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Nissan Frontier 2005+



  • jjpeterjjpeter Posts: 230
    So, I test drove an 05 pathfinder 4x2 tonight. I wanted to experience that 4.0 liter V6 that is going into the Frontier.


    Like most Japanese engines, the juice is over 3000 rpms. The auto tranny I drove let me keep it in third gear so I could roll in and out of the power band. It being 5:30 in the afternoon, traffic did not allow a real test of the capabilities of the pathfinder. Nevertheless, that engine in the lighter Frontier will just sing!

    Some other impressions:

    The instrument panel is beautiful at night. A subtle orange backlight is easy on the eyes and offers great feedback to the driver.

    The leather wrapped steering wheel is excellent. Grippy bulges at the 10:30 and 2:30 positions. The sitting position was easy to adjust and visibility was great.

    Being an LE pathfinder, it was loaded. Leather, DVD, bose sound system, sun roof. I know the Frontier will be more spartan, and probably less refined. According to the reviews though, the NVH in the Frontier is supposedly well dampened.

    My appetite has been wetted now.

    Can't wait to test drive my next truck!

    Come on Nissan!

    Interestingly, when I got home after the test drive, a thick envelope from Toyota was in my mailbox. Inside was a full blown pair of brochures on the Tundra and Tacoma. Plus two nice additional, accessory brochures.

    Nissan is behind the curve and Toyota is eating up potential customers.
  • I hate to say this because I love Nissan trucks, but no extended bed on the CC is a deal breaker for me. I guess it'll be a Tacoma, Colorado, or Dakota now. Any comments?
  • Correction ... it'll be a Tacoma. The Colorado and the Dakota don't have the extended bed on the CC either.
  • I have been test driving everything lately getting ready to buy a new truck. I am waiting for the Frontier (I was also told Dec 15th by two dealers.) The ride on the Tacoma was nice, but the fit-n-finish was not up to par and the engine noise I felt was excessive (although some say it is as quite as a Lexus, I guess a very cheap Lexus). I am hoping the Frontier has more to offer. I also drove the Pathfinder, the engine and drivetrain are outstanding (Toyota beware). Very quick acceleration (much better than the Tacoma, also the will be Frontier is lighter), I would expect a very lively truck. I hope they get this thing out there, there are some very good deals on '04 full size trucks right now.
  • hkingshkings Posts: 74
    Hey everyone,


    The positive reviews still keep rolling in! Here is another...

  • novanova Posts: 135
    My south florida nissan dealer called me today. He told me he received a letter from nissan informing them that the frontier has been delayed again until Jan 3, 2005
  • jjpeterjjpeter Posts: 230
    And it was being driven by this beautiful woman. I pulled along side of it on HWY-280, my Ranger whizzing to keep up with it. Just as I was trying to get the woman's attention, she nudged the accelerator and rocketed away from me.


    No, no, come back! I was moaning.


    Honey, honey, wake up. My wife was shaking me to awake from my dream.


    Nissan, this is getting serious.


    Please roll those Frontiers out to the dealers! I can't take it anymore!!!


  • jjpeterjjpeter Posts: 230


    Kind of hard for the Frontier to compete when they don't have any units on the street.


    Taco may warrent a serious look....
  • novanova Posts: 135
    NISSAN keeps delaying the release of the frontiers while the competition ,the tacoma is winning truck of the year. Honda is comimg out with a crew cab mid size and Ford is redisgning the sport trac. Nissan is must be having some serious design problems that is draging its feet with there release.It is hard for me to beleive we do not have one person on this board that works at that plant that can leak out some details about WHAT IS GOING ON.
  • rhs7rhs7 Posts: 2
    Yes I agree,I fear some problems with the truck must exist or it would have been released already. Another big problem is the dealers are clueless. What kind of company does not inform suppliers when a product will be available?I need a new vehicle by a certain date can I get one or not?Do I have to buy from a different Manufacturer? If Nissan could give a solid date I could make arrangements? The Tacoma is looking better everyday, much less hassles!
  • I agree. Does anyone have good or bad experiences adding aftermarket sunroofs? I like the Taco ok, but no sunroof, no leather. I was hoping for LE type amenities.
  • jbonejbone Posts: 35 /


    Anyone notice that it says in the above MT article that only trucks available for sale to the general public by Jan 1, 2005 are eligible?


    Since the Fronty was a contestant, does that mean the Fronty has to be on lots in the next two weeks? Time will tell, but I can tell from numerous postings here and elsewhere, people are getting ansty!


    I will wait and test drive the Taco vs. Fronty then make a decision...but the Taco is looking better every day the Fronty is not available!
  • rhs7rhs7 Posts: 2
    Interested in reading that full article to find out why the Frontier lost out to the Tacoma.Also looking forward to comparing performance figures between the two.
  • badnessbadness Posts: 242
    nice looking truck!!
  • hkingshkings Posts: 74
    Well I think it's FINALLY official! Pricing for the new 05 Frontier is now posted at as is a press release stating the 05 is available for sale as of Dec 17th!


    Check it out... King Cab price sheet is up as I type, hopefully crew cab prices will be up soon as well! WooHoo!
  • jjpeterjjpeter Posts: 230
    About time!


    I would be amazed if the dealers actually have stock today though.


    I can't believe sales people were saying, "oh, January or February on the Frontier".


    Were they really not interested in giving us some hope to wait and decide???


    Thats even more amazing.


    One thing about the Frontier though, and I'll cross drive the Taco against it, since MT named it Truck of the year, is that I have to deal with a Nissan dealership in order to purchase a Frontier.


    In my experience, they are not the best at after sales service, nor is it a pleasant buying experience dealing with them.


    I may just get a broker to negotiate between dealerships on my behalf. Its the one part of buying a car I hate, dealing with deceptive people.
  • Nissan dealers do not make it a pleasant experience. I bought a new Armada a year ago and they pulled out all the tricks and deceptions. And, of course, acted personally insulted when I suggested I get the truck at $1500 over invoice. My advice is to watch the paperwork like a hawk when it comes to signing. If I could buy a new nissan through a toyota dealership, I would.

    Anyone have any thoughts on initial price for the Frontier? Will they try and get MSRP for awhile?
  • jjpeterjjpeter Posts: 230
    Pricing: Source;

  - .pdf


    King Cab


    XE KC I4 4x2 2.5 Liter I4 M/T 15,500 $

    XE KC I4 4x2 2.5 Liter I4 A/T 16,550 $

    SE KC V6 4x2 4.0 Liter V6 M/T 18,400 $

    SE KC V6 4x2 4.0 Liter V6 A/T 19,450 $

    LE KC V6 4x2 4.0 Liter V6 A/T 22,200 $

    Nismo KC V6 4x2 4.0 Liter V6 A/T 22,000 $

    SE KC V6 4x4 4.0 Liter V6 M/T 21,100 $

    SE KC V6 4x4 4.0 Liter V6 A/T 22,150 $

    LE KC V6 4x4 4.0 Liter V6 A/T 24,900 $

    Nismo KC V6 4x4 4.0 Liter V6 M/T 23,650 $

    Nismo KC V6 4x4 4.0 Liter V6 A/T 24,700


    Crew Cab

    SE CC V6 4x2 4.0 Liter V6 M/T 20,550 $

    SE CC V6 4x2 4.0 Liter V6 A/T 21,600 $

    LE CC V6 4x2 4.0 Liter V6 A/T 23,900 $

    Nismo CC V6 4x2 4.0 Liter V6 A/T 24,050

    SE CC V6 4x4 4.0 Liter V6 M/T 23,250 $

    SE CC V6 4x4 4.0 Liter V6 A/T 24,300 $

    LE CC V6 4x4 4.0 Liter V6 A/T 26,550 $

    Nismo CC V6 4x4 4.0 Liter V6 A/T 26,750
  • millarmillar Posts: 17
    I was just at my local dealer (MA). They do not expect any Frontiers until the beginning of January at the earliest. None of the salespeople have even been trained on the Frontier yet. This same dealer had an allotment of Titans when they were first released, so I expect they probably will be in the first wave of arrivals for the Frontier as well.
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