i also have a 98 4x4 Nissan Frontier truck that you have to actually get out of the truck and turn the wheel locks on BEFORE you put the truck into 4x4. Now i understand what your husband is coming from. I think the nissan has true 4x4 BUT i have to tell you dont sell your compass short. One time last year, I was driving into work (its about 30 miles to work) an the roads where a complete sheet of ice (not snow all ice). While everyone else was sliding all over the place the compass was rock solid in 4x4 mode. Granted i wasnt speeding and i was driving slower than normal but never had a problem. Also my back yard currently is all snowed in, and for fun i like to floor it in 4x4 mode just to see what it does... lol and still not a singe issue.
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