1998 Nissan Frontier XE 2.4 DOHC from North America


I love it!!


Idler pulley seized up.

Belts wore out.

Air bag light is on.

Check engine light is on.

Main drive pulley is shot.

General Comments:

This truck is incredible, I have jumped it, went off roading with it. I have put a lot of KS on it and it has had minimal maintenance issues.

The air bag light came on and the check engine light is on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2007

1998 Nissan Frontier King Cab SE 4x4 2.4L 4 Cylinder from North America


Excellent truck for the money


Driver's Side window weatherstripping cracked.

4WD never would shift the first time "on the fly" as the manual said it could; once it had been shifted into 4wd once it could be moved back and forth from 2 to 4 at will when moving.

General Comments:

This was my second new truck from Nissan. Was very reliable and also one of the cheapest brand new 4x4's out there when I bought it. Loaded with every option imaginable in 1998 including a sunroof, which I miss.

Seats were semi-uncomfortable for real long trips, but fine for every day driving.

Gas mileage was disappointing for a 4 cylinder truck, even a 4wd; it barely got 18mpg on the highway (I have a full-size Nissan Titan now that gets close to that and it's a V8 crew cab 4wd).

Changing the oil filter was irritating, because the only way to get at it without a lift was to turn the wheels all the way to the right and pull off the inner wheel well rubber shields. After pulling the shields off a few times the plastic plugs that hold them in were breaking.

Otherwise, this truck was fantastic to own. Until I bought my latest truck I was very sorry to ever have sold it. The quality of it was fantastic compared to all the other trucks I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2004

27th Aug 2010, 22:26

What I find works to fix the oil filter annoyingness is to take the shield and cut a nice big hole in it. Drill some screws into it with a plastic cover for the hole, so now you turn the wheel all of the way right, remove the plastic cover, and take the oil filter out!

1998 Nissan Frontier EX 4 cylinder from North America


Great truck would buy another


Tailgate finisher panel fell off during cold weather

Windshield wipers failed twice, connection to motor broke and pivots replaced. No other problems.

General Comments:

Excellent vehicle reliability. Had two Honda's before with more problems than this vehicle. Rides stiff, but not uncomfortable could use a bit more power than the 4 puts out, but not terrible. Drive on the highway daily and has adequate acceleration.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 2004

1998 Nissan Frontier EX 4 cylinder. from North America


A roomy, economical, reliable little truck


The air conditioner makes a grinding noise when turned on. I haven't yet had it looked at, but I am betting it is the compressor.

The windshield seems to crack very easily. I have had three cracks repaired (with no off roading).

General Comments:

I like this truck for what it is: a small, economical, starter truck. I bought it in order to feel more comfortable on rural and logging roads without going overboard and losing gas mileage.

I find it comfortable and very responsive. I drive 110 miles a day at a minimum, and don't find myself too worn out by the drive. The loss of the air conditioning has hit me hard (I live in the desert and it is July), but I will have it looked at.

I like that the engine compartment is roomy, so I can do minor replacements myself. My Cressida was a nightmare in terms of the simplest headlight or air filter replacement.

I like the bare bones, no-power-anything design of the interior. And, I have had three people ride, two in the bucket seats, one in the kick seat, for short distances without too many complaints.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2004

10th Dec 2004, 12:13

The problem mentioned about the air conditioner may be covered in a re-call concerning air-conditioners on this truck. Mine had 72000 when the AC went out, but was covered in the recall. The problem is the connection at the air compressor vibrates until it breaks and causes the failure. The dealer replaced the connection and all tubing along the firewall and recharged it for free. They were great.