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Old 10-04-2004, 07:10 PM   #1
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2003 V6 5 speed

It seems like you can never get a smooth shift in to any gear. Sometimes if the rpm and speed are matched up perfect it will shift OK. Most of the time you feel a bunp or something, not necessary gear teeth grinding but a bump. It has been like this since it was new, I now have 40,000 miles on it. Does anyone else have this issue?

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Old 10-05-2004, 06:47 PM   #2
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i have this same issue with my 04 4cyl 5-spd. but when im really trying, i can make every shift smooth, even when i down shift (but i have to double clutch to have a smooth downshift).
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Old 10-07-2004, 09:10 PM   #3
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Re: 2003 V6 5 speed

Kave in did you try taking it to the dealer to see what they say?
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Old 10-18-2004, 02:58 PM   #4
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no, i havent tried taking it to the dealer, but im not bothered with the bump and dont feel that its a big issue. i actually thought the problem was the way i shift because i am, in fact, able to make every shift smooth if i try.
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Old 10-28-2004, 12:28 PM   #5
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Re: 2003 V6 5 speed

I bought a 2004 Frontier V6 5speed 4x4 last week. I have an appointment to take it back to the dealer for just about the same problem. It has a rather clunky feel to the shift AND there is a metal-on-metal rattle if you're coasting in gear with the clutch pedel pushed in. I'm afraid the dealer is going to pull a "oh, that's nothing to worry about." I feel it's a brand new truck, there should be no rattles at all. I can only imagine how bad the rattle will be when I take it off-road. And it doesn't feel like a loose heat shield... it actually feels like it's inside the gearbox or somewhere between the gearbox and the shift lever, since you can feel the rattle in the stick itself.
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Old 10-31-2004, 08:32 AM   #6
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Re: 2003 V6 5 speed

Just curious...why would you be coasting in gear with the clutch pushed in
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Re: 2003 V6 5 speed

Here's a perfect example... there's this little bar in the woods of the poconos where I hang out sometimes. This little place has a stone parking lot and driveway. As you come in the entrance of the driveway you begin a fairly steep downgrade to the parking spots on this stone driveway. So as I come in I am in 2nd gear but as I reach the downgrade I just press in the clutch and coast to the parking spots (while leaving the stick positioned in 2nd gear). I sware I thought the gearbox was just going to drop right out. I could never take her off-roading with all that clanking going on. I have an appointment with the dealer tomorrow. I hope they can fix it because at this point I am sorry I ever bought the thing.
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