2002 Nissan Frontier XE 3.3L V6
Amazing 4x4 truck that's built to last
Check engine leak.
Had to replace the exhaust, which was loud when I bought it.
This is a workhorse of a V6 truck. I looked at a Ranger, Dakota, and S10, and ended up buying my Frontier at a very good wholesale price of $4999. The truck is so solid, as the doors shut just like a new truck would, there's no creaks and rattles like my old Jeep, and everything just seems built to last.
I've also hauled some serious full loads of firewood in this truck, without it barely squatting.
The seats aren't the most comfortable, but no Japanese truck is very comfy. But it makes up for that in reliability. I've taken several 300+ miles trips with no issues.
I also have nice General Grabber AT tires on this truck, and I've driven some pretty rotten logging roads with no issues. This truck will not get stuck!
For MPG, I get around 18.5 MPG all the time, so not too horrendous considering it's only about $58 to fill the tank with gas at $3.90/gal now.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th September, 2012
17th Mar 2015, 19:52
Original poster here, still own this vehicle. I have had to put some money into this truck, but all in all, it still gets me places. It is now pushing 180k.
I live in the Northeast, and with proper care I still have yet to have a speck of rust on the body (besides the bumper).
Blew the water pump on my way to work with very little warning; heard it going, so turned around and blew the pump in my neighbor's driveway.
Did the timing belt when the water pump needed to be replaced, but was the original belt and still looked to be in good condition when replaced. Pretty awesome for 170k
Gasket/seal around the fuel sending unit failed, causing a fume smell; had to remove the gas tank to replace it.
Mass air flow sensor needed replacing.
Both exhaust manifolds rotted and needed full replacement.
Four years and my brakes are still healthy and have yet to need replacement.
Power steering pump is on its way out, but I remedy this with fluid every month.
This trucks owes me nothing; will probably upgrade to a newer Frontier for more comfort soon.