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In search of a Nismo Frontier 4x4
HAS TO BE MANUAL
Preferably a king Cab (Extended Cab)
Good - Great Condition
 

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You can't have mine. But then again if the price is right. For $50,000 I will sell you mine.
Haha! The manuals are tough to find! Did the Nismo's come with a sunroof option?
 

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Sunroof could have been an add on maybe, but it was not part of the Nismo package. For me too many bad leaking sunroof experiences. The 6 speed was not available on a Nismo at the time either it had to be special ordered. I found mine on a lot at a Nissan dealer in Los Angles at the end of 2006. No one in LA knows how to drive stick and they couldn't get rid of it :)

At this point in my life a CC auto would be better suited. I have 2 boys that are growing quick. Everything I own has been manual since I was 16, and now it doesn't matter to me as much. But then I get in the pickle as to whether or not to have a CC short or LB. I offroad alot so LB would suck. But I also use truck as a truck and the bed alot so a SB would suck. We also have other cars and SUVs so it is not a pressing matter. Thus I still have my EXTREMELY COVETED Nismo 6sp KC.

Seriously though if you show up on my door step with a suit case full of cash, this truck is YOURS!! Heck I will even drive it out to you and fly home. Where do you live BTW. I'll keep an eye out for you.
 

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We have quite similar taste and habits. I've never owned an automatic to date, and also do an above-average amount of impromptu/spontaneous off-roading (where SB's are awesome). I never beat on my truck, but there's just something about exploring and negotiating with technical terrain. But on the weekends I regularly load up the box full of fire wood, and/or haul full sheets of osb or drywall and 10'+ lumber for home projects (where LB's are an absolute must for a home DIY'er). Without kids (just married & in my late 20's), a KC + LB is definitely preferred; I believe it's the perfect balance and an agreeable wheelbase. I live in Wausau, WI.
 

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Remember that Nismo and Pro-4X are the same trim line for different years so you can get the KC 6SP up until 2015. Or go to Canada and you can buy a 2018.
 

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Remember that Nismo and Pro-4X are the same trim line for different years so you can get the KC 6SP up until 2015. Or go to Canada and you can buy a 2018.
As the owner of one of the (very) few Pro4x KC manuals, I agree. I almost bought a gorgeous blue NISMO KC manual until I test drove it and immediately realized it had bad timing chain tensioners. I got the "they all sound like that" nonsense from the dealer so I left it. I called the next day to try and work something out though, since I had been in the market for a NISMO/Pro4x KC manual for almost a year. When I called, they not only admitted they were wrong but they also said they sent it back to auction. That pretty much crushed me, and I thought my manual midsize truck days were over.

Incredibly, a few months later, I put in a 500 mile search radius in autotrader/car gurus and voila, my future truck was just listed. It had no pictures but it did say it was a KC Pro4x 6 spd w/ tow package. I called the dealer to confirm it actually existed and worked out a decent deal. It was also only a two hour drive.

OP, you have to be extremely vigilant and willing to go the distance to get this particular configuration since they stopped making it (in the states) in 2015. You are in for a long search assuming you don't want to fly somewhere. It was dumb luck that I found one within driving distance. Autotrader is showing a total of 7 NISMO/Pro4x KC manuals...in the COUNTRY!
 

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Remember that Nismo and Pro-4X are the same trim line for different years so you can get the KC 6SP up until 2015. Or go to Canada and you can buy a 2018.
For sure - thank you TruckIt. However, because of the year span of the Nismo's, they are inherently in my ideal price range (around $8k - $9k). While we're on this subject, are there any differences or option offerings between the Nismo trim and the Pro-4x trim?
 

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Couldn't agree more. The hunt will make it that much more satisfying if/when I find the right truck! I have a 2014 BMW 435i, Alpine white, Msport package, RWD, 6sp manual, premium package, and dakota red leather interior....it took me about a year to find the exact combo I wanted and I had to fly to Ohio, get picked up by the salesperson, and pray that everything checked out, buy it, and drive it back to WI - WORTH IT! So I'm no stranger to finding needles in haystacks ::smile:: I think the biggest challenge ahead of me, is getting the wife on board. :nerd:

Can anyone comment on the turning radius of the 2nd gens? I was out west once for work and rented a v6 RWD Crew Cab and the turning radius was horrendous....can anything be done about that? As previously stated in a comment above, I do enjoy a fair amount of off-roading where a tight turning radius is pivotal. I love the turning radius in my '02 KC.
 

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Can anyone comment on the turning radius of the 2nd gens? I was out west once for work and rented a v6 RWD Crew Cab and the turning radius was horrendous....can anything be done about that? As previously stated in a comment above, I do enjoy a fair amount of off-roading where a tight turning radius is pivotal. I love the turning radius in my '02 KC.
For Gen 2s:
IRONICALLY, 4x4 has a 0.3' tighter turning radius when compared to 4x2 AND a 0.1' advantage when compared to 4 cyl KC's.

4 cyl (all) = 43.4'
V6 4x2 = 43.6'
V6 4x4 = 43.3'
V6 LWB 4x2 = 47.8'
V6 LWB 4x4 = 47.5'
 

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Can anyone comment on the turning radius of the 2nd gens? I was out west once for work and rented a v6 RWD Crew Cab and the turning radius was horrendous....can anything be done about that? As previously stated in a comment above, I do enjoy a fair amount of off-roading where a tight turning radius is pivotal. I love the turning radius in my '02 KC.
Yes, it's massive and for no good reason. That said, I've never had a problem parallel parking on tight city streets. I only run into issues with U-turns. Then, and only then, do I get annoyed with my truck. Well, that and whenever I inadvertently touch some of the fisher price grade plastic on the interior.

That's a great story about finding that BMW. Some people would call it crazy, but the rest of us understand that sometimes there is no compromising in getting exactly what you want. Cars are expensive, and they are too expensive to settle for picking out 1 of 250 beige sedans or silver crossovers! Death to boring! Your BMW and hopeful future NISMO/Pro4x is a garage that will not be trifled with.
 

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Couldn't agree more, Dan!

Can anyone comment on any differences between Nismo's and Pro-4x's? Are there any differences between these trims? And if anyone has insight as to what years (within the 2005 - current span) came with different options and what not.

The wife is on board with getting a 2nd gen. Trying to stick to around $10k; although it's a tall order for the condition I'm looking for, it's a start!
 

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Can anyone comment on any differences between Nismo's and Pro-4x's?
I think I found the answer in this forum . And the answer seems to be....not really any difference besides leather and 2wd Pro-4x's didn't come with locking diffs in the 4x2. Also Pro-4x's had painted bumpers.

But if there is anything to know about different years offering desirable upgrades (options, mechanical, etc), I'd be delighted to hear feedback. This is all to help me be most informed in my next purchase (hopefully soon).
 

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I think I found the answer in this forum . And the answer seems to be....not really any difference besides leather and 2wd Pro-4x's didn't come with locking diffs in the 4x2. Also Pro-4x's had painted bumpers.

But if there is anything to know about different years offering desirable upgrades (options, mechanical, etc), I'd be delighted to hear feedback. This is all to help me be most informed in my next purchase (hopefully soon).
Here's what I know off the top of my head:

All NISMO/Pro4x have the 6-way adjustable driver seat with lumbar support. This was non-negotiable for me. The only other way to get it is with the SL trim.

2008 NISMO
Last year for the NISMO name. The one I test drove had bluetooth for phone calls only.

2012 Pro4x
This applies for all V6 frontiers, but this was the first year they fixed the issue with the timing chain guides. I believe they also fixed the coolant leaking issue the same year but that's only for the auto.

2013 Pro4x
First year with standard back-up camera and USB port.

2014-now Pro4x
Bluetooth audio, heated seats, navigation (w/ lux package), siri (maybe for 2016 and up?)

So the major mechanical change is 2012. Anything before then, and there's a good chance you'll need to drop $1800+ on replacing the timing chain guides. If you find a 2008 or older NISMO with at least 100K, it will most likely be in your $10,000 range though. The hard part will be finding one. Just for kicks, I just checked some local listings and found this:

https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/inventorylisting/viewDetailsFilterViewInventoryListing.action?sourceContext=carGurusHomePage_false_0&entitySelectingHelper.selectedEntity=d240&zip=02903#listing=194192021

This is exactly the same as the NISMO I drove, down to the color. The only difference is this one has a tow package. Definitely a unicorn.
 

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Thank you very much for taking the time to lay all that out so clearly. Coming from the 1st gen world, I'm not aware of any recurring mechanical issues such as the timing chain guides issue you mentioned. I appreciate the insight.

That truck is definitely a rare find! I've been watching that one. Just wish the seats weren't so nasty. A unicorn indeed, nonetheless! I've even combed ebay to find if there are replacement seats lol
 

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By this time any truck that has had the timing chain issue would have been resolved or you will be able to hear is easily.

Another difference between the nismo/pro4x is the rear axle spider gears, they were beefed up some how, either in size or number. I think they year change coincided with the nismo/pro4x change. But this applied to all m226 axles.

Are you dead set on a nismo/pro4x. I think SV are easier to find, and other than the rear locker and some trim upgrades there isn't much of a difference.

As to the turning radius. Yes bad but you get use to it. Some have reported that doing a titan front end suspension swap decreased the turning radius. Others reported no such improvement.
 
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