I am on my last few months on a trip around Australia and starting to make some plans for the future, well atleast create a list of possibilities.
To start off I have only owned two makes of vehicles in my life, Dodge & Nissan. Although the Dodge I owned didn't have any breakdowns (surprisingly) I was never impressed with the truck and don't think i will be buying one any time soon. That said I previously owned an Xterra for 4 years and abosolutly loved it!
It was a 2000 3.3L 4x4 XE and when I sold it was only at 190,000km's. I put on a 2'' BL and installed the Calmini PML, ran 32X11.5X15 BFG A/T's with a full sized spare on a rear bumper built by my father and I and a few other accessories such as lighting and the like.
I was very impressed with this set up, and the only exception would be adding a few more items to the parts list, like front bumper, skids & winch, I would do it all over again.
With the above set up I was able to go everywhere that interested me, but the major draw back was during hunting season, without a trailer (don't have) the game would have to be lifted onto the roofrack, which I am sure you can understand to not be such an easy task.
My question is, why is the Xterra so much more popular then the Frontier? they have the same suspention geometry, same engine, trans, diffs. They share a large number of the same bady parts even... so what am I missing?
I will be back home sometime in the month of Oct and I will be needing to buy a new rig, so with some free time I have been looking around at whats available and I have started to look seriously at a 2002-2004 Frontier Club Cab long box (just not that tiny short one) and would prefer an Auto S/C model.... Again is there something that I am missing?
Some other pro's that I can add to this list is that Nissan sells this rig all around the world, under different names in some of the countries, but if I was to take this on a long trans continental trip I would have better parts support then ....say....the Tacoma which is sold as a North America model only...
The other thing is the possibility to swap out the petrol motor for one of the diesel motors that Nissan sells outside of North America....
To give an idea of my intended use I plan to one day do a transcontinental trip, when that will happen I am not sure, if I am to do that in an Xterra I am limited to a RTT or a trailer set up, with the Frontier it opens up the option of a popup camper as well as the two previous options of the Xterra. As a hunting truck it is far more capable for loading game and the size of the game as well.
A major draw back of the Frontier over the X is that it would have a longer wheel base.
Again what am I missing hahaha it seems far to simple to me,
Sorry for the long post/rant just sitting in the Australian sun dreamin' about the next build and got a bit carried away lol.
Looking forward to hearing what you guys have to say about the two.
Oh and p.s. the X is still an option, I just already know what to expect with it.... and what ever I end up with would end up getting locked as well.