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Hi,
I'm thinking of buying a 2018 ME Frontier. Has anyone seen one on a lot?
I live in Newark, De.
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I saw and hopped in it at the LA auto show. Definitely sharp looking with the all black features, but still same ‘ol truck. Felt sooo outdated being at the show.

If I was looking to buy specifically a frontier, I would get this edition in a 4x4.
 

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It looks like the interior is unaffected by the "Midnight Edition" treatment, just stock grey with the brushed-metal looking inserts on the steering wheel and the center air vents.

If you like old-school reliable truck designs with an all black exterior then this would be a decent choice. It reminds me a bit of those Sport package trucks from 2012 or so with the body-color rear bumper and the charcoal grilles and wheels. A coworker has one, it looks nice.
 

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Not sure why the big deal about the truck being out dated. People reading Motor Trend and Road and Track too much I guess. Those two have us expecting a major update every 3-4 years... The Frontier is a TRUCK and it is still selling well. The 2018 and 2005 resemble each other BUT there are a lot of updates that have happened over the years to improve the machine. I can remember when Ford and Chevy kept the same design for many years and peops kept buying them... Anyone remember the old VW Beetle? Designed in the late 1940's or early 1950's and sold until the late 1970's? Just my 2 cents...
 

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The Midnight Edition ($995) is availalbe on CC SV SWB (4x2 & 4x4) in Magnetic Black, Gun Metallic or Glacier White...and requires VTP ($1890). So, roughly a $3k option when adding both expenses. Midnight Edition floor mats are another $160.

18-inch gloss black aluminum-alloy wheels
Semi-gloss black tubular step rails
Gloss black grille
Body-color bumpers
Painted black outside mirrors
Black door handles
Black exterior badging and "Midnight Edition" badge
 

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The Midnight Edition ($995) is availalbe on CC SV SWB (4x2 & 4x4) in Magnetic Black, Gun Metallic or Glacier White...and requires VTP ($1890). So, roughly a $3k option when adding both expenses. Midnight Edition floor mats are another $160.

18-inch gloss black aluminum-alloy wheels
Semi-gloss black tubular step rails
Gloss black grille
Body-color bumpers
Painted black outside mirrors
Black door handles
Black exterior badging and "Midnight Edition" badge
Yeah, it throws in different wheels, tube steps, and painted mirrors, but it still seems a bit steep given that they didn't make an actual black interior with replacement trim to remove the brush-metal-looking stuff.
 

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Not sure why the big deal about the truck being out dated. People reading Motor Trend and Road and Track too much I guess. Those two have us expecting a major update every 3-4 years... The Frontier is a TRUCK and it is still selling well. The 2018 and 2005 resemble each other BUT there are a lot of updates that have happened over the years to improve the machine. I can remember when Ford and Chevy kept the same design for many years and peops kept buying them... Anyone remember the old VW Beetle? Designed in the late 1940's or early 1950's and sold until the late 1970's? Just my 2 cents...
I bought my 2017 in February after researching mid-size trucks for 6 months, the Frontier, even though it is a old platform, had the highest consumer rating of all the mid-size trucks. I'm glad I got it.
Besides, I'm 70 years old and kind of a old platform myself...... I would love to have a 1950 Ford or Chevy pickup
 

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I bought my 2017 in February after researching mid-size trucks for 6 months, the Frontier, even though it is a old platform, had the highest consumer rating of all the mid-size trucks. I'm glad I got it.
Besides, I'm 70 years old and kind of a old platform myself...... I would love to have a 1950 Ford or Chevy pickup
Chrysler built the Valiant/Dart/Duster platform for eleven model years in the US with very little changes. The modern LX chassis Chrysler 300 debuted in 2005 and got a mild refresh in 2011 and is still being built. The Dodge D-series trucks debuted in 1960 and went through three moderate revisions until production ceased after 1993. The Dodge B-series vans debuted in 1971 and aft of the A-pillar are nearly identical all of the way through 2003. Automakers make a lot of money when platforms have this kind of longevity since they don't have to pay for significant retooling costs.

Given how mild the '98 restyling was on the D22, one can make the argument that the D21 Hardbody from '86 and the D22 Frontier ending in '04 are one series. That's nineteen model years in the United States and more than thirty when looking at Latin American markets, and apparently there's still thoughts on replacing the D40 Frontier with new developments on the D22 chassis.

I guess I like my truck designs to be old too, it means that the technology was good enough that they just kept building 'em. Better than refreshing them poorly all of the time and having flaws in each design.
 

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I’ve always liked the new technology and looks of new generation cars/truck(for the most part...not every 2 years like the camary/accord) and do feel like the frontier is lacking in multiple places. Sure, it’s a well built truck, but I can’t eat the same steak every day.
At the auto show, this truck truck was tucked away, in the deepest, darkest corner of the convention center. Kinda like Nissan didn’t want to show it off to the public too much. Reason being, it’s confirmed that for 2019, the new models will be coming out. Should be seeing them late fall.


With that said, up to the OP if he wants to wait for the new tech gen or get a proven, but aged frontier.
 

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...it’s confirmed that for 2019, the new models will be coming out. Should be seeing them late fall.
Is it confirmed-confirmed? LOL Will believe it when it.........happens.

Swift, you've been here longer than moi...so you know what I'm saying. :)
 

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Is it confirmed-confirmed? LOL Will believe it when it.........happens.

Swift, you've been here longer than moi...so you know what I'm saying. :)
Shiet, it’s not confirmed-confirmed till we see them. LOLOL.

Based on articles and test photos, it’s starting to look promising. Navara body with different bumpers.
 

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Shiet, it’s not confirmed-confirmed till we see them. LOLOL.

Based on articles and test photos, it’s starting to look promising. Navara body with different bumpers.
Makes me wonder what the holdup was. As I understand it the D23/NP300 is smaller than the D40, perhaps they didn't think that North American buyers would want a smaller truck, but now that the mid-size field is so full perhaps they now figure it's time to reintroduce the only truly compact truck or what's close to it.

Of course the engine choices make me wonder if there were emissions issues or if given the possibility of different bumpers, if it didn't crash-test well enough.
 

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Well, I picked up the 2018 ME Thurs. Nice ride and looks good. I'll be 70 this year and it's probably my last new
truck. I wish it had GPS and I hope the full size spare is 18". It's been raining here in Newark, De. I've also been
looking for an after market roof/luggage rack with cross bars that match the oem one in quality. I don't think the
~ $300 one is good quality. Too cheap! ride catalog has one for $570 that's aluminum. Any thoughts?
 

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Well the good news is that the radio is not so tightly integrated into the body control module as to make it irreplaceable, so if you want nav you could either replace the factory radio with an aftermarket unit, or else source a factory nav radio and the rest of the parts and install it. The latter probably integrates better, but would be a lot more costly than the aftermarket route.

Or you could glue a mount for a tablet on that 1" gap filler above the radio and sit a tablet with nav there.
 

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I saw the Midnight edition yesterday on the lot. I like it. I'm glad it doesn't come in forged copper or I would be pissed.

I wonder how much for those wheels/tires and front grill if I buy them separately. I'll bet much more than the bargain package price of $995.
 

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I waited 5 yrs for the new design. Gave up and bought a Ford. As long as they sell well, Nissan won't pull the trigger to revamp, and when they do, they'll be a day late and dollar short. Ford is bringing the ranger back and it's pretty nice.
 

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I picked up the midnight Edition this week been checking pa Maryland Delaware best deal Sheridan nissan. Never was pressured like I was when living in nj by car dealers
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