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2003 Nissan Frontier Pickup Trucks

Changes and Enhancements to 2003 Nissan Frontier Trucks


2003 Nissan Frontier
Nissan Motors
In 2002, Nissan introduced the Frontier Crew Cab Long Bed, a pickup truck with a 6-foot-plus bed that's the longest in its class. Nissan's added more than a dozen new enhancements to the 2003 Frontier line, including two that are firsts for this segment of the light trucks market.

Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) & Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Both are segment-firsts for 2003 Frontier 4x4s. The VDC system automatically controls brake pressure and engine torque in understeer, oversteer or on slippery surfaces. A set of sensors helps VDC control individual wheel brake pressure or rear power to improve stability in adverse driving conditions. More sensors monitor pressure in all four tires, and a warning light appears if any tire falls below the recommended air pressure.

More Power, Better Fuel Efficiency

All standard V6 engines received an extra 10 horsepower for 2003 and a fuel efficiency rating that's been increased by one mile per gallon.

Supercharged Models (S/C)

  • Come with newly designed aluminum-alloy wheels, P265/55R17 for the 4x2s, P265/65R17 BF Goodrich Rugged Trail tires for the 4x4s.

  • 4x4s have specially tuned suspension with raised ground clearance.
  • S/C King Cab 4x2s and 4x4s are available with a 5-speed manual transmission.

  • The S/C Crew Cab and Crew Cab Long Bed are available with a 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.

  • All S/Cs include a limited-slip rear differential.

Frontier Body styles

King Cab

  • Front bucket seats and fold-down rear jump seats that provide additional seating for two passengers.

  • Equipped with a 143-horsepower 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder and 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.

  • The 4x4 model offers three different trim levels, XE, SE and S/C.

Crew Cab

  • Seating for five adults. Available in 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive, but all are built on the heavy duty 4x4 chassis.

  • The long bed version has a 74.6-inch bed. The standard Crew Cab bed measures 56.3-inches.

  • Child safety seats can be installed in the rear passenger area.

  • The Frontier Crew Cab comes standard with the SOHC 3.3-liter V6 engine and 4-wheel anti-lock brakes.

  • 5-speed manual transmission on the XE or a 4-speed electronically controlled overdrive automatic transmission on the SE and S/C (optional on the XE). A factory-installed supercharged engine is available.

Desert Runner

  • The Desert Runner is a 4x2 King Cab powered by a 180-horsepower 3.3-liter SOHC V6.

  • It has the same heavy-duty chassis, ride height and stance as the Frontier 4x4, but is about 500 pounds lighter, giving it the best power-to-weight ratio of any Frontier pickup.

  • Features special badging, fender flares, skid plates for the engine and fuel tank, a full-size spare and a 4-wheel anti-lock braking system.

  • The Desert Runner pickup is available in XE, SE and S/C models.

Supercharged Value Edition (SVE)
V6 horsepower from the 3.3-liter Supercharged engine, but at a reduced price. Available in 4x4 King Cab and 4x4 Crew Cab trucks.

Option Packages

  • Frontier offers several option packages for 2003, including the Sport Package, Deluxe Audio Package, Utility Package, Power and Comfort Package and others.

  • A Leather Package features factory-installed leather seats, a pop-up sunroof and a vehicle security system. It's available on all S/C and SE Frontier King Cabs, Crew Cabs and Crew Cab long beds.

  • A tall hoodline, oversized headlights and large fender flares featuring large divot holes and rivet-type caps complete the look.

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