really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,759 miles

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2003 Nissan Frontier steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 242014


  • 112,909 miles


TL * the contact owns a 2003 Nissan Frontier. While making a right turn at an unknown speed, the contact heard a loud cranking noise. The dealer stated that the steering plate was extremely loose. The steering stops were lubed and the shaft was cleaned multiple times, but the failure persisted. The dealer stated that the steering shaft needed to be replaced, but further approval was required from the manufacturer to determine if the part was available to perform the repair. The contact waited but did not hear back from the dealer. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V554000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 112,909.

- Burgaw, NC, USA

problem #5

May 112011

Frontier 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
The vehicle has steering issues that I have complained about to both the dealer and the corporate headquarters since I have owned it. Both have essentially told me that I was "imagining things". a call to their consumer complaints line came with the answer of "I have to believe what my technicians tell me". recently I was contacted in a recall of the vehicle and had the 'supposedly' bad part replaced yesterday, but the vehicle is still in the same condition and still feels extremely unstable and unsafe on the road - particularly at highway speeds. I am afraid I am going to be killed and I cannot afford another vehicle at this time. A near miss just occurred on 9A - at 65 miles per hour in which the vehicle was swept by wind which nearly sent me into the path of a semi truck (the man smoked his tires and blew his horn). The steering feels as though it is loose or rubbery and I have noticed that "play" in the steering wheel seems to be about 1-2" before the steering engages. I am beginning to think the replacement part was no more than a legal "cya" since the steering is not fixed, and is indeed as bad as it ever was. I am begging for relief at this point, and I do not wish to die or be crippled over this company's cover-up of an engineering flaw that they are unwilling to correct. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #4

Apr 272011


  • 50,113 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V554000 (steering column). The dealer advised that the steering was off center and the recall repair could not be performed without the steering being centered. The additional failure was not covered under the recall. The contact stated that the recalled defect was what caused the additional failure. The manufacturer was contacted and a complaint was filed. The manufacturer advised that someone would contact him at a later date. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,113 and the failure mileage was 53,000.

- East Aurora, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 022011


  • 59,533 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Frontier. The driver of the vehicle was attempting a turn when the power steering failed. The driver was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree injuring her head and knee. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 10V554000 (steering: Column) and contacted the manufacturer but received no assistance. The vehicle was traded and sold in an auction. The failure and current mileage was 59,533.

- Chicago , IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 012011

Frontier 6-cyl

  • miles
On the recall notice for corrosion on steering column. I took the truck to premier Nissan of san jose dealership invoice. 37,0751 they replaced the defected part steering column lower shaft-salt area, but now my steering wheel in not straight, and alignment all messed up. Now it is not safe to drive my truck. I mentioned it to the service manager and he said we can not do anything about it, that shaft only goes in one way. I compliant to the Nissan North America ref #[xxx], March 3,2011 they are suppose to call me tomorrow. Please help to solve this problem. Thank you information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012004


  • 5,000 miles
Since purchase in 2004 the tilt steering does lock into place. The steering wheel moves up and down during driving which could result in an crash. The tilt mechanism has been repaired and replaced by the dealer with the same failure to lock and hold after a short period of time. This must be a design error since after repair/replacement there is no positive lock for the tilt control.

- Portland, OR, USA

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