2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0 from North America
Great when first purchased but now...
Let me start by saying I bought a 2004 Nissan Frontier in 2004. I owned that truck for 65,000 miles and 8 1/2 years. Based on that experience, when I decided to replace it in October 2012, I went out to buy a new Nissan Frontier. I did not consider any other option. I bought my new Frontier in November 2012.
At first I was very pleased with my purchase. The truck is roomy, powerful, comfortable and has features I find important or at least handy.
Then things started to happen. Spring of 2014 with 12k miles on the vehicle the brakes started squeaking. They got so bad I had to have them repaired. Though better, this is still an ongoing issue after 25k miles.
At 22k miles I noticed oil spots on my newly paved driveway. The rear differential was leaking oil. This was fixed by the local dealer under warranty. This was not a good sign.
During this period the truck has developed a series of winter and summer squeaks and rattles. This is not driven off road and has low, street driven mileage.
Now it gets better. In January 2016, I had the truck for almost 38 months (22,100 miles) and the paint started flaking off the left front fender. This is NOT the result of damage, misuse or a lack of care. This is the result of the improper preparation and/or improper application of the paint at the factory.
I informed Nissan of the problem and they had me take the truck to the local Nissan dealer for inspection and an estimate of the cost to make the repairs.
After not hearing from Nissan for a week I contacted them. They told me they would not do anything about this issue and it was my problem to deal with.
They estimated $785 for the repair. Now I am trying to get an 'out of pocket' quote from one of the local body shops to fix this problem.
Am I confident paint will not start flaking off on some other part of the body in the near future? No.
Am I confident I will not have some other costly problem that Nissan will not cover? No.
I was hoping to keep this truck at least 8 years like the 2004, but now I am considering getting rid of it this summer. Based on the fact that because of what this truck has been like for the last 3 years, I do not have any level of confidence in this vehicle giving me at least 5 more years of trouble free service.
In conclusion, based on what has happened over the last 3 years and Nissan's refusal to support its product, I cannot in good conscience recommend the Nissan Frontier.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 31st January, 2016