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Nissan Frontier: Problems & Solutions

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  • I read in awe about some of the problems encountered. I bought a 2000 Frontier 4x4 V-6 new in January of 2000. Except for a small oil leak from the rear main seal, I have had no problems of any kind. The leak was so small that not a drop ever hit the ground. The dealer discovered it during routine service. Now almost 70,000 miles later the truck is as good or rather better than new. The four wheel drive works well, and the gas mileage is acceptable at an average of 20 to 21 mpg. I occasionally tow a 5,000lbs cattle trailer with it.

    One word of caution though: Tires! My truck used 255x65x16 tires. When the original tires wore out, I replaced them with Michelin Cross Terrain tires. These tires will not work with most of the Nissan vehicles. They vibrate and handle poorly. Michelin replaced them with LTX tires and that solved the problem.
  • I have a '02 CC, LB 3.3 V6 w/o the S/C. I bought it with 12 miles and it now has 17000 in 18 months. I just want to get some feedback from anyone with similiar problems or knowledge as I'm going to attempt the Lemon Law on it (Again!!). My first attempt I complained of an annoying knock on cold starts and a brake vibration. Both not considered "severe" enough to make it a lemon. (In who's eyes?)

    The knock and vibration is given Nissan's standard reply of it's "normal." Yet the dealer mechanic did compression tests on it and found it "out-of-spec", removed the heads and had to clean casting debris that shouldn't have been there...still is there as well as the knock. Then told it was normal.

    The vibration went from brakes to shocks to seperation of welds on front bumper mounts back to the ABS controller. Now normal as well. The vibration is caused when the ABS actuates and does a self test!!!! Well for as many self tests it does (atleast three-to-five daily), it shouldn't lock up when it's needed most, which it has.

    The real problem, just before my hearing, the brakes actually began to drag, wouldn't release. this accured at just 4000 miles. A different dealer had to adjust some sensor after the dealer I purchased it from finally had enough of my complaints and said it's not their problem, talk with Nissan USA (Yea right!!!). It continued and had to have the master cyl, rotors, pads, calipers replaced from the damage and still didn't know what caused it and still the brakes don't work right. (see above) They've begun to get worse and I won't even drive the thing in the rain anymore. (Which sucks since I live in FL)

    I'm at my wits end with Nissan Service and this truck. It sucks because I really like it aside from the problems. (I waited just so I could get the long bed cc). Now I wish I would have bought a Toyota!!! Anyone with a suggestion for my case or having similiar problems, Please let me know!!!

    lemmonnissan
  • I own a 1991 Nissan Hardbody I purchased brand new that has now had its tranny rebuilt for the second time. It is a 4-cyl, auto trans, std cab. I have 187,000 miles on it. The first rebuild happened in 1997 with 79,000 miles. As you can see, the average miles between failures is around 80-90K. This has been a good truck - except for the predicted tranny rebuilds. The cost has been the same for both tranny rebuilds: $1800 each. YEOUCH! My opinion is that if I had to do it again, I probably would do it again or get a Toy. By the way, my driving is about 70% highway (interstate) and I am not a hot rod driver.

    For you with a Nissan PU: you made a good choice. Just be prepared to lay out a couple of grand for a tranny at some point in its life. (Still cheaper to keep her than pay 30 grand for a new truck and $1500 a year in insurance). I hope this comforts y'all somewhat. Could be worse: it could be a Dodge Ram auto tranny that has an expected MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) of about 50K miles. Hemi power and tranny weak.
  • gmkrphgmkrph Posts: 12
    I am original owner of a 2002 Nissan Frontier
    SC CrewCab 4WD LongBed. Imagine the sound you would hear if : You took a metal coffee can ;
    placed a single marble in it and while holding the can in you hand , you made a slight rotating
    motion to get the marble to spin around the can's
    wall at about the 1/2 way mark. THIS is the sound I hear from my engine compartment when :
    driving @ 2000-2500 rpm and pushing the gas pedal
    (sound disappears immediately when you let off the gas while in the rpm range described. In other words , sound heard only UNDER Aceleration
    in the 2000-2500 rpm range. Occurs more often than not , but not always.And occurs more frequently in cold weather. Any ideas ?
    George in Bristol,CT
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    My truck is a 95 SE V6 4X4 king cab with a 5 speed manual. It has about 80k miles. The original transmission and clutch are in great shape - no problems so far. I prefer manual transmissions to automatics, one reason being lower costs and greater longevity. I expect my transmission to outlive the rest of the truck.
  • It appears that most of the automatic transmission problems are with the 4cyl models. If you check the towing ratings between a 4 cyl automatic and a 6 cyl automatic, there is quite a difference. I am sure this is not just because of the engine power. Any ideas?
  • I just bought my new 03 SE CrewCab 4x2 during the
    Christmas. After driving her about 200 miles, I encounter the engine stall problem. Every time, I make a stop at traffic light or stop sign, the idle speed needle drop below 0.5 (500/rpm) and then go back to normal (about 0.7). If I make a hard stop, the engine is also stop. I would everyone opinion before I bring the truck to Nissan dealer this coming weekend.
  • If you are still hearing rolling marbles in your coffee can, ask your service department to check the EVAP system and read NTB 020-20. I was having a similar problem that was fixed when they finally installed the hose and valve that comes in the kit for NTB 020-20. The problem is finding a service technician who can understand the system. The first service department I took mine to wouldn't even look up the NTB, saying they could not hear the noise. I had to drive to a larger dealership about 50 miles away.
  • When I purchase the truck I told the salesman I wanted to tow it behind an RV with all 4 wheels on the ground. He said shifting the transfer case in Neutral should work. After reading the manual it tells you to never leave it in Neutral. (Why put a Neutral in then). I have found though the Transfer case doesn't lock in Neutral so one would have to put a locking brase on it to keep it in place while towing.

    My question is has anyone out there towed this vehicle (The manual says to never tow with the wheels on the ground). And if so let me know the problems you had if any.

    The truck has been great since I have owned it I have the Long Bed and it provides everything I want in a truck. This is the 3rd Nissan Truck I have owned and I'm expecting the same outstanding service from it that I received from my other two. They were a 1967 and a 1995. Both very good trucks.
  • jaga1jaga1 Posts: 2
    I have been a long time Nissan owner. This is my third truck and the first time I have had ANY problem with warranty issues.

    The paint on the lower portion of ALL 4 doors has an "orange peel" finish. The dealer gives me a pat answer "they are all that way, because Nissan paints that portion of the door heavier" (for protection against chipping). My comment was that heavier paint does not equate to "orange peel". He blew me off and said call 1-800-NISSAN1. I looked at other vehicles at my dealership and saw the problem, but there was no consistency. About that time I took a trip and looked at vehicles at dealerships in other states and again "hit or miss".

    I called Nissan North America and although the rep. was friendly enough, I could tell he didn't understand the problem. I have a "problem number", but nothing was happening. I wrote a letter and was finally contacted again.

    I was asked to go to a second dealer. I have not been there yet.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,807
    I was into my Nissan dealer today to pick up my car from a regular service and wound up talking about the "paint issue" with the salesman who we have dealt with since 1979. He hasn't seen any "orange peel" paint finishes on the lower panels. Said that a couple of years ago that was something that Nissan was doing but that they weren't told much about it back then either. He did mention something about a kind ot tape that they will put on areas at risk for heavy chipping just behind the wheels, but that doesn't sound like what you're talking about. You meant all the way across the lower portion of the entire door panel, right?

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  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    My 95 pickup does not have any heavier paint applied along lower portions of doors. My 99 Mazda 626 however, has lower portions of doors and fenders treated with "gravelguard", which is assentially wax coating under the paint to protect these areas from paint chips and scratches. The gravelguarded areas have very distinct orange peel appearance and very definite transition line - the treated area is about 6 inches wide along the length of the car on both sides. Gravelguard is very good treatment for avoiding rust spots due to paint damage in vulnerable areas. I wish Nissan would start treating all of their vehicles with this stuff. It works great! Is this what you are talking about on your 03 Frontier? If so, you should not complain.
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,931
    I know that circa '93 Sentras had the gravelguard applied along the lower portion of all four doors. It's tough stuff. I had chips but never any rust on mine.

    Dusty
  • jaga1jaga1 Posts: 2
    Went to another dealer and received pretty much the same answer but this time I was told "Nissan add 'something' to the paint". I have a crew cab. The condition is a band approximately 1-1/2" to 2" high and runs the entire length of both door panels on the lower portion, midway between the break in the metal and the bottom of the door panel. It is NOT on the quarter panel.
    I have looked at various Nissan trucks and the intensity of this conditions is certainly not consistent. I don't know that is really a problem, I just don't like the run around and vague answers. When I contacted Nissan North America, they had no idea what I was talking about. If this is an actual intended condition, I would think they would/should know. Also, I have not seen any reference about this condition in any literature/stories/reviews.
    We have owned 8 Datsuns/Nissans starting with a 68 2000. Currently we have a 91 Stanza, a 2000 Xtera and the 2003 Frontier. This is the first time I have seen this on any of the vehicles.
  • HAVE A 03 NISSAN FRONTIER SC 4 WHEEL DRIVE CREW CAB.WHEN I GO UP HILLS WITH THE CRUISE AND THE GAS KICKS IN TO SPEED UP THE TRUCK. THE ENGINE REMAINS RUNNING AT 4000 RPM EVEN AFTER I GO OVER THE HILL AND BACK ON FLAT LAND.I TOOK I IT TO THE DEALER AND THEY SAID (THATS WHAT IT IS SURPOSE TO DO AND THE OWNERS MANUEL SAYS NOT TO USE THE CRUISE GOING UP HILLS) I CANNT BELIEVE THE TRUCK SURPOSE TO RUN THIS WAY.I HAVE BEEN DRIVING FOR 36 YEARS AND NEVER HAD A VEHICLE DO THIS. I CALL OTHER DEALER IN HILLY AREAS AND THEY NEVER HEARD OF IT AND NISSAN DOESNT WANT TO BOTHER WITH IT.AND JUST DOESNT CARE ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS!!!!
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