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Nissan Truck

lamonslamons Posts: 1
edited March 1 in Nissan
I just replaced a totaled '97 Sonoma with a '97
Nissan. There is no comparison. I really miss the
The Nissan is fine, but for a few quirks. I does
not handle well. It sort of wanders around the
lane on the highway. I am going to try heavier
It is a bear to change the oil filter. My new end
cap wrench makes it almost possible.


  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    Now are you going to plead temperary insanity and buy a new Sonoma. You had an AMERICAN truck, why would you want to drive [non-permissible content removed] CRAP
  • purdypurdy Posts: 1
    I have 1995 Nissan 4 x 4 (my third Nissan truck) and like it very much. It has a V6 - great power and handles well-no "wandering" problem.

    I have had some strange small vibrations in the powertrain, noticeable when I accelerate in second gear. the dealer did a bunch of stuff to it (replced carrier bearings, u-joints, added shim kit) which changed it a little, but didn't cure it (though they said it was when I picked it up). I'm taking it to another (bigger) dealer next. (It has 34K - under warranty). The old dealer said "sometimes the 4 x 4's do this" and shrugged it off. No way!

    As for the guy who called Nissans "[non-permissible content removed] Crap", get a life (and a brain). Why do you think American vehicles (esp. GM) have improved so much in the last 20 years? The Japanese automobile mfgrs. were going to put them out of business. Be thankful we have choices.
  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    "Get a life",I work for GM(big suprise,Huh) and I do own a Nissan, an 84 sentra diesel, but i don't like foreign trucks because there to small and underpowered for pulling a gooseneck trailer
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    Actually it isn't a suprise at all. You sound like the guys who work at the Chrysler plant here in Newark,DE. There is no such product of the vehicle trade that is wholly made here in USA.
    Look it up and ask your supervisor. "[non-permissible content removed] Crap" comments lower all discussions to jingoistic fervor and have no place here. Take this from a roofer who owns 13 "American" trucks and 2 Harley-Davidsons.
    If Japanese companies were so horrible, then I guess GM should have never invested in Isuzu.
    What amazes me is you have the tolerance to type on a computer board made in Korea.
  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    Then again every thing is now coming out of Asia. I like the people who say made in America when its only assembled in America. No offence, but ill stick with my ford F250 or a new dodge cummins.
  • jtruckjtruck Posts: 5
    anybody know why the 98 2wd SE costs 3k (DI base) more than the XE. If you add up all the options on the SE there barely come to 2 grand. what I am missing?
  • tennismantennisman Posts: 1
    What's a good price for an XE 2wd xtra cab
    98 Nissan Truck? Only extra is cruise. Right
    now they offer 2.9%/60 or a $1000 rebate.
  • qdczxqdczx Posts: 1
    I would like to have a big american truck,but they just do'nt hold up for the long haul. I am on my third Nissan truck, I trade at between 150k and 200k. I have not had any big problems, just normal maintenance. I had a 1990 Dakota the transmission was replaced twice,bad brakes, engine knock, I bought it new and in 1994 it had 100k,and had cost me alot of money for parts.
  • 48404840 Posts: 3
    my name is Kevin
    There is a dealer here offering new 98 frontiers for 10,490 (XE with air, and tape deck and rear bumper)
    that is 2,000 below invoice!
    can I get him down lower?
  • 48404840 Posts: 3
    this is Kevin again.
    I forgot to mention I'm in lubbock TX
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113
    Kevin, the price I shoot for is based on the following formula:

    Dealer invoice price minus dealer holdback minus rebates, plus 3%-5% profit.

    If you are being offered a price below dealer invoice, Nissan must be offering some rebates. You can get info on rebates on this site. You can also get info about the amount of the Nissan dealer holdback. Finally, make sure that you calculate the correct dealer invoice amount. Dealers often will show you something they call dealer invoice, but they have actually factored other expenses into the amount, such as local advertising and floor costs. In other words, it's possible that you may not be as far below dealer invoice as you think. However, I was under the impression that Nissan was currently offering some decent rebates.
  • davepercdaveperc Posts: 76
    That raises a very good question. What really are the rebates and incentives?

    I used this site to determine that the 4x2 frontiers have a $1500 rebate. One dealer told me this was right. The dealer that has the truck I want to buy says it is $1000. After a little bickering/haggling back and forth, they said that they would take another $500 off, but that the rebate is only $1000.

    Today I called Nissan consumer hotline to get the real story. After the person checked with someone, they said that you need to check with the dealer. This makes me wonder weather it really is $1500. Most rebates are a check to the customer, but this must be different. Any ideas?
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113
    Sometimes the rebate for a particular make and model is different in different regions of the US, so that may be why they referred you to the dealer.

    A rebate enables the dealer to pay less for the vehicle and pass those savings on to you. If you decided to take a check for the amount of the rebate, that check would likely be cut from the dealer. That rarely happens since most people use the rebate amount to reduce the purchase price of the car. For example, let's say you had agreed to a price of $20,000 for a vehicle without any rebates. Now let's assume that a $1,500 rebate has all of a sudden become available. You have two options. You can get a check for $1,500 and still pay $20,000 for the vehicle or you can pay $18,500 for the vehicle and not get a check. Most people choose the latter.
  • raglanraglan Posts: 7
    Hello, I just bought a brand new Frontier. I've driven it for just over 100 miles. I'll be checking back in this board if it starts to give me problems.

    So far the only problem I have is getting my back used to sitting on a bench seat that does not recline. If you have the money, buy an extra cab with reclining bucket seats. The comfort will be well worth it for extended trips.
  • davepercdaveperc Posts: 76
    Does anyone know what the rebate is in the northeast, NY state? I have heard $1000 and $1500 from two different dealers.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661

    The reason you were offered such a good deal is that Nissan can't give their products away. Their recent sales is in a horrible slide on just about everything they make-and getting worse by the day.

    It's not that they make a bad product; it's just that they don't make a product that appeals to many Americans. It's quite a difference from 10 years ago when Nissan was a real player in the market.

    When they first introduced the Frontier last year my gut reaction was "Why bother?". It seemed like they were introducing a brand new 1988 truck, not a new 1998 truck. I still feel the same way.
  • lwflwf Posts: 223
    Kevin, some of us believe their 1988 truck was much, much better than their 1998. There's an article in the current issue of Business Week about Nissan's problems. Their pickup sales dropped 40 percent from the previous year when they introduced the 1998 Frontier. I agree with you that Nissan's truck is probably one of reasonably good quality, but for anyone buying a Frontier, better plan on driving it for a long time because you probably aren't going to get much when you sell it.
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    What happened to Nissan? They were a serious player in the eighties with the compact truck subject. Mazda and Toyota have improved along with Ford and Chevy. Sound quality is there but their trucks are about as exciting as cardboard. Simple four-bangers don't cut it anymore. If you have to get a four, you surely want some other ammenities at least!
    This is definately a sign that Ford and Chevy have made extreme gains in the compact area. Only Toyota has stuck it out with Mazda eating out of Ford's hand. This was an area that the foreign makers had the upper hand and it has fallen. Not many would have predicted this 15 years ago.
  • davepercdaveperc Posts: 76
    I think you guys are jumping quite quickly.

    I just bought a Frontier. Comparison to others, setup equally, I feel is better. A good commuter and personal truck. Many buyers probably want the power and aren't looking at them until the V6 arrives. Those who want the I4 seem to like them. I needed something with respectable milage, and no V6 compacts are. Among the I4 models, Nissan and toyota have the best motors, pretty equal power. Descent power and still 3500 lb towing capability. While I was watching one dealer, 4 4x2 models were sold, including me. Nissan does need to run thier business better but are working on that. They have too many platforms according to what I read.

    The frontier is cheap compared to others, especially with the rebates. I got in on the 4th of July sale rebate that totaled $2500. After taxes and all, a 4x2, Kingcab, XE, 5 speed, w/ $550 of options for $13,400. At this price, I am not worried about depreciation. It doesn't have far to go.

    JD Powers initial quality survey has it best in compact segment. Typical Nissan quality would be nice. I don't think Nissan is going to collapse because of the slow frontier sales now.
  • lwflwf Posts: 223
    Well daveperc, I believe the top management at Nissan are a lot more worried about this topic than you are. Three of their VPs lost their jobs during the last few months because of the Frontier, and if you will read the Business Week I reference above, you may get the impression they are more than a little concerned. You liked the Frontier and bought one. I was 99-percent sure I was going to buy one when they came out (because I had an '87), but when I saw it I walked away. A couple of examples like this means very little, statistically speaking. What seems more significant, I think, is that the previous Nissan pick-up design was about 12 years old; therefore, a lot of potential buyers in the last couple of years must have been putting off their new pick-up puchase (as I had) waiting for the new models. One would expect a surge in sales when the new model finally arrived. The report that sales are actually running 40 percent lower than the previous year (even with generous rebates) suggests that this Nissan Frontier is a real dud as far as satisfying the American consumer's taste for a pick-up. And as far as sales turning upward when the V6 arrives (if it ever does), there's at least one V6 sale they're definitely not going to get.......... mine. I honestly believe there are thousands of others who feel as I do. Nissan blew it and they have as much as admitted they blew it. It costs a lot of money to retool for a new design, so I doubt if that will be done in the next few years. But it's unlikely that there will ever be significant sales of this Frontier; therefore, I can't see how anyone can be optimistic about Nissan ever recapturing the small part of the American pick-up market they once had.
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