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#1047 of 2122 Why I bought Frontier...
Jun 13, 2005 (7:07 pm)
Back in 2001 when I was ready to purchase my first brand new truck, I wanted to consider Nissan, but they had switched to that UGLY front end (IMHO) and my wife was sold on Toyota name for quality and maintaining value. Guys at work and on the Internet said the 22R engine was the best and one guy at work has over 400,000 miles on his Toy w/ 22R. So we purchased a 2001 Tacoma with 2.7 A/T 4x4 Access Cab. I could not believe it had drum brakes in the rear when everyone else including F-150's had 4 wheel discs! One day I wanted to wash it. I started it to move it in the driveway and shut it off. Afterward, I tried starting it and it wouldn't start! I had it towed to the dealer 35 miles away only to be told it flooded! A fuel injected rig FLOODED! I was told that problem began showing up in 2001 engine. There was also another problem. When I started it, the engine would clack like it was a diesel! Another trip to the dealer shop only to be told it was perfectly normal for a little "piston slap" when the engine was cold. It also bounced all over the highway and was gutless as heck (my fault for buying a/t). So I just traded it in 2 weeks ago for a 2005 Nissan Frontier LE 4x4 a/t KC. All I have to say is OMG!!! Now THIS is a truck! This thing hauls butt in any gear, up hills no problem. They got it right with the 5 speed automatic. First tune-up is not until 105,000 (my Toy needed it every 30,000). The ride is smooth and quiet and POWERFUL. If there are a couple of boneheads plugging up the fast lane and don't have the sense to move over and I see a gap...ZIP...in nothing flat, I'm around them and GONE! 4 wheel discs w/ ABS, throaty sounding muffler tells you "WHO'sYOUR DADDY!!!" Seats are comfortable and the cabin is so quiet, my wife practically falls asleep everytime we go somewhere. Factory spray-in liner w/ utilitrack system is great! Uses regular gas and I am getting between 17 and 18 mpg average. Toyota screwed me once and maybe they got a little better in '05, but they won't get my business again! I'm sold on Nissan!
#1048 of 2122 going to buy nismo king cab 4x4 after 1st wanting the taco
Jun 14, 2005 (12:25 pm)
#1049 of 2122 going to buy nismo king cab 4x4 after 1st wanting the taco
Jun 14, 2005 (12:36 pm)
We looked at both the TRD taco accsess cab 4x4, and then the nismo, wow. The nismo is WAY better, however it's a good thing I was persuaded to get an automatic becuase I read in this thread that the nismo king 4x4 6 speed is IMPOSIBLE to locate without a special order. Screw that I do not want to wait for ever(6 to 8 weeks) to get my new fronty. Besides, I live in Los Angeles, so the auto tranny is a god send when you get into gridlock. The other bummer is that nissan did not put the compass and temp indicator mirror in the nismo model Lets see 4x4......compass.....seems like a good combo to me, oh well there is always the after market! Speaking of which, any one know what cool goodies are coming for our 05 frontys? post it up if you do.
#1050 of 2122 Re: going to buy nismo king cab 4x4 after 1st wanting the taco [viento1602]
Jun 14, 2005 (7:40 pm)
I just purchased an '05 LE KC and like you I wanted the compass/temperature gauge so
as part of the purchase I had the dealer install a Gentex unit. It is very nice, but I have
since learned that Gentex has one with compass/thermometer/homelink. I wish I had
known that as I would have had the homelink one installed. Just a thought.
#1051 of 2122 Re: going to buy nismo king cab 4x4 after 1st wanting the taco [viento1602]
Jun 15, 2005 (3:56 am)
I installed the Gentex mirror/compass/homelink/temp unit in my KC LE and it was a piece of cake. Same unit as installed at the factory, and it only cost me $235. I did a complete write-up, including pics and installation tips here:
#1052 of 2122 Paint/leather combo?
Jun 15, 2005 (9:54 am)
Am I reading the nissan sites correctly (I'm in Canada) that you can't get a Red or Blue (electric blue) Frontier with leather interior? Wonder why that would be? I really like the Electric Blue color but I also love leather seats.....
Was looking at Tacoma until I read about horrible paint chipping problems, so I've ruled it out now.
#1053 of 2122 compass temp homelink mirror tip.
Jun 15, 2005 (11:38 am)
THANK YOU jflash, you da man.! That is a well presented and easy to follow tip page, wow, great job. I will be ordering two, one for my new fronty, and one for another car as well. And I will use your guide to self install, fun! BTW I picked up my new 4x4 nismo last night, I am hyped. I can't wait to get it dirty, lol. What a great feel this truck has, the audio package is awesome too. Now I need to decide on a roll up or folding bed cover, who makes the best quality/function cover for fronty? Anyone got a idea?
#1054 of 2122 Re: compass temp homelink mirror tip. [viento1602]
Jun 15, 2005 (12:42 pm)
I installed Access Rollup cover on mine. See posts # 1035, 1036, and 1038.
#1055 of 2122 Re: '05 Frontier seat cover issues [jmsd1]
Jun 15, 2005 (12:53 pm)
No experience on these covers but I found this on the web:
Coverking Custom Seat Covers
#1056 of 2122 Re: bed cover [viento1602]
Jun 15, 2005 (2:51 pm)
I have a Truxedo on mine.