This truck is rock solid - it was designed to work. The larger Frontiers are for play, this truck is entirely for utility. The gas mileage wasn't bad at about a consistent 22 mpg; I used it as a student commuter or to haul my motorcycles. I never had a single mechanical issue with this vehicle (I logged 60,000 miles!). The engine is very easy to work on (I used to be in mech.engineering), insurance is dirt cheap and the body panels are easily recoverable from eBay at decent prices. This truck is much like a Lego set if you ask me.
Very reliable. I drove it for 12 consistent hours once and not a problem. Another truck backed out and broke my taillight; I bought another one on eBay for $15. I saw full body panels going for $60!
The illustrated top speed is 110 mph, but anything faster than 70 is just unsafe in this little hauler. It is susceptible to wind shifts and lacks passing power. Before I sold it, I believe the bushings were becoming problematic.
Nissan created the Frontier XE with reliability and function in mind. It eliminated all components that are prone to fail: power windows, locks and seats and created a truck made specifically to endure a very harsh work environment. I used it as a commuter and motorcycle hauler. For these activities it performed very well. Of the 40,000 miles I logged on this truck it spent not one hour in the shop aside routine maintenance. The larger Frontiers are designed for comfort and performance but the XE is as rugged as it gets. The interior is composed of durable plastics and rubber. The bench seat restricts the already small cab but is overall comfortable.
Durability. Reliability. Huge after market industry. As a student, I have had to replace some of my taillights from time to time because people would back into my truck occasionally as they were in a hurry. I found the replacement parts all for under $50.
Power windows and locks. No bench seat; additional space would provide for a center console. Paint needs an improved clear coat. You may find your self waxing this truck every three months. Gas mileage was average for a 2.4L engine at 22/26 city/hwy.
I have been impressed with this pickup.
The only problem is that the rubber
seals around the plastic fender flares
are comming unglued. I hope it's
covered by the warranty. I have drived
a few 8hour days and it's pretty
comfortable for a reg cab bench seat.
more room behind the seat (although I
don't think they make the reg cab
anymore), and the rubber seals on the
Bought this 2001 Frontier XE brand new in fall 2000.
It has never been our primary vehicle, but has been driven almost daily since we've had it, and has made its fair share of several-hour trips.
I cannot adequately describe how reliable and drama-free this truck has been.
Our plan is to keep it forever!
* Sits a little higher than most base-model pickups
* The only thing that has stopped working after almost 14 years of ownership is the disc reader inside the radio.
* Value-- wow. So many dependable vehicle years for such a terrific price.
* Nissan's customer service is significantly better than some other brands we've experienced.
* The headliner is not built to last.
It is made of that knit plush felty material.
Trucks like this needs a vinyl headliner or even just a pure plastic panel.
*The gas mileage is so-so for a 4-cylinder ride, but the truck's lack of mechanical tantrums will save you money.
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