1st Generation (1998—2004) Frontier Problems

Frontier owners with a 1998—2004 model year have the most problems with the electrical (14%), engine (14%), and the transmission (14%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Excessive Corrosion 1 complaints at an average of 75,000 miles in the 2002 Nissan Frontier.
  2. Gas Tank Rusted 4 complaints at an average of 75,635 miles in the 2004 Nissan Frontier.
  3. Transmission Went Out 2 complaints at an average of 112,500 miles in the 2000 Nissan Frontier.

What Frontier Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Nissan model years.

Watch out for the 2004 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2004 16 4 18 9.65
2003 8 7 21 2.89
2002 7 8 47 4.2
2001 16 7 55 4.37
2000 4 6 63 2.49
1999 2 5 57 0.5
1998 3 5 45 0.73

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