Hey guys, been lurking around here and answering questions for a few people every now and then. This is my second Frontier, previously I owned a 2003 Crew Cab SC, which is what this truck replaced.
A little background first. I live in central Montana, in the state's largest city. I've spent my life exploring the woods and mountains of the region, and getting off the beaten path is in my blood. There are a good amount of trails and out of the way places here in Montana, and this truck is meant to be my ultimate expo/overland exploring truck.
So, without further Adieu, this is Lola on the day I bought her:
Like I said, I live in central Montana. There aren't many Frontiers in this neck of the woods. I spent a couple months on AutoTrader looking for the perfect truck. When I found this one, I was pretty excited. The price was awesome, it had reasonable miles, and best of all it had the factory Nismo package that I had been looking for. Only problem was it was located in Yakima, WA. That's not exactly in my neighborhood, but I called the dealership and they said they would hold it for me until the next week. I got hold of my friend who had a weekend free, and two days later we were off on the 730 mile trip to central Washington.
He had to work that Friday, so we ended up taking off at 6:30 Friday evening. We drove his little Honda Fit, which I eventually found out had no cruise control, to Spokane that night. We woke up early the next morning and made the three hour drive to Yakima. I took one look at it and kind of fell in love. I was a little disappointed to find out that it only had 265/70R16s, but at least the tires were good. I popped the radiator cap and to my relief, there was no milkshake. A quick test drive to the local bank and back, and we sat down to do the paperwork. 45 minutes later, I was the proud new owner of a 2nd gen Frontier.
We ate lunch and left Yakima, bound for my parent's place just outside Missoula, MT. We stayed there that night and left the next morning, making it back to town around 5:30 on Sunday. Quite the trip, but I was very happy with the truck I got.
This was last June. I already had a general idea of where I wanted my mods to go, so all that was left was to let my wallet recover for a little bit. But not too long. See, I had already dialed in some trip dates that I needed the truck for. This May, my fiancee and I are going to be attending Overland Expo in Flagstaff, then heading up to Moab to participate in GONE.