Model Years

2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997

Fuel Economy

16-21 mpg

What to Know

1st Generation Frontiers are the evolved version of the Nissan Hardbody Pickup. They are still relatively reliable, small pickups that have the fuel economy of a midsize. There aren’t any major engineering flaws, it is a truck that is simply designed to go. They are similar to 1st Generation Toyota Tacomas, and can likely be had for less money.

Exhaust manifolds have a tendency to crack after 150k miles on 1st gen Frontiers. Parts and labor to replace failed manifolds with re-engineered ones typically runs around $1200.



Issues: A/C System, Fuel Pump, Misc Engine Component, Poor Quality Paint, Suspension
Lifespan Estimate: 200000 miles


Horsepower: 148 - 210hp
0-60 Time: 8.9 seconds
1/4 Mile Time: 16.6 seconds

Cost of Ownership

Depreciation: Minimal <5% per year
Maintenance Costs: High
Average Insurance Costs in : Low

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