Nissan Xterra

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  1. zumin3k

    zumin3k New Member

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    Anyone have any opinions on these or experience with them?
    I'm looking for a smallish 4WD vehicle that can go mildly offroad when needed, nothing major. I really like the way they look. This will be a daily driver, want something decently fun to drive.
    Thanks!
     
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    Xterra is an awsome rig for the average-joe 4x4 on a budget that wants something new(ish), reliable, and cost-efficient.

    It's more reliable and more powerful than the FJ, and is much more capable with a real backseat, four workable doors, and lower price-tag.
     
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    Nice. I'm undecided on the transmission, whether to get an auto or manual. I've had manuals all my life, but I've also never had an SUV/truck based vehicle. How much is performance/gas mileage affected with an auto, if at all?
     
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    i say :bowdown: :dunno: about the auto/man though
     
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    After looking around, I'll be going with an 05+ because of the power factor. Seems the 1st gens were pretty underpowered. Still not sure on auto/manual though. At least the 05+ gets a 5speed auto.
     
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    definitely get the 05+. Don't bother with the earlier ones.


    The 6spd is excellent in the xterra. however, I still recommend the auto. It's just so damn practical!
     
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    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    For offroading, manual, but if this is gonna be road-bound most of the time, auto for sure
     
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    in my experience, auto is better for most types of offroad.
     
  9. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    Better is subjective, but it is MUCH easier, especially if you're just learning to wheel.

    I bought a manual XJ and love it, but now that I'm getting into more technical wheeling, an auto would make life alot easier.
     
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    I will most likely go with an auto then. I don't plan on doing much off-roading, just a little bit of snow here and there, and some trips to the mountains, but no rock climbing or anything extreme.
    Thanks for the input.
     
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    auto is definitely better for snow... And the auto version also gets more "offroad" features from nissan -- such as descent-hill-assist.
     
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    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    Yeah I saw that one one at the auto show.

    I couldn't believe how pricey the Xterras are getting now though.

    I remember looking at them years ago when they were low 20's loaded.

    The one I sat in at the auto show as pushing 32k
     
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    yea inflation sucks + theres more features
     
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    Looks like it'll be a while then, I need to save up, as the 2nd gens are quite a bit more :)
    I'll be buying used.
     
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    I was at the LA auto show last week and they had a 4x4 Xterra Offroad for $24k. It was a 6spd but also had the upgraded stereo, locking diff, and other bits in it.

    They way I'd buy one, I'd say get a base Xterra, because it's still the great truck, do it for around $21-22k after you deal it down.... Then either get the dealer to swap on better oem rims, *or* some aftermarket wheels. And then get an aftermarket stereo to replace the stock deck.
     
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    I own an 06...love this thing.
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    Boxed frame
    VQ40DE (seriously, a badass motor)
    Fully collapsible seats
    Easy to maintain the interior
    ...shit, the list can go on.

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    mine was considerably cheaper.
     
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    I have a 07 and love it.
     
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    I have an 06 with a 6 speed and I love it. :)
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  21. affende

    affende Resident 4X4 Elitest Prick

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    lol ... becuase burning up clutch packs is a good idea?

    better is the wrong term ... way wrong.

    its personal preference.

    manuals are easier to maintain and repair ... i have rebuilt the cluth packs in an auto twice in camp (TF999) and a manual clutch once (AX5) .... manual was a metric ton of shit easier than the auto ...

    autos are easier and great for women.

    be a man. you decide.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    :rofl: whatever fag. When you're ready to join the 21st century, let me know.
     
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    affende Resident 4X4 Elitest Prick

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    bwahahahah ... when you're ready to do your shit yourself, let me know.

    if you have ever rebuilt a tranny, you know a manual is a ton easier to replace the 'wear-out' items than an auto.

    now if you blow up a main shaft, then you are fucked. but replacing a clutch in a manual is a shit-ton easier than doing clutch-packs in an auto.

    you dont know jack shit about vehicles. chances are, you drive a stock or bolt on modification vehicle and let a shop do your work for you.
     
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    I used to do my own work... Rebuilt the tranny in my volvo 850 with some "upgrades" from level10. Yes I have heard the rumors that they suck, I don't care, keep them to yourself, the vehicle is long gone, anyway.

    But your right, I have reached the point where it is simply more convenient for me to pay a shop to fix something. Thankfully I have reached a level of financial means to allow this. I am rich by no crazy stretch of the wildest imagination... But I choose to have shops do the dirty work. It isn't a matter of what I can or cannot do. I choose to do so for convenience.

    But for people other than you -- and by this I mean people that have the mental capacity for exercising logical thought processes -- auto tranny technology has grown leaps and bounds every year for the last few decades. We have now reached the point where even "budget" vehicles can have very robust and sophisticated auto transmissions... And in higher-end vehicles it is not cost-prohibitive to implement auto transmissions that actually surpass manual transmissions in their performance and reliability.
     
  25. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    Too many pics of Xterras sitting in driveways in this thread.

    Not enough pics of them wheeling.
     

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