1998 Nissan Frontier XE KA24DE 4 cylinder from North America
The most durable thing I have ever owned!
Broken torsion bar at 150,000.
First alternator at 180,000.
Starter at 260,000.
Transmission at 245,000.
Original clutch at 205,000 miles.
A/C compressor clutch and cycling switch at 125,000.
Water pump at 190,000.
Steering wheel and driver's seat replaced at 250,000 due to wear, and door strikers and window seals done at that time as well.
White paint peeled severely and was repainted by owner after 8 years.
Both crank seals and valve cover gasket have been replaced in the last 50k miles; now has no leaks.
Cracked exhaust manifold at 260,000.
Currently needs upper control arms.
The most amazing ownership experience I could ever hope for. Built like a tank, it takes severe abuse like no vehicle I have ever owned. The majority of the miles were delivering pizza, and very few are highway.
It has 160psi of compression in all 4 cylinders after more than 1/4 million miles (spec is 150-178psi), uses 1/4 quart of oil between changes, despite getting close to 300k miles.
Like most 90's Nissan's, if you take reasonably good care of it, it will last almost indefinitely.
It is not a good handling truck, but if that is what you are looking for, buy a sports car.
It is pretty good on gas (22-24mpg city), has very comfortable seats and doesn't break down all that often. I would highly recommend this truck to anyone looking for solid transportation - but go find your own. This one is mine and I am never getting rid of it!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th August, 2007
I am the original poster of this review, and figured I would add an update. I just passed 300,000 miles in September of 2008, and it continues to be a very good little truck. It currently has a power steering leak due to a worn box (needs fluid every 3 weeks), and is in need of another compressor clutch for the A/C because it is slipping. This is a common issue on these trucks, but not by any means something that will disable the vehicle. In the last year it has spent most of it's time delivering pizza again and covers around 2700-3000 miles a month. I had one minor break down due to an aftermarket oil pressure gage tee that I had installed which broke off in the block. I fixed it in a few hours and was back on the road the next day. The crank seals leak a bit once again, and it now goes through a quart every 3,000 miles. All in all, not anything to complain about considering just how good it has been. After all, even the best high mileage vehicle will have a few faults now and then.