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2004 Nissan Frontier - Consumer Reviews

2004 Nissan Frontier

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Nissan Frontier Forever
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By Vicki Kemmerer
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2004 Nissan Frontier 2dr King Cab XE Rwd SB (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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This is my second Frontier. I've had this one for 11 years. These are great small trucks. I just wish it got better mileage.
Both trucks had problems with tailgate lock in both trucks.


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The Perfect Truck
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By David Mock
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2004 Nissan Frontier 2dr King Cab XE Rwd SB (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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My grandfather bought this truck new from the dealership in 2004. The whole time he owned it through my childhood and teen years it was phenomenal, and still is today. Recently due to medical issues he had to give up driving and the truck went to me. It is still the the magnificent truck it was the day he brought it home. My wife and I own a small hobby farm and we use it frequently for hauling feed, supplies, produce, animals, and just about anything else you can think of. It's easy to maintain, very simplistic in that there is not a lot of electronics to fail and the gas mileage is unbelievable. We recently took a trip from our home in Western Maryland to the Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY and the truck averaged 34mpg for the trip, and that was with the bed loaded with camping gear. When my grandfather bought this truck he traded in a 1984 Nissan truck for it which had 483,000 miles on it an I expect that and so much more out of this beautiful piece of machinery. If you have the opportunity to purchase a 1st gen (1998-2004) Nissan Frontier with the bulletproof 2.4L KA24DE engine get it. It will be the best investment you'll ever make.


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The Good, Bad and Ugly
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By JonR
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2004 Nissan Frontier 2dr King Cab XE Rwd SB (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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My 2nd Nissan Pickup-last was a '98- great-this one not quite as good. This one had good ride, dependability, great mileage. Owned 6 years, 42,000 miles- same tires mileage between 25 and 28 normal, and on trip to Yellowstone, 32+ amazing! Range 290- 330 miles 'cause gas gauge design always made truck look like it was running out! Full was 9 O'clock, 1/2 was 7 pm and empty was 6 PM. Very bad on confidence. Overall, truck performed ok but emission controls choked what could have been more horsepower. Problems were, Steering wheel squeaked from new, Oxy sensor failed, Parking brake cable fell off mount, Horn quit in snowy winter, rattle in headliner. All in all a good truck but some small issues


Best Features

Gas mileage, Comfortable cabin, reasonable ride, decent if not great performance, good workhorse.


Worst Features

Shoot the instrument designer!! Grey on white instruments in a tunnel! Impossible to see on gray day. Gas gauge always looks empty! Add cruise control (V6 had it!)


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A fun little truck
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By willy
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2004 Nissan Frontier 2dr King Cab XE Rwd SB (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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A neat small truck with great mileage and pretty good performance even with the small engine. It has been trouble free and is really fun to drive.


Best Features

Manual transmission and styling are my favorite features.


Worst Features

Dash lights could be brighter but cabin layout is fine,


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Will not buy another Frontier
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By Scot
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2004 Nissan Frontier 2dr King Cab XE Rwd SB (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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This truck is very slow. I know it is a 4 cyl, but it has this habit of shifting into the highest gear when I need it the least (going uphill and accelerating). When I need to accelerate, I have to either press the pedal 1/2 way down to shift, or push the Over Drive button on the shift lever. Speaking of which, you can't shift into a lower gear if you have something plugged into the cigarette lighter. The shift lever is in the way. Also, the plastic plug to the cigarette lighter is always falling out. DO NOT DRIVE this truck in the snow. It will not make it up even the slightest of grades. Even with XL tires, the back end is very light and slips everywhere. Don't buy this death trap.


Best Features

The only good thing is that the engine runs, and strangelly it pulls a trailer pretty well for a 4-cyl. But, it sucks gas like a 6 or 8 cyl, no matter how much you baby it. I probably would have been better off with a 6 cyl, 4x4 but I didn't have an extra $7K to spend.


Worst Features

Changing the oil on the Frontier is very difficult. Every car I have had is a breeze but not the Frontier. Underneath the truck, you have to remove this flimsy, dirty flap out of the way and snake your hand through perfectly to reach the oil filter, tearing up your arm in the process.


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