Bought the car at for $9,000 62,000 miles with no warranty because it was older than 7 years. I live in connecticut- thats the lemon law. i drove it for 700 miles and the rotor, camshaft, and distributer go. cost me over $3,600 from nissan. 3,500 miles pass and my head gasket blows. thats where i am now. im picking it up tomorrow and the bill is at $3,300 (exhaust manifold, catalac converters replaced, etc.) so at this point im at $15,900 for a car i can resale for $8,000. sucks- next time i buy new with a 100,000 mile warranty. horror story. true story. its spent over 8 weeks being repaired in the 6 months ive owned it.
purchased used ,1 owner, 2 years old. Wrecked and repaired in the rear, having 89k on the odometer. Drove through floods, jumped it's own length once, hit a deer a 50mph , climbs nervous hills like a goat. runs like it's new. never never nerver lets me down. A rocket on the road, a tractor on the farm, an atv in the woods. Just got him a new clutch and rust free bed. Now, at 218k of West Virginia living... he still won't give up.
I am person that has had over 35 cars since the age of 16, partially from hobby and partly for experience. The best vehicle I had owned was the 2008 Tacoma, but had to get out of heavy payments and let it go. Since then I always wished from at least a small truck bed after a few SUVs.
Living in the mountains of Colorado, I need plenty of power, decent fuel economy, passenger room and real 4x4 utility. Not the easiest combo to find. I ended up getting a Frontier and it is truly one excellent mountain truck. Lifted, built, 33's, 5 speed, headers and intake: Excellent power up and down hills, 15-22 mpg, and very capable off road. I like it as much as my old 2008 Toyota Tacoma. A 200k keeper.
Nice exterior, looks very rugged with lift, rock sliders and off road bumpers, comfortable and intuitive interior, absorbs bumps nicely with ranchos, very strong and efficient engine with k&n cold air intake and headers, nice 5 speed transmission pulls up the canyon in 4th gear, very reliable, easy to maintain, good 4x4 off road capability, easy to take the family out in with passenger room, small but utilitarian bed, at 218,000 miles runs great and feels half it's age, gets pretty decent gas mileage considering its mods.