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Old 05-16-2021, 02:25 PM   #3
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We got our 1998 back in 2004 with 100K on it, and no history. I directed my 16-year old daughter on changing the fluid and filters, including the gear oil in the 5-speed and in the differential. This now has 256K on it, and runs great. The stock cooling system and the AC work great, even in Arizona summer, so I'd stay with stock fan/fan clutch.

Check the 3 belts, and save those for emergency use if you buy new (recommend Gates, Gatorback, or Nissan belts only). I'm on the original distributor, cap, rotor too.

My 2004 Frontier is also 4-cylinder, 5-speed with 106K miles, and gets similar care.
2004 Frontier King Cab (2WD, 5-speed, 4-cylinder, 105K), 1998 Frontier regular cab (2WD, 5-speed, 4-cylinder 253K), 1988 Mazda B2200 (2WD, 5-speed, 4-cylinder, 220K), 1971 VW Convertible (140K), 2005 Yukon (215K), 1970 VW (260+K)
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