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Old 03-29-2013, 09:18 AM   #1
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Anyone towed a 2012 Nissan Frontier?

I just bought a 2012 Nissan Frontier crew cab 6-cylinder 2WD with auto tranny. Motor Home magazine says the auto tranny model can't be towed. I checked Remco Towing and they only mention the 4WD. Is there anywhere else I could check?

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Old 03-29-2013, 12:26 PM   #2
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The owners manual will provide the manufacturer's position on towing.
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I've attached page 9-35 of the 2012 Frontier owner's manual that addresses towing the truck behind a recreational vehicle. They obviously say an automatic can't be flat towed and "must" be towed with a dolly.

However, I have witnessed many Frontiers being towed. My former neighbor towed an automatic Frontier using a driveshaft disconnect. You may have checked the general Remco site instead of checking specifically with the Remco DSC site. I've also attached that page for the Frontier to this post. It only goes up to the 2011 models so you may want to call them. Their phone number is shown on the page.

Click here for the Remco DSC (drive shaft coupling) site

The Remco DSC page for the 2011 Nissan Frontier that is attached is a png image so just use your "+" function to zoom a bit in order to read it


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I am towing a 2010 Nissan Frontier 4 wheels down......but, it is a manual transmission. Took me 7 months to find a SE..4cylinder, manual transmission in black. Lucked into the best deal I have ever got on a vehicle. Occasionally, the manual is a dread in traffic jams. But it tows great.
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Looks like you'll need a driveshaft disconnect to make the Nissan Frontier AT towable.
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Looks like I'm out of luck on towing the Frontier! Not really a problem as we just bought a 2008 Honda Accord that we know can be towed by using a simple procedure. We did that on a 2001 Honda Accord and never had a problem. The Honda owner's manual says don't do it, but I have a copy of a letter from Honda engineering saying it's OK as long as you do the little procedure before towing.
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You asked if "there is anywhere else I could check?" and I gave you another option on where you could check. You said you checked Remco but you failed to check Remco DSC.

There are others who are towing a Nissan Frontier 2WD with an automatic transmission using a driveshaft disconnect so you are not exactly "out of luck towing the Frontier."

You obviously want blessings from the manufacturer but that's not what you asked in your opening post.

I'm through here.

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You asked if "there is anywhere else I could check?" and I gave you another option on where you could check. You said you checked Remco but you failed to check Remco DSC.

There are others who are towing a Nissan Frontier 2WD with an automatic transmission using a driveshaft disconnect so you are not exactly "out of luck towing the Frontier."

You obviously want blessings from the manufacturer but that's not what you asked in your opening post.

I'm through here.

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Harry, please accept my apologies for not responding directly to your suggestion. I was not interested in doing a driveshaft disconnect but I should have told you that and thanked you for your concern. Thank you for trying to help me!

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One more comment from me. I preferred a Toyota pickup, I was at the dealer, and was having the discussion regarding towing. The manager told me that if a Toyota service tech. observed a baseplate, driveshaft disconnect,or any indication of modifications for towing, Toyota would void all warranties.
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One more comment from me. I preferred a Toyota pickup, I was at the dealer, and was having the discussion regarding towing. The manager told me that if a Toyota service tech. observed a baseplate, driveshaft disconnect,or any indication of modifications for towing, Toyota would void all warranties.
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One more comment from me. I preferred a Toyota pickup, I was at the dealer, and was having the discussion regarding towing. The manager told me that if a Toyota service tech. observed a baseplate, driveshaft disconnect,or any indication of modifications for towing, Toyota would void all warranties.

Having worked for Toyota Motor Corporation for many years in the Service and Parts Division before I retired I can assure you this "manager" does not have a clue what he is talking about. Toyota will decline warranty coverage on ANY modified component or related components if it deems the modification led to the covered component failure. The remainder of the vehicle would not be affected and normal warranty coverage would apply.
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Having worked for Toyota Motor Corporation for many years in the Service and Parts Division before I retired I can assure you this "manager" does not have a clue what he is talking about. Toyota will decline warranty coverage on ANY modified component or related components if it deems the modification led to the covered component failure. The remainder of the vehicle would not be affected and normal warranty coverage would apply.
Don't get me wrong, I wanted a Toyota because of the fantastic quality, and service. I have owned two Camry's and the DW tells me the next car will be a Camry. Hence, I wanted a Toyota for my pickup. But that attitude of the sales managers and this response I bought a Nissan Frontier.

For argument sake........ If I had a Toyota, and I had a light wiring harness attached, any electrical problem could be denied. If I had a tow bar, then any engine, tranny,drive shaft, differential,wheel bearing, could be denied. Any brake assist device could cause a brake system denial. So, what is left: seat covers, head liner, paint........
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Don't get me wrong, I wanted a Toyota because of the fantastic quality, and service. I have owned two Camry's and the DW tells me the next car will be a Camry. Hence, I wanted a Toyota for my pickup. But that attitude of the sales managers and this response I bought a Nissan Frontier.

For argument sake........ If I had a Toyota, and I had a light wiring harness attached, any electrical problem could be denied. If I had a tow bar, then any engine, tranny,drive shaft, differential,wheel bearing, could be denied. Any brake assist device could cause a brake system denial. So, what is left: seat covers, head liner, paint........

Simply having a towing wiring harness installed etc. does not in and of itself mean the entire electrical system is no longer covered. If the harness is properly installed and there are no indications of current overload due to it's usage, then this is not justification for denial of warranty coverage for say an alternator failure. Please refer to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975. I'm quite sure this sales "manager" has never heard of Magnuson-Moss but I can assure you the Toyota Regional Service & Parts Managers are very well versed in all aspects of what's covered and what's not.
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