Nissan Frontier - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Nissan Frontier owners have reported a total of 3,225 problems for their cars built in the 20 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Nissan Frontier. The 2006 Nissan Frontier cars have the most problems reported (695 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Nissan Frontier

  Common problems of Nissan Frontier

The following chart shows the 27 most common problems for Nissan Frontier cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (765 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's fuel system, gasoline (466 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Nissan Frontier

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
765
  Gasoline Fuel System
466
  Engine And Engine Cooling
429
  Other Fuel System
260
  Electrical System
176
  Air Bag
166
  Equipment
160
  Service Brakes
145
  Tire
109
  Suspension
103
   
  Vehicle Speed Control
86
  Steering
83
  Structure
81
  Seat Belt
32
  Unknown Or Other
30
  Visibility
30
  Wheel
28
  Exterior Lighting
27
  Seats
15
  Latches/locks/linkage
11
  Electronic Stability Control
9
  Parking Brake
8
  Child Seat
2
  Air Brake
1
  Interior Lighting
1
  Traction Control System
1
  Diesel Fuel System
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Nissan Frontier of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Frontier model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Nissan Frontier model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Frontier Model Years

Frontier
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2017 1032,0881    
0.31
  2016 2099,7632    
0.10
  2015 2362,5983    
0.12
  2014 2565,0554    
0.10
  2013 3652,3065    
0.14
  2012 6378,1346    
0.13
  2011 4751,8727    
0.13
  2010 5045,0488    
0.14
  2009 3023,0189    
0.14
  2008 13748,90110    
0.28
  2007 57464,90011    
0.80
  2006 69575,32912    
0.77
  2005 66064,25213    
0.79
  2004 7680,29714    
0.07
  2003 7768,37015    
0.08
  2002 13291,01416    
0.09
  2001 137101,28317    
0.08
  2000 202135,80918    
0.08

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Nissan Frontier is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2017 Frontier
6
  2016 Frontier
12
  2015 Frontier
14
  2014 Frontier
8
  2013 Frontier
5
  2012 Frontier
10
  2011 Frontier
8
  2010 Frontier
7
  2009 Frontier
4
  2008 Frontier
10
  2007 Frontier
16
  2006 Frontier
15
  2005 Frontier
13
  2004 Frontier
16
  2003 Frontier
9
  2002 Frontier
20
  2001 Frontier
20
  2000 Frontier
28
  1999 Frontier
17
  1998 Frontier
29


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