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#1338 of 1446 07 LWB SE crew frontier at 2500mi
Apr 27, 2007 (6:12 pm)
Ok here I go:
Test drove the Frontier, Tacoma, Dakota,GMC Canyon and Ford Ranger. Considering price, mpg, size ,towing capability and ride it came down to a choice of Tacoma or Frontier.
As a lot of you have done before buying, I followed the forums on Tacoma and Frontier ever since the new design trucks came out. It seems that overall the Tacoma owners were not as happy as the Frontier owners, so chose the frontier.
I Bought a 07 Charcoal LWB 2WD Crew with the V6 and automatic. As soon as I saw this truck I loved it, it even looks better now since I added the splash guards all the way around.
I originally test drove the Nissan Frontier crew cabs with the 5' bed and V6, when they first came out and really liked the ride, power and the handling ,but when I test drove my new 07 with the longer 6' bed and longer wheel base I could tell that it was even better.
This truck rides smooth and has a quite cab , handles like a sports car on turns and during rain holds the curves like the pavement is dry.
I am also very happy with the gas milage, my truck averages
about 19 to 20 mpg city, hwy and does about 21 to 23 mpg on straight hwy. driving. I never use premium gas, I always put the cheapest gas I can find in it and have not heard one ping, even under heavy acceleration.
No leaks, no rattles, no pings no vibrations. The truck has more than enough power. It's not a hot rod, it has a heavier feel like a well made larger truck, but it can really move when you want to get on the free way, best acceleration seems to be from 3500 to 4500 rpms, when you get to that band of torque, you feel it push you back in the seat.
I have the automatic and I am also very happy on the way that it's geared, my rpms run low in town and on the hwy. In town engine runs around 1200 to 1400rpm going 40 to 50 and at 70 it is about 2k, so my mpgs are always good. In fact my mpgs in the 265hp frontier are about the same as my 2000 Ranger at 140hp V6 and it's cheaper to run because the only way I could keep the Ranger from pinging was to put super unleaded in it.
Down falls, there are only 2 things that I do not care about in the design of my truck. It is kind of hard to park because of it's long turning radius, plus the back seats are kind of crampy for full size adults. Althoug the back seats are kind of small for sitting to make up for it when I fold them down they give me a lot of extra cargo room in the cab, and I sure like that.
Overall all the great things about the truck far out weigh a few design problems that it has. I would buy it again in a heart beat.
Bottom line ,very happy with truck at 2500 miles. Oh yeah forgot to say, I love the track anchoring system in the bed. It's so cool.
#1339 of 1446 Re: 07 LWB SE crew frontier at 2500mi [stringbender]
Apr 28, 2007 (8:52 am)
My wife insisted on a crew cab when it came time to purchase a new truck, so we have an 07 Frontier Nismo 4x4 crew cab. The 5 foot box is sufficient for my painting supplies and the roof rack works well for my ladders. The disadvantage of the short bed is offset by the advantage of having a truck that is 14 inches shorter - a little easier to maneuver and park. We rarely use the back seating as such, so it is generally folded flat, and used for groceries etc.
The turning radius is equal to my last vehicle, a Toyota van, so consequently am used to that.
Thus far I have not a quibble against this vehicle. Everything is what I had wished for and more. I actually enjoy driving again, cause this truck is fun to drive.
I agree, the anchoring system works well, and is a must for us.
Drive safe, enjoy your truck.
#1340 of 1446 Re: 07 LWB SE crew frontier at 2500mi [driver56]
Apr 28, 2007 (12:14 pm)
My wife insisted on a crew cab when it came time to purchase a new truck, so we have an 07 Frontier Nismo 4x4 crew cab.
That's why when it came time to buy 'MY' truck I left the wife home.....
With what I sold my '95 Sonoma & some play money I had enough to not have her name on the bank loan.....
Long term it worked out better because we have since parted ways...
#1341 of 1446 Re: 07 LWB SE crew frontier at 2500mi [rocketman67]
Apr 28, 2007 (3:08 pm)
Actually, the 07 Nismo crew cab (being a short wheel base) was the only crew we could fit in our garage. And it's our only vehicle, so henceforth the want of a 4 door vehicle.
When my mate insisted on a crew cab, I wasn't at first wild about the idea, but am now happy with that choice.
Sorry to hear about the marital parting, but hey, you have your truck! All you need now is a good dog.
#1342 of 1446 Re: 07 LWB SE crew frontier at 2500mi [rocketman67]
Apr 29, 2007 (11:42 am)
Yeah like I said the back seats are crampy but my wife is happy because my mother in law still fits back there as she is under 5'. That's all I can say about that ..........just joking , she's cool.
May 17, 2007 (7:57 am)
I'm wondering if the Frontier is going to get an ext/int facelift like several other Nissans have gotten for 2008. The interiors of the new Titans, etc., are fantastic. Slight ext facelift is appreciated too.
The Tacoma got a tiny interior upgrade with 07 -- a bit bigger seats and a slightly different center console style, not much though.
If the Frontier got an interior like some of these upgraded Nissans....I don't think this comparison would be as close as it is right now.
#1344 of 1446 Question and thoughts request...
May 17, 2007 (8:23 am)
I like both Toyota and Nissan, but have owned 2 Toy. pickups in the past and have been happy with them. My question is about the Toy.'s composite bed - - what is it made of and how durable is it? I would think the Nissan's coated bed would be much more durable and give a little more weight in the back for snowy conditions.
What are anyone's thoughts concerning the talk I've heard, and you perhaps, of a deisel engine in either of these two trucks? Do you really think it will happen and what do you think the cost difference will be compared to a gasoline engine? Thanks to all!
#1345 of 1446 Re: Question and thoughts request... [kreuzer]
May 17, 2007 (9:22 am)
You are right on the money about the Nissan bed being more durable and with the added weight in the back for slippery conditions be it snow, mud or rain.
Pickup trucks are light enough in the rear without compounding the problem by using a composite bed.
#1346 of 1446 Re: Question and thoughts request... [kreuzer]
May 17, 2007 (11:23 am)
I also like both trucks, but I found that the Taco seemed a little light in the rear, not a great thing with an unloaded bed. The truck seemed to hop around more than the Frontier, the Fronty felt more sure-footed to me and that is one reason I went with the Nissan. I like the factory spray-on on my Frontier, so far, so good, appears to be very durable. I think the Taco's composite bed should be fine for most uses.
I'd be interested if Toy or Nissan puts a diesel into either for the N.A. market. I imagine the price increase would be fairly significant though. I really can't say if one could truly justify paying the extra premium to save a few bucks on fuel, or for the increased torque. Perhaps if you figure on keeping the truck for a long while?
#1347 of 1446 Re: facelifts [colin6969]
May 22, 2007 (3:09 pm)
I think they need to update the center arm rest it sucks ,its not long enough,like ford center arm rest,and the toys,come on NISSIAN get Done right!
I have an 2005 CC,V6 Limited.love it except the center arm rest,easy as pie to clean the inside,but it scatches real easy thoe.love the sunroof and wish they put a sliding rear window like ford did,I thinking about having one put in.