3 Stars - I was in Canton, Mississippi, so I thought I would stop by their plant and see how the cars and trucks were made. I called the number to arrange a plant tour. The website says the tours are at 10:00 and 1:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The number I called said Wednesdays as well. You are supposed to leave your message and they will call you back. They never called back. I called again. No call back. Made it kind of hard to schedule my day in Canton, wondering whether or not I was going to go. I called the main plant number and it rang until it went to a voicemail box saying that the person at extension 0 was not available and then hung up. I called again, and got through and was sent to another person's voicemail box. I left a message. No call back.
I hope they build cars better than they schedule plant tours! I used to do plant tours when I worked at GM, and we had it together better than this.
As for my truck, a 2013 Frontier (first year of production in Canton) my only comments are that the person doing the front-end alignment needs to pay attention (too much toe-out). It was an easy fix, but the handling was alarming and I've heard similar complaints from others on the Internet.
Body panel fit was a bit sloppy as well - the front fenders are crooked compared to the hood, and the gap on one side is twice that on the other. I had to adjust this by unbolting the fenders and re-aligning them. Sort of a do-it-yourself truck assembly kit. Even Ford does better panel fit than that!
The rear springs are baised toward a soft ride and not cargo carrying. I added an additional leaf to them already, but it still sags under even the slightest load. With four people and luggage in the truck, it bottomed out regularly to the bump stops, while going down the road. The additional leaf spring has helped somewhat, but I really think they need to put more truck in to this truck.
There is one other annoyance. Anything you put on the dashboard disappears forever in the crack between the windshield and the dash. And if a paper falls down there, it snags a thin foam gasket which is attached with a gooey black glue that melts in the heat of the sun. I've had to stuff this gasket back in several times now. I finally found a piece of 1/2" thick black plastic hose to stuff in there, to keep things from falling down in there and keep papers from coming up with black plastic goo and a foot of gasket material trailing behind.
Just poor sloppy design, but then again, in this price range (the cheapest truck you can buy, basically) I guess you expect this. You buy Nissans based on price, not quality. That didn't work out for GM in the long run...
As for long-term wear, well, we'll see. It has plenty of power (265 HP) from the 4.0 V-6 and the 5-speed automatic seems to work well. But I don't see this as a car I will keep past 100,000 miles.
Oh, one other thing. Changing the oil filter requires that you remove part of the bumper assembly - a small access plate. Kind of a PITA if you ask me.
I was hoping to take the plant tour, but they really have to get their stuff together. Bad P.R. for the company, IMHO. Sort of sloppy. But then again, I guess they are at least consistent!
UPDATE: I finally got a call back from the third call. "Stephanie" (not her real name, but she sounded like a Stephanie) said that the person scheduling the plant tours isn't doing that anymore, yada, yada, yada, and that the requests are supposed to be forwarded to her, but sometimes she doesn't get them. Could I schedule something for next week, perhaps?
I guess if you really want to go, you should call a month in advance, and get ahold of Stephanie or send your request in writing or something.