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Old 02-25-2021, 01:43 PM   #11
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There was a 2004 Xterra with all the goodies and 112K miles on it for sale the other day. For $5,500 at a car lot, which means it probably sold for 5K, maybe a bit less. Had all the stuff the Gen 2 came with, including the Fosgate stereo system.

Just saying. Everyone is saying 'buy it,' and sure...it's probably an okay deal and all. Go over it with a fine tooth comb before you do, though. Bring flashlight with you. A good one. One good question that I ask people when they are selling a car is, "Why are you selling this (nice) truck?" Catches people by surprise, and if they are hiding something, you can almost always tell by their flimsy answer. A GOOD answer would be, "I love this thing but I really need the money right now..." Or maybe, "My wife is having a baby..." Or even, "I just bought a new car and can't afford to keep both."

If you aren't absolutely sure after checking out this truck that the owner is representing it right, keep looking. I would recommend finding a four banger king cab, either a 96 or 97 because those years came with the plug in for a code reader. A bigger bonus than most people think.

I used to sell cars. I even sold one to a spy once, no kidding. I was DAMN good at moving iron back in the day.
thats such a wild story, but also pretty awesome haha.
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Old 02-25-2021, 04:00 PM   #12
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Theres a 1995 4x4 king cab automatic for sale, with 176k, for 5k. I saw one in Washinton state, so hopefully no rust. That seemed to be one of the biggest issues I was seeing online. Car complaints didnt have anything, and i dont know of anyone who has/had one.
Unless the seller can show you paperwork that the timing belt was done at the 100k mile mark, assume it was not.

The timing belt job will cost $600 to $800 because of the labor. You can do it yourself if you have tools and mechanical abilities.

While doing the timing belt, that's also a good time to replace the water pump, timing belt tensioner and spring, thermostat, accessory belts, radiator hoses, and antifreeze - because all that stuff comes off while doing the timing belt.

Camshaft seals don't have to come off, but they cost about $5 each, and they are easy to access while the front of the engine is all apart. You might as well do those too. Maybe $200 in parts.
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Old 02-26-2021, 02:24 AM   #13
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I havent had a chance to look at it yet, it's off a lot. So I'm sure it was just a trade in. They seem to have alot a trucks, so that's my guess. I always seem to end up having to fix something when I buy off a lot.

Hopefully theres paperwork for the timing belt. If not I can mention this information, and see if theyll budge on the asking price.

XoXSciFiGuy- I'm assuming the 95 doesnt have a ODB scanner then? Is there a way to check for any codes that might be present?

I cant tell you guys enough how much a appreciate the advice.
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I'm assuming the 95 doesnt have a ODB scanner then? Is there a way to check for any codes that might be present?
The link in my signature below shows how to read codes without a code reader.
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Old 02-26-2021, 05:12 AM   #15
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No OBD2 on the 95.



I'll help you do a belt if you would like. Just make the run south.
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Deerhurst is correct...no OBDII on a '95 HB. Only '96-'97 HB's.

Use JP Code's link for the "How to" on reading the codes without a code reader.
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Old 02-27-2021, 02:53 AM   #17
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Hopefully theres paperwork for the timing belt. If not I can mention this information, and see if theyll budge on the asking price.
Actually, if they "don't know" anything about the t-belt, or no documentation, USE THIS AGAINST THEM! Tell them it's a $1k job and there's one of your # drops.

But, comb the truck. Get under and look everywhere. Keep us posted!
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What he is saying it 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 02-28-2021, 02:09 AM   #18
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So we made the trip up there, and it actually didnt seem that bad at all. I wanted to get there right when they opened, and see what it starts up like first thing in the morning. Started up fine, with little hesitation. We took it down the road, and it seemed really underpowered for a v6. Which is fine, I'm not looking to race in it. But is this normal? Or is it something with the tranny? It kinda bucked when shifting, but seemed to get better as it warmed up, which I know it typical, but it was really hard. It was running around 4k rpm at 55 mph. I turned the OD off to see if maybe it was malfunctioning, and it shot up to 5500 rpm so I'm guessing it was fine. But it is a blast to drive, I have a soft spot for these old mini trucks, and i dont want to be biased. I smelled a bit of oil, didnt see any. The guy was selling it for someone, and didnt want to go lower than 4000 for it. I forgot to check under for rust, but I checked the rear tires and it didnt look bad at all, even the bolts around the fenders were ok. He didnt have any records for it, however I'm sure I could get them if I put a offer in on it.

What do you guys think? I could post the link if that would be helpful.
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The low on power could be that it's 20+ years old with 160HP and an automatic. Could also be timing a little off.



I'd want proof of any docs before making an offer.



4wd, right? Sounds like it probably has 4.6 gears which would be normal for an automatic with 4wd.
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The newer engines definitely make better power than these old turds.

Keep in mind that they were built when the speed limit was 55 MPH, and they don't always like going faster than that.

Also, keep in mind that these old V6 engines are going to get about 15 MPG around town and 17 on the highway. Again, because they are older machines. Their poor fuel economy is what killed them.

At the end of the day, the decision comes down to how much you like it. If you got the bug, you will always love the little Hardbody. If someone is twisting your arm to get the Hardbody, you will hate it for all of the negative points that I mentioned above.

The decision is yours.
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