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Potential New Frontier buyer with questions

I am looking for a mid size pick up to flat tow behind a motorhome. I want a pickup so I can, when desired, haul a golf car in the bed of the truck.

The Frontier is the only decent mid size pu that can be flat towed (4 wheels on the ground) as long as it has a manual tranny. I would need a long bed and would prefer the crew cab but can live with the extended cab. 4 wheel drive is desirable but not absolutely necessary. Based on my research, the V6 is nice but gets no better mixed mileage than the V8 Ford Explorer I will be trading. So, I would settle for the inline 4 cylinder.

My question:

1. How is the truck with the 4 cylinder? I can't find any reviews on the 4 banger...all are on the V6. Is the 4 cylinder a dog?
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I have the 4 cylinder, but i wish i got the 6. If you don't plan of hauling/towing anything you will be fine with the 4. If your coming from a V8 you are probably going to be very disappointed with the power that 4 cylinder has. For gas milage i get about 19-20 mixed driving.

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If you prefer a CC LB 4X4, that's the truck you should probabley get. Just about everyone I know who settles for something regrets it later...

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Manual transmissions aren't available on the 2011 or 2012 Crew Cab Long Wheelbase anymore, but I would look for a good used 2007-2010 CC LWB.

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Ive owned both 4cyl and 6. Coming from a V8 you will hate the 4 banger.

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I get 18-20MPG with mixed driving, in my V6.

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I get 22mpg on my 4x4 CC with the V6. That's the way I'd go.
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Are you positive that you can flat tow with a MT? I know I am not able to flat tow my AT 4x4 behind my motorhome.

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You cannot flat tow a 4x4 without removing the propeller shafts. The transfer case has an oil pump in it the needs to be driven.

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Originally Posted by jhughes3281 View Post
Are you positive that you can flat tow with a MT? I know I am not able to flat tow my AT 4x4 behind my motorhome.
Yep. I had to do it for 20 miles when I knocked my oil pan lose in the middle of nowhere with no way to fix it.

Towing your vehicle with all four wheels on the ground is sometimes called flat towing. This method is sometimes used when towing a vehicle behind a recreational vehicle, such as a motor home.

c Failure to follow these guidelines can result in severe transmission damage.
c Whenever flat towing your vehicle, always tow forward, never backward.
c DO NOT tow any automatic transmission vehicle with all four wheels on the ground (flat towing). Doing so WILL DAMAGE internal transmission parts due to lack of transmission lubrication.
c For emergency towing procedures refer to “Towing recommended by NISSAN” in the “In case of emergency” section of this manual.

Automatic Transmission (if so equipped)
To tow a vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission, an appropriate vehicle dolly MUST be placed under the towed vehicle’s drive wheels. Always follow the dolly manufacturer’s recommendations when using their product.

Manual Transmission (if so equipped)
c Always tow with the manual transmission in Neutral.
c On four-wheel drive vehicles, place the transfer case in the 2H range. Failure to do so will cause the powertrain to bind up.
c After towing 500 miles (805 km), start and idle the engine with the transmission in Neutral for two minutes. Failure to idle the engine after every 500 miles (805 km) of towing may cause damage to internal transmission parts.


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