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I've been looking at buying a 2006 Xterra Offroad version that does not have the switches for electronic locking rear diff and hill descent control. I thought these were standard. Am I missing something, or has it been re-badged?
 

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IIRC there's an "Off Road" package and an Off-road Model. The package doesn't include locker or hill descent but might have the badging. The model will for sure have the locker at least. It's likely the one you're looking at is either rebadged or just the "package" that I think included better struts and different colored seats. IDK though, since I don't have a fancy pants P4X or an Off-road...
 

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"Xterra Off-Road 2WD ($23,750) and 4WD ($26,050) come standard with the Utility Package and add an electronic locking rear differential, Bilstein off-road shocks, skid plates, fog lamps, 16-inch alloy off-road wheels and taller 265/75R16 B.F. Goodrich Rugged Trail all-terrain tires. Off-Road capability is further enhanced by advanced electronics: Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), and Hill Start Assist, all of which reduce skidding and wheel spin and maintain stability through selective application of the anti-lock braking system. A distinctive black body side molding, unique blue seat fabric, and a cargo net further distinguish Off-Road models from garden-variety Xterras. The automatic is optional ($800). "
 

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"Xterra Off-Road 2WD ($23,750) and 4WD ($26,050) come standard with the Utility Package and add an electronic locking rear differential, Bilstein off-road shocks, skid plates, fog lamps, 16-inch alloy off-road wheels and taller 265/75R16 B.F. Goodrich Rugged Trail all-terrain tires. Off-Road capability is further enhanced by advanced electronics: Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), and Hill Start Assist, all of which reduce skidding and wheel spin and maintain stability through selective application of the anti-lock braking system. A distinctive black body side molding, unique blue seat fabric, and a cargo net further distinguish Off-Road models from garden-variety Xterras. The automatic is optional ($800). "
 

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"Xterra Off-Road 2WD ($23,750) and 4WD ($26,050) come standard with the Utility Package and add an electronic locking rear differential, Bilstein off-road shocks, skid plates, fog lamps, 16-inch alloy off-road wheels and taller 265/75R16 B.F. Goodrich Rugged Trail all-terrain tires. Off-Road capability is further enhanced by advanced electronics: Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), and Hill Start Assist, all of which reduce skidding and wheel spin and maintain stability through selective application of the anti-lock braking system. A distinctive black body side molding, unique blue seat fabric, and a cargo net further distinguish Off-Road models from garden-variety Xterras. The automatic is optional ($800). "
Thank you. This is the information I had been unable to find on my own search.
 

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Wow. Locking rear diff on a 2wd model. I didnt know Nissan did such a thing but like it! A friend has some kind of Ford F150 that is 2wd but has a locking rear diff. For guys doing overland type stuff that (plus ground clearance) is likely good enough.
 

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Wow. Locking rear diff on a 2wd model. I didnt know Nissan did such a thing but like it! A friend has some kind of Ford F150 that is 2wd but has a locking rear diff. For guys doing overland type stuff that (plus ground clearance) is likely good enough.
Yeah I got a buddy with a Taco that's 2WD and has a locker. Kind of neat, although 4WD would be better. I had no idea the 2WD Xterras had a locker. I imagine they are SUPER rare, as I've ever seen one in the wild or even mentioned on here or other sites.
 

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I decided to look at a number of 2006 Xterra Off Road models for sale in our area, and the vast majority were similar to this one, without the switches and with tan upholstery. Only one had the full Off-Road package with the hill assist, locking diff and blue upholstery. In my opinion, Nissan might have been spent a few dollars on badging and be able to come up with two separate names to differentiate such completely different packages. However, after seeing comments on the value of the hill assist, and determining that I very well may never get into a situation truly needing the locking rear diff, I bought the one I originally mentioned. I am now an Xterra "Off-Road*" owner!

Now trying to find places to get off road in Bell County, Texas. Any recs?
 

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Another note, the Hill ascent/descent assist stuff is only on the automatic. The 6MT doesn't have that, but does still have the locking rear diff.
 

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I decided to look at a number of 2006 Xterra Off Road models for sale in our area, and the vast majority were similar to this one, without the switches and with tan upholstery. Only one had the full Off-Road package with the hill assist, locking diff and blue upholstery. In my opinion, Nissan might have been spent a few dollars on badging and be able to come up with two separate names to differentiate such completely different packages. However, after seeing comments on the value of the hill assist, and determining that I very well may never get into a situation truly needing the locking rear diff, I bought the one I originally mentioned. I am now an Xterra "Off-Road*" owner!

Now trying to find places to get off road in Bell County, Texas. Any recs?

I think the closest place you will find is Hidden Falls just outside of Marble Falls.

After that, there's Brazos Valley over in Bryan, Katemcy Rocks out in Mason, and Canyons in Frederickburg which are a little ways from you. Those are the big places unless you know of something else through word of mouth.
 

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Hmm, and I just thought some fool had gone and slapped some Off Road badging on my S.. I've also got a Carfax saying it's an Off Road too although the dealer said it's an S trim. I've never heard of an Off Road Pkg vs Model but maybe that's the deal. Either way I was able to talk the place I got it from waay down due to me hollering "you're misrepresenting"!

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Hmm, and I just thought some fool had gone and slapped some Off Road badging on my S.. I've also got a Carfax saying it's an Off Road too although the dealer said it's an S trim. I've never heard of an Off Road Pkg vs Model but maybe that's the deal. Either way I was able to talk the place I got it from waay down due to me hollering "you're misrepresenting"!

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Yeah I was really confused about that too because I’m pretty sure they didn’t do that here in TX.
 

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I can remember when I first started here back in early 2006 there was some guy who was pretty proud of finding some Off Road badging and sticking it on his S-model. It would not surprise me if it was more than just one. I don't recall where this was posted, but if the old posts from the early years are still around you may be able to find it.
 

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Dropped in to say this.

Another note, the Hill ascent/descent assist stuff is only on the automatic. The 6MT doesn't have that, but does still have the locking rear diff.
 

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IIRC there's an "Off Road" package and an Off-road Model. The package doesn't include locker or hill descent but might have the badging. The model will for sure have the locker at least. It's likely the one you're looking at is either rebadged or just the "package" that I think included better struts and different colored seats. IDK though, since I don't have a fancy pants P4X or an Off-road...
99% sure this isn't correct, no offense. In 2006 it was an S, SE or Off-road. At some point there was a base model "X". If it has "off-road" on the side it originally came with 6 spoke rims, e locker, bilsteins, M226, etc. If it doesn't have these you need to assume it isn't a real "off-road" model.
 

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99% sure this isn't correct, no offense. In 2006 it was an S, SE or Off-road. At some point there was a base model "X". If it has "off-road" on the side it originally came with 6 spoke rims, e locker, bilsteins, M226, etc. If it doesn't have these you need to assume it isn't a real "off-road" model.
I have an '06, and I remember it being X, S, Off-Road, and SE. Every 4WD Off-Road I've seen has all these upgrades listed from NOAHVT. So if the OP's vehicle doesn't have these, then I highly suspect it was a dealer shtick to make them look better.
 
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