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300,000 Miles and Counting
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By jlundin
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1998 Nissan Frontier Extended Cab SE 2dr Extended Cab SB


Review

This has been a daily commuter for many, many years and there has never been any major issues. I have replaced the clutch 2x and done the normal maintenance over the years. Never once has it failed me. It gets great gas mileage for a truck. Just recently I passed the 300,000 miles mark and it still made a 2,000 mile trip to Arizona and back. The only complaint I have is that it is a gutless 4 cylinder. I have to put the pedal to the floor when turning onto a street and it still takes it time to accelerate.


Best Features

Compact truck with amazing gas mileage, comfortable for two people to drive in, easy to work on, lasts forever!


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Was dissapoiinted
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By nextride
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Vehicle

1998 Nissan Frontier Extended Cab XE 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


Review

I bought this truck in 2010 in the 4WD exteded cab thinking it would be reliable and i wanted decent gas milage for a truck. It had 140,000 miles on it and the gas milage was not as good as i hped it would be average about 19 mpg. I will say that the 4WD works very good in the snow. For a while it was fine then slowly small things started to fail on it. These were not the end of the world but they were annoying. Finally the transmission went out on me on a road trip at 155,000 miles. I do not know if it was due to a fluid leak or if it just happened. But the repair will be very expensive since they only made it for two years and it comes as a unit with the transfer case.


Best Features

I never had any engine problems, it always started right up.


Worst Features

The power window switch became so hard to roll up that most people thought they broke it. Next the tail gate handle broke so i has to pinch it from the inside to get it to open. The spedometer started to jump around when the truck was cold but it would eventually work. And soon after i got it the handle to pull the passenger seat forward became very tricky to use.


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Mountain Buggy
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By Bill Gibbs
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Vehicle

1998 Nissan Frontier Extended Cab XE 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


Review

I bought and sent this pickup to Honduras where I regularly put over 2000 lbs. of chicken manure in it. I once had 18 workers in the back and went up a mountain in 4low. This truck is a beast and can handle as much payload as my F150. Mileage is fair, power is adequate and the truck is unstoppable on the worst mountain roads imaginable. Don't complain about power, learn how to drive a standard transmission. Quality is as good as Tacoma for much less $$$.


Best Features

Ice cold air, excellent 4low, excellent payload, good clearance.


Worst Features

Not much to improve on this fine machine.


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The Devil is in the Details
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By angelbane
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Vehicle

1998 Nissan Frontier Extended Cab XE 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


Review

First 40K in first 2 years. Has always gotten 12-14 Highway MPG. Not a fast machine. First problems at 98000 ... electrical system Alternator, distributor, entire ignition system, Exhaust Manifold cracked. Passenger compartment seals started shrinking and having issues after 2 years and are now all but gone but no biggie it is a truck after it is gonna be noisy. roof liner completely fell out ofter 6 years. It prefers dry weather. Nothing has stopped me on or off road ... when I have seen other vehicles stuck


Best Features

Wonderful heavy duty cloth seats Good AC (I live in TX so it is hot) It's a truck ... it does what I want it to do.


Worst Features

BETTER MILEAGE MORE POWER ... NEVER put a 4 banger in in 4WD. Better quality seal and roofliner. (most of these were fixed in subsequent versions)


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A Solid, Reliable Workhorse
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Performance
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By Buster
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Vehicle

1998 Nissan Frontier Extended Cab XE 2dr Extended Cab SB


Review

I bought this truck new. It now has 112,00 miles on it. The clutch, rear brakes, exhaust system and radiator hoses are all original, and based on the local dealer service department, are not in need of replacement. I have the 4cyl engine with 5 speed manual and get a consistent 25mpg; best mileage was 28mpg. This truck has never let me down, and with regular recommended service intervals, will probably outlast me!


Best Features

Good gearing, solid build quality and finish, fun to drive, excellent brakes and handling.


Worst Features

More power for the 4cyl engine. Should have a full size spare. Softer interior, full gauges


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