04 prebuy inspection questions

Vance in AK Jun 4, 2019

  1. Vance in AK

    Vance in AK Test Drive

    Looking at buying my first xterra, an 04 xe, v6, 5 speed with 155k on it.
    Anything in particular to be on the look out for?
  2. Muadeeb

    Muadeeb Bastard Admin from Hell Admin

    Big thing when buying a first gen is the timing belt, needs to be done every 100k. If a shop did it, then there should be a metal tag near the center of the radiator. Other thing is assume plug #6 has never been changed; it's in an awkward location that many people have issue getting it freed from. Make sure you run it though all the gears, let it idle after it's warm to check the cooling system, make sure the 4x4 engages (if it has one), the usual things to check when buying used.

    Remember: this is a box on wheels with a minivan engine. Expect it to get from point a to point b, but not very fast.

    Once you have it, flush all the fluids (never trust the previous owner) and keep up on the regular maintenance. It's a Nissan, so it'll run for a really long time.
  3. kirk

    kirk Will get you lost in S. Dallas Supporting Member

    Allen, Texas

    Welcome! I would add see if it has a clutch replacement at that mileage, if not consider that may have to be done soon. I love a 4wd 5spd.

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