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Old 09-01-2021, 02:29 AM   #23351
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Someone today offered me 5800. I am thinking about it.
This morning you said "I'm in no big hurry to sell it.", so what changed in the last few hrs???

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What he is saying is the aerodynamics of a D21 is a brick in the wind.
Probably at least as bad as a Jeep so worse than a cow.
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Old 09-01-2021, 03:14 AM   #23352
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This morning you said "I'm in no big hurry to sell it.", so what changed in the last few hrs???

I got a $4,000 settlement check from an old class action I was in years ago. Finally came through. I had almost forgotten about it. I guess if I'm going to move on to an Xterra, I should get around to it and stop holding out for the very last dollar. Heck...I only paid $2,500 for the truck when I got it anyway. So I should be happy.
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I love my Xterra trucks. So much that I have been considering selling my Hardbody.

A few notes about Xterras: Gen1 has the more reliable VG33E engine. You still have to change the timing belt every 100k miles, so assume whatever Gen1 you find will need this done as soon as you take ownership unless you can get documentation of the last timing belt service.

Gen2 has gobs more power, but they are plagued with problems that Nissan refused to address. The cooler lines for the automatic transmission tend to rupture, allowing engine coolant into the transmission. It is a sealed transmission and not serviceable, so when that happens you have to buy another transmission. Usually $6000 or so from Nissan. Also the VQ40 engine has a timing chain, but Nissan used an old mold to cast the chains, causing sharp burrs that wear through engine components. The timing chain on this engine is a major job, not like swapping the chain on the KA24e. Shops usually charge $2000 or more for this. Finally, Nissan started using lots of sensors and electric motors on the Gen2 Xterra. The camshaft phasers, which give the engine so much power and great fuel economy, often die after 100k miles. The heat controls and fan speed control are both determined by sensors and motor actuators that go out (right now, my fan works on 0, 1, 3, and 4. Not 2. Nissan wants $1200 to remove the dash and replace the resistor).

But when the Gen2 is running right, it is a beast.

In either version, getting 4x4 and a Manual Transmission is highly sought after.
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Old 09-01-2021, 04:04 AM   #23354
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It's a seller's market. I wouldn't be in a hurry to sell personally. I'd be in even less of a hurry to buy. That's just my $0.02 though.

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I love my Xterra trucks. So much that I have been considering selling my Hardbody.

A few notes about Xterras: Gen1 has the more reliable VG33E engine. You still have to change the timing belt every 100k miles, so assume whatever Gen1 you find will need this done as soon as you take ownership unless you can get documentation of the last timing belt service.

Gen2 has gobs more power, but they are plagued with problems that Nissan refused to address. The cooler lines for the automatic transmission tend to rupture, allowing engine coolant into the transmission. It is a sealed transmission and not serviceable, so when that happens you have to buy another transmission. Usually $6000 or so from Nissan. Also the VQ40 engine has a timing chain, but Nissan used an old mold to cast the chains, causing sharp burrs that wear through engine components. The timing chain on this engine is a major job, not like swapping the chain on the KA24e. Shops usually charge $2000 or more for this. Finally, Nissan started using lots of sensors and electric motors on the Gen2 Xterra. The camshaft phasers, which give the engine so much power and great fuel economy, often die after 100k miles. The heat controls and fan speed control are both determined by sensors and motor actuators that go out (right now, my fan works on 0, 1, 3, and 4. Not 2. Nissan wants $1200 to remove the dash and replace the resistor).

But when the Gen2 is running right, it is a beast.

In either version, getting 4x4 and a Manual Transmission is highly sought after.
$1200 to replace a blower motor resistor is absurd. There's gotta be a way to DIY that on the cheap. There's also no such thing as a sealed transmission. The newer ones still have a way to change the filter/fluid and get the level correct, even if there's no dipstick and the procedure is a bit more complicated.

Toyota has been doing this for awhile with their vehicles...they claim that the transmission is a sealed unit and the fluid never needs to be changed under normal driving conditions, although what they really mean is that it'll last the length of the vehicle's warranty. In the transmission pan there's a little plastic dipstick thingy that threads up into the pan. Kind of like those corrugated pipes you see sticking out of the ground in stormwater ponds, but way smaller. Same idea. Basically what you're supposed to do is pump the new fluid in through the fill plug, then run the car for a few minutes and once the fluid is within a particular temperature range take the little dipstick out and let it drip off the excess fluid. You'll need a scan tool that can communicate with the TCM but even a lot of the cheaper ones can do that nowadays. It's needlessly complicated compared to an old fashioned dipstick, but still doable nevertheless.

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Old 09-01-2021, 06:58 AM   #23356
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So I should be happy.
Sweat and elbow grease have more value than parts. Hold out... you listed it. Let this one expire and do it one more time... see what responses you get.

reminder: You're not in a hurry... and good vehicles are hard to come by. Found (SPECIFICALLY) what you want to replace it with yet? How much is it???

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What he is saying is the aerodynamics of a D21 is a brick in the wind.
Probably at least as bad as a Jeep so worse than a cow.
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Old 09-01-2021, 09:43 AM   #23357
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Sweat and elbow grease have more value than parts. Hold out... you listed it. Let this one expire and do it one more time... see what responses you get.

reminder: You're not in a hurry... and good vehicles are hard to come by. Found (SPECIFICALLY) what you want to replace it with yet? How much is it???
Nissan Xterra, looking at any and all from 2004-05 mostly. I may go Gen 1 if the mileage and condition is right. As far as selling the truck I have now, someone will come along sooner or later. I did the chain job on it, but couldn't afford the Mr Jim Tensioner to boot when I did it. Here is the ad at CL: https://yakima.craigslist.org/cto/d/...373363127.html
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$1200 to replace a blower motor resistor is absurd. There's gotta be a way to DIY that on the cheap.
The part is about $100 on Amazon or $400 through Nissan. I replaced the temperature sensor last December. Most of Nissan's fee is for all this labor in tearing the dash apart.

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I thought you started @ 7800? Quick drop...
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