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Date Registered: 09-2008
Location: Gippsland
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Farewell dear friend...


Well it looks like my good old X-994 (T30 Ti) is not long for this world.
And my involvement with this forum will probably drop off soon too.

Some time ago after some very rough roads, I discovered I had buggered the suspension - and replaced this with a 50mm lift kit new shocks and springs all round.

Some time after that I replaced all the chewed out bushes underneath with nolethane.

But.... not long after I noticed I was loosing a little water - and found the radiator was cracked around the neck - so this was replaced...

But I kept loosing water... perhaps I wasn't fast enough in finding the radiator issue, and maybe it was more than a crack.

So after some inspection I found out number 3 cyl has a rusty plug.....
that might explain the hard starts in the morning.

So faced with the daily and undeniable need for transport, I filled the spanking new radiator with $70 worth of "rislone" (kind of like a heater core safe chemiweld) and followed the directions.

so now it runs... for god knows how long. new plugs and no water in any oil and no oil in any water, and not loosing any of the above.

But may have done a ring as it's a little rough at highway speed now.
Looking at the state of engine mounts and the beginnings of rust pits, and seat wear, seatbelts, airbag recall etc...

I think it's time she was retired.
278,000k's seems a little soon, but 300k was when I had planned to start looking for replacements.

I think I have found a replacement, and the wife might get to drive this into the ground.
But... there may be some spare parts opportunities when that happens.

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16" Cobalt rims, Alutech front strut bar,
ARB Nudge Bar (2X 100W lamps), Extreme limits bash plates, Roof Rack Mod (With 4 X 55W fog - Separately switched!). (30mm Lift kit from Suzukisuper)
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Date Registered: 10-2006
Location: Mona Vale, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
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Re: Farewell dear friend...


With your mechanical know-how, a full engine recon kit from the US only being $600+$300 postage and some cut&weld for larger rust spots, you could get another 200k out of her I think after all the suspension and bushing parts you have replaced.

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Date Registered: 09-2008
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That may be on the books, but I need a daily driver in the mean time, I work several jobs, one of which is at a remote fire tower - I really can't rely on it to get me out of trouble if a fire gets a bit too close to home


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X-Trail Ti T30 series II, 2004,
16" Cobalt rims, Alutech front strut bar,
ARB Nudge Bar (2X 100W lamps), Extreme limits bash plates, Roof Rack Mod (With 4 X 55W fog - Separately switched!). (30mm Lift kit from Suzukisuper)
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Date Registered: 05-2012
Location: Sunshine Coast
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Re: Farewell dear friend...


Perhaps it is time for a tool more suited to your task?

EXy's only fail when too much is asked of them.

A bit like asking a reasonably clever kid to exceed in every field.

Saying that is intended only exalt the efforts of your ex Xtrail as we come to praise Caesar, not to bury him.



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2011/12 Australia:- 2.5 litre petrol 4WD, Series IV ST, CVT : + some gadgets and cosmetic add-on's. Dirt, (it protects the paintwork) X-2429(c).
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Date Registered: 09-2008
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Re: Farewell dear friend...


Well, I can't complain with the service.

The bash plates certainly have their share of scars and dints.

It was also buried in a salt lake for 3 days, while I work my ass off to free it.
That as about 7 years ago.

Took 3 weeks to clean and rust kill, and removed all the body panels.

It's done my yearly pilgrimage over dargo high plains rd and Mt hotham, and the roads have got worse every year.

but... what killed it was a blocked radiator, and unfortunately I was a little slow to pick that up, and it has warped the heads.

My financial manager - (aka wife) has expressed strong objections to disposing of the exy, and so reco kit it will be.

I have since procured myself a slightly more robust daily driver:

(edit) Traveling down this week to pick up this creature:

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Specs:

3.9l Isuzu desiel
gal chassis
aluminium body
PTO winch option
max speed approx 85km/h

I think this may suit my needs a little better.

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16" Cobalt rims, Alutech front strut bar,
ARB Nudge Bar (2X 100W lamps), Extreme limits bash plates, Roof Rack Mod (With 4 X 55W fog - Separately switched!). (30mm Lift kit from Suzukisuper)
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Date Registered: 09-2008
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I should probably add that australia day, I left my windows down all night, during torrential downpour - then the next morning I got up to close them, and somehow put a ladder through one, and shattered it.

Was just not my day.

Found a spare for $60 shipped at $30, was about a 1.5 hour replacement.



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X-Trail Ti T30 series II, 2004,
16" Cobalt rims, Alutech front strut bar,
ARB Nudge Bar (2X 100W lamps), Extreme limits bash plates, Roof Rack Mod (With 4 X 55W fog - Separately switched!). (30mm Lift kit from Suzukisuper)
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Date Registered: 09-2008
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Re: Farewell dear friend...


A bit of history spanning 2008 to present:

Getting new rims and tires fitted in 2008:
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Fitting ARB nudge bar in 2009 (my brother under the vehicle is no longer with us sadly)
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Bogged in 2010 - on a salt lake, on the boundary fence of a military bombing range.
The sign behind reads "do not touch anything - it may explode and kill you"
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3 days were required to retrieve this - and a very, very long length of chain, and a cumalong, and 2 exhaust jacks, two 4x4's and ... of all things, a commodore station wagon.
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Snow chains wrapped around brake line - had ripped it off:
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Australia day 2016 - my fault:
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I have many, many more images but this is just a small sample of what it's been through - can't blame it for being a little tired.

I've always put new for old and maintained it very well, and worked hard to make sure repairs were done to the best of my abilities - and I have been rewarded.

I think servicing slipped when my brother suicided last year - that may have been the beginning of the end.

And... the vehicle as she stands today:
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X-Trail Ti T30 series II, 2004,
16" Cobalt rims, Alutech front strut bar,
ARB Nudge Bar (2X 100W lamps), Extreme limits bash plates, Roof Rack Mod (With 4 X 55W fog - Separately switched!). (30mm Lift kit from Suzukisuper)
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Date Registered: 10-2006
Location: Mona Vale, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
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Re: Farewell dear friend...


Still looks very respectable

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