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Nissan Frontier 2005+



  • albivalbiv Posts: 35
    I had a 2004 Titan with the same problem. I discovered the solution in another Titan forum. Buy a set of leaf spring helpers (~$20) at an auto parts store and install them. Fixed my problem.
  • drumbobdrumbob Posts: 4
    Yep you got the leaf warp. My Nismo does the same thing. Put a set of helper springs in FRONT of the rearend and your problem will go away.
  • It goes to the lower end. From everything I have read, it is normal.
    You could ask a trusted mechanic, if you want an "expert" opinion.
    I don't worry about it at all, honestly.
  • joboo1joboo1 Posts: 75

    Thanks again for the info.
  • shufflesshuffles Posts: 50
    Speaking of oil, I am just doing the first oil change on my 4cyl 2006 XE. The Fram filter I bought seems to be about a half inch too long. Since there is a piece of the suspension in the way, I can't center it to screw it on. I guess I will have to hike down to the dealer for a filter.
    Has anyone else encountered this problem. The filter I have is a Fram "Tough Guard" TG7317. Has anyone out there found a filter besides Nissan that fits?
  • 2005lekc2005lekc Posts: 145
    The fluctuation is normal and it does drop way off at idle. This is the way all cars that had an oil gauge worked way back when. It just went away until recently.

    The '05 is actually measuring the oil pressure
    and thus as the engine picks up speed the pump
    goes faster and your oil pressure increases. There were so many complaints about this that I guess Nissan decided to go back to the gauge that only tells you if your system totally fails. By that time you have already toasted your engine.

    I for one am glad I have the '05 system that gives me a little warning if the pump is getting bad.

  • pato1pato1 Posts: 5
    drumbob. PROBLEM SOLVED. I took my '05 Nismo back to the dealer and they replaced the drive shaft. The driveshaft comes in two pieces, rather than do "trial by error," they took the complete driveshaft out of a '06 and installed it in my truck. I've been driving the truck for two weeks now and no thud, bump...nothing. It goes without saying that they must have gotten a bad batch of driveshaft from their supplier. If I were you, I'd let the dealer investigate the driveshaft on your truck. I've made an official complaint to Nissan of North America, therefore, a record of the symptom and the "fix" is in their data base. Please read my original post and call them at the number I provided in the post. Why spend money out of your own pocket to fix something that the dealer should pay for? Hope this helps anyone with this problem.

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,920
    Perhaps way off the mark here, but I have had vehicles with a "thud" issue (typically during heavy acceleration accompanied by a turn) and it turned out to be the rubber bushing that surrounds the main bearing on the driveshaft (the support bearing where the two pieces meet). Not sure why a helper spring would quiet that down though, so maybe two separate issues here manifesting themselves similarly.
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  • pato1pato1 Posts: 5
    xwesx. You're right about two similar problems manifesting themselves. When I took my Nismo to the dealer, the shop supervisor drove the truck and he said that the thud sounds like "Axle wrap-around." It's a technical term they use in the repair business. Nevertheless, it simply means the axle is still turning after the vehicle has come to a stop, hence the term wrap-around. A set of helper springs would solve such a problem. Evidently my problem was a bad rubber bushing.

  • larry10larry10 Posts: 88
    I just bought a '06 Frontier 4x2 KC XE MSRP on window sticker was $21,075.00 that includes BASE PRICE $16,950.00 $1,500 for XE PREFERRED PACKAGE, $90.00 for FLOOR MATS, $430.00 for BED RAIL CAPS/REMOVABLE BEDLINER, $950.00 for POWER PACKAGE, $550.00 for SIDE & CURTAIN AIRBAG PACKAGE and ofourse $605.00 DESTINATION CHARGE.Using the TMV system it showed others in my area are paying $18,326.00(after $1500.00 rebate) I paid $18,200.00 (my counter to their $18,600.00 offer) don't feel too bad but could I have done much better? Any thoughts? Thanks
    P.S. What does KC refer to?
  • ecotrklvrecotrklvr Posts: 519
    Man, am I jealous! I've been looking for over a year here in Orange County, and have yet to see an XE KC (that's the King Cab, Larry) with Side & Curtain Airbag Package. I'm still waiting, because you bought my truck!

    Seriously, I think you got a great deal. Mostly, because you got all the goddies, and the safety stuff too.

    Can you tell me where they sell these?
  • leeyleey Posts: 4
    Try WalMart brand (PT7317). I have no problem with that.
  • leeyleey Posts: 4
    I had this wondering before, but do not have to worry about it. Check your Owner's manual on page 2-8. It says "the gauge indicates the engine lubrication system oil pressure while the engine is running. When the engine speed is high, the engine oil pressure is also high. When it is low, the gauge indiates the low oil pressure."
  • larry10larry10 Posts: 88
    Dirito Brothers Concord Nissan , I failed to point out in my post it only has the 4 cylinder engine..I am sure you are looking for the V6....I wish you luck finding your truck.
  • larry10larry10 Posts: 88
    I'm sorry you guys probably know XE's only come with 4 cylinders.
  • ecotrklvrecotrklvr Posts: 519
    Yup, the 4-cyl is what I'm after - it's power is fine for me. I drive a 4-cyl Highlander right now. I can cruise at 80 MPH with no problem, and pass on the freeway up to 90-95. I have to flog it mercilessly to get LESS than 20 MPG combined.

    I think there are many people that have no idea how much low-end torque that modern 4-cylider engines produce. Until you drive a newer 4-cylinder Camry or Altima, you'd never believe it. The fuel injection is part of it, but the Variable Valve Timing is really a marvel. They pull hard, right off-idle, and keep pulling to 5500 RPM.

    The V-6's of today can make a vehicle do old-style V-8 acceleration times, and the I-4's can make a vehicle do old-style V-6 acceleration times. Modern V-8's, like Chrysler's Hemi, and GM's Corvette motors, pull incredibly strong.

    After test-driving the new Tacoma and new Frontier with the latest in 4-cylinder technology, I look at gas priced at $3.25/gal for regular and wonder why I'd need a V-6.

    How are you liking your new XE, Larry?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,920
    I agree that if you use the truck for "normal" use, the 4cyl will suit you well and give you good economy. The big difference comes in when you start pushing limits, like on-board cargo or pulling heavy trailers. The 4 cylinder will just not have the torque to accomplish the task.
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  • ecotrklvrecotrklvr Posts: 519
    Yup, absolutely. If I had a pair of jet skis to tow, I'd have to get the V-6.

    But I don't own jet skis or anything that I regularly need to haul or tow. Just a couple of bikes. Mostly, I just like having a stick-shift, rear-wheel drive, practical, reliable economical vehicle. They are pretty much gone from the scene, except for "compact" pickups. So, with a truck, I get a bonus of being able to drive local fire roads as well.
  • larry10larry10 Posts: 88
    The problem is I am 6'4' if it wasn't for that I'd feel pretty good about the truck...I am feeling a bit of remorse, I only have 130 miles on it so far, perhaps when I see the MPG it gets I will feel shorter!
  • I am currently in the process of getting ready to purchase a new Frontier..the only thing i'm having trouble deciding on is which model to get..I like the Nismo features (tires, chrome accents..) but i really dont do to much off-roading, which is why im going for the 4X2. However the LE is also very nice. So my question is do you think it would be better for me to get the LE instead of the Nismo because I rarely go off-roading and many of the upgrades wont be used and if it's even worth getting the Nismo if it's not 4X4?
  • 2005lekc2005lekc Posts: 145
    I originally was going to get a Nismo 4X2, but because they could not find the color I wanted I got an LE KC instead. The LE gets better fuel mileage than the Nismo which is a big plus right now with the price of gasoline.

    My truck is eqipped with a Flo-Pro true dual exhaust, Volant CAI, and a Fold-A-Cover bed cover. It is an automatic and I drive it like the little old man that I am.

    On the current tank I am averaging 18.2 so far and that is all town driving. The add ons that I listed in the above paragraph did not seem to help my fuel mileage at all as I was doing about the same before I added them.

    If I was not going to do any off-road driving I would get the LE as it is nicely equipped and it gets better fuel mileage.

    It is mostly a matter of personal taste so you should get the truck that you are happy with and not listen to others as it is you that should be happy with your truck.

    Good luck,

  • Hey Okie,
    I have been looking and looking for a good dual exhaust system for my 05 frontier CC SE, and havent seen much. How is the Flo-Pro dual exhaust, sound wise and performance wise? Where did you purchase it? One more question, is the Volant CAI worth buying? Thanks Much!

  • shufflesshuffles Posts: 50
    leey, when I need another filter I will look at WalMart. I got one at the dealer and decided to buy three.
    I am getting 22+ mpg with my 2006 XE, mixed driving. The mpg keeps getting better and better. I do drive easy, the 4cyl automatic seems to encourage it, and it feels good driving slow. I really love this truck.
    As for side air bags on the XE, when I bought there was one on an XE in the whole state of Florida - and nowhere near.
  • larry10larry10 Posts: 88
    Do ALL 2006 Frontiers come with front and rear ventilated disc brakes ?
  • 2005lekc2005lekc Posts: 145

    My Flo-Pro has a nice almost V-8 burble at lower rpms. It gets a little loud on anything over 1900/2000 rpm and loses the burble. I am
    not that fond of the sound at WOT, but I don't drive in that range much.

    On my LE KC automtic 1900/2000 is 74/75 mph and
    I rarely ever go above that speed so I have a nice burble most of the time and no cabin noise.

    I did not notice any increase in power, but I am not very good at telling small improvements.
    I guess my old butt has gone numb over the years.

    I purchased the Flo-Pro from Kinney's Muffler Shop in Bedford, TX. If you are anywhere near the Dallas/Ft. Worth area I would highly recommend them.

    The Volant is kind of the same story. I cannot feel the difference nor hear the difference. I have a friend who has a Titan and he is thinking about trading it in on a Frontier so I let him drive my truck last week.

    He said I must be deaf in that range because he could hear the Volant easily. I guess too
    many police and fire memorials with 21 gun salutes and too many bagpipes.

    I had a CAI on my Miata and I could hear it over the exhaust which was louder than my Frontier exhaust. I could also hear the intake sucking air on the Miata.

    That has only been a little over a year ago so
    I can't imagine I would have lost that much hearing that quickly.

    My friend with the Titan was very impressed with the power of the Frontier and how tight it was after driving on the OKC streets for 18 months.

    He has a bunch of motorcycles and hauls 3 quite frequently with the Titan. He said that he felt sure that the Frontier would haul all three as well. His Titan gets 15 mpg at 75 mph with 3 cycles in tow. I am not sure the Frontier would do that good with that much load.

    My truck runs very well at WOT as I found out when my friend put it through the paces on his
    test drive. I am sure that I have gained some power from the responses and dyno runs on the forums.

    I am not sure if I would buy a CAI again if I had it to do over, but since I have it I will keep it. The only other CAI I would consider would be the Injen and I think I still prefer the Volant.

    I am sorry I could not really help you on this,
    but I just can't feel small improvements like most on here do. What the heck both mods look good and the exhaust sounds great to me.

  • Hey thanks alot OkieScot, you did help me out quite a bit actually. Now I know that I am not missing much without the exhaust or CAI, so basically, you just saved me some money. I was looking for real, noticeable performance changes, and/or gas mileage changes, so now that you've told me what to expect from these products, I know I won't be getting much of either for my buck. So thanks again!

  • asaasa Posts: 359
    I like to stick with OEM filters with our vehicles; spending $2 more on a Nissan brand filter protecting a $21K truck seems like money well spent to me. I like seeing the filter shrink wrapped, knowing that the media has been protected against humidity and dust. I'm not knocking Fram however; I think they generally make good quality filters.

    As an aside, I often partially pre-fill the new filter with oil before screwing it on. Nissan and Subaru filters absorb a LOT of oil in the media before filling up -- it's pretty amazing what dense media can do. But, on my bazillion-mile Mitsu, I use cheapie Advance Auto filters and they fill with oil in nothing flat because the media is thin and less absorbent.

    Did my first oil change in my '06 SE Crew today and it wasn't bad at all. The oil filter access panel is too small and the edges are sharp, but I expected that.
  • does anyone know if the frontier front chrome bumper 05-06 will fit an 05 pathfinder.
  • 2005lekc2005lekc Posts: 145
    I don't know, but you can check with your local parts department and they can check the part numbers for you. They look about the same to me and the parts man can verify that for you.

  • As I was reading about your noise coming from the driveline my suspicion as to what was causing your problem was confirmed by the guy who suggest a leaf spring helper in the front of the leaf spring. Both you and the guys have automatics and what you are feeling is when the vehicle downshifts. My friends GMC Sierra does the same thing. So this sounds like it's a common engineering issue.
    I fail to figure out why the folks at the Nissan dealership could not figure this one out.
    I'm wondering if the guys with the 4 bangers have the same problem? If they are not then I have another theory as to why they are not experiencing this problem.
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