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Fri Jul 26, 2019, 09:16 AM

Just picked up a new (to us) vehicle yesterday. Now we're ready to pick up the new puppy.

2012 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X in like almost new condition. As a stick driver it's always great. Stick's may be hard to find, but dealers who take a them in trade are usually desperate to deal since they are so difficult to move off the lot since most drivers these days can't even park without a camera and a computer, let alone operate a clutch. This one had been sitting there for two months on a very small small town dealership. He may have had 30-35 cars max between his new and used inventory. I had to go about a hundred miles to get her, but it was worth it. I gave a friend a free tank of diesel for his RAM and a bottle of Willet Bourbon for the favor, plus all the cigars he could smoke on the drive.

I wasn't initially too keen on the green but it's growing on me.



We really like it. It's like the Swiss Army Knife of vehicles. You can haul, tow, get it into places you really shouldn't take a vehicle... I really like how in the PRO-4X, there is an option which is limited to that trim level where you can fold flat not only the rear seat but the passenger front seat as well for very long items. The marketing materials of course show a surf board. I'm thinking more like 2X4's.

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Reply Just picked up a new (to us) vehicle yesterday. Now we're ready to pick up the new puppy. (Original post)
Currentsitguy Jul 26 OP
bernt-toast Jul 26 #1
Currentsitguy Jul 26 #3
bernt-toast Jul 26 #5
Currentsitguy Jul 26 #6
bernt-toast Jul 26 #7
Currentsitguy Jul 26 #8
D26-15 Jul 26 #2
Currentsitguy Jul 26 #4
MeatSandwich Jul 26 #9
Currentsitguy Jul 26 #10
MeatSandwich Aug 2 #11

Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 10:21 AM

1. congrats on the newish wheels! heh...I wanted green (forest or seafoam) and stick

ended up with candy apple red (which I wanted and didn't get with any of my priors) and auto. Very few sticks out there these days and the only ones I saw were too old w/too high mileage.

Critically, I did get crank windows. In winter I live in fear of a black ice slide into the drink and windows shorting out

Good to bring the new pup home in safety and style. I had to bring Gracie home in my 23 year old civic w/out a/c. I was afraid the whole drive there that breeder would see me drive up and hand me back my deposit!

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Response to bernt-toast (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 10:45 AM

3. It's a 650 mile drive one way

And as you can see in the photo our other car is a Mini Cooper. I was really concerned that was just going to be too cramped for the 3 of us. I had discussed it with the breeder. She seemed to think it would not be a problem, but frankly it was the push we needed to press the button. Really I needed something anyways for the winter weather and to haul stuff from Home Depot and Lowes, but the dog was the final reason we needed.

Now I need to go to Weathertec and order one of those back seat covers.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 10:50 AM

5. barely room for the 3 of you, but nothing else

no food, water, overnight stuff, growth....not to mention stretching out a bit!



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Response to bernt-toast (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 11:05 AM

6. Switching back and forth between the two is really weird

It's like going from a go-kart to a tractor trailer.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #6)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 11:08 AM

7. I can imagine...

7 months and I still occasionally catch myself feeling for the clutch

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Response to bernt-toast (Reply #7)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 11:11 AM

8. I get it

My mom is 84, so when I am visiting I'll sometimes take her to the store shopping. She always insists I take her car, which is a little auto Honda Civic. More than once I've damn near put us through the windshield when I end up planting both feet on the wide brake pedal.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 10:30 AM

2. Stick shifts are todays anti-theft devices.

My 'toy' is a Mustang with a 5 speed stick... most young folks wouldn't
know how to take it out of 'park'.

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Response to D26-15 (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 10:49 AM

4. They are also a teen anti stupidity device

When you drive a stick you can't:

Text
Eat
Drink
or let your friends drive, most likely.

A subset of the last point is in most cases you can't lend your vehicle even if you were inclined to since most likely none of your idiot friends could drive it.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 01:22 PM

9. I learned on a three speed on the column. Even harder to figure out. :-)

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Response to MeatSandwich (Reply #9)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 01:30 PM

10. I learned on a 66 Jeep CJ5 with a non-synchronized transmission

I had to shift AND double-clutch, which was a rare skill even in the early 80's when I learned.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #10)

Fri Aug 2, 2019, 11:12 PM

11. My dad had a 5 ton truck (tandum) that I had to double clutch. A true skill from days gone by.

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