I'm looking to purchase my first X. I'm relatively new to offroading but I've read a lot of the online reviews of the Xterra, and have spent a couple weeks browsing this and the XOC forum. I also spent a few years in Alaska with a Jeep Cherokee, and that state is basically one big 'offroad', so I have a bit of experience, but the actually details of locking rear differentials and SAS are relatively new to me.
I was a little torn on the X vs. the FJ Cruiser, especially the TRD edition, which looks pretty sweet. Car and driver ranks the X over the FJ, and MotorTrend this year puts the FJ on top. I test drove the FJ though, and although there's a few things I like better about it, the visibility is so poor, there's just no way.
Aside from the regular use of X including for outdoor sports and some moderate offroading here, but true goal with the X is to drive though Central and South America.
I've been looking for a superblack 07 Xterra OR with a charcoal interior and side airbags. Other options (MT vs AT, etc are negotiable) These are not easy to find, as side airbags are not a popular option apparently. I read the thread on XOC http://tinyurl.com/topnf
about somebody's airbags that went off while offroading but I used to be an EMT and now work in an ER and seen a lot of people get messed up from MVAs (Motor Vehicle Accidents) so I'm all for the airbags. Plus it sounds like you can just pull the fuse while offroading to prevent the airbags going off.
To the point, I've been talking to Nissan of Turnersville which I saw on this site, and Brian and those other guys are pretty cool. If they can actually find the X I'm looking for, then I'll be able to roll whatever aftermarket products I want into the financing (which is 3.9% right now for 07s, better than my mortgage). I was hoping that you guys could help me decide which accessories/modifications I should purchase now.
From what I've read on this site, so far I've come up with this for the 'basics':
NISSAN: iPod interface, Ski/Snowboard carrier with vertical mighty mounts, Wade in-channel vent visors, & Keyless entry keypad
SHROCKWORKS: Winch Bumper Bull Bar with Ramsey Patriot 9500 UT Winch and Synthetic Winch Rope, Rear Bumper & Spare Tire Carrier, & Rock Sliders
LIGHTS: Hella Black Magic
I'm still trying to decide on whether I should try to add a lift now. There's some other more exotic items I'm thinking about adding like a thermal night vision system (check out http://www.yellowh2.com/Mods.htm
) for some ideas. I would really appreciate any suggestions you guys might have on what kind of X you would design for traveling through Central/South America for a few months.
Edit: updated list to be kept here:
Model: Xterra 2007 Off-Road Package 5 speed-AT. Superblack ext, charcoal int.
Nissan Packages/Options & Add-ons
- Side and curtain air bag package
- Rockford Fosgate Audio
- Sirius Satellite Radio
- iPod interface
- In Cabin Microfilter
- Retractable Cargo Cover
- Sliding Cargo Area Organizer
- All Weather Floor Mats
- Auto-dimming Rearview Mirror with Compass
- Wireless Entry Keypad
Shrockworks (about to place an order)
- Winch Bumper Bull Bar. Black Powder Coat
- Rear Bumper & Spare Tire Carrier
- Rock Sliders, Rocker Protection Nerf Bars
- Skids: Engine/Oil Pan, Gas Tank, Transfer Case, and Transmission
- Yakima Vertical Mounts & Snowboard Carrier
- Wade In Channel Vent Visors
- Ranglier Interior RIXN Large Ceiling Net
- Med Kit, Outdoor Gear, Repair Gear, etc (will post specifics later)
- Xantrex Xpower Powerpack
- Hella Black Magic Lights (2 for bumper bar, 4 on top?)
- Rear Aux lights (2?)
- Whelen Traffic Advisor Arrow Stick TA837A
- Hard Wired GPS
- Locking Handle for Top
- Barri Nuts
details in syndicate's post
- Adventure Trailer
- Thermal Night Vision