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Better Buy?

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Hi guys, I'm looking at two Xterras and am trying to determine which would be the better purchase. I'm currently looking at a 2001 SE that has 122k miles and is listed at $3999 and a 2006 OR with 154k miles listed for $6995. I'm wondering if it is a true OR, it does have the rear diff lock, but no VDC switch or any offroad badging on the sides. I'm leaning towards the 2006 simply because it's a newer vehicle and the engine has more power, but the low mileage of the 2001 is very tempting. I've been researching the common issues to look for, but I guess my question is which vehicle do you guys think would be the better buy for reliability, price etc? The 2001 has a pretty good carfax with what looks to me to have a pretty decent maintenance history (a lot of vehicles I've looked at have hardly had any info). The 2006 has quite a bit of service history as well, but a lot of it was emissions inspections (it was a Pennsylvania vehicle). Thanks is advance!

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Thanks for the reply guys. I am leaning towards the 2001 right now. It looks to be in really great shape. Unfortunately, in my area clean retail for a 2001 Xterra in this condition and mileage is $4900. I thought I read somewhere that you can check if the timing belt has been changed by a sticker that would be placed in the engine bay? I checked the carfax and just recently the cooling system has been checked as well as drive belts replaced and a few other things, but there is no mention of timing belt. Most of the carfax says vehicle serviced, but doesn't list anything particular. It did show 60,000 miles service performed.
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