I would. You can file for a new title in court and since that person selling it sounds like the actual owner who got the paperwork stolen from him, it will make it much easier because you don't have to track anyone down.
If it were me I'd probably take the cap and wire set off my truck, bring the battery too.. and have someone drive me there to meet the guy at his house and throw on the cap, shouldn't be more than 15 minutes
I live on the same island as you and I got my 1st gen frontier (daily driver) for $200 from waikoloa village. Just needed a real simple repair like yours. I threw in a new battery and drove the frontier without any drive belts (alternator, p/s, fan, AC) to waikoloa village service station and aired up the flat tires, then straight to waimea Napa and put on the new belts.
the guy didn't know what was wrong. He just parked it outside his house for a year or two. All he knows is there was a loud pounding noise, steering went out, and then the truck died.
My guess is he broke a belt and the flapping belt took out the rest of his belts. Pieces of belts everywhere and all spun around the pulleys and damper. Alternator stopped charging, power steering stopped working. The loud noise must have been belts getting shredded because the motor is great condition
Brought it home, made it legal and from there it has all been preventative maintenance, a lot of parts changing of known parts that wear at over 200k.. even though they were still good I figure since I only paid 200 I might as well make my daily driver top shape.
Parts xterras and frontiers are rare around here
Junkyards around here make double that 600 from parting out trucks like these
Either way I see it as a win/win situation, if you chose to keep it or get rid of it you'll end up satisfied in my opinion
If I had the money then I'd buy it. Everything on 1st gen xterras except body parts fit 1st gen frontiers
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