Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada
2002 SC Xterra
truck still gutless after ks bypass
I ended up doing the $2 by-pass fix, with questionable results. I have noticed some improvement in power, but not nearly back the way it should be. I have been using only hi octane fuel, plus octane boost in every second tank, for the past month since the problem started. If I hadn't seen the thing on "Marketplace" that said there is no difference between regular and premium gas to most vehicles I probably would never have used regular gas in the first place, which seems to be the cause of all this.
On Monday I will take it back to the shop and have them scan for codes again and see what comes up, as well as give me an estimate to fix the muffler, which is rattling and ticking. I suspect this is the cause of the P0430 (Catalyst low efficiency) code. In the meantime I will try not to drive it anymore than necessary as i don't want to cause anymore damage.
I am SO DISAPPOINTED with this truck. I've wanted an xterra ever since I first saw them, and am now in the hole for nearly $10,000 and dont have a properly functioning vehicle. I have only had the thing since Oct, I bought it from a used car dealer on the mainland, it has no warranty, and I can't take it back. Its an 02 with 140,000km on it now, it should have been good for a few years with nothing but regular maintenence. this is crap. Im at the point where i'd just get rid of it, at a loss, if i thought i could...