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  • Regading the cloth seat stains, might want to contact Stoner, Inc. in Quarryville, PA 800-227-5538. They were helpful to me when their original product I used did not remove the lipstick without a leaving a stain. Sent me a carpet/upholstery care ki…
  • You are correct that the Michelin Pilot LTX is a good option. Would advise anyone interested in replacing the pathetic Continentals to go to www.tirerack.com and put in the size, 275/60-18 or 285/60-18. (There are more tires under the latter size.) …
  • Thanks for your very useful information. Checked out the sizes you suggested and found one that might work by Goodyear. Will discuss with local dealer. Thought you might enjoy seeing Nissan Consumer Affairs reply to my question. They don't have a c…
  • Has anyone found any after market tires to fit the Armada's 18 inch wheels? I've searched the major tire sites and can't find any. The Continental ones are no good on snow. Thanks - 81 trekker
  • We have an 04 basic model that we put 36000 miles on in about 18 months, mostly traveling up and down the east coast. Since gas went up in Sept., it's spent most of the time in the garage and we drive the other vehicles. I was going to drive it s…
  • The Fleetwood E-2 is an off-road popup that is more heavy-duty than the typical popup. Has a large front deck for hauling stuff, up to an ATV. The gross weight of the trailer is 4600 lbs. The Frontier's limit is 6100 lbs. so I'm within 3/4 of that l…
  • I haven't found any replacements. I'm now thinking that I may need to add fender flares, but can't find any of those either. Saw some for the 05 Tacoma and thought that vendor might have some soon for the Frontier. Sent them e-mail and got no respon…
  • The BFG TA Long Trail tires are in the bottom third on www.tirerack.com. Nissan seems to have a history of picking lousy tires. They selected Continentals for the Armadas that rate even lower and picked a tire size that makes it virtually impossibl…
  • I've always advocated getting skid plates on all critical areas if you ever think you plan to go off road. (Based this on my 25 years of experience driving off-road with primarily 4Runners that come standard with skid plates.) Last year, we got an 0…
  • The Frontier won the "Tough Truck Test" link below so I sent Edmunds a message and ask why they still considered the Tacoma the Most Wanted in its class (small/mid-size pickups). http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/Comparos/articleId=107…
  • I've taken my NISMO though some pretty extensive tests in the GW National Forest and it certainly out performed my 98 4Runner on hill climbs with lose rocks and gravel. Of course, I could not test the Tacoma under these conditions. I did see a post…
  • I've posted a few times on the Nissan 2005+ forum re: my Frontier NISMO experiences. See those for my off-road experiences in detail. I've had 3-4Runners (including its predecessor, the Trekker). Have great respect for the Toys and their reliabili…
  • I've read about 2 pages of posts that seem to deal with issues like paint chips as opposed to really comparing the Tacoma and Frontier. Having had two 4Runners and their predecessor, the Trekker, I'm certainly a believe in the Toys. However, last …
  • Only extras we got were the Bose System and tow package. Got it for the invoice price. For that price, the sales manager insisted we take it from inventory. Finally found one with an acceptable color and the tow package. Would have liked some of the…
  • I too have the NISMO Off Road and am quite happy with both it's on and off-road performance. It has been many miles in VA's GW National Forest through everything the NF has to offer. I too have nicks in my paint on the doors and rear fenders from ro…
  • I have an 05 Nismo Crew Cab and am quite happy with it. Had to get automatic anyway so my wife could drive it. (Had to do the same with my 02 Mustang GT too.) I wanted the side airbags and was not happy that I had to get a sunroof to get the airbag…
  • I've been doing off-road driving for 25 years and have always insisted on having skidplates to protect the oil pan and other critical areas. Otherwise, it's simply too risky. I even had skid plates put on our 04 Armada which I seldom take off road. …
  • I have a 05 Nismo Crew Cab and have the paint chip problem on the doors and side panels. It's not as bad in the winter as the gravel roads are not as dry. The only way I could see solving it was to put fender flares on it. None made for the Frontier…
  • I asked Edmunds why if the Frontier was rated as the winner of the "tough truck test", was the Takoma still their Most Wanted in the small/mid-size pickup class? When they did the initial test, the overall rating for the Tacoma was 8.3 while the Fro…
  • I've read the same messageboard on TireRack and decided to exercise caution in the rain. However, I have not had any problems. The tires perform well off road in dry dirt and even in loose small rocks. No problems the few times I've been in the mud.…
  • Herb Gordon in Silver Spring MD. Their region goes from MD to NJ so there may be a better selection in that area. 81 Trekker
  • With the O5 Frontier, you had to get the sunroof package to get the side airbags. (I didn't care about the sunroof but didn't have a choice in it. Does provide more light in the cab and my wife likes it.) To get the traction package, I had to get t…
  • Took it for another long weekend in the GW National Forest. One trip included a road I only take once or twice a year as it's a long drive (30 miles off-road) and a rough one. The latter part is especially rough and involves some minor rock climbing…
  • I can't give you details on XM as I have Sirius, but they are quite similar. Go to their web page and look at the program listings. With Sirius, you have Oldies from the 50s and early 60s, 70s, and 80s as well as an Elvis channel. Country has four…
  • I have a Sirius Radio installed from the factory. Don't know the brand. With the Rockford-Fosgate, the music is fantastic. 81 Trekker
  • I looked at both and researched both. The Tacoma requires premium gas, so given today's prices, it didn't take me long to decide on the Frontier. Besides, it was rated highly by Edmunds, MSN, and Consumer Reports. Have about 2200 miles on mine now.…
  • Unlike most peopIe with 4x4s, I take mine off road. Today, I took my 05 Nismo 4x4 on a steep trail today and it did ok. Lots of lose rocks, some were 12" or more in size. At one point, it was spinning and I had to backup a few feet and try again wit…
  • I had a dealer locate one for me with the side impact air bags that my wife wanted me to have. (That's the reason I got the Nismo to replace a perfectly good 98-4 Runner with only 112,000 mile.) Took it to the GW National Forest this weekend and it…
  • I agree that Frontier's seem to be limited. Most I have seen are in Black, White with a few in Red or the bright Blue that I'm not crazy about. In the DC metro area, trying to find a NISMO with a crew cab and all the "bells and whistles" is difficu…
  • I'm in the DC metro area and they do not seem to be all that common. I've check ALL dealer inventories that are on the net. If I thought I saw anything that might be close, I called to check. I did find a couple, wrong color, or in one case, was b…
  • I've given up finding a NISMO 4x4 (auto) with side air bags, traction package, Rockford Fosgate, and hard tonneau cover,in a color I can handle. Local dealer has offered to order from NIssan with their August order and it should be here in mid to la…
  • Looks like the toughest thing for me to find will be the side impact airbags that my wife insists I get since our 04 Armada has them, I have found a couple calling dealers but looks like few Frontiers have them. I'm in the DC metro area. Is that tr…
  • On 90-95 4Runners, there were problems with the head gaskets busting. After many complaints, Toyota decided to fix them for "free" as part of an "extended" warranty. I had a 91-4Runner and was called by the dealer I bought it from around 97-98. The…
  • Purchased a couple weeks ago. Got dealer within $150 of the TMV price. The Trail has just arrived a day or so before I went to sign the papers and pick it up. I told the salesman I wasn't happy with the tires, Dunlop Grandtrek AT 20, a highway tire …
  • I decided to change tire size and went to P285/60R18s after verifying that the size would be ok with 3 Nissan dealers and a couple tire companies. (Nissan Corporate would not comment on my choice directly, sending me to the dealer.) I selected Bridg…
  • Have an '04 Armada with 21K miles (March 04 build). Only problem has been the brakes and they didn't need work until 17K. Tires are not great (see my recent posts) but lots of original tires are not great. We have driven it on 3 long trips along e…
  • I looked at the other competitors before buying the Armada and have no regards. Ours is a March 04 production that we purchased on May. Have 17K miles on it now as we have done a lot of traveling since I retired last summer. Finally did have to get …
  • We have about 16K miles on our "beast" which we purchased in May 04 (it was built in March). I've had the brakes checked each time it was serviced and so far, no problems. No excessive tire wear with regular rotations. No roof vibrations. We've take…
  • See my previous post #3229 about our recent trips in the Armada and off-road experience. No problems what so ever, other than lots of brake dust on the front wheels. Now has 11K so had them check the brakes again and they were ok. Heading out to WV …
  • We purchased ours on May 1st. It was built in March and is the basic SE. I did add the remaining skid plates and fog lights as I go off-road. In the past two months, we have been to New York's Adirondacks and New England. Logged about 2600 miles on…