A delivery driver in Chicago put a million miles on his Nissan Frontier in less than the time it has taken Nissan to redesign the midsize pickup.
Nissan showed off Brian Murphy's 2007 Frontier King Cab at the Chicago Auto Show last week, days after he surpassed the maximum range of the truck's six-digit odometer. The automaker also gave him a 2020 Frontier.
Murphy, 62, says the four-cylinder, manual-transmission pickup still has its original engine and transmission but got a new clutch at 801,000 miles, and the timing chain was replaced preventatively at 700,000 miles. He had a new driver's seat installed at about half a million miles, and the radiator and alternator each lasted about 450,000 miles.
Murphy retired as a delivery truck driver and started a part-time job as an independent delivery driver in 2007, when he bought his Frontier. He has driven it about 77,000 miles a year, changes the oil himself every 10,000 miles and says he's never used GPS for guidance.
Nissan is expected to introduce the next-generation Frontier this year. It would be the nameplate's first redesign since 2004.