I bought a 2003 Nissan Frontier pickup truck from DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE NISSAN, located at Metro Center, 25 Vantage Way, August 28, 2003. Use the truck for business. Hold down miles.
Renew registration and license plate sticker every year. Insurance is due every 6 months. I have insurance with Progressive through AAA. I pay electronically Feb. 11 & Aug. 11. $240. Registration and proof of insurance are kept in the glove compartment! My title is not. I got my title at the Title Division of the TN Department of Safety, Metro Center, 44 Vantage Way. I got my drivers license at Driver Control at the TN Dept. of Safety @ 1601 Murfreesboro Road.
I will renew my driver's license before my 75th birthday. 2020.
I get the truck inspected on Craighead St. out 8th Av. Turn right at BP. Get plate stickers at Howard Office Building or online.
1 GAS - Make sure the gas cap clicks or the service engine light will come on. Click..click..click. Conserve gas!
2 OIL - Change oil and get a lube job every 4 or 5 thousand miles. Change oil filter every other time.
..Last oil change: 197,241 miles, April 15, 2019 @ Valvoline 4112 Hillsboro Rd. Changed air filter.
3 TRANSMISSION FLUID - Change every 30,000 miles. I changed it at 155,896 miles at Valvoline. Check it with the truck running.
4 RADIATOR - Anti-freeze year around. Prestone 50/50 Prediluted Antifreeze/Coolent. Get it at Walmart. Do not add water.
5 BRAKE FLUID - I put new brakes on @ 126,246 miles. Get brakes at Budget Brakes on Charlotte Pike, 1/4 mile east of White Bridge Road. The squealing noise is the squealer, a devise to tell when I need a brake job. Adjust brakes when needed.
6 SPARK PLUGS - Replace every 30,000 miles.
7 TIRES - I put 4 tires on at Firestone @ 163,457 miles. 15" tires, P225/70R15. 32 pounds of air pressure. Donut underneath. FIRESTONE FIXES FLATS FREE. I had the front end re-aligned.
8 AIR FILTER
9 BATTERY - New battery @ 189,269. Bought it from AAA, August, 12, 2017. Warranty 6 years. Paperwork in glove compartment.
10 DRIVE BELTS - Change drive belts when needed. Loose belts cause squealing. Tighten!
11 AIR CONDITIONER - I put freon in at Precision Tune Auto Care. It leaked out.
Look at small Toyota trucks. Go to CarMax
I joined AAA. Call 1-800-AAA-Help -- AAA ONLINE
December 14, 2012
Valvoline. Flushed the transmission and changed transmission fluid (155,896).
POWER STEERING BELT
June 15, 2013
Fixed power steering belt @ Firestone on Broadway. Added power steering fluid.
May 13, 2014
I put 4 tires on at Firestone on Broadway @ 163,457 miles. These are 40,000 mile tires. I paid $427.65 by Mastercard. Firestone gives a free tire rotation every 6000 miles.
January 29, 2016
The alternator went out. I had it fixed at Firestone. The warranty was good. They said my front brakes need work.
FRONT END REALIGNED @ Firestone. $98.43.
August 26, 2016
SERVICE ENGINE LIGHT ON. - $1107.72 - Oxygen sensor & computer. Ripped off again! This work is under warranty for 12 months or 12,000 miles. Check out Pep Boys on Charlotte.
September 28, 2017
EMISSIONS TEST & RENEW REGISTRATION (194,927 miles)
September 5, 2018
Passed emissions test. Renewed registration! Go down Wedgewood to BP, turn right on 8th, pass Captain D's & turn left on Craighead. I went to Howard Office Bldg. on 2nd Avenue and got a sticker for 2019. I keep my Certificate of Registration in the glove compartment along with proof of insurance from Progressive.
Register online, go to dcclerkonline. Click on Motor Vehicles. Give the last 4 of VIN, title number & license plate number. They will mail me the stickeR. Or I could get it in Green Hills.
June 29, 2018 @ Firestone. Valve cover gasket. $334.03.
June 29, 2018 @ Firestone. Replaced power steering belt. Tightened belts.
April 15, 2019 @ Valvoline. 197,240 miles. Replaced air filter
1 Battery AAA
2 Tires @ Firestone
4 Brake pads - Midas (life of truck)
1 FIRESTONE - tires - 615-386-3396 @ 2529 Highway 70 South
2 PEP BOYS - 5330 Charlotte Pike - 615-292-5692
3 BUDGET BRAKES - 460-7200, 5345 Charlotte Pike
4 PRECISION TUNE AUTO CARE - headlight - 352-8863, 5700 Charlotte Av.
5 WALMART - antifreeze - Armory Drive off I-65 South
6 VALVOLINE - oil change - 269-7531 - Hillsboro Rd. on left, other side of McDonald's.
7 AAA - battery - AAA is @ 2501 21st Av S. across from Steps.
8 DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE NISSAN - 25 Vantage Way in Metro Center
9 CARMAX - Armory Drive, Powell Av
There will come a time when I need another truck. Trucks are bigger than they were, and I do not like them. I like small trucks because they are easy to maneuver in traffic. I would like something like the 1997 Nissan. I am not putting miles on like I did when I went to Louisville every month. Nor am I driving around Nashville. I have to be conservative. When buying a truck, there is paperwork: title, registration, license plate sticker, insurance, AAA, etc. I have thought about a used truck, then I think that no one parts with a vehicle if there is nothing wrong with it. I will drive the Nissan Frontier as long possible. When the time comes. I may go to CARMAX or a place in Franklin. I need to look at pickups and be aware of what is out there. I have thought about Toyota Tacomas and Ford Rangers. Trump wants us to buy American, but I need to get the best deal. The sales people try to get the prices as high as they can. I do not even look at stickers. I like to pay cash rather than having a monthly payment. I need to stop wasting money, I keep track of miles and keep them down. Michael said the police are attracted to red trucks.