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#30 of 39 Nissan PU tranny failure
Dec 28, 2003 (8:38 pm)
It appears that most of the automatic transmission problems are with the 4cyl models. If you check the towing ratings between a 4 cyl automatic and a 6 cyl automatic, there is quite a difference. I am sure this is not just because of the engine power. Any ideas?
#31 of 39 Engine stall - Please help!
Jan 06, 2004 (8:42 am)
I just bought my new 03 SE CrewCab 4x2 during the
Christmas. After driving her about 200 miles, I encounter the engine stall problem. Every time, I make a stop at traffic light or stop sign, the idle speed needle drop below 0.5 (500/rpm) and then go back to normal (about 0.7). If I make a hard stop, the engine is also stop. I would everyone opinion before I bring the truck to Nissan dealer this coming weekend.
Jan 07, 2004 (2:41 pm)
If you are still hearing rolling marbles in your coffee can, ask your service department to check the EVAP system and read NTB 020-20. I was having a similar problem that was fixed when they finally installed the hose and valve that comes in the kit for NTB 020-20. The problem is finding a service technician who can understand the system. The first service department I took mine to wouldn't even look up the NTB, saying they could not hear the noise. I had to drive to a larger dealership about 50 miles away.
#33 of 39 2004 Crew Cab 4x4 Automatic
Jan 07, 2004 (3:58 pm)
When I purchase the truck I told the salesman I wanted to tow it behind an RV with all 4 wheels on the ground. He said shifting the transfer case in Neutral should work. After reading the manual it tells you to never leave it in Neutral. (Why put a Neutral in then). I have found though the Transfer case doesn't lock in Neutral so one would have to put a locking brase on it to keep it in place while towing.
My question is has anyone out there towed this vehicle (The manual says to never tow with the wheels on the ground). And if so let me know the problems you had if any.
The truck has been great since I have owned it I have the Long Bed and it provides everything I want in a truck. This is the 3rd Nissan Truck I have owned and I'm expecting the same outstanding service from it that I received from my other two. They were a 1967 and a 1995. Both very good trucks.
#34 of 39 03 Frontier Paint
Jan 08, 2004 (5:26 am)
I have been a long time Nissan owner. This is my third truck and the first time I have had ANY problem with warranty issues.
The paint on the lower portion of ALL 4 doors has an "orange peel" finish. The dealer gives me a pat answer "they are all that way, because Nissan paints that portion of the door heavier" (for protection against chipping). My comment was that heavier paint does not equate to "orange peel". He blew me off and said call 1-800-NISSAN1. I looked at other vehicles at my dealership and saw the problem, but there was no consistency. About that time I took a trip and looked at vehicles at dealerships in other states and again "hit or miss".
I called Nissan North America and although the rep. was friendly enough, I could tell he didn't understand the problem. I have a "problem number", but nothing was happening. I wrote a letter and was finally contacted again.
I was asked to go to a second dealer. I have not been there yet.
#35 of 39 For what it's worth...
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Jan 09, 2004 (12:58 pm)
I was into my Nissan dealer today to pick up my car from a regular service and wound up talking about the "paint issue" with the salesman who we have dealt with since 1979. He hasn't seen any "orange peel" paint finishes on the lower panels. Said that a couple of years ago that was something that Nissan was doing but that they weren't told much about it back then either. He did mention something about a kind ot tape that they will put on areas at risk for heavy chipping just behind the wheels, but that doesn't sound like what you're talking about. You meant all the way across the lower portion of the entire door panel, right?
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#36 of 39 03 Frontier paint
Jan 09, 2004 (5:38 pm)
My 95 pickup does not have any heavier paint applied along lower portions of doors. My 99 Mazda 626 however, has lower portions of doors and fenders treated with "gravelguard", which is assentially wax coating under the paint to protect these areas from paint chips and scratches. The gravelguarded areas have very distinct orange peel appearance and very definite transition line - the treated area is about 6 inches wide along the length of the car on both sides. Gravelguard is very good treatment for avoiding rust spots due to paint damage in vulnerable areas. I wish Nissan would start treating all of their vehicles with this stuff. It works great! Is this what you are talking about on your 03 Frontier? If so, you should not complain.
#37 of 39 Re: 03 Frontier paint
Jan 10, 2004 (4:20 pm)
I know that circa '93 Sentras had the gravelguard applied along the lower portion of all four doors. It's tough stuff. I had chips but never any rust on mine.
#38 of 39 03 Frontier paint
Jan 12, 2004 (5:25 am)
Went to another dealer and received pretty much the same answer but this time I was told "Nissan add 'something' to the paint". I have a crew cab. The condition is a band approximately 1-1/2" to 2" high and runs the entire length of both door panels on the lower portion, midway between the break in the metal and the bottom of the door panel. It is NOT on the quarter panel.
I have looked at various Nissan trucks and the intensity of this conditions is certainly not consistent. I don't know that is really a problem, I just don't like the run around and vague answers. When I contacted Nissan North America, they had no idea what I was talking about. If this is an actual intended condition, I would think they would/should know. Also, I have not seen any reference about this condition in any literature/stories/reviews.
We have owned 8 Datsuns/Nissans starting with a 68 2000. Currently we have a 91 Stanza, a 2000 Xtera and the 2003 Frontier. This is the first time I have seen this on any of the vehicles.
#39 of 39 CRUISE CONTROL ON HILLS
Sep 29, 2004 (6:21 am)
HAVE A 03 NISSAN FRONTIER SC 4 WHEEL DRIVE CREW CAB.WHEN I GO UP HILLS WITH THE CRUISE AND THE GAS KICKS IN TO SPEED UP THE TRUCK. THE ENGINE REMAINS RUNNING AT 4000 RPM EVEN AFTER I GO OVER THE HILL AND BACK ON FLAT LAND.I TOOK I IT TO THE DEALER AND THEY SAID (THATS WHAT IT IS SURPOSE TO DO AND THE OWNERS MANUEL SAYS NOT TO USE THE CRUISE GOING UP HILLS) I CANNT BELIEVE THE TRUCK SURPOSE TO RUN THIS WAY.I HAVE BEEN DRIVING FOR 36 YEARS AND NEVER HAD A VEHICLE DO THIS. I CALL OTHER DEALER IN HILLY AREAS AND THEY NEVER HEARD OF IT AND NISSAN DOESNT WANT TO BOTHER WITH IT.AND JUST DOESNT CARE ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS!!!!