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Old 10-02-2012, 08:48 AM   #1
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Nissan Truck Thread

I'll be replacing my Jeep in the next 6 months. I've always wanted a new style 4x4 access cab Tacoma, but have recently read some reviews about the new Frontiers being better trucks for the money. What are your experiences?

For what it's worth, I'm looking for 4x4, M/T, access or king cab. Concerned most with fuel economy, reliability, resale value and interior room (I'm 6'8"). I'll be buying new and driving the wheels off it.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:53 AM   #2
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if you are looking new, good luck finding a manual trans unless you order it. that's what the dealer here is telling me. same for tacomas.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:58 AM   #3
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2005 Frontier Nismo with crew cab here. Been reliable and fun to drive but the mpg is shit. Worst thing about it. Otherwise I love the truck. Plenty of other truck threads here if you search that discuss the pros & cons of Tacomas and Frontiers & others.

Oh, Frontier is much better for tall people than the Toyota.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:01 AM   #4
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Yeah, I've looked through most of the truck threads but they are almost soley dealing with the Tacos. I've also read Nissans are better for apes such as myself. When you say gas mileage is shit, what numbers you looking at? Co worker of mine has the new Nissan and just got 23 on a hgihway trip. If I can average 20 or better I'll be happy, coming from a Jeep with 15-16avg.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:02 PM   #5
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Yeah, I've looked through most of the truck threads but they are almost soley dealing with the Tacos. I've also read Nissans are better for apes such as myself. When you say gas mileage is shit, what numbers you looking at? Co worker of mine has the new Nissan and just got 23 on a hgihway trip. If I can average 20 or better I'll be happy, coming from a Jeep with 15-16avg.
I have an 08 Frontier Crew Cab and get 15 MPG avg. Same MPG as the Jeep I taded in on it but I have a lot more power. Best I've gotten is around 20 MPG on the highway. I do get three more MPG towing than the Jeep did and it's much more enjoyable since I actully don't have my foot to the floor. I wish I got these 20 mpg averages you guys are talking about.
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:35 PM   #6
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2007 Frontier V6 Crew Cab 2x4 6sp

Good truck.. best on hwy I got was 22 mpg. Had it for almost 4 yrs and 50k ish miles (@ 123k miles now). Alternator, fuel gauge, and window motor went bad so far. Nothing serious knock on wood . Alternator $150, window motor, $50, fuel gauge $120. So cheap parts as well. Engine work is a pain. Alternator was entirely too hard to replace (had to remove front right wheel!) Spark plugs I had to remove entire intake. Kind of a pain. Changing oil is stupid easy cuz oil filter is right at the bumper (bumper even has a special door for you to unhatch and reach through).

I will say though, mine has no good places for tie downs. I have to fenangle them onto the side rails. One hard bump once upon a time and my YZ fell over in the bed... not cool. My buddy's Tacoma has nice tie down anchors that his came with.
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:24 PM   #7
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Nissan Frontier

I love my 2012 Frontier Pro4X king cab. I love it's size most. Frontier and Tacoma are about the size pickups were in the'60's, which is good. I get 18 mpg on non-ethanol gas. My '02 Tacoma pre-runner did well to get that, and the Nissan is an awesome 4X4.My only complaint I can make is the turning radius could be tighter, but it's never caused an issue. There's not much difference between the frontier and Tacoma but I decided on the frontier and have no regrets. There's more aftermarket products available for the Tacoma.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:47 AM   #8
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My dad has a 2009 Frontier 4 door 4x4. Bought it brand new, and got it for surprisingly cheap. I think he paid right under $20,000 for it new. I think it had been sitting on the lot for a bit over a year, and was an inventory trade from another dealer a couple hundred miles away. I think the retail on it now is about what he paid for it. A friend of mine bought a 2006 Taco off lease with 36,000 miles the same week. The used Taco cost more than the new Frontier cost.

I really like the Nissan. Mileage isn't good, but it's not worse than the Tacomas. I would think that coming from the Jeep you will be fine as far as that goes.

I am 6'2" and find the Nissan real comfortable in the front seats, but not at all comfortable in the back seat. My sport trac has a much better back seat. The Frontier is awesome on the highway and has lots of power. It feels stable and comfortable cruising at 80+ mph.

You get much more truck for the money in the Nissan. Drive both, and see what you like.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:31 PM   #9
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My dad has a 2009 Frontier 4 door 4x4. Bought it brand new, and got it for surprisingly cheap. I think he paid right under $20,000 for it new.
I'd buy another one right now for that kind of money. I've had a 2005 4x4 since new. It's been a pretty good truck. Aside from a preventative radiator replacement and a few other little issues, I'm pleased. Front drive shaft ujoints on mine went out at 90,000 and the rears weren't far behind. The engine is awesome.
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:51 PM   #10
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Remember the Suzuki is the same truck but with a better warranty
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:41 PM   #11
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Remember the Suzuki is the same truck but with a better warranty
Assuming that you have Suzuki dealer support nearby and that they don't pull out of the US car market.
I know that even though the Ranger and later model Mazda's were the exact same truck, some Ford dealers were kind of difficult about dealing with the Mazdas.

I test drove a Frontier last year, and really, really liked it. If I hadn't had my heart set on owning a Jeep Wrangler, I'd probably be driving a Frontier right now.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:17 AM   #12
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Yeah, for the reasons mentioned above, I'm going to stay away from the Suzuki. I'm (hopefully) moving this Spring, and the chances are much better for a toyota/Nissan dealership to be close by than Suzuki. I'm driving the Nissan today, a 2010 V6 king cab 4x4 M/T.... trying to book a ride in the equivalent taco right after it to do a true back to back.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:54 PM   #13
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2011 Pro 4X little cab here. Got it brand new and it has about 16,000 miles on it. Driving around my small town I see about 18mpg, driving in San Diego traffic I saw closer to 16mpg. Loaded down with Two guys, all their gear and two dirt bike I got 19mpg between here and Moab. My trip from here to Cabo saw me with an average of mid 18's mpg wise and that included that San Diego driving. I love it, but do feel like some others have mention that it gives up a little in fit and finish to my 2001 Toyota Tundra, but that thing reeeeally had shit mileage with about the same power. The seats do stain easily but as a "dirty" person and dog owner who really cares it's a truck. Overall I'm happy with my experience so far.

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Old 10-04-2012, 09:09 PM   #14
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My 2010 frontier 4 dr has been great- about 18 mpg, good room for 4, much quicker than others in the class. Very good for the light off roading I do.
Approaching 32K miles. Would do it again.
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:29 AM   #15
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I'd buy another one right now for that kind of money. I've had a 2005 4x4 since new. It's been a pretty good truck. Aside from a preventative radiator replacement and a few other little issues, I'm pleased. Front drive shaft ujoints on mine went out at 90,000 and the rears weren't far behind. The engine is awesome.
Yep. Loved that engine. Had an '05. Six speed, so didn't have the tranny-pump-in-the-radiator problem. I understand Nissan refused to stand behind owners out-of-warranty with that issue.

Ujoints at about 90K, as well. Went through two belt tensioners.

I found lots of niggly little design annoyances. No key access on the passenger door, for instance. Tailgate latch mechanism was off a Tonka. Interior was like sitting inside an injection mold.
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