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Over the years, I've noticed how torque-rich this powerplant is. It isn't really fast, but it is powerful.

I looked around online and have yet to see a new, naturally aspirated V6 in any pickup that produces more torque than 281lb ft.

Also, Nissan installs this motor in the NV3500 van that weighs 6695lbs and rated it to tow 6200lbs and to haul 2820lbs.

Impressive.
 

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Even easier to enjoy it when driving a stick.
That V8 man is just cruel :evil: some don't have that option it's still enjoyable with an auto and yes defiantly ample torque Apples to oranges but I get better mpg than an old f150 2wd 300/6 stick that I had
 

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Great low end torque...and I'd say these VQs pull hard above 5k if you're willing to wring it out. >:D
 

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yes its quite the improvement from my totaled 08 colly 2.9L 4, but as expected prolly 5 mpg less! both 4 wd + manuals but my standard cab LS colly only weighed about 3400!!! + comparatively it was a tin can!!!
 

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Many years ago I had a BroncoII with the 2.9 and 5-speed.
Today I have a larger, more capable vehicle, almost double the HP, more than double the tow rating. And get the same fuel economy. So yes, there have been huge improvments in vehicles over the years.

The Pinto, Fords economy car of the day, had a target of 20 MPG. Big cars of that era were proud to claim they were getting 9MPG because the competition was only getting 8. Not trucks, just cars.
 

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time marches on + cars + trucks stop + go better with better handling, but the high prices especially on 4 WD trucks you should get something for your $$$$$. in 1972 i bought a nice V-8 chevy Nova $2700 + tax + it was a good lookin car!!! today you can't buy a POS car that looks like a POS for that $$$$. we went forward but financially prolly backwards!!!
 

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Dittoes on the 4.0L -- a fine motor that I still enjoy putting the spurs to 12 years after purchase of my '06. Even with my stock exhaust, it still sounds great.

Is the 4.0L in the current Frontiers a direct-injected version? Just curious, as D.I. engines appear in just about everything these days.
 

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Dittoes on the 4.0L -- a fine motor that I still enjoy putting the spurs to 12 years after purchase of my '06. Even with my stock exhaust, it still sounds great.

Is the 4.0L in the current Frontiers a direct-injected version? Just curious, as D.I. engines appear in just about everything these days.
Not direct injected... yet. I'm sure the next generation will be. There seems to be some benefits to it depending on application.
 

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i love being able to barely hit the gas pedal n go up SF hills with no effort..... N LOVE that they keep the brakes on for you when on an incline from rolling backwards, nice touch
 

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rodhotter;3705849 in 1972 i bought a nice V-8 chevy Nova $2700 + tax + it was a good lookin car!!! today you can't buy a POS car that looks like a POS for that $$$$. we went forward but financially prolly backwards!!![/QUOTE said:
Called inflation.
 

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more like DEFLATION!!! even though most make more it buys less a LOT less!!! i would expect DI as well in the next generation + it has benefits if done right, better yet is both direct + port injection thats being used in a few applications.
 

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Tge 4.0L is a great truck motor, Nissan really did a nice job with the power delivery and gearing too. All the low end you need yet still lots up top.

Can't say im impressed with the Toyota 3.5L, GM 3.6L or Jeep 3.6L. They all feel like dogs, especially if you upsize the tires to match what's on a Pro-4x.
 
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