hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,500 miles

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2003 Nissan Frontier suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 112013

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles


I heard a sudden thud and then a grinding noise coming from the rear end as if a brake had hung up, metal to metal.when I exited the vehicle there was smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle and a very strong smell of overheating of the brakes or metal and fluid.upon pulling the wheels, our company mechanic found nothing of the sort to be wrong. I called a friend to have the vehicle trailer-ed to monro muffler and brake in mansfield pa, where it was determined the bearings had failed in the rears, both inner and outer. Nissan usa determined that my VIN # did not fall into the recall campaign even though it fell within the same make, model and year within recall campaign #02V299000! Nissan advised me to take the truck to williams Nissan in sayre pa and have it diagnosed there. I had previously called them before contacting Nissan usa where they had already advised me of the VIN # not being within the recall campaign. There is no doubt that an accident could have occurred if not a fire or both! this came with absolutely no warning in the very early morning on my way to work. I would advise anyone who owns these make, model and years to have this checked and repaired. I cannot believe Nissan would not take responsibility in such an exact case as this particular recall states. In essence this does start with the ABS braking system and seals as monro told me the seals had failed!

- Mainesburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 292010


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that in October 2010, the right front wheel separated from the vehicle while the contact was driving 5 mph. The vehicle was repaired by a local mechanic; the mechanic stated that the lower control arm was the cause of the failure. Three weeks later, the left front wheel separated while driving 45 mph because of the lower control arm. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop for repairs. The contact called the manufacturer who advised him to take the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

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