Nissan Frontier Forum banner

1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
24 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi all,

Name's Alvie and three days ago I bought a 2012 Nissan Frontier SV with about 41,780 on the odometer. One-owner and seemingly well-maintained. I have all the maintenance records, the recall repairs appear to have been done, and I had a mechanic check it out beforehand.

I'm considering an aftermarket warranty. I have quotes from Carchex, Endurance, and WarrantyDirect. So far, the last one is priced well and seems to be good coverage. Appreciate hearing people's thoughts.

-Alvie
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
348 Posts
Not a big fan of extended or aftermarket warranties. From what I've seen their job is to deny your claim. They sell you a bill of goods up front, then when you come to collect for some issue they find everything and anything that could mean they don't need to pay out. Also, for what most of them cost you could pocket that money and save it for if/when something goes wrong.

Congrats on the truck! I'd say with its maintenance history and records you shouldn't have too many issues. From my research these things seem to be pretty reliable.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
24 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Foggy4X, thank you for your reply. Warranty-Direct seems to have a pretty good reputation, though saving up to cover future repairs may be a good option too. Given Nissan's, and the truck's, reputation for reliability, plus the low-miles, and proper servicing, I think it'll do well for a while. My last truck, a 2001 Ford Ranger XLT Offroad, started to truly fall apart around 163k, so I think the Nissan should have many good years of life left. I also drive 10-12k miles a year, and will not be subjecting it to any hardcore use. Once in a blue moon it'll carry a heavy load, but not daily.

-Alvie
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
98 Posts
I bought one 3 years ago and wish I hadn't. It has a $100 deductible and the only problem I've had 35k later and at 90k is the thermostat which I did myself for much less than $100. It's good for 10k/1.5 yrs more and is really only there for catastrophic failure which I don't see happening
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
335 Posts
If I had to choose, a Frontier is more practical, 4wd in CO helps, and maintenence is easier imo. 4 doors would add practicality points, but I didn't see that in your post. Both are reliable vehicles, but it comes down to one is more practical than the other and within budget. It depends on you though, do you work on your own cars, do you need a family car/4 doors/4wd? do you need a truck? Reliability is mostly about maintenance history, and generally how the vehicle was cared for, stored, etc.

If you are considering an aftermarket warranty, it tells me you don't do a whole lot of wrenching. You always need to keep an appropriate financial cushion for when things go wrong, because, it's not if, it's when, and insurance fights you the whole way while you are paying them. Instead of warranties I put that money away in the catastrophic incident account. It's not easy to save, but 20 bucks here and 20 bucks there adds up fast. Also, consider the cost of insurance one vs the other, and gas mileage, because that's a bottom line too. You have to work within a budget that helps you out. If a vehicle to you is just point a to b transportation, go with the corola - 4 doors, great gas mileage, same great reputation for reliability, but if a 4wd truck helps you more than that despite using more gas and possibly costing more per month in insurance, then hey that's a no brainer to me too. Work with what you got, and keep moving forward.
In closing, if you need to know how to do something, reach out, we'll help. Otherwise, all common issues and maintenances are a very short search bar result away.
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top