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#18 of 39 4x4 four-wheel drive problem
Dec 08, 2003 (10:01 am)
I own a 2001 Nissan Frontier V6 4x4 manual shift.Four-wheel drive used maybe 15 days in winter. Rest of year I engage four-wheel drive 5 times in rain to keep hubs lubicated. This year I engaged it in first snow. Above 30 MPH roaring, grinding noise in free-running hubs and/or front differential. Had hubs greased for $160 at dealer. Still roars and grinds.
My prior 1998 Nissan 4x4 four-wheel drive cut out alltogether in its third year (did not work at all).
I am drawing the conclusion it is bad engineering and am quite frankly disgusted with it. Just when you needed in snow it does't work. This is the last Nissan Pickup I bouught.
Anyone please comment with Nisssan Pickup four-wheel drive experience. Good or Bad.
#20 of 39 Should've bought the Tacoma!!
Dec 08, 2003 (1:08 pm)
Well now I know why the Frontier was (a LITTLE) cheaper - Nissan doesn't stand behind it. I previously documented the (auto) tranny fluid dump at 1507 miles. The repairing dealer was kind enough to give me one of the "wedges" left in the oil line at the factory which caused the cooler line to come off the radiator. [Looks like the links you'd remove from a metal watch band to make it smaller.]
All the fluid was pumped out of the tranny - smoke was everywhere - we were stuck at the side of an onramp on a snowing winter day about to climb a mountain pass with chains on.
What's Nissan USA customer satisfaction's resolution after 4+ weeks? Refill the tranny fluid, put the hose back on, have a nice day. "You should've bought an extended warranty".
Yeah - no kidding - but what I REALLY should've bought is a Toyota.
The repairing dealer determined there was no tranny problem - by driving it less than one mile? Good trick (dumped fluid at 1507 miles on odo, picked up at 1508 miles).
There's no tranny damage? - so what's the cost of Nissan giving us an extended warranty? If the risk is zero - they'll have zero extended warranty claims - right?
Anyone want to bet on whether the car we buy next summer will be a Nissan??
NHTSA and lemon law case here we come!
#21 of 39 Frontier 4WD crew cab
Dec 09, 2003 (8:16 am)
I'm starting to shop for a new truck to repalce my '98 ford ranger 4WD extended cab which has 133,000 miles. Other than the damper door, tensioner,and windshield washer motor it is a good truck. I'm interested in the Frontier non S/C, but I'm not too impressed with the gas mileage of the 3.3 liter. An earlier post recommended a diesel which would be a nice option and/or different gearing for the highway. This board is very helpful, keep up the good work.
#22 of 39 My first problem -- 4x4 grinding noise
Dec 09, 2003 (3:16 pm)
I purchased my 2003 frontier in october w/ 44 miles on it. I broke in the engine properly and even use the 4wd. I had no problems till 5,000 miles. I had to use the 4WD in some heavy snow on the east coast. Upon stopping short during my drive the brakes clutterred, clanged and grinded to a halt. They brakes work fine if i come to a normal stop, but if i have to apply any extra pressure to the brake pedal it feels and sounds like the front end of the truck is gonna crumble. The dealer cant fit me in for 2 weeks...off to a great start nissan usa
#23 of 39 Any other Nissan dealers nearby?
Dec 09, 2003 (9:45 pm)
Being that its the brakes, I'd think they would be able to push you up in the queue. After all it is safety related.
#24 of 39 Nissan Quality
Dec 23, 2003 (8:54 pm)
I read in awe about some of the problems encountered. I bought a 2000 Frontier 4x4 V-6 new in January of 2000. Except for a small oil leak from the rear main seal, I have had no problems of any kind. The leak was so small that not a drop ever hit the ground. The dealer discovered it during routine service. Now almost 70,000 miles later the truck is as good or rather better than new. The four wheel drive works well, and the gas mileage is acceptable at an average of 20 to 21 mpg. I occasionally tow a 5,000lbs cattle trailer with it.
One word of caution though: Tires! My truck used 255x65x16 tires. When the original tires wore out, I replaced them with Michelin Cross Terrain tires. These tires will not work with most of the Nissan vehicles. They vibrate and handle poorly. Michelin replaced them with LTX tires and that solved the problem.
#25 of 39 My Frontier's Biggest Problem!!!!
Dec 24, 2003 (12:01 am)
I have a '02 CC, LB 3.3 V6 w/o the S/C. I bought it with 12 miles and it now has 17000 in 18 months. I just want to get some feedback from anyone with similiar problems or knowledge as I'm going to attempt the Lemon Law on it (Again!!). My first attempt I complained of an annoying knock on cold starts and a brake vibration. Both not considered "severe" enough to make it a lemon. (In who's eyes?)
The knock and vibration is given Nissan's standard reply of it's "normal." Yet the dealer mechanic did compression tests on it and found it "out-of-spec", removed the heads and had to clean casting debris that shouldn't have been there...still is there as well as the knock. Then told it was normal.
The vibration went from brakes to shocks to seperation of welds on front bumper mounts back to the ABS controller. Now normal as well. The vibration is caused when the ABS actuates and does a self test!!!! Well for as many self tests it does (atleast three-to-five daily), it shouldn't lock up when it's needed most, which it has.
The real problem, just before my hearing, the brakes actually began to drag, wouldn't release. this accured at just 4000 miles. A different dealer had to adjust some sensor after the dealer I purchased it from finally had enough of my complaints and said it's not their problem, talk with Nissan USA (Yea right!!!). It continued and had to have the master cyl, rotors, pads, calipers replaced from the damage and still didn't know what caused it and still the brakes don't work right. (see above) They've begun to get worse and I won't even drive the thing in the rain anymore. (Which sucks since I live in FL)
I'm at my wits end with Nissan Service and this truck. It sucks because I really like it aside from the problems. (I waited just so I could get the long bed cc). Now I wish I would have bought a Toyota!!! Anyone with a suggestion for my case or having similiar problems, Please let me know!!!
#27 of 39 Nissan PU tranny failures
Dec 24, 2003 (9:02 am)
I own a 1991 Nissan Hardbody I purchased brand new that has now had its tranny rebuilt for the second time. It is a 4-cyl, auto trans, std cab. I have 187,000 miles on it. The first rebuild happened in 1997 with 79,000 miles. As you can see, the average miles between failures is around 80-90K. This has been a good truck - except for the predicted tranny rebuilds. The cost has been the same for both tranny rebuilds: $1800 each. YEOUCH! My opinion is that if I had to do it again, I probably would do it again or get a Toy. By the way, my driving is about 70% highway (interstate) and I am not a hot rod driver.
For you with a Nissan PU: you made a good choice. Just be prepared to lay out a couple of grand for a tranny at some point in its life. (Still cheaper to keep her than pay 30 grand for a new truck and $1500 a year in insurance). I hope this comforts y'all somewhat. Could be worse: it could be a Dodge Ram auto tranny that has an expected MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) of about 50K miles. Hemi power and tranny weak.