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Just bought a 2004 XE - no idea when the timing belt was done, so going to replace it.

I'm seeing prices from 300$ to 74$.

http://www.courtesyparts.com/timing...02-to-2004-xterra-v-6/tb-wd220204?parent=1055

is 330 and looks to have the longest list of included parts of any of the kits I've seen. Is that everything? It looks like it's missing the studs that are included in

http://www.1aauto.com/timing-belt-k..._content=EEK&gclid=CKDb-ou49MsCFYeUfgodTcIAQg

which is 74$.

[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Timing-Belt-Nissan-Xterra-3-3L/dp/B0074C7D1Q[/ame]

looks like it even includes the thermostat. However, I notice the first one is a separate part # of the 2004 vs 2000-2003...and the link on amazon is for all gen1 years.

-> does it matter if it's specific to 2004? Are they different at all?
-> is there group experience w/ specific vendors? Any thoughts on the amazon kit - it looks pretty complete and it's 100$ cheaper.
 

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Just bought a 2004 XE - no idea when the timing belt was done, so going to replace it.

I'm seeing prices from 300$ to 74$.

http://www.courtesyparts.com/timing...02-to-2004-xterra-v-6/tb-wd220204?parent=1055

is 330 and looks to have the longest list of included parts of any of the kits I've seen. Is that everything? It looks like it's missing the studs that are included in

http://www.1aauto.com/timing-belt-k..._content=EEK&gclid=CKDb-ou49MsCFYeUfgodTcIAQg

which is 74$.

http://www.amazon.com/Timing-Belt-Nissan-Xterra-3-3L/dp/B0074C7D1Q

looks like it even includes the thermostat. However, I notice the first one is a separate part # of the 2004 vs 2000-2003...and the link on amazon is for all gen1 years.

-> does it matter if it's specific to 2004? Are they different at all?
-> is there group experience w/ specific vendors? Any thoughts on the amazon kit - it looks pretty complete and it's 100$ cheaper.
2000 - 2004 are the same. There are lots of great deals around that have the full kit. The water pump and belt brand is important like oem quality. I like to shop at local stores so i could exchange for a new set in between warranty time. I've used GMB, Dayco, Bando, Gates brand parts. I like the amazon out your three options (advance auto online discount code TRT30)
 

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I did a lot of research before installing the timing belt kit on my 4Runner last year, and Nissans use the same quality components. Make absolutely certain that the critical components in the kit are Japanese manufactured. You want an Aisin water pump, Mitsuboshi (not Mitsubishi) timing belt, and a Koyo or NSK tension bearing. Nissan factory parts come from these manufacturers, and they are top of the line. I just got the Aisin kit for my 2004 X from Rock Auto for $123. Be warned that the Mitsuboshi timing belt in the kit does not have the correct timing marks. It is the correct belt, but it must also be the correct belt for an engine other than the VG33E. Hope that helps.
 

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I bought mine from amazon it was like 80 bucks and had the gmb water pump and some other odds and ends. Though my timing belt dont have marks. Gonna have to count the teeth between marks to find out where to mark it.
 
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