This truck is an average truck with good in-your-face, like it or leave it styling. The average comments come from the following: Bad Stuff: 1) Underpowered for towing / hauling (yes - even with the supercharged engine) 2) Sloppy transmission with poor ratio's for towing / hauling 3) Horrifing gas milage for a small truck! (14.5 MPG city - 14.5 MPG highway) 4) Exhaust Header that cracks about every 40K miles (has been covered under warranty) 5) Finicky about fuel - requires 93 octane to avoid knocking and supercharger cut-outs. 6) Steering Effort is High Good Stuff: 7) Off-Road Capabilities 8) Seats - very comfortable (leather) 9) Dash Layout - easy to navigate with gloves LOOKS!
Seats, Looks, Off-Road Capability, Performance (without a payload/trailer), Design (interior and exterior)
Engine refinement, transmission refinement, Reliability of Engine and Fuel Systems --> quite a few little problems over the last 2 years. All covered under warrenty - but still a pain in the butt.
I would never recommend this truck to anyone. I am not saying it is horrible, it is just not a "truck". To begin with, these 3.3's are VERY underpowered. I would expect a small underpowered motor to have great milage, Yet they are HORRIBLE gas hogs !!! You might as well have a 350 v8 !!! Because, No matter city or highway driving and no matter what type gas, you can EXPECT 15 miles per gallon. The exhaust manifolds crack after about 75k miles, but, LUCKILY they are relatively easy to change. Handling is no good. After a lot of modifications and upgrades I still do not like it. (I take care of my vehicles and expect the most from them) I have 98' S10 which I would RECOMMEND any day over it!
I have come to like roomyness of the cab (with only 2 people inside - 3+ persons will NEVER ride comfortably). The seats can be relaxed back and you have plenty of room to stretch out. Tortion bars were a good feature when I decided to lift it. Honestly, you get what you pay for. They are cheap$.
1: The bed is too short. After you put a toolbox in, there isnt enough room for anything. BUT, the long bed 4 door models are just as bad in other areas. 2: The motor needs to be scrapped. Who's idea was it to use an outdated underpowered gas hog CAR engine in a truck ? 3: Styling imprvmnts !
After 51,000miles, my 2001 Frontier's AC would not blow cold air. i had it checked out at the dealer and the low end hose was leaking and was replaced,at my cost. After a few days, hot air was blowing again. Now, it's the evaporative cooler behind the dash that is leaking. This, I think, is a highly unexpected problem to occur on a car this new. I thought Nissans were very reliable, that is why I bought it, in the first place.
I liked the crew cab, with the rear defroster, locking tailgate, bed extender, and sporty roof rack.
Improve the back of the rear seat to something more usable. Make a better console between the front seats. This car could also use an overhead console and under seat storage area in the rear.
This truck is more like an suv with a truck bed however the four door back seat is very small no normal size adult can fit. The standard v6 is weak even up hill the look and the interior are the reson i bought this truck and the fact it has had no problems, but it just a little to slow and wussy in the long run it will still be a good running truck when i trade it in.
The truck has run without issue for 3
years. No maintenance other than wear
and tear. Nissan has been great
covering any recall issues and has
gone above and beyond by replacing a
window motor ($400) free with the
window regulator recall. Kudos to
I've 4 wheeled in snow, mud, and sand,
and it's performed very well. I've
gained a high level of confidence in
the 4 wheel drive capabilities of this
vehicle. SuperCharger makes it fun to
drive but the downside is fuel
consumption. Getting expensive these
Would have to be the SuperCharger; I
would not have bought it without it.
Bit more stretch between the wheels
would allow a bit more room in back.
Adults don't fit well, much less 3
kids! It doesn't take long for
complaints to start from the back seat.