That 3.5 liter engine, though...I got sick of clunkers after my 03 Xterra supercharged blew a head gasket at 160,000 miles and was a $4,000 fix. My FJ80 was another money pit
Believe the Xterra was a 3.3L.That 3.5 liter engine, though...
My girlfriend had a Murano with the same motor. Go ahead and try to change the rear bank of spark plugs. You cant do that without taking the intake off. So, right there you open yourself up (pun intended) to damage and error, just to change plugs. And if they didnt have the exact right oil, they leak through the rings. Well, even if they did have the right Phil they tended to do that.
Donated it at something like 140 thousand miles because the car wasnt worth what it would cost a mechanic to set it right, and I didnt want to do it in the driveway
Yeah the VG33 is a solid engine but it’s kind of a PITA to work on. You can easily spend the value of the car repairing those if you don’t wanna fix it yourself.Ah, the VG engine. The VQ is the 3.5. I see
My boss has a second gen Xterra. We are both in IT but have been known to drive across country a bit. He keeps it in great condition. I'm sure they can be a good platformYeah the VG33 is a solid engine but it’s kind of a PITA to work on. You can easily spend the value of the car repairing those if you don’t wanna fix it yourself.
I still think the Xterra can be a solid budget platform though, if you find the rare one that hasn’t been flogged or neglected most of its life.
Yea the second gen just had the SMOD issue and some timing chain failures I think. Other than that and raltoveky weak diffs, I think they’re pretty solid. In fact a 2013-14 Pro4X model would be up there on my list. I know they don’t have the same build quality as a LC, but they also aren’t as ancient and the engine is a lot stronger.My boss has a second gen Xterra. We are both in IT but have been known to drive across country a bit. He keeps it in great condition. I'm sure they can be a good platform
By not spend I assume you mean spend on payments then you are correct. Their salaries were not large. Engineers, accountants and teachers are the top 3 careers. One thing most had in common was they drive dependable used cars..I'm going to guess that is "net worth of $1M+" which is not an elite group at all. Most of them are going to be people who made good salaries and didn't spend it.