I just bought my Frontier used, and so
far I have been very happy with it.
Only problems have been a few rattles
that I believe are fixable, poor gas
mileage, and my motorcycle (Ducati
Monster) will not fit in the bed with
the tail gate closed(misses it by a few
inches). The only other problem is my
wife steals my truck all the time.
Long bed, four doors absolutely rock,
Gas mileage! The cruise control seems a
little jerky going up and down hills,
but this seems to be a common problem
on modern electronic cruise controls.
A bit underpowered. Poor fuel economy (15-17 mpg in combined city/highway use. Fairly comfortable, with good room front & back, although back less so for adults. The long bed is handy, although it makes thre truck very difficult to park; a short bed with the removable bed extender might be good enough if you don't haul large items regularly. One extremely annoying design flaw: the vents cannot be closed completely off, and the ductwork runs close to the engine, so hot air is blown in all the time. On days over about 65 degrees, you have to keep the a/c turned on or windows down or it gets very warm inside.
I use the truck primarily to tow a 3000 lb camper. The 3.3 L engine in the 2002 was rated at only 170 hp but this little truck seems to use all of them as it tows the camper plus another 500 lbs of camping gear as though it is not there. That is both with power and mileage. The camper and gear doubles the weight of the truck alone with no more than a 15-20 % increase in fuel consumption. For power I'm comparing it to my old Ford full-size with a 351 V-8. Never any maintenance in nearly 8 years of use other than regular preventative maintenance. Cannot recommend this little truck too much!!
Acts like a truck and a sedan too with the extra passenger seating. Never needs repair as long as you keep it maintained.
A few more inches of legroom in the back might allow the backseat passengers some comfort if traveling more than a few hundred miles.
This truck has been a lemon since the day I bought it.
The knock sensor and the catalytic converters (yes, plural) go bad at 100k miles, and you're looking at 3k to fix all this, or else you can't pass emissions.
I've talked to mechanics and they say that they see this all the time with Nissan frontiers.
You'll need to get the Nissan parts, because aftermarket parts aren't compatible and you'll waste your money, & still not pass emissions.
The AC has gone out on me twice, and even the electrical components struggle.
I've only got 145k highway miles, and I've struggled mightily with the catalytic converters, knock sensors, AC unit (broken twice), electrical, tailgate handle, door handle
Exterior design, I guess, but it's not that great.
Definitely not worth the trouble you'll have with reliability
Catalytic converters, knock sensors, AC unit, and battery cables are all junk.
Even the tailgate handle and the door handle broke.
My suggestion is to actually have parts that work.
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