I bought a 2003 Nissan Frontier pickup truck from DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE NISSAN, located at Metro Center, 25 Vantage Way, August 28, 2003.
Use the maintenance schedule! 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 GEICO until February 11, 2019. I enrolled in direct pay, epolicy & ebilling. Registration and proof of insurance are kept in my 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 at 1601 Murfreesboro Road.
I will renew my driver's license by my 75th birthday. 2020. It is a hassle but has to be done.
I get my truck inspected on Craighead St. out 8th Av. Turn right at BP. Get plate stickers either 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: 194,360 miles, June 29, 2018 @ Firstone on Broadway. $30. VALVOLINE 4112 Hillsboro Rd.
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. Buy 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 made by 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 the 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 Toyota trucks. Tacoma regular cabs. Go to CarMax
I joined AAA. Call 1-800-AAA-Help -- AAA ONLINE
December 14, 2012
Valvoline. Flushed the transmission and changed the 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 at 163,457 miles. They 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 again. I had it fixed at Firestone. The warranty was still good. They said my front brakes need work.
FRONT END REALIGNED @ Firestone. $98.43.
August 26, 2016
SERVICE ENGINE SOON LIGHT ON. - $1107.72 - 12 months or 12,000 mile warranty.
September 28, 2017
Oxygen sensor & computer. Ripped off again. Not going back to Firestone unless there is a warranty. This work is under warranty for 12 months or 12,000 miles. Try Pep Boys on Charlotte.
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 and turn left on Craighead. I went to Howard Office Bldg. on 2nd Avenue and got a sticker for 2019. I keep the certificate of registration in my glove compartment along with proof of insurance from Geico.
Register online next time.......
To register online, go to dcclerkonline. Click on Motor Vehicles. Give the last 4 of VIN, title number and license plate number. They will mail me a 2019 sticker. I will get my 2020 sticker in Green Hills. Downtown is hell now.
To 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 2020 sticker.
June 29, 2018 @ Firestone. 194,360 miles. $30.
June 29, 2018 @ Firestone. Valve cover gasket. $334.03.
June 29, 2018 @ Firestone. Replaced power steering belt. Tightened belts.
1 Battery AAA
4 Brake pads - Midas (life of truck)
1 FIRESTONE - tires - 255-6627, 1221 Broadway
2 PEP BOYS
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 on Hillsboro Rd. on the right.
8 DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE NISSAN - 25 Vantage Way in Metro Center
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, but that is history. I am not putting miles on like I did when I went to Louisville every month. Nor am I driving much around Nashville. I have to be conservative. Gas was around a dollar when I came back to Nashville. When buying a truck, there is paperwork: title, registration, license plate sticker, insurance, AAA, etc. A hassle! 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 as it will go. When the time comes, I may go to places 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, whatever it is. 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 quit wasting money, I keep track of miles and keep them down. I was thinking a red truck, then Michael said that the police are attracted to them. I looked at small trucks at CarMax.
November 17, 2018