Hello there, just got rid of my 08 vw jetta s and opted for the 4x4 mainly because I got a great deal and Minnesota winters suck!
Here is the old ride:
I bought a 2000 Xterra XE 3.3L 5-Speed 4x4 with 148k miles about 3 weeks ago. My boss was the second owner (10 years) and the truck spent half of its life in California (San Diego). That being said it is relatively clean, there was a pretty bad rust spot by the rear nozzle washer sprayer. Took care of that within the first 24 hours of owning it with a fiberglass patch, bondo, and rattle can color matched paint. The plastic trim (bumpers, etc) were also super faded and old looking. Removed all of the plastic and truck bed liner coated them all. I did not take any before pictures but did take some during - attached below, couldn't get them to rotate.
Then I got rid of the running boards:
Then came minor things like bulbs, 30% tint on the front windows.
I got a set of cragar soft 8 15x8" wheels with 31x10.5x15 BFG all-terrains that bolted on the stock suspension with some trimming of the plastic fenders.
So...the same day I got the wheels on a friend of mine and I decided we should go test them out. Things were going great until I got a little over confident and buried it up the frame in some nasty swampy crap!
After 3.5 hours and attempting to pull it out with an explorer sport with the 4.0L and an excursion with a V10, I finally had to call out a coworker of mine's father who owns a tow company. His F350 powerstroke crawled through the woods and yanked me out with some beefy ass chains. All in all I'm very impressed with the beating this thing took.
Just installed some fog lights because one was rotten out but don't have any pictures yet.
Still some minor issues to work out:
-Throwing a EVAP circuit malfunction code, traced an open wire and replaced, still getting light (thinking either the purge solenoid or pcm is at fault)
-Stock radio is on its way out...ordering soon
-Have already recieved rear lift shackles, but now I'm contemplating if I should do a PML or not. Tires fit on stock suspension...open to opinions
-Would like to install some sort of auxiliary lighting but haven't decided on what yet