The Nissan Frontier might not be the sportiest car on the market, but it might outlast the rest of them. Since 1997, the Frontier has been a vehicle that Nissan relied on for their lineup. It was also one of the vehicles they took a gamble with new technology on, but that seems to have paid off.
Will regular maintenance, will the Nissan Frontier make it past 200,000-miles?
Survey says: maybe. Since the Frontier has been around for so long, there have been hiccups in some years. VEHQ notes that some of the models between 2005 and 2010 had the most issues. But now that it is 2021, a lot of those past hiccups have been ironed out.
Generally, you can expect to get at least 100,000 miles out of your new Nissan with proper maintenance. There are still plenty of used Frontiers available on the market, which says a lot about dependability.
There are plenty of under 100,000-mile trucks available, and even one 2006 Frontier SE with 211,246 miles on AutoTrader. That’s a good sign! If you have care of your truck, your truck will take care of you.
Your mileage may vary depending on the year
The 2005 Frontier lists 6 recall notices on Consumer Reports and transmission issues were well known in the industry. The fuel economy averaged out at 15 miles per gallon, with only 11 in the city.
In later years, a faulty radiator seal often led to cross-contamination of coolant and transmission oil. A radiator and transmission replacement could cost around $4,000 to fix. This was corrected and isn’t much of an issue later on.
Those who used their truck for heavy towing might have incurred some more repairs due to the extra wear and tear. As years went on, the reliability increased but the fuel economy still held it back. The 2008 Frontier still got the same estimated 15 miles per gallon with 15 in the city.
If a few extra stops at the gas station don’t both you, the Frontier can stay on your list.
Is Nissan discontinuing the Frontier?
The short answer is no. But besides major upgrades in that area, the Nissan Frontier pretty much looks the same as when it came out. That’s all about to change in the 2022 model. After 15 years, a major redesign is in the near future.
The current 2020 Frontier model has a 310-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 that should allow for better gas mileage. Other than better fuel efficiency, we don’t know much about what is ahead for the next generation. Once we get to know the 2021 truck better, we will likely have a more complete picture of the redesign.
So, if you are considering adding this Nissan to your collection, you better get used to having it around. Drive it across the country if you want and let us know how it does. If your Frontier has more than 200,000 miles and you are heading for 250,000, be sure to @ us on Twitter.