really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,000 miles

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2002 Nissan Frontier body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #3

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 #2

Jul 122012

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 144,000 miles
While having minor cosmetic repairs done, our [reputable] body shop repairman pointed out that the front radiator support frame is completely rusted through. Everything else on this truck is solid. I am meticulous about it. There is obviously some sort of defect on this area for it to be 90% deteriorated! the slightest touch causes it to crumble...in the past, even Toyota has stood behind their vehicles with corrosion issues...I would certainly hope Nissan could look into this the same way...its a real shame that I can only see another year maybe before my radiator falls out and causes something much worse...

- Canal Fulton, OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 032006


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Frontier double cabin super-charge. The contact made a left turn at 2 mph and was struck on the passenger side door by another vehicle traveling 35 mph. The contact's vehicle flipped approximately eight feet in the air and landed upside down. The vehicle was destroyed and the contact was severely injured. A police report was filed. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 63,000.

- Antioch, TN, USA

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