I looked long and hard for the perfect
truck - and I've found it.
I've always driven full-size pickups but wanted better economy, 4wd, a decent cargo capacity, and room for my two big dogs for everything except hauling the big round bales of hay.
Still have the 2500 Ram for the latter, but the Frontier handles everything else beautifully.
Since I tend to drive my vehicles forever, I wasn't concerned about this being older and having a bit over 100k miles on it.
I did have my mechanic go over it thoroughly, freshening several things that needed to be addressed, but still brought it in at my budgeted figure - and expect to drive it at least another 100k miles.
Can you tell I love it??
It delivers everything I wanted and then some.
Finding one with the 5-speed manual took some doing, but I found it.
I'm not used to the 'luxury' of power everything, especially in what is a working vehicle - this little beast is spoiling me fast.
My only complaint is that the owner's manual (yes, all manuals were in the dash, even after 9 years) is that the instrument panel/controls diagram is incomplete.. still trying to figure out
what one toggle does, since it isn't identified in the manual.
You got lucky. I have a Frontier, 2002, and it is falling to pieces at 145k miles.
AC twice, both catalytic converters, knock sensors, electrical connectors, door handle, tailgate handle, and power steering hose have all gone bad.
It's a money pit