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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,732 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2002 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #11

Aug 162015


  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Frontier. While driving 68 mph, the vehicle made an abnormal noise then decelerated without warning. When the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle did not respond. The contact stated that the vehicle was turned off and then back on and the vehicle functioned normally. Several miles into the driving the vehicle, the accelerator pedal seized, causing the vehicle to accelerate without the accelerator pedal being depressed. The contact was informed that the vehicle's speed sensor failed. The contact was informed by the dealer and manufacturer that the part was no longer available. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #10

Sep 072012


  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that the vehicle began to accelerate independently while sitting at a traffic stop with the brakes applied. The contact was able to shift into park and turned the ignition off. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact to call a local dealer. The failure mileage was 165,000.

- Clifton, VA, USA

problem #9

May 062011


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle suddenly began to accelerate. The contact applied the brakes which slowed the vehicle down but it began to accelerate again. The failure occurred several times in one day. The rpms rapidly increased as well. The vehicle slid into an intersection although the contact forcefully depressed the brake pedal. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 73,000. Updated 06/10/11 updated 1/24/2012

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 152008

Frontier 6-cyl

  • miles


The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Frontier. The contact was driving 1 mph and entering a parking space when the vehicle abnormally accelerated and the contact crashed into a pole. She stated that she engaged the brake, but the vehicle did not respond. The vehicle sustained damages to the front bumper. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred within two years while the contact was attempting to park the vehicle. The contact crashed into a building. The vehicle sustained damages to the front end and fender and the bumper was replaced. There were no injuries at the time of either incident. The contact was unaware if her vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 02V298000 (vehicle speed control) and could not recall if the repairs were performed. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 43,000. Updated 8/30/11

- Citrus Height, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 202010


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Frontier. While parking the vehicle and applying the brake pedal, the vehicle accelerated on its own. The contact applied extreme force to the brakes; however, they failed causing him to crash into the front door of a bank. The damages to the vehicle were unknown. There were no injuries. A police report was filed. The dealer was not notified. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileages were 36000.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

problem #6

Oct 212003


  • miles
While driving vehicle suddenly accelerated. Driver applied the brakes, but the brakes had a delay in response. Extended stopping distance was necessary based on poor performance of brakes.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 052003

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles


Sudden loss of engine power without warning, severe vehicle vibration/jerking and momentary loss of control of vehicle at 80 mph while attempting to merge onto interstate when first occured. No where in owners manual is this limiter stated, nor why it is so severe.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 302002

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,054 miles
Vehicle was involved in accident due to engine racing when consumer pressed on the brake pedal. This prevented consumer from stopping, rear ending the vehicle in front.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 262002


  • miles
While vehicle was still running but in park with no warning gears switched to reverse, causing vehicle to slowly roll backwards. Dealer notified.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #2

Dec 122001


  • miles
The Nissan speed limiter engaged at approximately 80mph causing me to almost lose control of the vehicle. Nissan claims that the speed limiter causing the vehicle to start bucking back and forth is normal and has refused to repair my vehicle. There is no information anywhere in the owners manual warning them that there is a speed limiter on the vehicle and that it might possibly engage without warning causing the operator to lose control of the vehicle. If the speed limiter on my vehicle is functioning properly as they claim, then all Nissan makes and models would be affected.

- Jasper, GA, USA

problem #1

Jan 032002


  • miles
While traveling 80mph on interstate and without prior warning accelerator went to 30mph from 80mph. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Killeen, TX, USA

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