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Trying to decide whether to just scrap my vehicle. I've only had it two years, I really love it, but having some major issues.

Here’s what I know historically about the vehicle

1. The people who owned it before me did a lot of towing with it - a boat I think. They traded up to a bigger truck because the Xterra wasn’t powerful enough for their new trailer (it towed the boat fine).

2. Even when I bought it, the lady who sold it to me said “don’t leave the heat on while you’re idling, it will blow the engine” - I wasnt sure what she meant by that but it sounded easy enough not to do. I think that is a related issue (somehow)

3. The blower fuse has blown a couple of times, and the A/C is currently not working - that I can live with although my guess is that that is also somehow related.

4. Here’s what I’ve found looking around for similar issues:

a. It seems to me that there is likely some issue with the Transmission Control Module, though I have not seen what some owners have seen which is coolant mixing with transmission fluid - my fluids seem to be OK.


b. I have also read that it could be related to

a failure to communicate between the transmission control module and the ECM

c. One thing I do know for sure is that when we got it started up again when it died on me way back in the wilderness (I was with two very smart guys who somehow jump started it), it barely made it up the hill coming out of there - it was not shifting between gears properly and seemed to have no power.

d. Every time we tried to start it normally it just kept blowing the starter fuse - we kept trying to replace it with other fuses and they just kept burning out.

So basically I need to figure out whether this truck is just a write-off or not. I have been constantly putting money into it and it seems to be sort of just never-ending problems.

Any help is appreciated!!
 

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Have you been able to get an OBDII code reader on it?
 

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It depends how much the repairs will cost but I would scrap it if I were you. The problem you described above might be easily fixed actually. I think that it's electronically related. Before taking the car to a scrap yard like How To Scrap My Car Near Me For The Best Price I suggest that you take it to a mechanic first. If he manages to detect a problem with wiring you might be able to give this car a new life and with all the perks like AC working. At scrap yards the usually don't care about repairing cars.
 
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