Sounds to me like someone has forgotten the days long since past, when quality vehicles rolled off the assembly lines. My 95 Pathfinder, which I hold Nissan to as the example, absolutely destroys the Frontier in both design and build quality. Despite having had the desire to own a Frontier crew cab since the first time I saw one, I could never justify the purchase due to the fact that my Pathfinders (94 XE and 95 SE) would never breakdown. Finally I saw a nice 2001 Frontier SE in excellent condition (appearance wise), and snagged it up. I figured because it was only 6 years older than the Pathy the build quality wouldn't be too much worse, but I was wrong. Now for the past four months I've basically needed to repair every mechanical inch of this thing. Which would be fine, if everything from changing the water pump to testing fuel pressure wasn't an absolute pain in the a--....Nissan is smart for NOT doing it. It would have been a foolish use of time and money.
Nissan is in the business of selling new trucks and maximizing their profits. They're not in the business of designing vehicles for people who buy ten plus year old used trucks that may or may not have been beaten to death by negligent prior owners. It's that simple. They don't make any more profit by spending more money to make part replacement easier way down the road. Vic
Could this be an SUV vs. pickup issue more than anything else? Did the tank had to be dropped in D21 pickups too? I'm thinking that having an access panel hidden away underneath carpeting and insulation is one thing; having that same panel subject to drops and scraps and the elements on a pickup bed is another.Note that there is an access panel on my 95 Pathfinder. Which again, is made by Nissan.
Vic - a fuel pump is not a standard maintenance replacement part DURING THE WARRANTY PERIOD. I'm sure the dealerships replace plenty on vehicles past warranty. My daughter's 1998 Pathfinder needed a fuel pump, that has an access panel under the rear seat; my 1998 Frontier has none, luckily hasn't needed that done yet.Which comes back to the original origin of the thread. Why don't they include an access panel? Because it costs money, and a fuel pump is not a standard maintenance replacement part. Period. Vic
Never say never. Depends on the car / truck, and the warranty company. I know several people with CarMax and Zurich warranties that have gotten back far more than the warranty cost. Example 1, $3,000 warranty cost, over $15,000 in repairs (turbos, etc.). Example 2, $1,200 warranty cost, $12,000 in repairs, including transmission.
By the way: never buy an extended warranty. Radio show mechanic here - who has a bustling and well-respected shop - talks all the time about the hassles of those, and troubles he has dealing with them. stuff like them fighting to get out of a fuel pump replacement because the coolant wasn't changed two years ago, etc.