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Nissan Frontier - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Nissan Frontier owners have reported 2,215 problems for their cars built in the 17 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported during all service years for each model year of Nissan Frontier. The 2006 Nissan Frontier cars have the most problems reported (495 problems).

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

  Common problems of Nissan Frontier

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Nissan Frontier cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's fuel system, gasoline (464 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (425 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Nissan Frontier

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the older model year Nissan Frontier to a new one in terms of the problems reported since older vehicles have been in service longer and more problems should be reported. 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 implies a better reliability for the model year under study.

    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 result is shown in Table 3.

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

Model YearProblems/
Sales [1]
Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2002 Frontier   103 / 75,207   12
0.11
  2003 Frontier   70 / 65,161   11
0.10
  2004 Frontier   64 / 70,703   10
0.09
  2005 Frontier   451 / 72,838   9
0.69
  2006 Frontier   495 / 77,510   8
0.80
  2007 Frontier   327 / 64,397   7
0.73
  2008 Frontier   66 / 44,997   6
0.24
  2009 Frontier   20 / 28,415   5
0.14
  2010 Frontier   26 / 40,427   4
0.16
  2011 Frontier   18 / 51,700   3
0.12
  2012 Frontier   20 / 55,435   2
0.18

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

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

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicles' first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  1998 Nissan Frontier
29
  1999 Nissan Frontier
17
  2000 Nissan Frontier
28
  2001 Nissan Frontier
20
  2002 Nissan Frontier
19
  2003 Nissan Frontier
9
  2004 Nissan Frontier
16
  2005 Nissan Frontier
13
  2006 Nissan Frontier
15
  2007 Nissan Frontier
16
  2008 Nissan Frontier
9
  2009 Nissan Frontier
4
  2010 Nissan Frontier
7
  2011 Nissan Frontier
8
  2012 Nissan Frontier
8
  2013 Nissan Frontier
4
  2014 Nissan Frontier
1



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