Join Date: May 2012
Location: Shawnee KS
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I'm a rookie and i would say that i know just enough to be dangerous, but i don't know that much - Only what I have learned thru Eli's 6.0 crash course. I did however just buy an 05 X and i can offer some of my experiences. I also just bought an Edge Insight CTS and i love it. Can monitor so many things.
you are correct in checking the temp deltas and FICM volts. Mine is a slight slow start which may be a STC valve issue.
Based on the production date you may have an 04 engine. you can look on the passenger side valve cover for the stamp. The tell me the 04's and 05's have different issue.
Mine hasn't had engine issues (knock on wood), but I did have to replace brake pads and rotors, tires, bushings on track bar, steering stabilizer,batteries, oil change, coolant flush, etc.... Be sure to negotiate the cost of repairs into the deal including any hidden issues into the deal. I was able to talk the dealer down about $4k which i thought was a good deal.