2000 Nissan Frontier SE Crew Cab V6 3.3L from North America


Performs like a big V8 truck, but doesn't cost as much up front or in maintenance


After the first winter some rust beginning to show on the underside of the rear bumper. The dealer wouldn't help so I called Nissan directly and they replaced it for free.

AM/FM, Tape, CD player spit out the disk every so often by itself. It wouldn't do it in front of the dealership's service department so I bought a new one with preamp outputs to power a pair of 12" subwoofers in the back seat.

Cooling fan motor died at 61,000 miles which is 1,000 miles over warranty, but it was probably my fault because it died after a 4x4'n day through a drained pond.

General Comments:

My maintenance has been only changing the oil, tires, brake pads, and cooling fan that I broke after 75,000 miles of beating.

I have towed a 19' open bow Starcraft boat everywhere without expected struggles.

I was mad when I towed a 33ft party pontoon boat with an upper deck topping out at 62mph, but changed my mind when I borrowed a Ford F350 Super Duty Diesel that topped out at 65mph.

Made to run forever with power at the low end to mid range speeds and little maintenance, but limited to 95 - 100 mph top end.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2004

2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner XE 3.3 V6 from North America


A truck for people who like to drive


No major problems to date, save a few fender benders.

General Comments:

I love this truck. The Desert Runner has the handling of a car, with the utility of a truck.

I added a roll-bar and safari bar with some lights. In all I added 6 more lights, which not only looks nice, but also helps when off road at night. I also put on some larger tires.

I gave a 9 for performance because I have yet to find a truck that handles better. However, the engine is about average.

As for comfort, The front bucket seats are nice. I am 6-2 and I have more than enough room. I gave it an 8 because the back seats are to small. I can fit one friend uncomfortably in the back. With one person the leg room is fine, however there isn't enough shoulder room. If it was extended 2 more inches that would be a big improvement.

I gave an 8 for dealer because our local Nissan dealership has a pretty poor service in the parts department.

I gave a 9 for the running costs because it is about the same (if not a bit better) than trucks in the same class.

I regularly take it to the back of our property and out on friends property. The skid plates and moderate clearance comes in handy with large rocks and cactus. The Desert Runner has more capabilities than the normal 2x4 model, but is still limited since it is 2 wheel drive.

Like I previously mentioned. This truck has good handling (dare I say exceptional) The sway bar, and low center of gravity allows this truck to handle like a car around back-road corners.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2004

2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner XE 3.3 V6 from North America


A great performing truck


Factory stereo/speakers are terrible.

Easy fix for about 300 bucks.

General Comments:

Very nice truck, haven't had any problems with it.

Handles great on and off road.

Love the ground clearance.

Ride is as smooth as can be expected, feels like driving a full-size.

The 3.3 V6 is a perfect match for the size of the truck, acceleration is nothing to complain about.

Interior gives the feel of a full-size truck.

Very good value, great truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2003

2000 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 V6 from North America


A poorly made vehicle


Fuel pump sending unit resulting in a vehicle breakdown and tow.

Passenger side rear leaf spring - twice.

Transmission servo resulting in a check engine light.

Exhaust manifold.


General Comments:

We bought the Nissan because it had the large 4 door cab, a comfortable ride and good handling.

This truck is underpowered and gets poor mileage.

Since the leaf spring is the only thing attaching the axle, having two broken leaf springs makes this a dangerous vehicle to drive.

We find this truck very unreliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th April, 2003

14th Oct 2003, 12:33

I wanted to comment on the report about the Nissan Crew Cab. Having owned one for the past 3 years, 40K+ miles, I also have some experience behind the wheel. I've also participated on several NGs since I first bought my truck.

The statement about the cracked exhaust manifold is well documented. In fact, Nissan has a TSB issued on this and will replace the manifold for free if it cracks. If you've paid previously for this repair, contact Nissan for a full refund (also mentioned in the TSB).

This is a HEAVY truck. 4000 lbs worth and a small V6. No, it doesn't get great gas mileage. However, it has plenty of speed when the weight is considered. I often tow my 2000 lb camper, with 4 adults, and almost 1000lbs of extra equipment just fine. In fact, I have enough reserve power to leave most traffic behind from a dead stop. Handy when needing to get in another lane. While towing on the highway, I typically get 16+ MPG at 70mph. In town, I get 16-19 MPG with the AC cranking.

All the other problems mentioned are very uncommon. I've never heard of a spring breaking. Makes me wonder if the owner has been jumping the truck or abusing it somehow.

The two problems I've had is a dead battery at the 2 year mark. For some reason, most everyone I've talked to that has a 2000 vehicle (any brand) had the same issue. Even my wife's 2000 VW battery died. Weird. The other problem was a blower motor resistor board. It gets condensate dripping on it from the evaporator core. The exposed board corroded and failed last year. It was ~$25 to replace and took less than 2 minutes.

Mine is a daily driver. It's the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned. It still has no rattles, no drift, the transmission feels new, and I still tow with it. A poorly made vehicle? Not quite. Maybe you got a lemon. Don't take my word for it, visit any of the Nissan Frontier boards and read the thousands of comments yourself.