1999 Nissan Frontier Consumer Review: Takes a licking, keeps on tick

1999 Nissan Frontier - Consumer Review

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XE Extended Cab Pickup (2.4L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Takes a licking, keeps on ticking!
By brownmanintexas on


1999 Nissan Frontier XE 2dr Extended Cab SB


Truck purchased new in 2-99; traded in a buzzy bouncy crappy '98 regular cab Toyota Tacoma. What an upgrade! I love this truck. It has the 4 cylinder engine; as such acceleration is not comparable to gas guzzling V8's. BUT, go west of Kerr County where a 75 MPH speed limit is common. 85MPH in 5th with 24 MPG is no problem with this high revving 16 valve engine. Engine is exceptionally smooth and quiet at speed. Throw away the OEM Firestones and OEM shocks. Buy 4 Bridgestone AT Revos tires and Gabriel Max-Control shocks. Then, enjoy this inexpensive and extraordinary tough little truck. I do.

Best Features

Cruise control with steering wheel control. High fuel economy at "driving 'cross Texas" speed. Nice metallic green factory paint & graphics. Ability to operate when grossly overloaded (1900 lbs) or when pulling a trailer with a 3700 lb John Deere 1010 RUS tractor.

Worst Features

Seat needs to go back another 4-6 inches for 6'3" driver. 5-speed manual tranny very notchy when cold. A locking tailgate and gas filler door would defeat local Houston crackheads who took my tailgate. I now have a $29 web tailgate truck; a replacement tailgate is too expensive.
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