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Hi Folks, Jernigan from Black Mountain NC here. This is my First time posting. My Nissan / Datsun history goes back to the 240Z & B210 my big brother had when I was a teen. Then he got a new 1984 720 pick up that went over 350K and he left it for me and my pop to use while he was stationed in HI. So I am a long time Nissan fan.

I have owned a Nissan Pick Up for the past 15 years. The first was an '85 King Cab that had over 250K of trouble free motoring. That Z-engine will be running when it is surrounded by a pile of rust. I still have sitings of it and it is a main driver for a local fella who bought it two years ago.

I now own an '04 Frontier 2WD that I have had since '08 and now is pegging +200K. It has been great and I updated it with Tech Savvy Gadgets: a CarPlay Stereo, LED ambient lighting and my fav is the Cell Signal Booster. That thing works great up here in the Mountains of NC. So all the tech will follow me into my next truck.

It is time for another Nissan Truck and I am pining for a NISMO 4x4 King Cab. This will be my first ever 4x4 and have the fever. My main ride now is a 2017 Chevy Volt and need to balance my chakras with a big dog 4x4. I do metal art and a pickup is a must have.

Side Note: Too bad Nissan didn't make a Volt-like Leaf. I couldn't do the range anxiety after several test drives. Also they need to work on the buttugliness of the Leaf.

Back to my main question...the Nismo that is haunting me is an automatic and I have a little fear about the tranny contamination (which has nothing to do with the back-assward bigoted jerks who wrote the NC Bathroom Bill). I think I read too much Internet and now am losing faith in Nissan, which really sucks. Is this whole Transmission / Antifreeze contamination just hyped up and in reality is a rare bird??

I had this Nismo looked over by my Mechanic and we didn't see any signs in the radiator or reservoir. It got a green light from the mechanic with the cons being it had no air filter, some minor oil leaks, bad wheel bearing and warped rotor. He didn't see anything odd with the transmission and was familiar with the strawberry shake from hell. It looks like the radiator is an original and no wrecks noted by the mechanic or CarFax. If I get this I will be smacking a trans cooler bypass on it within the day.

Is there anything else I should do to ensure this Nismo is solid and didn't just got a band aid of flushing? I want my Nissan faith back.

I really like this forum and have gleaned a wealth of info in the past couple days. I shoulda coulda joined years ago!
Thank You
Jon
 

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Hi Jon, Welcome to CF!

If you buy a 2011 or newer, you will not have to worry about SMOD but yes, it is a distinct possibility in 2005 - 2010 Frontiers and Xterras with an Auto.

While the bypass can solve the issue, the better way to cure the problem is to replace the radiator with an aftermarket aluminum version or the newer stock style unit. The auto trans works best when the system is left intact so it can regulate the trans fluid temp. It is designed to keep it in the optimum temp range by heating it on cold mornings and cooling it in hot temps.

Sounds like you have a Nissan in your future..... Good Luck!
 
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