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#780 of 799 Frontier actual fuel economy
Dec 30, 2003 (3:23 pm)
I know somebody who owned both a regular cab and king cab Frontier 4X2 with a 4 cyl engine and a manual transmission. He was fairly impressed with the fuel economy - claimed to get mid twenties to high twenties MPG in normal driving (no towing or hauling anything).
I also know someone who had a king cab 4 cyl Frontier with an auto transmission. His mileage was in very low twenties.
You will always get much better fuel economy with a 4 cylinder 5 speed combination and a 4X2 configuration. The 2.4 liter 4 cylinder was used in the 4X4 version of the king cab in 1996-99 (before the V6 was introduced again). The mileage was disappointingly low in those trucks due to low gearing and excessive weight.
I have a 95 SE V6 king cab 4X4. My mileage is consistent 17 MPG combined with A/C on most of the time. The truck is heavy for its size and geared really low to make up for low engine power (153 HP. 180 ft-lbs of torque). When I tow a 5000 lb boat/trailer, the mileage drops drastically - something like 12 MPG at 45 MPH.
According to the Edmunds test report, the superchaged 4X4 version of the crew cab Frontier delivered dismal mileage - 12 MPG in combined driving. This truck also requires premium fuel. Ouch! This kind of fuel economy is appropriate for a full size Dodge truck with the 5.7 liter Hemi engine.
As for V6 Frontier models in general, none of them are known for great fuel economy, especially the crew cab models.
#781 of 799 Thanks for the Input p100
Dec 30, 2003 (11:39 pm)
I made a deal on a new '03 4X2 King Cab, 4 Cyl, Manual shift today. I'll probably pick it up after New Year. I'll break it in for awhile and then start recording the fuel economy and post it here.
Jan 04, 2004 (1:16 pm)
I can't get those links to work...
I tried removing the space, that doesn't work. I tried going to nissannews.com and searching. Can only find 2004 stuff.
Jan 07, 2004 (5:30 am)
I like the looks of the new Frontier. Trucks should be funtional and look functional like a tool. New Frontier is Bulldog ugly which is a good thing. The new Frontier and the Tital also have more of a earlier Nissan look like the hardbody trucks and having a shared look for both the full size and compact is smart.
Ustimpy- take a look at the 2005 Frontier topic. It has working links.
#785 of 799 new 03 frontier
Jan 07, 2004 (4:03 pm)
i just bought and picked up an 03 frontier kc sve 4x4 5 spd in black at the dealer. it was a leftover hail damage vehicle from the factory in tenn. the sticker was 22,000 and i paid 16,700 plus 100 doc fee, 25 tags, and 1002 for sales tax. so far (only about 20 miles) i am happy with the purchase and deal. its not a "deal of the century" or anything but i think it's fair. just noticed last night they are offering 3000 off on 03 frontiers so used that as a negotiating tool (nissan does not offer incentives on hail vehicles). it's a nice truck and looks cool. have already made an appt with dent doc to see if they can do anything more for the dings.
Jan 07, 2004 (4:05 pm)
just saw the pics of the new frontier and i think it looks great, looks like a mini-titan. i agree it's good they have made a close resemblance between the two. also, it says 3.5 on the liftgate, so i would assume they mean the legendary 3.5 twin cam motor. that should really rock in the smaller frontier (and a big improvement over the old 3.3, s/c or not)....
#788 of 799 new 03 Frontier - response to #785
Jan 09, 2004 (5:45 pm)
Our local dealership has a new (undamaged by hail) 03 king cab SVE 4X4 5 speed. The sticker is around $ 22K. I could buy the truck for less than 18K with all the incentives. I am tempted because I like manual transmissions and Nissan does not offer manual in the SVE crew cab model. So SVE king cab is it for the supercharged manual combo. I am concerned about the supercharger reliability issues and strange noises (like marbles rolling inside a coffee can) described by some owners. There is supposedly a service bulletin on this. Also, how is the gas mileage on your truck? I would like to know because Edmunds.com tested a crew cab SVE and reported horrible fuel economy (12 MPG combined with premium fuel required). My 95 SE V6 4x4 5 speed king cab pickup still looks and runs very well, gets 17 MPG combined on regular gas, and I would sure hate to get a lemon supercharged truck that is a gas guzzler on top of everything else. Keep us posted about your experience with the truck.
Jan 09, 2004 (6:53 pm)
i'm not sure if the current incentive is 2500 or 3000 on the 03 frontiers. but am surprised to hear of an 03 sve 5spd in dealer stock. what city is it in? i bought this one in ky, so it was surely the only one within several hundred miles. i think the sve is a stellar buy: less money than a similarly equipped xe v6 4x4 and has better wheels plus the s/c. as to the s/c reliability, i have no idea, just that this one runs fine so far. it has strong torque off the line and makes nice mechanical noises, but its no ford lightning accel wise. so far it looks like my first couple hundred miles pottering around town are about 15 mpg so i would not be concerned with the 12 reported by edmunds, i think the epa est is pretty close (roughly a couple miles less than a n/a 3.3).
the new 05 frontier sure looks nice, and there's a photo of a manual (i was afraid they would not offer, as the case with the new titan). i have only owned my sve for a couple days, but so far am happy, particularly with the shift quality from the tall lever, smooth/positive clutch, and decent, solid truck-feeling ride, plus the cool looks. i would say go for it, buy an extd powertrain warranty if you are concerned about the s/c. i really don't think you could get more truck for less than 18 grand. my frontier is a replacement for my 92 pathfinder 4x4 (similar to your pickup)...