November 18, 2018
Wish I could add pictures ~ we're still so proud of this XTerra!
Our true-2W-6-Y2K’LOL, remember that term’XTerra has lived in both NM-city & NY-country over 19 years/350,000 miles. Externally, NM sunshine caused damage to hood & roof paint; NY winters/salt left rust on the hatch...all tended to.
This was 1st XTerra special ordered in NM as 1999 birthday present, and I wanted NON-electric as I feared going into water (in NY, teehee)...sunroof even tho' it's kinda worthless with the basket above...and dog enclosure’even still has its ’vehicle of the year’ award sticker on backside of visor!
We never had original size/type replacement tires because they slipped too much as with any vehicle light in rear in rain/snow.
Most recently the ABS light no longer stays out, and had to go thru' rigmarole to figure out why check-engine light kept coming on. Seems to have been related to distributor replacement not done right, but no mechanic knows for sure. We just replaced front seat belts only because webbing had frayed...still mechanically sound ~ and also the hatch lifters.
Both this vehicle & '87 our Stanza wagon had engines replaced sometime after passing about 250,000 miles. In our situation, this was partly caused by husband going off to military zones after 2003 war broke out, and not having enough drivers for all our vehicles for 7� years...sitting too much. We still have all five vehicles we bought new thru' 30 years except for a 2004 Prius that was totaled in an accident.
Our XTerra came with the gray upholstery which is still in awesome condition throughout except for dime-size wear-hole under position of driver's left hip, which I haven't figured out how to properly patch yet. We did lose some of those pop-fasteners out of the way-back, but have also replaced them.
Obviously, every vehicle needs replacements & repairs periodically; our XTerra has had everything called for, but not given us any surprise breakdowns...even when a hose some mechanic forgot to clamp on came loose, the XTerra kept "bucking" down a busy street until I could get it into a parking lot...and that was my scariest adventure with it ~ :�D
The only reason I can't recommend it to friends is that they nearly all drive pickups...and in winter conditions.