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Nissan Frontier 2005+

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  • charlie_bcharlie_b Posts: 19
    anyone compared a tundra 6 cylinder to a frontier LE?
    i've drive 45 miles to work each day about 80% of that on interstate and really need a truck that will do pretty well on the interstate about 75mph. i've driven the frontier LE and it sure was nice. didn't go on the interstate though. haven't driven the tundra yet. the LE has everything i want on it but the tundra is about $5000 cheaper and it gets 2 more mpg on the highway.
  • ricceesriccees Posts: 24
    Went to Las Vegas two weekends ago; my first all highway MPG test for my 05 Frontier, CC, LE, 4x2. Result: 20 - 21 MPG.
    Had 1,800 miles on the truck, used regular gas, 75 - 80 MPH with some windy condition. I'm impressed with the gas mileage hoping it will get better as I put more miles on it.
  • dbauerdbauer Posts: 416
    "the LE has everything i want on it but the tundra is about $5000 cheaper and it gets 2 more mpg on the highway."

    then you are not comparing apples to apples. do more research, and equip them the same. you will find that the frontier has a better price point for similarly equipped trucks than the toyota.
  • charlie_bcharlie_b Posts: 19
    "you will find that the frontier has a better price point for similarly equipped trucks than the toyota."

    from what i've seen, that's only true for the tacoma. toyota dealers are willing to deal on the tundra and there's even a $1500 rebate on the tundra now.

    in fact, i just got a quote on a new really nice 8 cylinder tundra with gobs of options (sport series package, skid plate, limited slip diff, fog lamps, wheel upgrade, tow package, power everything, chrome everything, etc) for under $24,300 (about $3700 in discounts). it has more options than the frontier LEs i've looked at which are $24-$25k. if i wanted a v8, i'd buy that tundra today.

    i want the v6 tundra which is roughly the same as the frontier. frontier has 20 more hp at the cost of 2mpg less on highway. torque is basically the same between the two. frontier has more towing power, but i don't tow stufff. tundra is 13 inches longer, 2.4 inches wider, 1 inch taller, weighs 50lbs more, has an extra 1/2 inch of ground clearance versus the frontier. they are basically the same truck stats wise. as far as i know, the only things i can't get on the tundra that i can get on the frontier are the mp3 stereo and spray on bedliner.

    the whole point to this is that everybody's been comparing the tacoma to the frontier when the v6 tundra is also very similar to the frontier.
  • If the offer you have is for an 05 Tundra with the new, more powerful V8, I'd get the Tundra. I suspect the resale on a Tundra V-6 wouldn't be great. Personally, I think the Tundra is a decent truck, but I just can't get past the front end styling.

    We all have our own preferences for trucks. Good luck with whatever you choose.

    "in fact, i just got a quote on a new really nice 8 cylinder tundra with gobs of options (sport series package, skid plate, limited slip diff, fog lamps, wheel upgrade, tow package, power everything, chrome everything, etc) for under $24,300 (about $3700 in discounts). it has more options than the frontier LEs i've looked at which are $24-$25k. if i wanted a v8, i'd buy that tundra today.

    i want the v6 tundra which is roughly the same as the frontier. frontier has 20 more hp at the cost of 2mpg less on highway. torque is basically the same between the two. frontier has more towing power, but i don't tow stufff. tundra is 13 inches longer, 2.4 inches wider, 1 inch taller, weighs 50lbs more, has an extra 1/2 inch of ground clearance versus the frontier. they are basically the same truck stats wise. as far as i know, the only things i can't get on the tundra that i can get on the frontier are the mp3 stereo and spray on bedliner.

    the whole point to this is that everybody's been comparing the tacoma to the frontier when the v6 tundra is also very similar to the frontier."
  • gxb159gxb159 Posts: 46
    Can anyone tell me if the King Cab has LATCH for child seats in the rear jump seats? Is there one on both sides? I know the Crew Cab offers them but I need the extra foot of bed space. Thanks
  • zenszens Posts: 1
    Yes, the latch is on the passenger side-incorporated into the seat back and bottom.
  • Hi, I'm new here.
    I just purchased my frontier se kc 4x4 manual on sunday, I'm really excited but I've been having a lot of problems shifting into first gear. Has anyone else had this problem, if so can you please give me some pointers or advice to fix the problem. I'm hoping this is something that i just need to get used to, and learn the truck better. I think it may be because the engine is so powerful, this truck really wants to go! Maybe I'm just unfamiliar with the power!
  • dabaurdabaur Posts: 1
    I know this option is available on the LE model via the rear view mirror, but for some reason they didn't make it an option for the NISMO model. I called the dealer to see if one could be installed, but he wasn't sure that the wiring harness for it was in place. If it is, then I should be able to have one installed, or go with an after-market rear view mirror with compass and outside temp. Does anyone know if the harness is indeed there, or am I out of luck? Thanks!
  • charlie_bcharlie_b Posts: 19
    anyone know when the 4cylinder XE with auto transmission will be coming out?
  • charlie_bcharlie_b Posts: 19
    nevermind. about an hour after i posted this, 2 of them showed up on dealers' web sites. if it quits raining, i'll go test drive one today.

    looks like they might be starting to deal on the frontiers too. one dealer advertised XE with manual trans for $17k.
  • ecotrklvrecotrklvr Posts: 519
    I just looked at www.nissanusa.com last weekend, and they now show it as a choice on the "Build Your Own" portion of the site.

    The earlier specs had shown that is was to be a 5-speed auto, but the current info is that it's a 4-speed.
  • You might be missing one thing -- doesn't all the toyotas recommend premium fuel?

    Also in my area I have one Nissan dealer offering all 05 Frontiers and Xterras for $500 under cost!!!!
  • ricceesriccees Posts: 24
    Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but most Toyota trucks still have drum brakes for the rear.
  • charlie_bcharlie_b Posts: 19
    nissan web site says it's a 4 speed auto.
    4 dealer web sites that have one in stock say 5 speed auto.
  • ecotrklvrecotrklvr Posts: 519
    Well, charlie_b, I'd tend to believe the Nissan website. The dealers may have set up their websites in anticipation of the earlier info from Nissan on this one. If you're looking at trucks, check it out and let us all know. I just bought a vehicle, so I'm set for awhile, and may not get around to stopping by the Nissan dealership for several weeks.
  • shineshine Posts: 20
    I am considering buy a 4x4 Frontier however I know the Tacoma has bed issues and I am wondering how much weight can I realistically put in the bed? Would 1 14 hp Garden Tractor fit and would it be too much weight. If it would be does any one know if the Chevy Colorado could do the job. Thanks for any help you can give
  • charlie_bcharlie_b Posts: 19
    i drove an XE 4 cylinder today. window sticker clearly said 5 speed auto trans.
    didn't get it going fast enough to see if it actually shifted 5 times though.
    acceleration seemed to be ok, but i would have liked to take it onto the interstate.

    i didn't like the truck because you can't get any of the nice options on it like utilitrack, spray on bedliner, mp3 stereo and black was only color they had. sure you can put some of that stuff on aftermarket, but then you come closer to the price of the LE.

    i ended up buying an LE.
  • ecotrklvrecotrklvr Posts: 519
    That V-6 has GOT to be tempting. Maybe that's why I'm avoiding the test ride myself. It'd cost me...

    Seriously, enjoy the new Nissan. I've had 4 of them, and they were all pretty dang good vehicles - reliable, and fun to drive. Not to mention, functional.
  • idntnvuidntnvu Posts: 251
    I got to sit behind the wheel (and in the passenger seat) of a 2005 frontier 4x2 ext cab, and I have to say, I was very impressed with the size. Even for a 4x2 it was high up off the ground like a 4x4. Made me think of the prev. generation Tacoma PreRunner. I liked the way everything looked inside, and the seat was very comfortable, however I won't be getting anything that substantial anytime soon. Nice truck though, they improved it vastly.
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    If you're talking Crew Cabs, Fronty's bed is 59.5"/1583 Lbs. Cap'y. and Coly's is 61.1"/1316 Lbs. Cap'y. Add a bed extender and you'll get another 12" on each I suspect. I actually favor the Fronty after measuring my garage, as Fronty's *total* length is 1-1/2" shorter than Coly. Coly is 4-1/4" narrower though, which is also attractive.

    Asa
  • I too wish the NISMO package came with the Homelink/TEMP/COMPASS rear view mirror like the LE version. The dealership I purchased mine from told me it wasn't prewired, but they seemed lazy and didn't really seem too knowledgeable about the truck. If you find out otherwise please let me know. The type of rear view mirror they use in the LE's is an aftermarket unit and is not made exclusively for Nissan. You're probably looking at $500+ to have it installed if it's not prewired.
  • mstgshmstgsh Posts: 4
    In Sunday's NY Times there's a great comparison review of the Frontier vs Tacoma. Good reading, with the Frontier being favored in the end!
  • dannykadannyka Posts: 115
    A few years ago, I was looking for this mirror for my Pathfinder. I found one at a place called Donnelly. I think what you're looking for is here.

    I don't know if they sell directly now, but at the time they would have shipped it to me directly for something under $200. This was about 2000. I never did get it done since my wife took over the PF and wasn't as interested in the mirror as I was.

    --Dan
  • Here's a link to the article:

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    >>>>> In Sunday's NY Times there's a great comparison review of the Frontier vs Tacoma. Good reading, with the Frontier being favored in the end! <<<<
  • ricceesriccees Posts: 24
    NY Times need to be more accurate. The Frontier (1) does not come in just a 5' bed (2) does not require premium gas.
  • tripletriple Posts: 2
    Has any one tried to remove the roof rack on there Frontier. I'm looking to buy one with a sunroof and the upgraded audio but I really don't like the look of the rack on top.
  • I love this truck! I am a 21 year old college student and the functionality of the truck is great. I have the LE 4x4 with the sun roof and the in homelink system. I love the power. I took it to San Diego from las Cruces, NM and the truck did great. On the highway it has all the power you need and the gas indicator works awesome. Already had the oil changed and I reall can not stop driving it!!!
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    NY Times writes also wrote that (3) "only the Dodge and GM models still have steel beds", which is wrong -- Fronty's bed is steel. He wrote (4) that "a six-speed manual transmission comes on all models except base SE", which is wrong -- on Crews, ONLY the SE has the 6-Speed. Let's see ... (5) "Sales of full size trucks have fallen ... because the offerings have been rather drab and outmoded", which is ignorant. How can he ignore F-150 and Titan?

    If the NYT can't get simple stuff like this straight, I shudder to think how they must butcher world news .....

    Asa
  • mstgshmstgsh Posts: 4
    if you doubt truck sales are down, check out the stock prices of ford and gm. with ford the f150 sales are down according to latest numbers this or last week - for March. And Nissan offers financing discounted for the titans. they're down and I can believe it driving around in my new truck - everyone on the road's already got a new truck! jeez, how many trucks can they sell?
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