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2012 Nissan Frontier Ratings, Reviews and Analysis

Ratings & Reviews

5 star
bnd001 writes:
Great value truck

We use this truck to tow campers, boats, haul home furnishings, haul disabled persons with wheelchairs, and more. I use it to commute to work, church, shop for groceries, as well as work on farm with it. Off road, and on, extreme hot, to extreme cold. To me this truck is very reliable & utility. The smaller width makes it easy to park and drive on our ever narrowing roads and parking lots.

Pricing Trends

The average listing price for a 2012 Nissan Frontier:
  • LemonFree $23,867
  • In California $22,831
Pricing difference by year:
  • 2013 $24,613 + $746
  • 2011 $22,412 - $1,455 vs national average
Average price by trim:
  • Nismo $0
  • PRO-4X $27,099
  • S $22,418
  • SL $26,016
  • SV $24,329
  • SV V6 $24,527

Safety Ratings and Recalls

Safety

2012 Nissan Frontier

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Recall Notices

2012 Nissan Frontier (2/12/2014)

Campaign Number: 14V052000
Component Name: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:FUSES AND CIRCUIT BREAKERS
Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.
Description: Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2012 through 2014 Frontier vehicles manufactured from November 28, 2012, through December 17, 2013. In the affected vehicles, a circuit breaker may have been installed incorrectly causing the main wire harness connected to the circuit breaker to face outward, potentially contacting a metal bolt located on the A-pillar.
Defect: The bolt may wear through the wire harness covering, resulting in an electrical short which could cause a fire.
Corrective Action: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the circuit breaker orientation. If the circuit breaker orientation is incorrect, dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The recall began on March 17, 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

2012 Nissan Frontier (9/20/2012)

Campaign Number: 12V462000
Component Name: SUSPENSION:FRONT:HUB
Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.
Description: Nissan is recalling certain model year 2012 Frontier, Pathfinder, and Xterra two-wheel drive vehicles manufactured from June 19, 2012, through July 12, 2012. These vehicles may have been equipped with front wheel hubs that may not meet the design hardness specifications. A wheel hub that was manufactured below hardness specification may wear prematurely and eventually crack.
Defect: If the vehicle is driven in this condition, the wheel hub may break, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash.
Corrective Action: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replaced the left and right side front wheel hub assemblies free of charge. The safety recall began on October 22, 2012. Owners may contact Nissan Customer Service at 1-800-647-7261.

2012 Nissan Frontier (12/19/2011)

Campaign Number: 11V592000
Component Name: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.
Description: NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 INFINITI FX, MODEL YEAR 2012 INFINITI M, MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 NISSAN FRONTIER, MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 NISSAN XTERRA, MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 NISSAN PATHFINDER, AND MODEL YEAR 2012 NISSAN NV VEHICLES. SOME OF THE BOLTS THAT CONNECT THE ENGINE OIL COOLER AND THE ENGINE OIL FILTER TO THE ENGINE IN THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED TO BELOW SPECIFICATION STRENGTH. AS A RESULT, THE BOLT MAY BREAK AT THE OIL FILTER ATTACHMENT POINT AND CAN CAUSE AN ENGINE OIL LEAK.
Defect: IF THERE IS AN ENGINE OIL LEAK, THE ENGINE OIL PRESSURE WOULD DROP AND THE ENGINE COULD SEIZE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Corrective Action: NISSAN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE CONNECTOR BOLTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JANUARY 30, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.