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May 05, 2008 (12:12 pm)
I recently purchased a 2001 Nissan Frontier (my first truck). Yesterday (and every day before) the tailgate worked fine, but today it wouldn't open. I took off the back panel and the problem is not with the handle, but with the latch not returning to the proper position.
Example: when I pull the handle the tailgate opens, but then the mechanism inside does not return to its proper place so, the next time I pull the latch, the mechanism is not in place for the latch to press down on, and so release the gate.
Does anyone know how to fix this problem? It seems relatively simple, but I can't figure it out.
#33 of 87 Re: Tail gate latch [robjefferson]
May 16, 2008 (8:37 am)
When you peer at the mechanism, do you see where a return spring might have fallen out or is hanging from one end? I've never dismantled one of these, but I'd imagine a spring is used to pull the latch back into position.
#34 of 87 1998 speedometer NOT working
May 24, 2008 (4:53 am)
The speedometer in my '98 Frontier is not working. It would register for awhile and show 45 mph when I was driving 60 mph. Now it's just sitting there dead. Check engine light is on as well. I just put a new transmission in, used but only 70,000 miles but the speedometer was acting up before the transmission was installed. Radio, lights...all other electronics working. Any thoughts?
#35 of 87 2003 Frontier Tailgate Handle
May 25, 2008 (10:37 pm)
The tailgate handle on my 2003 frontier XE broke today Not a biggie right? Should be easy enough to fix. Well, it is easy to fix if you can find the part! I have searched everywhere. I can find the handle for anything 2000 and older as well as 2004 and newer. It's like the middle 3 years are just gone! Have any ideas? It's just a stupid piece of plastic.
#36 of 87 Chipping Paint on 2003 Frontier
May 27, 2008 (5:08 pm)
Just curious if anyone else has issues with their paint chipping. I have spoken with Nissan and they say not enough people have complained to do a recall so I was just curious how many other people are having the same problem I am. My paint is chipping almost all the way down the right side of my vehicle. It is down to the primer. I have owned many vehicles and this is the first one where the paint has chipped.
#37 of 87 Re: Chipping Paint on 2003 Frontier [reid1083]
May 29, 2008 (4:48 pm)
I have owned several Frontiers and have never had a problem with paint, even platinum. I don't know where you live, but salt water or even salt on the roads can kill paint. I believe that your case is not the norm, Nissan here in Texas is great about helping customers with problems. What color is your truck? Have you been using a particular wax? Any background could help.
#38 of 87 2006 Frontier reliability
Jul 02, 2008 (7:54 am)
I am looking to buy an 06 SE V6 2wd. I could go either way on the tranny, but I think I would like the 6 spd because of the mileage. Anyway, what are the first things that usually go on this truck and what should I look for when I go to buy as far as common problems?
#39 of 87 Re: Chipping Paint on 2003 Frontier [reid1083]
Jul 02, 2008 (7:03 pm)
No chipping at all on my 07 Fronty 4x4. And I've driven on more than a few rough roads.
#40 of 87 Re: 2003 Frontier Tailgate Handle [yader84]
Aug 13, 2008 (6:22 am)
I had the same problem with my 2001. I had to go to the dealer for a replacement part. Sorry!
#41 of 87 Re: 2003 Frontier Tailgate Handle [yader84]
Dec 29, 2008 (3:52 pm)
Did you ever track down a 2003 Frontier tailgate handle? I'm in the same situation - finding the same pre 2000, post 2004 model search results...no luck on the 2003 year. A local Nissan dealer wanted $66 for the 2003 handle, but earlier handle models online were $12-16 (??) What did you find?