NISSAN and TOYOTA drivers - need info (pt 2)

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by A1 Grass, Jul 15, 2004.

  1. A1 Grass

    A1 Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 330

    I'd like to hear from any NISSAN or TOYOTA truck drivers. I am narrowing down my search for small trucks. I wasn't sure if Nissan Frontier was any good, but I am hearing that they are pretty decent. Tell me about your small truck and what you haul and MPG's, etc. THANKS!

    ZOO YORK LawnSite Member
    Posts: 101

    1 of the trucks in our fleet is a 2001 nissan frontier ex 2wd 4 cyl. it is ext cab short bed. 5spd. it has over 53,000 miles on it and it has been a great over 53,000 miles we have had zero problems. its towing and hauling capacitys really suck though. it is great forhauling tools and a mower and cannot haul mulch or any thing heavy. i think you would be really happy if you went ahead and got a frontier. the mpg on it has been the best of all. 21 dollers fills the tank and itll last for 3-4days.
  3. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,905

    Man, it's too bad we (Americans) Can't get the best the Japanese have to offer... Turbo diesel compact trucks.. Except for the few that isuzu and toyota imported in the 80's, I have not seen many around. Overseas, on the other hand, they are real common. I wish the Japs would bring them here.. Oh yeah, my Uncle's hardscape outfit in Houston just returned their Nissan frontier's off of lease, they were pretty much trouble free for the extreme abuse they saw with him..
  4. grillonz

    grillonz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 79

    I use a Nissan Navara pickup. 2.7L diesel. Nissan build good reliable motors that have a long life if serviced.
    As for Toyota you need to watch the turbo diesel. Seems to haver a problem blowing heads. It is thought that the problem is that the motor runs too hot.
    Towing ability is about the same. I have a tandem axle trailer rated to 2500 kg gross. The Nissan will pull that but don't try it without trailer brakes.
    Happy mowing
  5. Rex1321

    Rex1321 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    I've had 4 Nissans and 1 Toyota over the years. All great trucks. The Nissan's would out pull the Toyota. But the Toyota got better mpg. 27 for the toyota and 21 for the Nissans. (highway unloaded) Which ever one you pick I don't think you will go wrong as long as you remember it isn't a 3/4 ton.

  6. MSgardener

    MSgardener LawnSite Member
    from 9A
    Posts: 13

    Both Toyota and Nissan are rolling out replacements for the Tacoma and the Frontier for 2005. I'm waiting to see both and then make my decision. If the trucks have improved significantly, I'll consider a 2005. If not, I hope to get a good price on a 2004 closeout. Good luck.
  7. z_clark

    z_clark LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 369

    I pulled a 6'X12' w/ my frontier (4 cy, 5spd) for my first month. This was just to get my business started. It was really too much for the truck. I did have brakes on the trailer, which was the only thing that made it possible. The clutch would slip often.

    I LOVE my Nissan frontier. Now is used for estimates and quick trips to the nurser/parts store. I get 23 MPG +-

    The brand spankin' new Dodge w/ the Hemi that replaced it gets 8 MPG towing :angry:

    Good Luck!
  8. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,280

    I think if you want to use it as truck pulling mower and stuff as for lawn maintenance, I think you should look at a used Ford Ranger like '97 or something around that and it like half price cheaper than the Toyota or Niss. I would not spend 10K or more on a newer Toyota or Nissan to do lawn service. The sun will eat it up, besides I barely see people use a Jap truck to do lawn service, but instead mostly older F150 or Ranger. They are cheaper and easier to fix and those things take abuse or scratches daily very well. just a thought.
  9. A1 Grass

    A1 Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 330

    I am only doing minimal lawns these days with a 21", so I won't be pulling a Landscaping trailer. I might have to pull a boat or small trailer once-in-a-while, and maybe the occasional small load of dirt. Mostly I'm looking for a fun, cool little 4x4 that gets good mileage and won't die if I happen to hook it up to a trailer for a day.
  10. MOJO111

    MOJO111 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 148

    I've a 24 year old toyota hilux with a 6cly holden motor it pulls hard no problem, trailer on board all the time fully loaded with waste as well. total weight 3.85 ton. and it still goes hard.:D

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