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Nissan Frontier 2005+

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  • jasong2jasong2 Posts: 18
    The ride is excellent. Very smooth but still enough stiffness and road feel to know you are in a truck. Also great highway handling (onramp acceleration and at highway speeds.

     

    Also, part of the smoothness has to do with the manual transmission. I had a 91 Nissan and a 2002 Dakota previously. On those, the manual could get a little "jerky" if you were in stop and go traffic. The 05 Frontier has a much smoother transmission, so stop and go is really smooth. It may not make a difference, but the 05 uses the same transmission (manual at least) as the 350Z. So in answer to your question, there is no choppinesess or bucking. In fact, it is the smoothest manual/clutch I have ever driven.

     

    Regarding the RPMs in 6th gear. I haven't been in 6th much. 70mph seems to be at the threshold for shifting between 5th and 6th. At 70mph in 6th, the RPMs are just about 2250. In fifth gear at the same speed, its just about 2500-2750. I am accustomed to my Dakota being at 3000 RPMs at 70mph, so I have to figure out what works best with the Nissan and 6 gears.

     

    Badness - I forgot to deduct the test drive miles from my calculations for the mpg. When I factored that in, I am at 18.7 mpg for the first fill up.

     

    Color is Storm Gray. The brochure and online color charts do not do any of the colors justice. Really need to see them in person. The Storm Gray is a greenish charcoal color. Also saw the canteen (lighter in person) and the Aztec Red (clown nose red). My interior is Charcoal.

     

    I had to bring the check into the dealer this afternoon and took another look at the NISMO king cab. They are asking MSRP and no plans to budge on it. They also included bed extender, divider, and tool box and expect a 100% mark up. It has been in the showroom for 4 weeks and no buyer yet at that price.

     

    I looked again at the rear seats. They are higher than 4" . . . probably 8 inches. They rest on a web covered storage bin (similar to that under he CC rear seats). Still impossible for adults to get in and out. Given the room, I doubt the size of the kids fitting back there comfortably would legally be allowed to sit there without booster seats (which seems impossible). Still it is great cargo area and the hinged suicide doors make accessing the area nice.

     

    Good luck with your purchase - Jason
  • badnessbadness Posts: 242
    thats way too much 3G's mark up,dude your the man,thanks again,.good luck with the Baby!!!
  • novanova Posts: 135
    There are a couple of dealers in Florida selling at $400.00 over invoice NO DEALER FEE'S. One in west palm beach and one in pompano. I bought 2WD. crew cab on sunday and already have 400 miles on the truck. LOVE THIS TRUCK
  • jbonejbone Posts: 35
    Jason,

     

    Thanks for the detailed reviews. Love the look of this truck vs. the Taco, but still not completely sold on either...

     

    Was wondering if you or anyone could tell if two kids under 6 y.o. in car seats (one booster, one forward facing full seat) would fit in the back of the k-cab. I have not been able to get to a dealer to check this out myself, plus I am not ready to buy yet and don't want to be tempted...

     

    Was impressed to read in the 05 brochure that Nissan tested a bunch of kid car seats and have the results posted at their website - however it is titled 2003-2004 Frontier so not sure if the data pertains to 05...

     

    Also, nowhere in the brochure does it say that the rear axle is a Dana 44 when I thought the specs that came out before the truck indicated this..? Any owner know for sure by reading the specs in the manual or crawling under and checking? IMO this is a huge selling point for offroaders that Nissan should exploit given all the aftermarket upgrades available for D44s.
  • mtrialsmmtrialsm Posts: 159
    I'm sure Nissan will bring out the Frontier long

    bed double cab? I own a 2001 Dodge Quad and the size was the reason for my purchase over the Nissan and Toyota, now they are simular in size.
  • I have had trouble finding an LE in the color and with the options I want, but can locate a Nismo that fits. I don't do any offroading so seems like I should just keep looking for the LE, but if anyone has thoughts about this let me know.

     

    Also, dealers in my area are now offering 1500 - 1750 off MSRP.
  • Most reviews suggest that the Nismo package affects the quality of the ride (much rougher). I would think unless you plan on a lot of stuff offroad, I would wait for the LE. Try contacting different dealers. Some dealers just want to sell what they have or what thier "network" has. I would try using a different dealer if possible and see what they can find.
  • jjpeterjjpeter Posts: 230
    Taylor35,

     

    At this site; you can search dealer inventory based on your zip code. It allows you to set the radius from your zip, 25, 50, 100 miles out. At 100 miles from your location, you should have plenty of dealers to select from. This is assuming the inventory is accurate, I'd call to confirm.

     

    http://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/Configurator/0,,75450%7C75458,0- - 0.html#top
  • Thanks - that was my gut reaction too, but it is good to confirm it. I have test driven several LE's and I like the ride, so I better just stick to that.
  • jjpeterjjpeter Posts: 230
    Based on Nissan's Frontier site, a lot of what I want my Fronty to have is a combination of SE, LE and Nismo options. Want the SE with power pak and alloy wheels for the price, the LE for the Fog lights but not the step up rail, the Nismo for the spray-in bed liner, seats, bed hold down system and stereo but not the off-road suspension.

     

    Will Nissan have a true "build your own Frontier?" Since they are made here in the US, it should be easier to accomodate customers wishes for their personalized custom Frontier. Most likely will have to wait until later in the year to even see if its going to be offered....
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    I'll repeat two questions I asked a while back.

     

    1. What does the engine / exhaust sound like? I do not want a loud truck, but a little growl from the exhaust would be nice. Generally, I think V6 engines do not sound all that good, but I think Nissan does a good job with the 350Z and the G35 coupe.

     

    2. Are the storage bins under the back seats removable? I love the flat floor on the back of the Titan, and although that truck has a nice V8 rumble, it is just too big for me. However, me and my two mutts will be sorely dissapointed if you cannot remove the junk under the back seats on the Frontier crew cab to create a flat floor. Not having a flat floor available would kill the benefit of having the fold up back seats. Am I a wierdo? Why can't more truck makers understand this?
  • engine & exhaust sound fine to me. note 'fine' is a relative term. it's neither loud nor quiet. just 'fine' but i wouldn't mind adding a catback system to get a few more ponies and a little louder sound.

     

    the storage bins under the backseats are removable. however the floor back there is not completely flat; but flat enough for me if i want to throw stuffs back there. i don't have dogs so not a biggie issue for me.

     

    i wish that nissan can make their back area more roomy, more comfortable, more recline, more storage spaces like the tacoma which i think scores big in the space design.
  • badnessbadness Posts: 242
    Talor,I've been doing the same thing on search wise with the Mi. thing.

     

    Dose anyone now how the seats are in the King cab le are,and can you adjust the seat hight at all.

    Thanks.

    Badness(NJ)
  • jjpeterjjpeter Posts: 230
    With all due respect, do you even read over your words before hitting the post button? There is a spell check feature...

     

    The seats in the LE are the same as in the SE, in fact they are the same in all models with the following exceptions; Nismo gets other color choices, blue I've seen, and then leather is also an option. Also, there is a seat up-down dial for the drivers seat.
  • You just need to buy an LE and take the nerf bars off. The LE has the power pak, alloy wheels, fog lights, spray in bed liner, seats, hold down system and stereo with no offroad. If you just get on w/out all the bells and whistles and with a little bit of price shopping you should be able to get one fairly priced.
  • 1)engine and exhaust sound great. You can't even here anything in the cab.

     

    2)All the brochures and even the web state that the bins are removable. And having an 05 i would concure. they have easily removable screws that can be unscrewed by hand no tools needed.
  • 1. I agree, the cab is very quiet. The Titan has much more engine noise at highway speeds (which i did not like, great in town, but on the freeway, give me a smooth and quiet ride).

     

    2. After you remove the bins, is the floor flat or does it have a hump?
  • jasong2jasong2 Posts: 18
    Regarding the flatness of the floor . . . there is a dividing hump in the middle that separates the back floor into two shallow foot wells.

     

    Also, wanted to give a MPG update . . . 319.2 miles / 16.32 gallons = 19.55 MPG.
  • Is there a way to cleanly remove the roof rails from an LE? I'm getting one either way but I would prefer one without the roof rails. I'll rarely use them and think they are ugly.
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    I realize that there is a driveline hump. My dogs can deal with that. But I just wanted to make sure the plastic storage bins came out. In any case, sounds like the back of the crew cab has some good cargo / dog utility.
  • Thanks - I have been using that and really couldn't locate what I wanted locally, but I am off to a soccer tourney this weekend with my kids and I have spotted one that looks like a fit very close to where we will be. We'll see. I think it is pretty darn accurate - I saw one truck listed and went over to look at it and it was fresh off the delivery truck.
  • The 2005 Frontier has finally made it to Edmunds. Full invoice pricing, reviews and pics.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,579
    Emphasis on "finally." ;-D Thanks for the update!
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • PaulPaul Posts: 9
    I test drove a Nismo and the LE and there is a difference in ride quality. I would suggest that you drive both before you buy. I decided on the LE Crew Cab and I love it. Good luck.
  • same here - I went with the LE also and really like it. Picked it up yesterday and drove it about 100 miles. The Nissan inventory web locator helped me find the one I wanted - color and options.
  • I tried contacting 2 different dealers in the Toledo,OH area via the web about a price and availability on a '05 Frontier XE King Cab and got no response. I get an e-mail from Nissan asking me if these dealers got back with me, I replied NO, so they give you a 800 number to call if you still haven't heard from the dealers, it's to the Customer Affairs Dept. I called today (1/17) and talked to Walt in that dept., and I told him I still haven't heard from them, he replies "so what do you want me to do", I couldn't believe he said that. I said well it's obvious Nissan doesn't want to sell cars, his reply was each dealer is independently owned & operated, and Nissan can't make them get back with the customer. I told Walt it looks like I'll be buying a '05 Tacoma instead, he replied "go for it".

    One would think they would be apologizing for the dealer not getting back with you, and contacting the dealer and asking why. I can not believe this is Nissan's attitude toward selling new cars.
  • dbauerdbauer Posts: 416
    so let me get this straight...

     

    you sent emails to 2 dealers, and got no response...then you called nissan to complain about it...and are unwilling to get a nissan that you originally wanted.

     

    you probably spent more time on the phone with "walt" than you would have if you just called the dealers...heck, if you talked to the right person at the dealer, you may have got some extra concession out of them for the trouble.

     

    sounds like you sure outsmarted yourself there.

     

    p.s. i think this is nissans atitude toward people who get an attitude with them. get over your ego and pick up the phone to the dealer.
  • driftracerdriftracer Posts: 2,692
    was between the e-mails and the follow-up phone calls, not to the dealers, but to corporate HQ, where personnel CAN'T sell a truck.

     

    Some dealerships don't like the whole internet sales concept - it generates 150 dealer mass e-mails, where most dealers know they haven't got a prayer of hitting that magic number that could be beaten by $10 down the road - total waste of time for 149 dealers...

     

    Call it old school or whatever, but you can't buy a car on line, and you can't sell a car on line - at some point, especially in new cars with financing involving, you have to look someone in the eye and sign some papers. When you look me in the eye and are physically present to sign, I'll have someone sell you a vehicle...
  • Anyone get an outrageous quote from your dealer to put on a tow hitch? I got $500 and told them to shove it. (well, I said no). Anyway, I've been looking at hiddenhitch and other sites and can't find one that has been made for the '05 Frontier. Any suggestions? I'm thinking it should cost $200-$300 for the hitch plus wiring. am I wrong here?
  • First off dbauer I don't have an ego, second of all I'm not going to beg anyone to sell me a new vehicle. I spec'd out the vehicle on Nissan's website and then it ask you which dealers in your area do you wish to get a quote from. As far as I'm concerned Walt needs to be fired, period!

    You don't get it, it was Nissan who sent me the e-mail asking if these dealers had contacted me yet.
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