definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,333 miles

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2002 Nissan Frontier electrical problems

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2002 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 232005

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,000 miles


The contact stated car caught on fire on 6-23-05. The fire department thought it was the wiper motor that shorted out. Nissan sent out a representative, and he could not find anything that could have caused the fire. Nissan was not honoring the warranty because it looks like something like a bird nest caught on fire. It was at a dealership now. The consumer thought it was an overheated terminal that caused the fire.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 242004

Frontier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 46,000 miles
My Nissan Frontier, 2002 model, is just out of warranty, less than 3 years old. Without any warning completely died on interstate. I towed in and problem was something electrical with the distributor. I understand this vehicle has no warranty after 36000 miles however this issue seems very rare to me and should be investigated.

- Georgetown, KY, USA

problem #4

Apr 152004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
When driving 70 mph vehicle stalled in the middle of the highway. Consumer was able to restart vehicle. Consumer took vehicle to the dealership for inspection, and mechanic was unable to duplicate the problem. While vehicle is set on cruise control, the entire system shut down. Consumer couldn't restart the vehicle. Ignition system failed four times, and was brought to two different dealers.

- Rockwood, TN, USA

problem #3

Nov 142003

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


Tach, odometer, speedometer, fuel and temperature gauges did not activate on start. Driving engaged speed limiter once transmission entered 3rd gear (automatic). After driving 3-4 miles, gauges came to life. This happened on a previous experience but was rectified by turning off and restarting vehicle. A web search resulted in finding other Nissan owners with similar problems with different models. Two dealers said they couldn't determine the problem unless they could see it happening.

- Middletown, PA, USA

problem #2

May 162003

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
The vehicle experienced an electrical failure while driving at any speed. The turn signal/ hazard lights and instrumental panel lights were working abnormally. The dealer inspected the truck and couldn't find anything wrong. The dealer replaced the ignition switch and the sub harness in an attempt to locate the problem.

- Debary, FL, USA

problem #1

May 172003

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle shuts completely down for no apparent reason. All electric fails and vehicle will not start for about 20-25 minutes. First incident happened on May 17, 2003. Vehicle towed to dealer and dealer could find nothing wrong. On May 29, 2003 vehicle shut down again in traffic. All electric failed again. Vehicle restarted after 20-25 minutes and driven to dealer. Dealer had vehicle for four days and replaced the ignition switch and harness. On June 11, 2003 vehicle shut off again. Vehicle restarted after 20-25 minutes. Will call dealer to state that shut down problem has not been fixed.

- Debary, FL, USA

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