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Old 05-13-2018, 10:42 PM   #1
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So I'm in love with this 1995 pathfinder I bought but its at 200,000 miles. Should I just swap the engine out when its time? I'm new to the wrenching world... Is that what people do?
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Old 05-13-2018, 10:50 PM   #2
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Are you having issues with the engine now? If so what kind of problems are you having? It’s the old adage if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
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How's it running? Besides preventative maintenance I wouldn't mess with it until it gives you a reason to.
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If the truck is good and the motor dies, swap a new one in. Yes, that's what people do.
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Old 05-14-2018, 03:34 PM   #5
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My 86.5 V6 truck has 262k on it and it's still working fine. Plenty of other guys here with 250, 300+ on theirs. Just take care of it and it should still have plenty of life.
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Dad’s 95 XE-V6 has 380k miles on the original engine. Keep the oil changed and the timing belt changed.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:34 AM   #7
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I bought my 1996 for $550 with 215k it now has around 230k. The reason I got it so cheap is because it had the death wobble due to worn trailing arm bushings.
I put new trailing arms, OME springs, nice tires and aftermarket wheels. I would drive it anywhere. No real issues. Just drive it. Fix it if it breaks. Drive it more.
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Koofstah i cant stress this enough.....TIMING BELT, TIMING BELT, TIMING BELT and cam/crank seals.
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I replaced my VG30 at about 220k miles, but it had a hard life. I was getting blowby in the rings. Now, I can drive it just about anywhere.
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I replaced mine at 176k mikes. Sadly it was due to a cracked piston likely due to a failed wrist pin. Ran fine like that other than the noises it made. Drove it a few months like that till I got a motor.
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