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Pros: Healthy V6, Interior Comfort, Reliablity
Cons: Add a spray in liner, my only complaint is thin paint in the bed. This they could have done a better job at.
Advice: Test drive one, considerably less then a Tacoma on price tag. Very stable, good handling truck.After having this 2003 Frontier for almost a year I have no complaints at all. Very nice little truck. No problems to speak of. The 2005 model will be a scaled down version of the Titan with a 250 hp V6 that is supposed to get better mileage. It will have a 6sp manual or a 5 sp automatic tranny. Nissan builds a good quality product. No regrets in purchasing my first Nissan product. It has never had to go back to the dealer for anything other then a few oil changes they offer at a discount price. One thing to consider is you don't find a lot of these on used car inventories as opposed to all others.
Pros: sound system and appearance
Cons: cramped back seat
Advice: Great if you want a truck that rides like a truckLots of fun to drive! Great looking truck in solar yellow with body-colored front bumper, roof rack, tubular step rails and bed liner, as well as an excellent sound system. Somewhat bumpy ride, which I don't consider a problem. Power is quite adequate for my needs.
Pros: Roomy interior, comfortable on long trips. Dash board layout. And looks of the truck.
Cons: Not much, Could use a little more top end power but all these little trucks could.
Advice: Good truck for the money. Should be a definate on your list of compact trucks to consider.I chose the Nissan after test driving some of the competitors. The Tacoma was my first choice due to it's earned reputation. I drove the Tacoma first, then the Ford,and Nissan. Cut down my choices to the Tacoma or the Frontier. After a second test drive the Nissan won the battle for the performace, quality and price. The 2003 model is a bit healthier for horse power, this is not the supercharged V6. It has plenty of power for my needs. This truck has better interior room then the Tacoma. The comfort is much better. The Quality is there as well. Good dash layout. Rides smoother and more stable then others. Both Toyota and Nissan are known for going 200,000 plus miles. I have friends that own both of these trucks with many years of trouble free driving. After all the Nissan and Dealer incentives I was able to purchase this truck for $8500 less then the Toyota. And for the money, I think it is a great value. The Toyota Dealer's service was in question after a visit to the lot. I actually had to go and put gas in the truck for a test drive. Granted I am looking at a compact truck not a BMW. Service was unimpressive from the getgo. (please note I had to put 'none' on other cars owned for the are older then this site has years for). And in all honsety, I am a Honda fan. Have owned two, They have been the best cars I have owned. The Nissan in Question has a 5spd. Transmission with a 180 horse 3.3 V6. Climbs big hills at 65 mph in 5th. gear with no problems. I live in Idaho, we have big mountains. Using the four wheel drive should be fun in the snow.
Pros: The SUPERCHARGED V6!!!
Cons: The back set is a little small.
Advice: If you have the money, buy the SC V6 Crew Cab.If you are looking for a truck that delivers the performance that will get your heart beating, to fulfill your need for speed, this is the truck you are looking for in a compact truck. It has the best all around performance I've ever experienced in a truck like this. The Supercharged V6 sings to you when you rev the 210 hp, 240 lb. ft. of torque badboy. It's even better once you break it in and take it for a mud bath. You will hear the engine roar for more and more. If you want something to haul your ATV or boat but don't want to strain the engine then get this little muscle truck and haul on without lose of speed or acceleration. It's roomy enough for four except the rear seat isn't exactly like a limo. It's still comfortable enough to go on a long trip. It's a beautiful piece of art from all angles and it is a stylish aerodynamic speedster. The front of it looks very bold and is the most attractive part of this vehicle. Don't be surprised if you get more attention after buying this stud. The stylish roofrack is another beautiful feature you can get along with the stepside rails. The tailgate and tail lights are very attractive. The flares are a perfect feature that makes it look bolder and more attractive. I've put a few good miles on it and some a from hauling my ATV to my hunting camp. The fuel economy kinda stinks because of the supercharger under the hood. It still rides like a dream like it did the day I drove it of the lot. I've already taken it though some horrible mud and I found out that it is tougher than you give it credit for and that is surprising to me. No other compact truck can compare to the thrill the Frontier will give you. Some think that the Dodge Dakota is better but their full of them selves if they think that. that.
Pros: Feels very capable on the Interstates.
Cons: Lack of anti-theft features which should be standard on all vehicles.
Advice: Better per dollar than any of the competitors.Feels a little heavier & more capable than my previous 2000 model. Will miss the extra mileage provided by my 4 cyl as before however. Its looks are impressive & feels good in driving on the interstates. Anti-theft features should be standard, not so on my model. Ed Reames, Lakeland, Florida.