Join Date: May 2017
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Trying to Buy my First Xterra - What Model to Buy!!
Hello Everyone. So I have done a lot of research on the XTerra, still soooo much more to do, but I think i am finally ready to actually buy one.
Here is the deal. I live in Colorado and am tired of trying to force my wifes 2011 Ford Explorer into the mountains, i know its not an off road vehicle but its closer than my Acura TSX. So I want to get a 3rd vehicle that will be my weekend and occasional snow work day vehicle. I am not an "off roader" per se. I just need something that will get me to some of those High Clearance required Trail Heads that ellude me at the moment. I love to hike and fly fish so need a vehicle that will get me farther and away from the people parked at the TH loaded with Camrys and Accords if you know what I mean.
So I really love the XTerra and have found it almost impossible to find one with around 100K miles and under the $10K-$12K (final) price range. I have found a few but they go QUICK. I am widening my search based on what I read in here and am now including the base Model X. I was just looking at the S, SE or OR.
So I guess my question is, and I am sure I know the answer already, is the base X worth the price and if I find what I think is a good deal should I jump on it and just upgrade it? My goal is to add some minor upgrades to the tires, wheels, skid plates, mud flaps, tow hitch, cross bars, stereo, to start with. I will have to look and see what else I can add on a budget that would enhance the vehicle. Any suggestions?
I have never bought a used vehicle with over 100K miles on it and so far everything I see is in the 110-150K mile range and running in around the $10K-13K range. Seems a bit much but maybe not. For instance there is a 2008 X Model with 138K Miles and the asking price is 10,489 (assuming $489 are fees). That is $2000 over KBB Suggested Price.
I am mostly aware of what to watch out for like the SMOD, Timing Chain and Tensioner, Fuel Sending unit. I am trying to factor those in as it seems all the vehicles I have found, none of those issues have been fixed or at least have records of it, so I am looking at a new radiator and associated parts, Timing Chain, and maybe Fuel Sending unit if not covered by a recall. Is there anything I am missing? Any tips or suggestions that I may be missing. I am ready to pull the trigger but have some apprehensions but then again also want to act fast because summer is approaching.
Thank you for any help you can provide and really sorry for the lengthy post.
Last edited by Steven Hargrove; 05-18-2017 at 04:26 PM.