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Strongly considering the purchase of a 2016 Frontier S. Local dealer offered a great price without negotiating. KBB, Edmunds and TrueCar all show this to be good price. Only concern is the lack of power windows, door locks and mirrors that I currently have on my older Frontier. I can get these extra features for $3K extra.

I've Googled adding these features and come up with a few promising hits ... without parts lists and step-by-step instructions. The thought of driving a truck without these features ... for 10 years or more really saddens me.

Any advice would be appreciated, especially from those who upgraded their trucks to include these features.

Thank you ...
 

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Sounds like the S model is not for you. Your like me and tend to keep vehicles for 10 years. Get the one you like.
 

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Sounds like the S model is not for you. Your like me and tend to keep vehicles for 10 years. Get the one you like.

You sound like my wife. Are you my wife masquerading as another user?

Also, the SV model with manual transmission is very hard to get. Go figure?
 

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Looking on the bright side...

On vehicles without power door locks, do they include a key lock on the passenger side door handle?

On Frontiers equipped with power door locks, that's one thing you'd be bemoaning the absence of...

Honestly, the only power window I really appreciate is the one on the front passenger side. The rear windows rarely get opened, and the front driver's side is just as easy to open with a crank as with a pushbutton.

I have a theory that the current popularity of power windows has resulted in more drownings while crossing low water areas. Vehicle gets submerged, water kills the power window control electronics, driver panics - end of story.
 

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Frontierdud. If you truly keep your truck for a long time then get what you want! Sometimes saving a few bucks will haunt you for a long time. My wife bought a Jetta some years back and VW made her a GREAT deal because it did not have power windows... She jumped at the "savings" and guess what? In a year she traded it in, largely due to the inconvenient non-power windows. Power windows used to be problematic but these days they work extremely well.

Good luck.
 

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I sold a beautiful 96 Jeep Cherokee w/22Kmi because of No pwr locks or windows. Don't Do It!!!!!!!!! Will cost you more in the long run- time to sell, higher depreciation, PIA factor, trade-in/sell sooner=upside down in value, wife's bi*chin...
 

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There are how tos on here to add both of those and each mod is under 100 bucks if you really just want the 4 cyl. I will say I have a 6 cyl 6 speed, then went to the auto X then got a 5 speed 4 cyl, I sold it not because of it not having power anything as I had the stuff to change the power mirrors and door locks and knew what I needed for windows. I sold it because trying to get to work with it I would be in 4th gear or less on any hill. You could only accelerate in 5th if you were already doing 70 MPH. The first gen was small enough for the 4 cyl, but the second gen is just too heavy. If you live in a real flat area, you might be fine, but I did kill the trans hauling a trailer from the SF Bay area to Vegas 3 times. My X does it with no issues.
 

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My 2014 is the same way. No Power Windows, or Locks.

The locks, they don't bother me at all. I've only had a couple vehicles with power locks, or well, at least just a couple with the key fob. I was so bad about replacing batteries that half the time I'd just use the key to unlock the door anyway.

The Power Windows, that's a different story. It doesn't annoy me enough to want to get rid of the truck, but I wish I would have gotten a truck with them now.

Power mirrors are pretty much a non-issue. My wife doesn't like to drive the truck, so there is never a reason to adjust the mirrors. Once I got them set for me I haven't had to mess with them at all.

If I could ever catch a break and get a little extra money I may look into seeing if I can install power windows. I'm hoping I'll be able to find the parts at a junk yard or on e-bay from a wrecked Frontier and use those to install my own.
 

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I have a 2014 Crew Cab S. I bought it new for my family of 4 (2 elementary kids). Still happy with purchase and don't wish I had a different model.

We don't miss the windows at all. I guess it depends on how much you want to roll down windows at seats nobody is sitting at. Like I said, this doesn't affect us one bit and haven't missed power windows one time in the last 2 years. YMMV.

Regarding power locks. It is a PAIN to unlock the rear doors from the front seats. After one week of that, I had the dealer install power locks on all 4 doors. They only charged $200, and it was well worth the expense.

My wife and I don't need to change mirror positions to drive the vehicle, so power mirrors are a moot point...once they are set.

So, how much will each thing really affect you? Just remember that you can add things (like the locks) for a lot less than the package upgrade.
 

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Hello again everyone. I just wanted to let you know that I eventually purchased a 2016 Frontier S with an i4. Why? you may ask? The reason was two-fold: I needed to replace my older Frontier AND Nissan makes so few manual I-4s in the SV line that there were only a handful available nationwide at time-of-sale. The nearest one was over 300 miles away and was a very bad color for the heat where I live.

The dealership advised me to go to a pro-shop that they recommend to get the mods to my truck ... but conveniently never gave me the name. I am considering doing the mods myself. Since I wish to remove the door panels only once I will be doing all at the same time ... preferrably when it cools off and I can dedicate as much time that I need to get it done.

Overall the truck is very nice, probably more than I need and the ride is much softer than my 12 year old Frontier. Except for the experience at the dealer ... I am at peace with the purchase. Thanks again for you replies ...
 

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Congrats...AND, enjoy the next 200,000+ miles...!! :cool:
 

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I also wanted a Manual I-4 for similar reasons.

I have slowly acquired all OEM parts to upgrade to power windows, mirrors, locks. It takes time, and around $500-800 in parts. I also look forward to a project so that has value for me, but it's not for everyone.

Will be working on the install over the next few months.
 
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