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Test Driving the 2nd Gen. Xterra

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So I am new to this forum but have been around VW/Audi forums since I was 16 (now I am 21). I have been in a VW for 5 years and need an SUV. So I am looking at the 2005+ Xterra. I am going to look at the first one on the list tomorrow. It is a 2006 S 4x4 6spd, the only down fall is it has lots of miles, 80k. The lady I talked to said she lived 60 miles from work and drove that daily. Now they live near where I live and dont need the Xterra. I am mechanically inclined, replaced turbos, rebuilt 2 engines and such.

I searched for things to look for on a used Xterra and after 5 pages of stuff unrelated I gave up.

So what are the main things to look at on a used 2nd gen. Xterra?

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i have a 2005 6speed off road
the only problem i have had was the belt tensioner wearing out at 42000
80 000 is really not that bad for a used car
things to look for in any used truck-
drive in a parking lot, and turn the front wheels from lock to lock, listening and feeling for vibration or other noise
pay particular attention to how it shifts around third, as this is often the most used gear, and syncro will often mess up from 1st to third.
crawl under the x- the one good thing about the tin foil skid plates is that they show any sign of off roading in wear and strike patterns
look under the gas tank (between the tank and the body) as sand and debris will hide there. if she said that she had never used it in sand, and you find sand up there....
good luck and try not to fall in love with the first vehicle you see.
happy hunting
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if the tensioner goes out, the serpentine belt will give you some warning by screaming its head off. not the biggest deal, unless you are in the backcountry
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