With more than a million miles on the odometer, Nissan gives delivery driver new Frontier
801,000 miles on the factory clutch, still has original powertrain
After more than a million miles on the road, this 2007 Nissan Frontier is finally getting a break. You’ll have to excuse it if it’s not at it’s best, but Brian Murphy’s road warrior is headed home for a rest. To retirement at its childhood home in Tennessee.
Nissan celebrated Murphy’s million-mile (1.6m Km) truck at the reveal of the 2020 model at the Chicago Auto Show back in February. The Chicago-area delivery driver bought his Frontier with the goal of taking it to the million mark. It’s seen a new driver’s seat at the half-million mark, and a new timing chain at nearly three quarters, but the engine and gearbox are still the original parts. Even the clutch lasted to 801,000 miles (1.3m Km), which is, frankly, astounding.
Murphy kept driving his Frontier, though, until earlier this week. At M’Lady Nissan in Crystal Lake, IL, Murphy traded his 2007 for a nearly identical 2020.
Instead of the 2.5L four of his old truck, this one will have the all-new 3.8L V6. That’ll boost his power from 152 to 310, though we’re not sure if the 62-year-old will be happy with the nine-speed automatic that’s taken the place of the stick. He may also have wished he waited until next year, when an all-new Frontier is expected to launch.
The million-mile Frontier will go on display at the factory where it was built, the Nissan facility in Smyrna Tennessee. Though it might be a bit lonely there, since that plant stopped building the Frontier in 2012 when production moved to Canton, MS. The Tennessee plant is currently home to Altima, Maxima, and Leaf, as well as the Nissan Pathfinder and Rogue and the Infiniti QX60.