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You have an opportunity to buy another Xterra... 3 to choose from.
This is the one you're taking into the apocalypse.
a) 2003 w/ 93k
b) 2004 w/ 88k
c) 2008 w/ 112k
*same specs on all, 2wd, auto.
Which one do you take?


This question is based on a real-life scenario. Trying to purchase my 3rd Xterra and cant decide between 1st gen or 2nd gen. If you're reading this part, thanks for reading. :)
 

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Yes.

Just get all 3!

Do you mind doing your own maintenance? If not, then the timing belt interval of 105,ooo miles won't spell doom on those first two.

Within the last few days, I read about a member who has a Gen1 and a Gen2. He's gonna sell the Gen2 with fewer miles and keep his Gen1, saying it seems to be built to be more durable.

Of those 3, I'd take the 2004, but if the 2003 looks cleaner and/or has a nicer presentation inside and/or outside, I'd take that. Last choice would be the 2008.

Remember, too, that Gen2 from 2005-2009 may have suffered from SMOD. If it was never corrected, the issue could be lying dormant, ready to rear its ugly head. You'd have to check the radiator part number to be sure if it has been addressed or not.
 

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You have an opportunity to buy another Xterra... 3 to choose from.
This is the one you're taking into the apocalypse.

Which one do you take?


This question is based on a real-life scenario. Trying to purchase my 3rd Xterra and cant decide between 1st gen or 2nd gen. If you're reading this part, thanks for reading. :)
To take into the apocalypse? None of those.

For a bop around town daily driver, would go for the lowest miles/cleanest.
 

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For my application, and a bug out vehicle, I want flex and the Gen1 flexes better than the Gen2 trucks. Also all the reasons BlackBerry listed above.

Wheels staying in contact with the ground, flex, is everything on the trail or when trying to get out of Dodge no matter the obstacle.

Flexy
 

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1st gen for sure. Better offroad capability, better build quality, strong rear diff.
Yes..... i appreciate facts! THANKS.
I'm not a mechanic and still have a lot to learn... I'm outdoorsy more than I am an offroader, but I am a HUGE Xterra fan. I've had my 02 since 08, and bought a 2007 a few years ago. I had to sell one in 2020, and decided to sell the 2007. The 4.0L engine felt great, but aside from that, the 2002 felt better in all other aspects!

As my 02 approaches 180k, I'm considering options. Thanks again!
 

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You have an opportunity to buy another Xterra... 3 to choose from.
This is the one you're taking into the apocalypse.
a) 2003 w/ 93k
b) 2004 w/ 88k
c) 2008 w/ 112k
*same specs on all, 2wd, auto.
Which one do you take?


This question is based on a real-life scenario. Trying to purchase my 3rd Xterra and cant decide between 1st gen or 2nd gen. If you're reading this part, thanks for reading. :)
a my pick
 

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AWESOME!

Any particular reason for the 03? I'm on a mission to recreate the PERFECT xterra ...if not in real life, at least in my mind! =) hah thanks
I've owned 3 X's 2005 2x4, 2003 4x4, now a 2002. Reason is on the 2003 it ran the best and longest until sold with 234k miles but still ran great and no oil leaks. But I am oil change freak (1000 mile between changes) But the newer X might have rear locking dif?
 
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