hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,750 miles

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2003 Nissan Frontier body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 012013


  • 100,000 miles


Vehicle has severe rust corrosion from the back cab break light. It looks like the seal around the light was compromised and causes moisture to seep in and leak through the roof. It looks as if it is rusting from the inside out.

- Ewa, HI, USA

problem #3

Jun 282013


  • miles
I have just over 100,000 miles on my 2003 truck. I have been fighting rust issues all over the rig for the past five years. I wash and clean my truck each week and polish twice a year. I do live near the beach, but I understand this, and being a aircraft mechanic by trade, working with aircraft on ships at sea, know how to properly service my equipment. The rust comes out under the paint, along the rear cab brake light, and along the front wind shield, passenger side. The rig has never been in an accident and since I'm retired and I bought the truck new, I have taken good care of it. Nissan refuses to deal with the issue, and I believe the paint system they use needs serious up grading.

- Lahaina, HI, USA

problem #2

Oct 302006


  • 30,000 miles
I have an 03 Nissan Frontier SE 4 dr. It is blue and the paint is coming off, all the way to the primer. You can see it raised and then it just flakes off. It first started in 06 while it was under warranty on the passenger rear door and Nissan repainted it and now it is flaking off everywhere else except on the roof and both passenger doors. I know it is out of warranty but this is not normal for paint and it began when it was only 3 years old. Because of this if I were to try and resale it at this point I would take a big hit on price because of the paint job and then there is a health issue with children, suppose a flake as big as a quarter is spotted by a small child and they insert in there mouth and get sick or worse, there's no way I can be liable for that so therefore if I'm not liable then someone else is and that someone else would be Nissan, so if Nissan is liable then they need to repaint it now.

- Fayetteville, TN, USA

problem #1

May 012008


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that the exterior paint on the roof of the vehicle began to peel all the way down the driver's side. There were also visible rust spots and holes in the paint. He was concerned that a small child could eat the paint and that the paint job seemed to be defective. The current and failure mileages were less than 105,000.

- Rialta, CA, USA

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