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Direct OEM '10 Off Road Suspension

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Hi Gang,
Brand new member here, I haven't even picked up my '10 Off Road yet. The local Nissan Dealer presented it with stock BF Goodrich Rugged Trail A/T and stock Bilstein shocks as "Certified" but as is common practise here, they wait to sell it before they complete the work needed for it to pass inspection.
It took a bit of advocating for myself to convince the dealer that the shocks needed replacing. Now that I have that line item on my bill of sale, I am having to make my case that in selling an Xterra Off Road, which sports Bilstein shocks by specification, and which was equipped with Bilsteins on the lot, must replace them with Bilsteins.

The question I want to ask is: Are the Bilstein 4600 shocks the most accurate direct replacement for the Off Road? Was there a Nissan cross-branded shock they used?

Thanks for any help you can provide!
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If it is a "Certified" car at a Nissan dealership then they need to replace it with the same parts that it left the factory with as is shown in the Nissan parts diagram so the Off Road model needs to have the Bilstein shocks but they can be either from Nissan or Bilstein direct. If they are no longer available then they would need to negotiate that with you as an "equivalent replacement". Just like if you took it in for service for replacement shocks they should not be puting the base X shocks on an Off Road.

Just because you say I think it needs new shocks is part of the negotiation. If their mechanic doing the certification says they are fine then you don't have a base to demand new shocks.
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I don't know about this. Doesn't a "used" car also means it could be a trade in and if the previous owner replaced the Bilsteins with something else, then that's not the Dealers problem? Certified just means that the X passed all regulated inspections for resale regardless of what aftermarket parts that were installed on the X before the trade in. I mean, I could be completely wrong here but that's just my guess.

But for reference, I have a 2014 Pro-4x and it came with Bilsteins 4600 and BFG all terrains 265/75/16 and the 2015 came with Hankook Dynapros AT 265/75/16.
Correct, I was just saying that if the dealer found the shocks to be bad during their certification process and needed to replace them then they should be replacing them with the equivalent that the model came with. So in this case they should be replacing them with something comparable to the factory Bilsteins not the base X shocks.
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