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Old 10-26-2017   #1
 
Cave Creek, Arizona
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Nissan Xterra for kayaking

Considering buying an 08. Looking for general reviews from kayaking Xterra owners. I assume I would need to buy a Thule or Yakima gadget to go with the stock roof rack? No one over 6' can sleep in the back?

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Old 10-26-2017   #2
 
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I have a 2012 XTerra, and it is an awesome vehicle. It handles everything off-road with ease, and is comfortable enough on the road for my purposes. It can be a bit tight on space for packing a bunch of junk in the back. It has a relatively short cargo area for an SUV.
Be very cautious of anything between 2005-2010. They had constant (huge) issues with the transmission. If you do a quick google search, you'll find more than enough info to keep you busy for quite a while.
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Old 10-26-2017   #3
 
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Thanks, just read about it. Its actually a Pathfinder, that I will not be buying.
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Old 10-27-2017   #4
 
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They're really hard to roll.
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I would only consider it for elf runs
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Old 10-27-2017   #6
 
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We have two of them. A '00 with a 243,000 miles on it. It's a bit of oil leaker at this stage of the game.
We also have '11 with about 70,000 miles. My wife really loves the '11. She will only drive manual trannys. It's a great vehicle for towing our raft trailer. Like other have said, it's a little tight for gear hauling in the cargo area. Back seats aren't that easy for elderly parents to get in out of either.
That said, since they don't make them anymore, we're temped to buy a '15 and ditch the '00 one of these days soon.
I have read that some of the ones with auto trannys have problems with the radiator leaking between the water side and the tranny side and then you get the pink milk shake of death for the tranny if you don't catch it in time.
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They're really hard to roll.
Its confusing what's easy to roll these days. EJ, in his old instructional videos says no boat is harder to roll than another, just different. But in his marketing video, you know how to tell a boat is easy to roll: Jackson is printed on it.
So, if I put a Jackson sticker on the pathfinder, I should not worry about the tranny.
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There are lots of happy Xterra owners, but I've always felt that a pickup is preferable for kayaking.
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I owned a 2000 for 9 year ~150,000 miles. It was great and I miss it dearly. The stock rack will easily cary 4 kayaks. Im more of a rafter but it has been part of many, many river trips. It had 210K on it when the tranny started to have issues. Other than normal macitence (oil change, fuel filter, tires) I really only re-built the front suspension. I probably only slept in it about 15 nights, normally just threw a paco on the ground next to it. The back seats on mine didn't lay completely flat so it was less than ideal. I lived out of it for a while too. I would totally consider buying one again.!!
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