I'm very happy with the truck, it's an 06' with 60,000mi. crew cab. The steering wheel has some wear on it, but the rest of the truck is and was in great condition when I purchased it. The entire family loves it.
The car appeared brand new when I first saw it, even though it was 5 years old. Everything about it was clean and shiny. The model I purchased has a six speed manual transmission, manual roll up/down windows and manual door locks. It also has a 4.0 liter engine that has more than enough power to haul my tanks, dive gear and up to 4 students. The ride is smooth and comfortable. The steering is tight and responsive. The CD player, amplifier and speakers are terrific. I love, love, love the truck except that the quad cab ends just before the wheel wells so I can only line up 5 dive tanks across the back of the cab instead of the 7 I could otherwise have carried. Not much to be done about that, except I devised a scheme to carry two rows of tanks, so now I have 10 tanks instead of 7.
I wanted ONE vehicle that I could use like a car and a truck. Car: 4 doors, a back seat big enough for my growing pre-teen to be comfortable, fairly smooth ride, etc. Truck: 4WD for occasional snowy roads, hauling trash & brush, on-the-job hauling, etc. My 2006 Frontier has fit the bill. The Frontier hugs the road securely and provides a comfortable ride, but doesn�t demonstrate the excessive frame rigidity that would cause it to creak or �skip� on bumps like some trucks I�ve driven. It gets good traction even in 2WD, likely due to the weight of the crew cab and its short truck bed. When needed, shifting from 2WD to 4WD High can be done while driving and only requires a turn of a knob. The transmission shifts reliably and smoothly. The interior isn't luxurious, but it's comfortable, solid, and well laid-out. Unlike in some mid-size trucks, the Frontier's back seat is deep enough that someone of average height can relax and not feel crammed in. The radio isn't as up-to-date as some might like (limited range in picking up stations, can't advance within a song if you're listening to a CD), but that's not important to me. Before buying, I had read a review in which an owner criticized the Frontier�s wide turning radius. It�s more accurate to say that the Frontier requires more turns of the steering wheel to pull off a tight turn. I really notice the difference when I drive our mini-van and about 1.5 turns of the steering wheel have me positioned to go, but in my frontier it seems to take 2.5 - 3 turns of the wheel. That just takes some getting used to. My truck bed has a factory sprayed-in bed liner and the Utili-Trak rails in place. The locking tailgate is helpful because I�m going to be putting on a cap and using this truck to haul equipment for my small business. I want to be able to lockup what I carry. Finally, even though I can�t quantify this in any way, I just really enjoy driving this truck. Its six cylinder engine doesn�t get the mileage that my car did (I think I�m getting about 18 mpg), but it has plenty of power and a nice little growl when you have to get down on the pedal for some reason. I also frequently get compliments on its looks. Overall, I�m really happy with my Frontier, and my family likes it too.