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Posted: Jul 24 2022 at 7:04am | IP Logged Quote sionisprioratus

Hello everyone,
It has been a spell since I have posted a question to the forum, so here I go.
I have a 2000 Fronty, SE and a cover. Recently I had done the following to it:
Change brake calipers, pads and discs for the front.
Overhaul the rear drum brakes.
Change spark plugs & wires.
Change rotor and rotor cap.
Replace the fuel filter.
Changed oil and filter (Bosch filter, Castrol GTX High Mileage 5W-20).
Change all 4 tires to a bit more aggressive tire thread: Toyo Tires - Open Country A/T 255/65R16
Has been completely overhauled at 290k miles, I have 320k miles

A week or so after all of that was done, I am driving on I65 and started to feel like I am pulling a trailer, As an example, doing 80mph should reflect to
3k rpm's +-, I was doing 65mph and was up to 4k rpm's. So I puled to a side of the road facing down a light decline, put the car in Neutral and the truck
started to coast - roll down. It was not a very steep decline. Maybe like a driveway decline.

Now, this has happened on a few occasions, not all of the time. When just driving around the city, short distances it doesn't fell like I am pulling a trailer,
but it does feel weird. I had this truck since 2004, and I know when something is not quite right. (When starting to move after a light change, no matter
how gentle I used the gas pedal, it feels like it is struggling/chocking... It goes to about 4k rpm before it changes to the next up gear. It used to change
gears sooner and did not sound like it is straining).

Also, and I know there are many threads about this, but now gas mileage has decreased to a 10 mpg, from 14mpg in the summer. Regardless of the
octane or where it has been purchased ( Costco, Shell, Sam's.... etc)

I have taken the Fronty to a couple of mechanic shops, and they can't see anything wrong.

Connected the truck to a code reader just for giggles and grins, no codes were displaying.....

I am wondering what the mileage will be this winter, as historically mileage drops down 3 to 4 miles per gallons in the cold months.

Any and all suggestions, advise will be very much appreciated. Dont really want to replace my truck, I enjoy the simplicity of the 2000 year.

Thank you so much.

Sionis



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Posted: Jul 24 2022 at 12:12pm | IP Logged Quote Rubble

Sionis,

I would suspect a Cat might be Clogged. Just a 1st Guess
on my part though.

I would get your Cat's Checked out Immediately. When they
start Clogging they can cause all sort's of problem's,
including engine damage.

If it were me,, I would take it to Nissan to get them
checked out. Doesn't mean that you have to let them do the
work,, but if you do,, they might have a source for less
expensive cat's or they might be able to send you to a
place that might save you some money.

Good Luck

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Posted: Jul 25 2022 at 5:54pm | IP Logged Quote sionisprioratus

Thank you so much. I think that I replaced either the Passenger
side or both of them about 2 to 3 years ago... Nevertheless,
given that they were after market parts, I will follow on your
advise and take it to Nissan.

Will keep you posted......

Again, thank you so much.

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Posted: Jul 25 2022 at 10:47pm | IP Logged Quote Rubble

Scion,

Tell the Service Manager what the Truck is doing and You
really don't know what the problem is,, but it Might be a
Cat, but it might be something else though.

Hopefully it'll be something Simple and Hopefully The
Technician will be able to find the problem.

In a Case like this,, I would want one of the Nissan Master
Tech's that hopefully has experience with a Generation I
Nissan Truck.

IMO it's very important to get an Experienced Nissan Tech
with the Generation Truck that they are Trying to Diagnose.
Some of the Newer Younger Tech's might be more experienced
with the Gen II's or now the New Gen III's.

You might have to make a specific appointment with the
Master Tech that is Experienced with the Gen I Nissan
Truck's, before you actually take the truck in.

I say the thing's above, cause for me personally,, I want
it Diagnosed and Repaired Correctly the 1st Time if @ all
Possible.

From what you have said,, I know that you like your truck
and want to keep it as long as possible. I understand,,
cause I drove my 1st Nissan Truck, a '93 4cyl Hardbody for
20 year's. I purchased it Brand New and Still remember
takeing it for the Test Drive.   Over the year's,, our
Truck's become part of the Family.   It's just a machine,,
but I wonder how it's doing. I guess I'm too sentimental.   


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Posted: Jul 26 2022 at 5:48pm | IP Logged Quote sionisprioratus

Thank you so much. I know exactly what you mean. 18 years I
have it, and it has been a very good truck. Several girlfriends,
but only one 2000 Nissan Frontier.

Not planing in selling it. Will buy another vehicle some time, but
there always will be a place in my garage for my Fronty. I will
contact my local Nissan dealer and ask for the most senior
experienced tech. (btw, what a great suggestion).

Will keep you posted......

Again, thank you so much.

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Posted: Aug 06 2022 at 1:01pm | IP Logged Quote Rubble

sionisprioratus wrote:
Thank you so much. I know
exactly what you mean. 18 years I
have it, and it has been a very good truck. Several
girlfriends,
but only one 2000 Nissan Frontier.

Not planing in selling it. Will buy another vehicle some
time, but
there always will be a place in my garage for my Fronty.
I will
contact my local Nissan dealer and ask for the most
senior
experienced tech. (btw, what a great suggestion).

Will keep you posted......

Again, thank you so much.


Sion,

Any New's on getting your Frontier Repaired?

Hope all is going good.

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