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Ha !! I just pulled off a quarter-sized piece of white paint off my white 1998 Frontier this week, I had put masking tape under the mirror area as I tried to tighten the mirror adjustment bolt with a 10mm socket.
Bummer is that the door metal is in the way for this, had to take off the door panel and then the mirror itself just to tighten that bolt !!! Great engineering, Nissan !!!
And yes, that 1998 Frontier (white) started to develop paint peeling issues just within the last 5 years. Yes, we park it outside in Arizona. When I tried to spot paint with tough-up paint or aerosol, the solvents in those just bubbled up more paint and made it worse. When I banged out a dent on this near the taillight, I painted about half that panel (aerosol paint from automotivetouchup.com
My 2004 Frontier is mostly garaged, so even being Electric Blue it has avoided the paint peeling syndrome. But in my neighborhood, two Electric Blue Frontiers (2003 & 2004) have each had tons of paint shedding only on the sides that face the mid-day and afternoon sun, one on driver side and one on passenger side. So non-scientific thought tells me that heat from the sun is involved, maybe the blue just gets hotter. Anyway, Nissan likely uses a paint supplier (made in USA) same as some other brands, right? So why do these have major paint issues? I would say that such vehicles are seen by potential buyers, who get turned away from Nissans.
'98 2WD, 4-cylinder, 5-speed, white regular cab, purchased in 2004 with 100K on it for the kids to drive, now it's back with us, 214K. 2004 King Cab 2WD, 4-cylinder, 5-speed, electric blue purchased in Dec. 2011 at 89K. Also 1988 Mazda B2200 Cab Plus truck (since 1994, 212K), 2WD, 4-cylinder, 5-speed, great truck. And 1971 VW Convertible (mine since 1976) and 1970 VW (mine since 1972).