European drivers have a problem. Motorists who own Nissan Navara pickups keep finding their trips cut short by an annoying noise: the sound of their trucks splitting in half.
So many Navaras — sold in North America as the Nissan Frontier — are snapping in two due to extreme frame rust that owners are pressuring governments to do something about. Check out these photos if you think it’s an isolated problem.
In all instances, the rusty chassis snaps at the point of maximum frame stress — just ahead of the rear axle, where the body and bed meet. Once corrosion reaches a point, the vehicles fold like Superman on laundry day.
In Britain, Tory member of parliament Huw Merriman plans to raise the bendy Nissan issue at Monday’s Transport Select Committee meeting.
“To reassure the public, Nissan would be well advised to recall all affected vehicles,” he told The Sun.
The vehicles involved all appear to be second-generation Navaras, built in Spain between 2005 and 2014. Many of the affected vehicles seem to be 2007 models. U.S. Frontiers maintain the old bodystyle of these Navaras, though Nissan builds that model at its Canton, Mississippi assembly plant. Despite serious instances of frame rust in older Pathfinders, the Navara’s problem doesn’t seem to translate to its American Frontier cousin.
In response to the controversy, Nissan declared the frame-splitting issue only affects higher-end D40 Navaras built from 2005 to 2008, though serious rust has been found on some newer models. The automaker advises owners to have dealers inspect their vehicles, with repairs or a possible buy-back offered to those who discover their trucks are on the verge of becoming a drinking straw.