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Old 03-16-2021, 02:17 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone,


I'm new to this section of the forum, but have been in the Hardbody section for several years now.


I am picking up a 2006 Xterra Off-road this afternoon. It has 87,000 miles onit, knn intake, Flowmasters cat-back exhaust, and a Superchip adding roughly 25hp. HP gains are unverified, but it definitely has a little more get up and go than others I test drove.


The goal for the vehicle will be a trip car/moderate offroading rig for my wife and dogs. I don't plan on anything more than a 2.5" lift to keep it pleasant on the road.


From what I have read, SMOD should be checked for (it was not present on this vehicle) and timing tensioner/guides can be problematic pre 2010. Are there any other maintenance issues I should be on the look out for or things I should do to the vehicle to prevent future issues?

I live in Colorado and spent a significant amount of time in the mountains.


I'll post pictures later tonight or tomorrow.
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Old 03-16-2021, 02:47 PM   #2
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Welcome to the site. A post without pics is saying it didn't happen.

Take yourself outside in the 2' of snow you just got and take some pictures!

We don't care if you have to walk uphill both ways to get them. We like pictures.
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If I had an early one like that I would probably go ahead and replace the radiator just to eliminate the possibility of the SMOD.
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Nice. Yea, we like eye candy. dvdswan nailed it... PIC in snow! We luv PIC in Snow!!!
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I've got a 2008 Off Road edition.

The last owner hired a local shop to swap out the timing chain, and he messed up the engine. I picked it up for $3000, towed it to a decent shop.



I paid $1500 for the timing chain job. They also installed a new water pump and radiator at the same time. A new radiator ensures I won't have SMOD.

It does pretty good.

I also have a 2000 Xterra (Gen 1). It has the 3.3L, which is a dog compared to the 4.0L engine because of the variable cams.



The 2000 seems to be more reliable, though. Little things on the Gen2 seem to go out a lot.

I've had the automatic shifter linkage break. After pulling everything apart to get to it, I only had to replace a $5 part.

I've had the rear lift gate get stuck. I disassembled the rear panel to get to the mechanism and fixed the linkage there. Didn't cost anything, but it was a hassle.

Most recently, the electronic temperature door stopped working so I wasn't able to select Hot or Cold on the thermostat. It's a $50 part, but it took me most of the day to disassemble the dash to get to the part.



You cannot see it from the outside, but it was way down in this little hole:



This is the old and the new one, side by side:



None of the parts are expensive to replace if you do them yourself, but it sure is inconvenient.

On the 2000 Gen1, I replaced the timing belt when I first got it, and the old battery died recently during our winter weather.

Otherwise, she is a champ!

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