts hard from 1-2 when cold & >3000rpm. smooths out and is just fine when it warms up.

timing belt needs to be replaced at 105k. make sure that has been done. There are a lot of examples of that belt going in short ordre if left much beyond this mileage. And its the longest timing belt interval i'm currently aware of.

the fuel mileage is low. I get ~14 combined mostly suburban driving. The epa rating made me believe it was going to do a bit better.

I don't know how it compares to the size of a sportage, never been in one so can't help you out there.

you can do a 2" suspension lift and a 2" body lift for about $250 plus a set of shocks, if thats your thing. I'm guessing not with the concerns about fathers entry.

There is a DIY out there to add an aux input to the factory radio board for about $15 if you can solder.

I like mine.

Oh he can drive. He can drive beyond the limits of the tires, the engine, the car or anything else.
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