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May 29, 2006 (8:25 pm)
Thank you for the compliment and I wish you good luck with your truck as well. Like I said I looked at the Tacoma, but they did not want to offer much for my 2000 Nissan. You almost always can deal better with a dealer who
sells the same brand you are trading in.
I have added a few things that probably improve my mileage, but I think the single biggest factor is the style of driving I do.
Since I am retired I almost never drive during the rush hour.
I also stay out in the suburbs a lot more than I used to. I can get to 2 Interstate roads in
6 traffic lights and most of them are timed to
stay green longer on the streets I travel than the cross streets.
As I have said there is not enough difference in the mileage of the Tacoma/Frontier that it would keep me from buying either one.
#523 of 751 Re: Topic degenerating into pointlessness [lostwrench]
May 30, 2006 (7:43 am)
Thank you! It's true. It's physics. Without a tonneau cover, the air will slam into the tailgate acutally making a drag against the vehicle. With the cover, the air flows over the vehicle and you save a minute amount of fuel, but you do save.
The same goes for closing the windows at highway speeds. With the windows shut, the air flows over the vehicle instead of coming into the car, and hitting the inside and creating a small drag.
#524 of 751 Re: Topic degenerating into pointlessness [billingsley]
May 31, 2006 (3:12 pm)
Myth Busters on the Discovery Channel (I think the network is correct) proved that a closed tailgate will get better mileage than an open one. May also be the same for a cover. Would like to see them test covers.
May 31, 2006 (7:18 pm)
Someone posted an article on this quite some time back. The worst was tailgate down or removed, then a flat bed cover and the best was a bed cap that was about roof high at the front and then tapered down as it went back to the rear..
I can't even remember which forum it was on, but I am, thinking it was Club Frontier.
#526 of 751 Fuel update 06 SE 4X4 KC auto/toneau cover.
Jun 08, 2006 (4:05 am)
Aberdeen MD to New Bern NC down & back averaged between 21-23 mpg. One reading said 23.7. I clocked between 70-79 m/h.
going Interstate 95. Around Balto/Wash. slow & congested.
The 4 liter ran great plenty of power,ride was was confortable,almost too relaxing with cruise on. I wonder how much difference cover made on mpg? I could always rollup cover next trip to see how much it is, 440 miles one way. Rode on beach surf fishing the air downed BFG's did very well spreading the weight.Next trip is July to NC,
will inform about truck performance.
Critter in the Surf Fish'in
PS caught mess of Bluefish in surf and 3 keeper Flounder!
#527 of 751 Re: Computer mpg feature [2005lekc]
Jun 10, 2006 (9:08 am)
That is one nice looking truck! I took out a 4x2 Crew Cab last time and was again impressed. I am quite taken by what Nissan has done with their Frontier line.
#528 of 751 Well I'm a member of the Frontier club now
Jun 11, 2006 (12:28 pm)
I too have been looking for a smaller truck. I've had an F150 for the last 7 years had 150,000 miles on it, but the gas to run it has been getting expensive! I drove the Tacoma, and the frontier, and the Frontier definitly was a much better ride, quieter, and smoother. Just a more sophisticated vehicle IMHO.
I do not like buying new cars, and finally found a used Frontier. Its an '05 LE, 4X4, CC, granite colored, with rockford fosgate stereo, sunroof, and leather. Had 17K miles on it. I paid 23,800 for the truck, but what sealed the deal was the 6K they were willing to give me for a 7 year old 4X2 F150 with 150k on it! I was more than willing to let someone else put the 17K miles on the frontier for the 4-5K in depreciation, so thanks to whomever ordered this new, its a great truck!
#529 of 751 Re: Computer mpg feature [driver56]
Jun 11, 2006 (2:27 pm)
Thank you for the kind words. I am really enjoying the truck so far (15 months).
#530 of 751 Re: Well I'm a member of the Frontier club now [bownhead]
Jun 26, 2006 (6:14 am)
Bow! Yep good deal, riding 06 Fronty 4x4 SE KC auto,best riding truck I ever had,and thats many. Post when you 4 wheel some!
Jul 11, 2006 (1:11 pm)
Nobody have any more to say about the new Explorer Sport Trac? Any changes in the pipeline for any of these trucks next year?