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Recently, I`ve become obsessed with the idea of owning a truck. So, to make a very long story short, after researching trucks to death, I traded in my 01 Pathfinder for a brand new Nissan Frontier Pro 4X with luxury package in arctic blue (dealer`s pic) ...



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It came down to the Pro 4X or a Tacoma TRD Sport. But, after reading Tacoma forums and seeing all the issues people are having with the new Tacoma`s auto transmission & pseudo Atkinson Cycle V6 - I said no way. The only other real truck in this class is the Chevy Colorado / GMC Canyon. Although they are appealing, I`m not an American car guy - so decided to skip that as well

The Frontier is old - been about 10 years or so since a complete platform overhaul. The engine is old as well (4L V6) - it`s just a stroked out version of the 3.5L that was in my 01 PF. The auto trans is only a 5 speed. The interior is dated. There are no LED headlights or soft open tailgate. The gas mileage is worse in class.

But, the Frontier is reliable. All the bugs are worked out. There are no major issues kicking around the forums on this vehicle. It has a real key - not a fob and a start button (don`t like that). The vehicle came with factory Nissans spray on bed liner, bed extender, & bed tie down cleats. Toyota came with none of this. Also got an aftermarket tri fold bed cover for it.

I got this vehicle loaded with every single option Nissan offers. To get leather in a Tacoma you have to get a "Pro" which starts at like $41k. I got this truck for $33k with Nissan incentives. The Tacoma looks more modern, but the Nissan has a real truck look to me. The Toyo has a little more HP - but the Nissan has more torque.

Maybe I`m getting old. But I see some of this old styling / tech as a plus. I just wanted a truck that was proven and I wouldn`t have issues with. What put the final nail in Toyota`s coffin for me was when I learned the Tacomas new V6 was from Lexus and had 12 fuel injectors - for a V6; and the engine is a direct injection / manifold injection hybrid. To me, that is way too complex for a truck just to squeeze out another mile per gallon or so.

Now the detailer in me... I owned a 2002 MR2 in 2002. Bought it brand new from Toyota. The paint was garbage. In under a year the paint was peeling (yes, peeling) from multiple areas of the vehicle. After a few dealer repaints of various panels, I traded it in within a year. Toyota would do nothing for me. Was not impressed with Toyo paint. However, the paint on my 01 Pathfinder was mostly all factory after 16+ years - and still looked great. Advantage - Nissan.

Wondering what those that are interested thoughts are on new midsize trucks these days...
 

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Welcome to the Club! I agree with the 10 year old platform and it's reliability, tho I'm a Nissan/Infiniti guy all the way. I came from an 06 Armada, which over 10 years and 200,000 miles was a big difference. Loved the VK 56, which I had added every aftermarket performance part available over the years. My plan was an Xterra, but they stopped producing them in 15, and decided for just a few dollars, I'd go for a new Frontier, glad I did! Now that I've had mine for just about a year, there's a few things I miss (big V8, homelink mirror, which I've replaced, HID headlights, also replaced, to name a few). Mostly, I'm happy with my truck and the hobby it is for me to build and add the features I want. Ride is good (suspension & tire change), V6 is adequate (wish there were a few go-fast parts available), but no issues keeping up with traffic. And, it's a good looking truck!!
 

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Nice intro, Swanicyouth...you clearly did your research. While I understand Direct Injection, I'm glad we don't have it. I'll trade some fuel economy for a near bullet proof engine that will better stand the test of time. Enjoy your newest blue Nissan!
 
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