I've had this truck for over a year now. Bought with 147k, now has 152k. It has been reliable. Always starts (so far!). 4x4 is pretty impressive, with good tires this truck will go most anywhere. Handling is horrible, tippy and does not stop very quickly. It is a 4x4 truck though. Fuel economy is not very good, 16-24 mpg is what I've been getting. Decent low end torque for 4 cyl but no guts on the freeway, and mtns make me search for gears. Dunno about the new Frontier, but for the price, a used Nissan pu/frontier is a good package. Consider the V6 though, more power and I don't think the fuel economy is much worse. 4 cyl is not for towing heavy stuff.
Reliable, 4x4, good field of vision (Tacomas and Rangers feel a bit like a dark cave inside in comparison), simple to work on, cheap, looks like a truck "should" i.e. basic and solid, metal bumpers in the city are nice after having a little car that was dinged several times
Jump seats in extended cab are nearly useless for adults, handling is not great, braking is poor, some interior parts are cheap, rear quarter panel window latch snapped in a strong prairie wind, very very stiff bumpy ride, more than other similar Japanese trucks
I bought this truck when it was 2 years old and had 29,000 miles. I've owned it for 10 years - it now has 130,000 and still runs fine. The only repairs other than routine maintenance have been tie rod ends and ball joints at about 90,000 and starter at 125,000 miles. It's been a solid and dependable truck. Gas mileage has been about 20 in town and 24 highway (it's a 5 speed manual 4WD). It is a bit underpowered but that hasn't been a problem for me. I've used it off- road and also towed a trailer with it but rarely drive over 60 mph. I hope to keep it for a long time
Dependability, low maintenance, good gas mileage, high ground clearance.
I bought it new and still have it. 66,000 miles on the odometer. It still looks new, except for some small dings. I wanted a 6 cyl. instead of the 2.4 liter 4 cyl., but the 6 cyl was not available in the 97 model due to some EPA requirement.
Rust free body. Never replaced any mechanical or engine parts, except for regular maintenance items and wear and tear parts, like tires, brakes, a battery, plugs, air and oil filters, and distributor parts.
Too late for improvements on an 11 year old truck, but Nissan did a pretty job as is.
I bought this truck new to tow behind our motorhome. It now has 110,000 miles and the first repair was in oct. 07, a temp sensor in the carb. barrel. It is underpowered, but I consistently get 20mpg, and that's with a 4wd vehicle. it's on the fourth set of tires, but part of that could be from towing it 100k miles. In 4wd it has been in places where few trucks have gone in UT, AZ, and CO. It's pretty spartan, but I have driven it 1000 miles straight and I find the seat ore comfortable than a car. I rarely go over 65 because it's geared a bit low, but that little engine just keeps going hour after hour at a steady 3200 rpm. I am looking for another truck, maybe a frontier.
It just goes and goes and goes. I sure would like to buy another one that would give me the service this has.
A bit more power would be nice, but it's a 4 cylinder. If you want power get the v6.
I am an avid 4 wheeler and this truck witht he added modifications including a 3 inch lift and 32" Mud tires and various others. this truck is almost perfect the only other thing it could stand is the Vg30 motor (v6) wich nissan only used up untill 95 and brought back in 99. GREAT TRUCK
Tough little truck that gets the job done both on road and Off