hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
376,038 miles

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problem #8

Jan 102017

Frontier 4-cyl

  • 2,230,000 miles
While driving my steering wheel shaft snapped and then I find out there was a recall that I was never notified about.

- Bayville, NJ, USA

problem #7

Oct 122015


  • 69,000 miles
The frame on these vehicles are unsafe due to persistent corrosion which also carries throughout other parts under the vehicle like their steering. In my case, the rust is settling in and causing the frame to deteriorate despite it only have 69K miles. The concern is obviously having the vehicle crumble during use. Here are just a few other complaints listed on the internet by other owners. www.nissanforums.com/pathfinder/117181-rusted-frame.html nissanproblem.com/2002-Nissan-Frontier-structure-frame-and-members-underbody-shields-problems-defects/ www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/nissan_frontier.html

- Egg Harbor Township, NJ, USA

problem #6

Dec 152014


  • 225,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 75 mph, the steering wheel was difficult to turn. The contact was concerned that the failure would result in a crash. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 10V554000 (steering) in February of 2013, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 225,000.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #5

Sep 292014

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • 199,887 miles
I got a recall for the steering column. I was told there would be no cost to me for labor and parts. I took my vehicle to the dealer and they wanted to charge me $208 to remove some rusted bolts that had to be removed to get to recalled part.. I got in touch with Nissan Corp. They reviewed the information and sent me a letter stating "it falls outside the parameters of the new vehicle limited warranty". my complaint is, why should I have to pay anything for a recalled part. If the part was not faulty I wouldn't be removing those bolts anyway. I think Nissan Corp. Should incur any cost associated with replacing the recall on the "complete steering column recall".

- Capon Bridge, WV, USA

problem #4

Dec 222010


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated the vehicle would violently pull towards the left when the brakes were engaged at various speeds. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the contact was advised to notify an authorized dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 140,000.

- Resaca, GA, USA

problem #3

Dec 042010


  • 70,250 miles
NHTSA campaign id number : 10V554000 this recall campaign describes exactly what happened last Saturday to my 2002 Nissan Frontier....my steering column broke off while I was driving and I had absolutely no steering. I almost crashed twice and but managed to land the truck safely on a friend's mother's front lawn. An experienced mechanic on scene said he had never seen a steering column break off like this one did. It was towed by a flatbed from there and is currently at the local Nissan dealer, but there are no parts available anywhere to fix it. I had no choice but to buy another vehicle this week, and I did buy another Nissan, a 2009 Frontier.

- Edinburg, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 272007

Frontier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,412 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Frontier. While test driving the vehicle at 40 mph, it began to pull to the right. The contract stated that the alignment would be serviced and the vehicle was taken to the dealer. By that time, the alignment failure became worse. The vehicle was returned to the dealer three additional times, but the failure continued to worsen. The current mileage was 84,000 and failure mileage was 70,412.

- Dobbins, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,756 miles
The outer edges of the two front tires continues to feather (wear off unevenly) and the vehicle continues to pull to the right after three attempts to repair the defect by the Nissan dealer. This is a serious safety hazard according to two certified mechanics. As a result, we have not been able to fully utilize the vehicle as indicated by the low odometer reading (less the 7,000 miles after a year).

- San Bernardino, CA, USA