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Nissan Frontier, Exterior, Engine, Interior, Transmission, Truck
#678 of 799 Re:Nissan CrewCab vs. Dakota Quad Cab
Dec 22, 2002 (3:50 pm)
Had a '93 Sentra that was the best car I've ever owned. My daughter is now on her third Nissan car and has had excellent service from them all (including a '83 Sentra that went 270,000 miles).
I would've preferred to buy a Nissan truck since most everyone I've known has had very good service from them and I've developed a lot of confidence in the Nissan product. But not everybody. I have a fellow working for me now that is not pleased with his new Frontier.
I did purchase a 2003 Dakota Club Cab and I have been surprised with the high level of component and assembly quality. I have not discovered one flaw so far and it has not been back to the dealer for anything. I talked to a couple of dozen Dakota owners before I bought and was equally surprised with the good reports of reliability. If you read the posts here at Edmund's you see a lot of complaints about Dakota brake rotors. I think this was a problem a few years ago, but I know that Chrysler has changed vendors on that part and I haven't heard complaints from newer owners. I also think that Dakota's from 2001 up are much better assembled and more reliable.
The Dakota, in my opinion, beats the Nissan Frontier in most aspects. Comfort, handling, and especially performance. Please don't get me wrong, I think Nissan builds a good product. Very good. But I also think that Nissan pick-ups are not quite as competitive, especially to the Dakota. I would bet that in 200,000 miles the Nissan would be overall more reliable for the majority of owners. Unfortunately, for my requirements the short bed and very cramped rear seating was an imposing negative.
Reliability wise you're rolling the dice on any make or model. However, anybody in the know would not be taking as much of a chance on a Nissan. If the Frontier meets your requirements, I'd say you can't find a better truck. You'll hear dissatified Dakota owners on the web, but talk to a few people face-to-face. I think you'll get a different picture. People on the web have a tendency to have strong opinions -- both ways. Test drive both vehicles. It won't cost you anything.
Best of luck,
#680 of 799 Help, trying to buy a truck and Nissan wont build one
Jan 24, 2003 (4:45 pm)
I need some advice. I decided that the Nissan Frontier is the truck I need and want. Problem is Nissan wont make it. I put the order in with the dealer for a 2003 S/C long bed with everything on it. Nissan told the dealer last week they were not going to make it. The best I can come up with is not enough orders for the S/C in the region is why they are not making it. Calls to Nissan customer service have got no where. Any one ever had this problem? Anyone know what to do?
It really is the only one that fits my needs. So I am screwed at this point. Nissan wont help in any way shape or form.
#681 of 799 Another opinion, choose toyota or chevy
Feb 10, 2003 (3:20 pm)
I owned datsun/nissans for almost 2 decades. I have been a happy loyal nissan owner in the past but found if all but impossible to buy a new frontier crew cab for a decent price.
The dealers were getting any price and still sell them. They are 'now' about $6000 lower than they had been in this area. Toyotas are very reliable but always much more expensive than the competition.
I reluctantly bought a Chevy and wondered how long I would enjoy it vs my previous nissans.
I must add to this discussion that the
Chevy S-10 has really won me over. I know too many "new" nissan owners who are not happy. The nissan has dropped below Chevy in terms of owner satisfaction for the first time in years..from 4rth to 5th place.
I, for one, am very pleased that the dealers of nissan have made me a Chevy owner. This Chevy is great in the snow and much more comfortable inside..and although none in this class but the V8 Dodge has power, you don't need to buy a super charged one to get a little bit of horsepower.
Maybe future nissans will be able to compete with the diesels and hybrids that are just down the road but so far I haven't seen any in the trade magazines.
Feb 20, 2003 (1:08 pm)
I leased a 2002 Frontier Crew Cab & when I had the air conditioning on & had 3 other guys in my truck along with golf clubs, I tried to pass a vehicle and couldn't, & the dealer ship said they found no error. I have already had to have the horn replaced & both my wipers had to be fixed because they stop working because of the bolt losing up, plus my temperature gauge was off & it was fixed! I also had the recall for the Rear ABS Sensors/Rear Axle Housing fixed. I think I might have a lemon? Has anyone else had the same problems?
#685 of 799 My Crew Cab Experience
Feb 23, 2003 (4:02 pm)
Anyone who complains of gas milage didn't do their homework before buying. Yes, it isn't great, I get 15 mpg in winter driving with a topper on. Yes, the 170 hp engine is underpowered. Especially with the A/C on. I wish they would put the bigger Pathfinder engine in the trucks. I too have the recall on the Rear ABS Sensors/Rear Axle Housing. I have never owned a car/truck that didn't have a recall of some kind. These things happen. My outdoor temp. gage is off by up to 4 degrees from actual (I attribute this to the location near the radiator)and seem to be further off when the temps are in the 40-60 range. Dealer will look at it when I take it in for the recall repair. Other than this, almost one year after purchase, I have no other problems. If Ford would make a 4 door Ranger and if Toyota would EVER get a price reality check, I would consider buying one. This is my second Nissan Truck ('92 4X2), and I can not say enough about them.
The ride is good for a truck. The passenger room in the back seat is plenty for my 7 year old and works OK for the few times I have adults. The long bed too is a great asset. Denver to Santa Fe and back I got 21 mpg. The hieght, visually is better than the sedan I got rid of. I have had it in 4X twice and it came through like a champ.
#686 of 799 GasMileage - New Buyer
Mar 01, 2003 (7:23 am)
I'm considering buying an 03 crew cab V6 with a 5sp. One thing that concerns me is the gas mileage. 80% of my drive is highway mileage and I'm hoping that the truck would give me 20 - 21 mpg. Is this a realistic hope?
#687 of 799 2003 XEV6 CC SHAKE RATTLE ROLL
Mar 08, 2003 (5:13 am)
2/18/03 I purchased this Nissan. A few days later I found that when ever the car is warmed up, it has a 'miss'. The car starts to shake at idle, the engine surges a bit. Its sort of running rich, then lean, then rich then lean. It's been at the dealer 12 days out of the 21 or so that I've owned it. Anyone else had experience with this? Oh, and all this coupled with a dieseling knock from the engine. "This is normal for this engine", says the first dealer I went to. The second dealer (yes I dropped it off elsewhere) ran all the computer diagnostics and nothing coming up. Anyone else having this 'non-issue' with their 3.3? If I wanted my car to shake, I probably should've bought used? Oh, and I'll tell you where NOT to buy a car in NJ if you're interested!