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Nissan Frontier vs. Nissan Xterra Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Nissan Frontier or Nissan Xterra reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Nissan Frontier and the Nissan Xterra truly differ in reliability.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2012 Nissan Frontier   18 Frontiers, 10.4 months of data per Frontier, average 16700 miles

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2010 Nissan Xterra   12 Xterras, 8.0 months of data per Xterra, average 40100 miles

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2008 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 9.5 months of data per Xterra, average 78200 miles

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2007 Nissan Frontier   17 Frontiers, 9.2 months of data per Frontier, average 67300 miles

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2007 Nissan Xterra   10 Xterras, 7.4 months of data per Xterra, average 70500 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 8.5 months of data per Xterra, average 92800 miles

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2005 Nissan Xterra   16 Xterras, 8.5 months of data per Xterra, average 117900 miles

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2000 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 8.8 months of data per Xterra, average 159400 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Nissan Frontier

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What Our Members Are Saying about Nissan Frontier Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Nissan Frontier: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
Nissan quality.
2006 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
The Frontier hasnt failed me yet and will take me any place I try to put it
2006 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Only one issue in 3 years, an e-brake adjustment, not a big deal. Solid truck, can handle anything you put it through. Does not fall apart, inside or out.
2006 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
I bought this truck, all routine maintenance is performed by the dealership I purchased it at. I have never taken it in on a recall, and the only trouble I have had is the emergency break needing an adjustment, which was very minor in my opinion.
2004 2dr Extended Cab 6ft bed 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Nissan has a reputation for producing reliable vehicles.
Reliability and Durability of the Nissan Frontier: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
Not a reliable vehicle. Unless you like shelling out $4500 for a new transmission. COMMON OCCURENCE! I caught the transmission failure at an early stage. Yet I had to constantly check in with 2 Nissan Dealers to catch this early. Coolant is leaking into the transmission. POOR DESIGN NISSAN!
2005 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Less than 40K miles and have already replaced one head on the engine, caliper, rear driveshaft, and differential. The VQ40 has numerous issues (timing chain tensioners, valve slop, piston slap) and cheap parts. Do your research before buying.

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What Our Members Are Saying about Nissan Xterra Reliability and Durability

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