I bought a 2003 Nissan Frontier pickup truck from Downtown Nashville Nissan, located at Metro Center, 25 Vantage Way, August 28, 2003. I use the truck to get food, do business & to go to Michael. Hold down the miles!
I renew the Certificate of Registration and plate sticker every year. Insurance is every 6 months. I have insurance with Progressive through AAA. I pay electronically February 11 & August 11. $265. The Registration and proof of insurance are kept in my glove compartment! The title is not. I got my title at the Title Division of the TN Department of Safety, Metro Center, 44 Vantage Way. I get my Real ID* drivers license at Driver Control at the TN Dept. of Safety @ 1601 Murfreesboro Road. ???????????????????
I must renew my driver's license before my 75th birthday. 2020. I need to get the Real ID. Go to the Drivers License Station @ 5816 Hickory Hollow Parkway. Close to Hickory Hollow.
I got the truck inspected on Craighead St. down 8th Av. Go down Wedgewood. Turn right at BP. Get plate stickers at GRACE PLAZA.
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: 201,386. miles, September 3, 2020 @ Valvoline 4112 Hillsboro Pike. Behind McDonald's.
I changed the air filter.
3 TRANSMISSION FLUID - Change every 30,000 miles. I changed it at 199,620 miles at Valvoline. Check it with the engine running. Do NOT change the filter. Do NOT flush.
4 RADIATOR - Anti-freeze year around. Prestone 50/50 Prediluted Antifreeze/Coolant @ 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. These are 40,000 mile tires. I had the front end re-aligned.
8 AIR FILTER
9 BATTERY - New battery @ 189,269. Bought it from AAA, August, 12, 2017. Warranty good for 6 years. Paperwork is in the glove compartment.
10 DRIVE BELTS - Tighten drive belts when needed. Loose belts cause squealing.
11 AIR CONDITIONER - I put freon in at Precision Tune Auto Care. It leaked out.
Look at small Toyota trucks at CarMax.
I joined AAA. Call 1-800-AAA-Help -- AAA ONLINE
TIRES, May 13, 2014. I put 4 tires on at Firestone @ 163,457 miles. These are 40,000 mile tires. Paid $427.65 by Mastercard. Firestone gives a free rotation every 6000 miles.
ALTERNATOR, January 29, 2016. The alternator went out. I had it fixed at Firestone. The warranty was good.
FRONT END REALIGNED, August 26, 2016. @ Firestone. $98.43.
SERVICE ENGINE LIGHT ON, September 28, 2017 - $1107.72 - Oxygen sensor & computer. This work was under warranty for 12 months or 12,000 miles.
EMISSIONS TEST & RENEWED REGISTRATION (201,000 miles) for September 30, 2020. Passed emissions test. Renewed registration! Go down Wedgewood to BP, turn right on 8th, turn left on Craighead. I went to GRACE PLAZA to get a sticker for 2021. I keep the Certificate of Registration in my glove compartment along with my proof of insurance from Progressive.
June 29, 2018. @ Firestone. Valve cover gasket $334. Replaced power steering belt. Tightened belts.
November 19, 2019. CHANGED TRANSMISSION FLUID @ Valvoline. 199,620 miles.
May 19, 2020. Put on WATER PUMP, TIGHTENED BELTS & Fixed FLAT TIRE. 12 month warranty. $562.23.
September 3, 2020. Oil change @ Valvoline. 201,386 miles.
1 Battery AAA
2 Tires @ Firestone
4 Brake pads - Midas (life of truck)
1 FIRESTONE - tires - 615-386-3396 @ 2529 Franklin Rd. in Berry Hill. Go down Wedgewood, turn right @ BP onto 8th. Go 2 miles. Behind Sonic on right, across from old Acuff-Rose Bldg.
2 BUDGET BRAKES - 460-7200, 5345 Charlotte Pike
3 PRECISION TUNE AUTO CARE - headlight - 352-8863, 5700 Charlotte Av.
4 WALMART - antifreeze - Armory Drive off I-65 South
5 VALVOLINE - oil change - 269-7531 - Hillsboro Pike on left, other side of McDonald's.
6 AAA - battery - AAA is @ 2501 21st Av S. across from Steps.
7 DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE NISSAN - 25 Vantage Way in Metro Center
8 CARMAX – I-65 South, Armory Drive, Powell Av
There may come a time when I need another vehicle. Trucks are big now, and I do not like them. I like small trucks because they are easy to maneuver in traffic. I would prefer 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 now. When buying a vehicle, there is paperwork: title, registration, license plate sticker, insurance, AAA, etc. I am thinking about a used car, then I think no one parts with a vehicle if there is nothing wrong. I will drive the Nissan Frontier as long as possible. If and when the time comes. I will go to CARMAX. I have thought about Toyota Tacomas and Ford Rangers, but will probably get a used car. 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 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 write them down.
SERVICE ENGINE SOON.. ANTI-FREEZE IN RADIATOR.. New FIRESTONE
I went to the Firestone @ 2529 Franklin Rd. I drove up Wedgewood and turned right at BP onto 8th. A mile or so, and Firestone is on the right behind Sonic. The "service engine soon" light had come on, and I assumed it was the oxygen sensor. But apparently the light came on because there was no anti-freeze in the radiator. I can't believe I let this happen. I MUST check the radiator regularly. Repeat: I MUST CHECK THE RADIATOR REGULARLY. A lady named Melissa came to my truck. She used a tool to make the light go off. She said the light can come on for a number of reasons. She remembered me from the Firestone on Broadway.
I went to Walmart. I drove down 65 South. I turned onto Armory Dr. and Powell Av. I bought Prestone 50/50 Prediluted Antifreeze/Coolent in the yellow container. I filled the radiator while in the parking lot. I repeat again: CHECK THE RADIATOR OFTEN. All lights on the dash were off. I called Melissa to confirm that my truck was running okay. I live in fear of that "service engine soon." This time, the light meant THE ENGINE OVERHEATED because there was no anti-freeze. It made me wonder if this was the problem I had before and I was ripped-off. Keep checking the radiator. Keep antifreeze in the radiator.
I got my 2021 sticker for my license plate at GRACE PLAZA in Green Hills. 4009 Hillsboro Pike #202. Turn right behind that brick building that used to be a book store. Go around back. Park. Go in doors. Up the winding stairs. The Davidson County Clerk is on back on the right. Have paperwork and $84. They gave me a 2021 sticker for my plate. Go there next year, not Howard School. Downtown is a nightmare.