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When did Nissan switch from Belts to Chains?

So I think there has been some miscommunication between the guy who sold me my truck ('99 Frontier KC 4x4 with 127k), his dealer, me, and my mechanic. According to the original dealer and the guy who sold me the truck, it has a timing chain that "never" needs to be replaced. According to a lot of the forum posts, some of the 1st gens have timing belts and some have chains. According to my mechanic, my truck has a timing belt that has never been replaced that I should probably get done for $750.

My question is, when did Nissan switch the Frontiers to timing chains? I think the new ones have chains, but did all the first gens have belts? Or just certain years? I don't want my mechanic pulling apart the motor to find out that nothing needs to be done.
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whoever told you that chains dont ever need to be replaced should be shot in the arse with rocksalt. just look at any number of 2nd gen trucks, mine included after only 32000 miles. i know thats a different situation but still. anyway, if it is indeed a belt i would go ahead and have it swapped out. but 750 bucks sounds like alot of cash. are you not mechanically inclined? it should be a fairly easy job. more time consuming than anything. if its a chain, wouldnt hurt to get it looked at i suppose.
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I would consider doing this myself as long as I knew for certain whether or not there was a belt or a chain in my truck.

Also I have never timed an engine before, and am not certain I want to risk my engine on trying this one out.
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well if you feel confident enough, download a factory nissan service and repair manual. very helpful. i hear ya on the not wanting to blow your motor up. its actually pretty easy if you follow the insructions
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if your truck is a first gen with a v6 then you have a belt and you should definitely get it changed soon if youre a 4cyl. i believe you have a chain, but dont hold me to it

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six cylinder is a belt, four cylinder is a chain

the chain will likely outlast the service life of the vehicle. belt needs changed asap

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Yeah it's the XE-V6 model Frontier with the 3.3L. And I was looking at this thread

Timing belt 3.3 V6

and it looks like to do the timing all that has to be done is to line up all of the gears to their appropriate marks. Doing the labor myself would save me around $500 I'm pretty sure, so it is very tempting.
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Yeah it's the XE-V6 model Frontier with the 3.3L. And I was looking at this thread

Timing belt 3.3 V6

and it looks like to do the timing all that has to be done is to line up all of the gears to their appropriate marks. Doing the labor myself would save me around $500 I'm pretty sure, so it is very tempting.
i'm not sure what a six cylinder looks like as far as access to the work area. but beyond that it really is quite simple for a backyard mechanic

it's a good opportunity to replace the water pump & belts too

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^yep yep if you dont feel comfortable find a friend that is more mechanicly inclined to help you out.
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Whether you do it yourself or have someone do it, I wouldn't put it off, it needs done ASAP.
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