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Nissan Frontier 2005+

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  • mike9723mike9723 Posts: 2
    Let me know if you find any good ones. I am going to take mine into the dealer and show them. I would hate to have spent 22K dollars to have seats that need to be replaced more often than the oil. I will keep you posted.
  • steveh427steveh427 Posts: 25
    One of the reasons I'm considering the Nismo Pkg is because I like the look of the wheels and the fact that they are a little taller than the wheels on the LE. Does anyone know if the average life of the BF Goodrich offroad wheels is any shorter than the street tires on the LE??? 95% of my driving will be paved roads. If the offroad tires last only half as long, maybe I'll consider the LE. Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.
  • 2005lekc2005lekc Posts: 145
    My LE KC has General Grabber AW all weather tires on it. I am not sure that they will wear much better than the Nismo.

    I am surprised that the Nismo tire is taller than the LE tire. I realize that the Nismo has
    75 series tires and the LE only has 65 series tires, but the LE has 17" wheels and the Nismo has 16" wheels. I would have thought the wheel size difference would come very
    close to making up the difference in tire size.

    My tires measure 30" in diameter, I have never measured a Nismo tire. My tires only
    have 1275 miles on them so they should be almost the same diameter as a new tire.

    Gerald
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    Can anyone tell me which brands and models of SOFT tonneau covers are compatible with the '05 NIssan Frontier Crew Cab's bed extender? I've read that the Access brand is compatible *if* a kit is purchased to narrow the bed extender. Is this the only combination that works?

    Has anyone bought the Nissan soft tonneau and Nissan bed extender? Are they compatible? Nissan salespeople seem clueless on this.

    There's a 3/4" clearance between the top of the bed extender knob and the bottom of the UtiliTrak rail, so a soft tonneau and unmodifiedbed extender could easily be compatible if the tonneau frame attachment brackets are engineered properly. I'm mystified as to why this is such a challenge for manufacturers. Thanks! :confuse:
  • ukbballfanukbballfan Posts: 13
    I am also thinking of buying an 05 Frontier LE 4x2 but in a crew cab. Anyone have any info about if and when Nissan puts out rebates nearing the end of a model year? Seems I read somewhere that there were rebates last year.
  • philg87philg87 Posts: 72
    Can anyone who has a SE 6sp manual Crew Cab 4x4 tell me how it shifts thru the gears? Is it smooth like butter or are they long and you get lost searching?Thanks.
  • joboo1joboo1 Posts: 75
    I recently purchased an 05 Frontier LE and installed the bed extender and soft cover on it. I do not see any compatibility issues. I would like to ask anyone out there if there is process or product out there that would help eliminate swirl marks and minor scratches. I have a black Frontier ( I know the worst color to get cause it shows everything) well the dealer's detail person did a half axx job on the detailing job and I notice swirls and minor scratches on the hood. I was advised that he could not buff it out any further for it would ruin the paint job. What an I to do?
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    I've test driven two SE CC 4x2's and both shifted absolutely beautifully -- I had no learning curve whatsoever; each gear fell perfectly to hand and the clutch engaged very nicely. I imagine the 4x4s would shift just the same. My '06 SE CC 4x2 will be a 6-Speed without a doubt. Asa
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    So you're able to run the bed extender the full length of the Utili-Trak rails and fully rotate the bed extender with the soft tonneau frame in place without any problems? I just want to be sure. If so, that's great.

    Sorry about the dealer-borne scratches on your LE; I'd be livid too. I know of owners who explicitly tell service departments NOT to wash their truck. You might try a nice application of Carnuba wax. It's buttery soft and goes on very easily. Asa
  • 2005lekc2005lekc Posts: 145
    I purchased Meguiar's Scratch X to remove some bad scratches on my wife's Solara.
    It did not completely remove the scratches, but it did make a bad situation much bet-
    ter. It is for light scratches and swirls so it may not work for you.

    It removed several light scratches completely. I purchased it at Walmart for about $8
    if I remember correctly.

    I know what you are going through as I just purchased a white LE KC and had the dealer paint the lower valance and the outside mirrors white to match the truck. I told
    them to remove the items to paint them.

    They painted them on the truck and had overspray every where. They fianally got the
    overspray off, but their painter did not do as good a job as I wanted.

    I have installed chrome door handles already and have chrome mirrors on order to
    replace the painted mirrors. That will fix up most of their poor paint work. The mud
    guards aren't perfect, but they look far better than when they were black.

    Good luck.

    Gerald
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    As far as possible '05 Frontier rebates, it'll have much to do with how many unsold units are on dealer lots when the '06s arrive and how the U.S. economy is doing at the time. Rebates were great on the '04s because they suffered by comparison against the '05s and many buyers passed by the '04s. Too, if Nissan eventually rebates remaining '05s, they'll be the trucks with a combination of features or colors that didn't appeal to customers. But that's not a bad thing; you might get a great deal. Nobody seems to know for sure when Nissan normally introduces new models. I'm assuming that the '05s were a bit late because it was a completely new model. Asa
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    I'm hoping that Nissan gets a clue with their '06 models. I want an SE Crew 4x2 6-Speed, so cannot get an 8-Way adjustable manual driver seat nor the trick rear view mirror. What's with that? Are SE buyers assumed to be destitute? Some of us love manual gearboxes and want the nicer features. In fact Nissan just added factory keyless entry on the SEs; heretofore you had to buy a fob and program it yourself. Asa
  • jmsd1jmsd1 Posts: 20
    check out autogeek.net they have some good detailing info. You might try the finest polish you can locate or Clay. I was told to always wash black cars back and forth, front to back and always in the same direction-never in a circle as that will show more swirls. So take out the swirls just going back and forth-no circles. I also use a great product sold at westmarine.com. it is their house brand Polish called "Teflon Boat Polish with PTEF. After using clay to get the paint totally smooth, try this stuff. it is amazing and holds up better than most car products because it has to handle salt air etc. I cannot place anything on the hood without it sliding off. Almost all the dirt comes off with just the hose.
  • philg87philg87 Posts: 72
    Thank you Asa i just need to fine one to test drive :confuse:
  • jmsd1jmsd1 Posts: 20
    What topper model did you find from ARE. I sent them an email and they say nothing will be ready for 3-6 months for the KC
  • joboo1joboo1 Posts: 75
    The bed extender can freely move from the front of the bed to the back without touching the bed cover or it frame, as for rotating the extender, all you have to remove is the cover and the one cross bar (which comes off easily), the frame stays on. By the way, if you have an email address I can send you pictures of the cover and extender setup.

    For all of you who recommended a solution to my swirls and minor scratches issue thanks - I will definitely try them.
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    Hopefully you can find a 6-Speed to test drive. I had no problem finding several, but I do not live in a congested region and Frontier manual trannys are more plentiful. I wanted to test drive a Chevy Colorado Crew with the 5-Speed Manual, but couldn't find one anywhere. I finally settled for testing a Regular Cab, figuring I'd order my Crew. The Colorado's tranny was fine, but the Colorado has no "4th pedal" footrest and the I-4 engine power was modest at best. Chevy is dropping the Crew Cab manual tranny in '06. I can see why -- GM offered only the little I-4 engine with the Crew Cab manual. Not only could this combination not be found on dealer lots, but pairing the heaviest Colorado only with their puniest engine was crazy.
  • philg87philg87 Posts: 72
    I stay in the midwest looked in IN and IL thought i would get to test drive a stick today but they sold it to a Detroit dealership if i was buying it they would take it off the truck. All they have is auto but the dealer did say they would start having specials on the Frontier next month :)
  • ukbballfanukbballfan Posts: 13
    Any idea on what he meant by specials? I've been hoping for a rebate or something to motivate me to buy an 05 instead of waiting on the 06's. It's tough to pass up a $3500 rebate on a Dakota quad but I really like the Fronty. Is the Rockford Fosgate package worth the price? I'm mid forties so my rockin' days are behind me but I still crank up AC/DC occasionally. Anyone ever get the Sirius Radio option... if so how is it? One last ?... any problems with the Fronty sunroofs?
  • centralcalcentralcal Posts: 215
    The fosgate sound system is pretty nice, best part is the steering wheel controls (I would pay the extra just for this). I have XM radio and love it. I have LE with sunroof, I really like it, no problems. The roof rack does make enough noise with sunroof open that I don't drive over about 60 mph with the sunroof open, just a little noisy for my taste.
  • philg87philg87 Posts: 72
    rebates and low finance rates
  • is your nissan a 2001? if it is it may be on recall. mine was and consistantly had the light turning off and on. when i asked to have it reset they stated it would not turn on and was on again after the first tank off gas. the easy way of telling if it is on recall is to watch and see if gas squirts out of the tank when filling. it is a defect in a sensor. when the sensor is fixed it also seals the leak and creates the correct suction in the tank and turns off the light. they may try to tell you that the light is on because you need a new catalytic converter....dont believe it. my truck is fine now for almost half a year.
  • kipper1kipper1 Posts: 4
    I have a question for you. I talked to Nissan customer service yesterday regarding the SE CC 4x4 factory keyless entry listed on their website (SE pop. pack). They indicated that it is mistake and will be taken off (along with the fog lights). You are indicating that keyless entry has been added to the SE. Has anyone heard anything about this?
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    Nissan recently added keyless entry to the SE Power Package because I just saw several new SE CCs on the lot with keyless entry specificly noted on the factory window price sticker. Too, the Power Package price has just jumped like $200 to reflect the addition of keyless entry. I think the customer service person is misinformed. The last time I phoned Nissan to ask about something, the woman I spoke to was just plain angry that I'd called; I'm not sure where they get their people from.

    I've not heard anything about factory fog lights on the SE nor adding 8-way *manual* seats like NISMO gets. I think it's pretty rediculous that Nissan provides only basic seats in SE. I mean what can Nissan be saving here? $10 ?

    It's this kind of confusion, uncertainty and oddities that are keeping me out of an '05.

    Asa
  • kipper1kipper1 Posts: 4
    Thanks, I too am waiting for the '06 models.

    I saw the fog lights listed as stand. equip. on their website - after you 'build your frontier', view printable summary, look under Exterior Equipment. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for a SE CC w/keyless entry to make to my area - Springfield, IL.
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    Oh yes, now I recall seeing the Fog Light listing on the SE website build summary. It's wrong as you know.* I would think that a manufacturer would keep its website current and accurate, as its a wellspring of knowledge for dealers too. I remember that when the Chevy Colorado was introduced, GM's webpage had all sorts of errors on the Coly and Canyon. I think it took until the '05s until they finally squared things up. Hopefully Nissan will do the same on Fronty's website for the '06s.

    Asa

    * You can buy Nissan parts to add Fog Lights to the SE and the install process has been pretty well documented on other forums.
  • lumbarlumbar Posts: 421
    I think there's a pretty significant mistake on the Frontier site now about VDC being standard on most/many models-- without the traction package.

    I saw a couple of posts about this here awhile ago, but has anyone looked into it?
    I've been planning to call Nissan and see what's what, but I'm not sure I'll even get the straight dope from customer service.
  • centralcalcentralcal Posts: 215
    For anyone interested, just found out from AZTrucks that a power rear sliding window will be available for the Fronty by mid July. Email said special order, so it won't be on the website. Price was $515, a little expensive, but I think it will very nice, great with the sunroof.

    Also, I am at 12,500 miles, loving this truck. I see why they made the interior the way they did, my truck still looks brand new.
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    Word on the street is that Nissan just announced a $1,000 rebate on '05 Frontier this week. I don't have any details, nor can I verify that it's true, but several people have said so on another forum.
  • svslarrysvslarry Posts: 12
    My salesman just called me w/ the good news today. I have had a KC SE on order since April & it's due in any day. He told me Nissan just announced the $1000 rebate.
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