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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-16-2019, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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About to Join the Xterra Owning ... I Hope...

Hey all
After a month of lurking this site, Craigslist, CarMax, etc.. I’m flying out to see a 2012 Pro-4x that was pointed out here a few weeks ago.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sf...890661607.html

I’m pretty excited, and the car looks pretty clean, but am looking for advice on what to check out before I buy.

If this works out I expect to suddenly become a bit more active in here, so thanks in advance for any ideas.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-17-2019, 06:28 AM
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Check for leaking rear axle seals. The brake backing plates will be wet with oil and possibly oil leaking into the wheels.

Check the transmission fluid color/ smell if it's an automatic. You'll need a 10mm socket to get the dipstick out.

I think that's the main two issues with the later models. There's a thread stickied in the welcome center that links to more info to help out.
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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-17-2019, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the hints.

I'm a bit of a mechanical novice, but I'll check the transmission fluid and look for axle seal failures (and I guess get ready to perform the rear diff vent hack)!

I fly down on Thursday and will undoubtably be crawling the forums a bit more when I get the car home.
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Thanks!

I'm actually most nervous about running such a large transaction person-person. Other than that, I'm excited to get this car off road as quickly as reasonably possible.
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Hey all
After a month of lurking this site, Craigslist, CarMax, etc.. I’m flying out to see a 2012 Pro-4x that was pointed out here a few weeks ago.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sf...890661607.html

I’m pretty excited, and the car looks pretty clean, but am looking for advice on what to check out before I buy.

If this works out I expect to suddenly become a bit more active in here, so thanks in advance for any ideas.
Be careful. I live in L.A. too and have seen all kinds of scams here. There are legitimate sellers, but there are some pretty sophisticated scams too. So keep your eyes open. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is...
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That ad is no longer active, hoping sold to an enthusiast here (looks like to you @prankster), had decent set up with GPS, CB, etc. was down to $16K, not bad I think considering the equipment included. Congrats and welcome!

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Yep. That’s me. I’ll post again if all goes well and I can take pics of the rig.

Have to admit I know *nothing* about the radio setup in there, so that’s totally overkill, but I like the rest of the configuration, the age, and the idea of getting off-road with a trail worthy vehicle.
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Yep. That’s me. I’ll post again if all goes well and I can take pics of the rig.

Have to admit I know *nothing* about the radio setup in there, so that’s totally overkill, but I like the rest of the configuration, the age, and the idea of getting off-road with a trail worthy vehicle.
Congrats and welcome ;-)
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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-18-2019, 09:59 PM
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That's a long drive back home...about 8 or 9 hours.
I suspect by the time you pull into a parking spot in San Pablo - you'll have a serious big ass grin on your face.

Congratulations on a great buy !

Craigslist post had expired...so details please...how many miles, what color, and what previous stuff was already done on this Nissan ?

How's the leaf springs and the shocks all around look ?

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