Nissan Truck Thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Tallbastid, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    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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  2. rdtrvlr

    rdtrvlr Been here awhile

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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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  3. Beez

    Beez Given to fly

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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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  4. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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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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  5. pilot815

    pilot815 Long timer

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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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  6. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    We had a 2008 Pathfinder that we put 100K miles on. Great vehicle! Engine, transmission, etc are the same as the Frontier. Only issue was gas mileage. I think we averaged 17 MPG over those 100K miles. Some tanks were in the 23-25 range on long flat highways, some around 10-12 if pulling a decent sized trailer. My wife did most of the driving, and she would get around 16 in town.

    If I needed a truck, I would put the Frontier on the list of truck to look at. Or, for the same money and 2 fewer MPG you can get a Titan (I have owned two of those :deal).
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  7. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    I test drove a friends 4 door, 4wd, 5 speed manual Frontier a year or so ago. Absolutely loved it. But I'm thinking for the same price I can get a full size Dodge that gets better mileage. When it's time for me to get a new vehicle I'm going to have some real soul searching to do.
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  8. Roam

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    I've got a 2011 Frontier 4x4 King cab with the manual transmission. I very rarely get out on the highway and average 19 mpg. Since the truck is rated at 15mpg city and 20mpg highway I'm pretty pleased.

    You can find my fuel log on fuelly.com . The name of my truck is Tortoise.

    I believe Tacos get about 1mpg better than the Frontiers.
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  9. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Some great information guys; thanks. I agree with it being more truck for the money, or appearing to be at least. Some of the used tacomas with 40-60,000 miles are only a few thousand bucks off buying new!

    19mpg around town is more than fine by me, and I will be driving a lot of highway but rarely cruise faster than 70mph. I'm only looking at the rear seats as being quick people movers or dry storage. I'm also looking for a bare bones truck; power windows/locks/cruise control are the only option I have to have. Wont be offroad, wont be modified. My budget is 20-25K.

    Full size trucks are out also; I don't need the payload/trailering capabilities, though if an F150 could be bought with a small diesel that got around 30mpg I would have already bought it.
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  10. Roam

    Roam If you want to

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    My SV was 21k new. Used was about $18k.

    The one trip on the highway at 70 mph I got 21mpg with a Buell Ulysses in the back that had a giant / huge / monstrous wind shield on it.

    The unitrack system with the bed liner is also very convenient.
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  11. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Horny as Hell

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    I own the Frontiers big brother, the Titan.

    Mechanically, it has been outstanding and flat hauls ass. I can pull the Colorado Mountain roads, loaded with bikes and pulling my pop-up camper as fast as I am comfortable.

    Assuming Nissan uses the same components across the various models...

    The interior is crap. First thing you do is buy seat covers. Period. I kid you not, spilling WATER on the seats stains them. True story.

    Exterior paint is a bit thin. Although mine has held up, they are not the thickest/best quality

    Black Plastics. Nissan uses black plastics for things like bumpers and cowls, they fade after a couple of years of direct sun. Most guys paint them with bedliner.


    Still, I would buy another, I'd just make sure to take steps to keep the inside looking better from the day I brought it home.



    BTW, I get around 13mpg on the big Nissan V-8, My coworker gets 16 with his exterra
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  12. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    1993 F250 Extended Cab 7.3L naturally aspirated indirect injection diesel..

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    Whilst I enjoy Nissan trucks, $18k buys a lot of maintenance and diesel, since these could be had for dirt cheap.

    :lurk
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  13. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    I hear you, and I know for the same if not less money I could own a used full size pickup and be more comfortable. I'm sick of the used-shit crapshoot. Needless to say, I've lost the gamble a few times, and when that gamble needs to get you to work everyday, sometimes it's just better to pony up the cash.
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  14. Doc.Snyder

    Doc.Snyder Long timer

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    Had a 2010 Frontier SE 4x4 manual. Bought it after comparing with Tacoma and other mid sized trucks.

    Fantastic truck. I shouldn't have sold it :-(
    Powerful engine, strong chassis, great design and interior.
    I miss it.
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  15. Will LC8

    Will LC8 I stubbed my toe

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    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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  16. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    I bought a 2012 Frontier king cab 4x4 auto back in August. So far, I really like it. I've only put about 1600 miles on it (I like to ride my motorcycles :D), but I'm getting between 20 and 22 mpg, in an even mix of city, highway and rural driving. I haven't heard of anyone else getting that kind of mileage, but I'm not complaining.

    I went with the Nissan over the Toyota because it seemed like truck more for the money and I can't stand the looks of the Tacomas. I know that's a dumb reason, but I couldn't see spending that kind of money for something I didn't like.

    I'm only 5'11", but there is a ton more room to move the seat back. Don't expect to put a person in the jump seats if you get the king cab, there's just not a lot of room back there. I'm kind of sorry I didn't go for the crew cab, but no other complaints.

    I'm with you there. I said many times that I would never buy a new vehicle, but after owning one crappy used truck after another, I just couldn't take it any more. No one ever gets rid of a good truck.
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  17. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Long timer

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    I ordered up an '08 Nismo (old name for the pro-4x package) king cab 2WD with a locker. Had to get an automatic. Great truck, got high teens to low 20 MPG. It was a company truck so I only got it for a year. Had a few money issues and had to wait until '10 to get another new truck. This time I got an Xterra (same thing as a Frontier only the SUV form). Same thing, got the off-road package but this time 4WD and a stick shift. I really like this combo. So much so that I gave up on the company truck and actually bought it.

    The king cab frontier has a joke of a back seat. It is a horrible back seat, unfit for any human. But the area for storage is good. The utili-track is great. Beefy tie downs that are the best of any of the competition. Power is very nice. I have never been for a lack of power, The specs for the V6 are about the same as a small V8. If you use the power, mileage will go away. Drive gentle, don't lift or high rolling resistance offroad tires and mileage can be real good.

    I have a trailer for hauling the bike and other truck dutys, and needed more interior space, so the Xterra was my step above the Frontier. A couple weeks ago I went up to the mountains for a family gathering. Couple hundred miles eah way. For once without a trailer in tow. Driving somewhat fastish (70 or so) I got 21½MPG up the mountain and 24½ down and averaged 22½ round trip (gas fill was not exactly at the halfway point). Roof rack is more drag then a Frontier, it should do better. Best reference I have is a coworker got a FJcruiser (Toyota's SUV version of the truck) and all he can get for mileage is 14 MPG, that is trying to get good mileage out of it. Less then a year old and looking to get rid of it because the mileage sucks so bad.

    Currently the 2012 is out of production and no sign of the 2013 yet. Reports are they are moving the production from the Tennesse plant to the Mississippi plant (the trucks are even american made!)
    As for the comment about the seats water spotting, there are ways to use water to remove the spots.
    I like the Nissan trucks, don't have anything against them. If anything maybe a little too much engine, but for the gas mileage it gets I am more then happy.

    In the past ('94-'99) I had a BroncoII. In the day it was a great daily driver. 140 HP V6, 5-speed, 20 MPG. Today I have a larger, better equipped, more useful SUV. Almost double the HP, more then double the towing capacity and the same mileage. Amazing how things have progressed over time. I can only guess what will be around in another 10 years when I think about replacing the Xterra I have now.
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  18. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Thanks bronco; I'm not really expecting to have anyone in the jump seats for more than 15-20 minutes at a time, so I don't see a use for a crew cab; nor do I want to sacrifice the bed space for more people space. I will use the dry storage for golf clubs/guns/tools/bike gear 99% of the time. I also don't want to mess with a trailer so the Xterra is out, though I spent some time behind the wheel of one and have nothing but good things to say. CJbiker; I agree; there's not reasont o spend that much on something you dont like. I originally avoided the nissans for that reason - I like Taco's looks better, but the nissans been growing on me quickly.

    Do you mind if I ask what you guys have paid who have bought the new nissans somewhat recently? Having never bought a new car, my plan is to get a loan from my bank and have my cash ready to go for otd price. Then I'll kep an eye on dealer lots and call around asking if they'll take my offer. I dont want to dick around with salesmen, financing, etc. I know what I want and what I am willing to pay.
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  19. Roam

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    Check to see of your bank has a car buying service. Mine has one which will give you "preferred" pricing.

    Also check out clubfrontier.org There's a what did you pay thread in the dealerships sub forum
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  20. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    I pretty much paid invoice minus some cash back deal that Nissan was running at the time. The dealer said he was losing money on the deal, but I seriously doubt that.
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