So how or why did I find my way into this awesome truck?
I am 6'4" and sick of neck and back pain from hunching in my car. I am also planning to do a ~yearlong trip of camping and offroad adventuring across the whole US and a good part of Canada, in 4 years or so. Because of those reasons, plus my penchant for doing projects to build and fix things, I decided I would look into trucks - and so I did for about 6 months this year. I test drove 11 or 12 different trucks. I actually test drove a Platinum Titan XD back in March and hated it - because it had the transmission computer issues that led to crappy shifting. But so I did my researching and test driving from July onwards after deciding on that big trip in my future... and I was disappointed in most of them, either due to not fitting or due to mechanical reliability issues. I ended up, after reading one horror story too many about the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel and how it can, you know, grenade at around 20,000 miles... deciding to try the Titan XD again after reading that the TCM was reflashed and fixed.
And I loved it. I grew up learning to drive a 7.3L Ford Excursion so driving a diesel tank is sort of my home territory for driving. The utility and comfort of the Pro-4X, plus all the offroad stuff being built-in already, means I am set for the trip in the future and the projects here in the present.
I went up to the Nissan on December 1 and just wanted to test drive - it was the tail end of the Black Friday sale for them and the salesmen REALLY wanted to move the truck. They just kept offering a better and better deal. I genuinely didn't want to buy until the end of the year. But at a certain point we had reached, in short: I was going to get a $53,000 truck for $39,500 after trade-ins on both of my cars. And I was going to get out of the Chevy cleanly (they bought it for what I owed) and I actually ended up making money on the Subaru (they gave me $2500 for it). I couldn't pass up the deal.
So I traded in my 2015 Chevy Cruze turbodiesel...
... and also the 2001 Subaru Outback wagon which I fully rebuilt and kitted out for camping and working (roof basket, LED light bars, pulled and fully rebuilt the engine)...
SO: Mods/add-ons thus far
, making use of the heated warehouse my dad has access to...
... include the following:
1) OEM mudflaps
2) OEM bumper step
3) Titan boxes purchased used and self-installed
4a/4b) combination Fia branded winter front cover and summer bug cover for the front grill
5) mobile oil change platform for my small business I do on the side: set up and working well!
This thread will be used to track projects, difficulties, maintenance, and any other items of note. I look forward to running this truck for a very, very long time to come.
Next project which has been purchased: the Rough Country LED light bar for the lower front grill
Next intended project to buy, I think - the Mishimoto coolant filter setup