2006 Super Black Xterra S
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Atlanta, GA
That price is on the low end based on what I've seen lately but I'd caution when buying a used car you should go in with the opposite outlook of assuming everything is ok with it. I replaced my radiator around the mileage of the one you're looking at and never had the smod issue. I replaced the timing chain guides at 147k but that's not a premature failure, just a plastic guide that wore through as designed. BTW when they are in need of replacement it will sound just like a supercharger when accelerating, at idle it will be silent.
That said if it were me I'd check the transmission fluid, pull out the dip stick (held in by a 10mm bolt) and lay it out on a white towel to get a look at the fluid. I'd want to see old fluid IMO, it would look like a very dark red or brown color. Usually when there has been a smod incident the owner will flush and replace that fluid with new so to me at least it's a bad sign given that 99% of people don't even know a transmission uses fluid. Other than that the mileage of that X is about where I started to need to replace parts, nothing crazy just wear items, u-joints, suspension stuff, etc. but if you know how to wrench it's not that expensive to do.