'21 PR '20 P4X (sld) '06 SE (sld) '16 SS
In all fairness, manufacturers have gone cheap on paint across the board. They're having to go with a paint that breaks down easier for the sake of environmental guidelines. It sucks for us consumers, and I'm not even sure what it's supposed to do to help out the environment. I remember when General Motors went to the cheaper paint, their suburban plant would have trim pieces fall right off the vehicles on the assembly lines with large chunks of paint stuck to them. Kind of sad when your paint is so bad that it can't even keep a piece of trim on a vehicle.I'm going to be honest here! My Titan is a thirsty vehicle plus I think some people are over inflating their gas mileage figures. An old Frontier I had got around 15 mpg so I figured this new Titan would be similar. So for the most part Nissan doesn't exceed expectations on their truck's gas mileage.
I use the very best premium gas I can buy which is 94 octane. Someone talked about using a octane booster on here. Flushing out cheap dealer gas! Plus all these new trucks sat for months during the pandemic. Made sense that maybe junk gas and ethanol may affect the direct injection and fuel filters.
So here's what I did! Installed a better fuel filter after running out pretty much all the gas. Bought a case of Lucas octane booster where each bottle treats 25 gallons of gas. (Figured the Titan's tank is 26 gallons and that's close enough.) I'd also recommend finding a octane booster without MMT so it doesn't gunk up the plugs.
Then I added a oil treatment called RVT! Which helps with keeping everything lubricated and coated properly. Idling the Titan for 15 minutes then adding the rest of the treatment. Then I added the octane booster and topped off the tank with 94 octane gas and drove it for a half an hour as recommended.
My dismal gas mileage figures improved! Hopefully when the Titan is broken in the mileage gets even better. The reasoning behind breaking in a vehicle. Is to not set the cruise control and wear a band in a consistent driving range. Manufacturers tell people to not set the cruise for x amount of miles. Drive at different speeds!
I know from my moto-cross days and my time owning hotrods and muscle cars. Gasoline is different! Do your homework and find out who sells the best grades of gas in your area. It may be the difference in mph, HP and possibly a repair. I'm old school with tinkering with my vehicles! You can mess around with the computer and get short term gains. Which will eventually bite ya in the *** and break something. Or you can do stuff right without creating problems.
Because if Nissan's paint is a problem on the trucks. What other things did the company skimp on?
As for the other stuff, I'll put premium in, and I prefer synthetic oil, but I don't go too crazy on other treatments, etc. I'm not going to be "that guy" that will insist you're wrong for spending extra money to get longevity out of the 5.6. I handwash my truck in 90-100 degree weather to avoid scratching up the clearcoat ffs. Just curious, how much did your MPG increase? For me I try to avoid idling if possible. Remote start, I won't use it if I can avoid it. The keyfob remote window roll-down is a great alternative to running the A/C and really helps hot air escape the cabin. I learned that little trick on here with help from my fellow Titan owners. I know some people that will drive around with the A/C turned off and just run on the vents to save a few miles per tank. If they value those few miles over feeling comfortable, I'm not going to call them out. As far as I'm concerned, there's no right or wrong when it comes to vehicle maintenance. If anyone wants to make payments for me, I'll gladly follow their recommendations.