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#347 of 2122 Re: NISMO king cab [jjpeter]
Jan 10, 2005 (6:33 pm)
The ride is excellent. Very smooth but still enough stiffness and road feel to know you are in a truck. Also great highway handling (onramp acceleration and at highway speeds.
Also, part of the smoothness has to do with the manual transmission. I had a 91 Nissan and a 2002 Dakota previously. On those, the manual could get a little "jerky" if you were in stop and go traffic. The 05 Frontier has a much smoother transmission, so stop and go is really smooth. It may not make a difference, but the 05 uses the same transmission (manual at least) as the 350Z. So in answer to your question, there is no choppinesess or bucking. In fact, it is the smoothest manual/clutch I have ever driven.
Regarding the RPMs in 6th gear. I haven't been in 6th much. 70mph seems to be at the threshold for shifting between 5th and 6th. At 70mph in 6th, the RPMs are just about 2250. In fifth gear at the same speed, its just about 2500-2750. I am accustomed to my Dakota being at 3000 RPMs at 70mph, so I have to figure out what works best with the Nissan and 6 gears.
Badness - I forgot to deduct the test drive miles from my calculations for the mpg. When I factored that in, I am at 18.7 mpg for the first fill up.
Color is Storm Gray. The brochure and online color charts do not do any of the colors justice. Really need to see them in person. The Storm Gray is a greenish charcoal color. Also saw the canteen (lighter in person) and the Aztec Red (clown nose red). My interior is Charcoal.
I had to bring the check into the dealer this afternoon and took another look at the NISMO king cab. They are asking MSRP and no plans to budge on it. They also included bed extender, divider, and tool box and expect a 100% mark up. It has been in the showroom for 4 weeks and no buyer yet at that price.
I looked again at the rear seats. They are higher than 4" . . . probably 8 inches. They rest on a web covered storage bin (similar to that under he CC rear seats). Still impossible for adults to get in and out. Given the room, I doubt the size of the kids fitting back there comfortably would legally be allowed to sit there without booster seats (which seems impossible). Still it is great cargo area and the hinged suicide doors make accessing the area nice.
Good luck with your purchase - Jason
#348 of 2122 re: badness - read the posts [jjpeter]
Jan 10, 2005 (7:05 pm)
thats way too much 3G's mark up,dude your the man,thanks again,.good luck with the Baby!!!
#349 of 2122 Deals in SO FLORIDA
Jan 11, 2005 (2:25 am)
There are a couple of dealers in Florida selling at $400.00 over invoice NO DEALER FEE'S. One in west palm beach and one in pompano. I bought 2WD. crew cab on sunday and already have 400 miles on the truck. LOVE THIS TRUCK
#350 of 2122 Re: NISMO king cab [jasong2]
Jan 11, 2005 (5:02 am)
Thanks for the detailed reviews. Love the look of this truck vs. the Taco, but still not completely sold on either...
Was wondering if you or anyone could tell if two kids under 6 y.o. in car seats (one booster, one forward facing full seat) would fit in the back of the k-cab. I have not been able to get to a dealer to check this out myself, plus I am not ready to buy yet and don't want to be tempted...
Was impressed to read in the 05 brochure that Nissan tested a bunch of kid car seats and have the results posted at their website - however it is titled 2003-2004 Frontier so not sure if the data pertains to 05...
Also, nowhere in the brochure does it say that the rear axle is a Dana 44 when I thought the specs that came out before the truck indicated this..? Any owner know for sure by reading the specs in the manual or crawling under and checking? IMO this is a huge selling point for offroaders that Nissan should exploit given all the aftermarket upgrades available for D44s.
#352 of 2122 I'll wait for the long bed double cab
Jan 12, 2005 (9:34 am)
I'm sure Nissan will bring out the Frontier long
bed double cab? I own a 2001 Dodge Quad and the size was the reason for my purchase over the Nissan and Toyota, now they are simular in size.
Jan 12, 2005 (10:32 am)
I have had trouble finding an LE in the color and with the options I want, but can locate a Nismo that fits. I don't do any offroading so seems like I should just keep looking for the LE, but if anyone has thoughts about this let me know.
Also, dealers in my area are now offering 1500 - 1750 off MSRP.
#354 of 2122 Re: Nismo v. LE [taylor35]
Jan 12, 2005 (11:04 am)
Most reviews suggest that the Nismo package affects the quality of the ride (much rougher). I would think unless you plan on a lot of stuff offroad, I would wait for the LE. Try contacting different dealers. Some dealers just want to sell what they have or what thier "network" has. I would try using a different dealer if possible and see what they can find.
#355 of 2122 Search dealer inventory
Jan 12, 2005 (11:35 am)
At this site; you can search dealer inventory based on your zip code. It allows you to set the radius from your zip, 25, 50, 100 miles out. At 100 miles from your location, you should have plenty of dealers to select from. This is assuming the inventory is accurate, I'd call to confirm.
http://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/Configurator/0,,75450%7C75458,0- - 0.html#top
#356 of 2122 Re: Nismo v. LE [centralcal]
Jan 12, 2005 (11:35 am)
Thanks - that was my gut reaction too, but it is good to confirm it. I have test driven several LE's and I like the ride, so I better just stick to that.