Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: In a very limited selection on small pickup trucks, the Frontier is one of the best options except -- and I cannot emphasize this enough -- for one problem that makes it an avoid-at-all-costs pain in you know what: the radiator ruptures and leaks coolant into the transmission, killing it. Such a buzzkill.

This problem affects most 2005-2008 (and maybe beyond) Frontiers.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
600 miles

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2005 Nissan Frontier drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 152005

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles


Purchased a 05 Frontier cc 4X4 truck from a local dealership. 2 weeks I had the truck roughly the 15 of July, I had put a 30 to 40 pound stone in the back of my truck which has the rhino bed liner, rock dent in the ribs of the box and chipped the rhino bed lining. Took it to the dealership, explained in detail but nothing done as of yet. Yet another person had the same problem I was told by the service department and got a new box. Problems with the drivers side window rattling, the rear end squeaking, and the rear. I took the truck in again, they took it in said they fixed the problems with the window and the rear end squeaking. Took truck home and was doing the same thing. Took back again for same problem plus rear differential and engine brake. Said they fixed window (not true again), had to replace the bushings in the rear(were bad), and needed a new rear differential engine brake they said they had to contact someone else about to find out problem(not fixed to date) took truck in again had it 3 days said was fixed. I took the truck home rear differential was doing exact same thing but now rear was getting hot. Called Monday morning to tell them it was doing exact same thing and the rear was getting hot and service department manger got pissed off was yelling. Now having trouble with the steering in the front, not right. Tried to get problem worked out with dealership. Had to finally call Nissan complaint center. Waited a week for response and finally had call from Consumer Affairs with no resolution. Told me they could not do nothing except send to general manager plus file complaint with BBB auto which, cost $200, no guarantee. Dealership service department also did not give me copies of service work done and refuses to do so. Consumer Affairs only told me they can get them and it will help their case. Called another dealership had them pull up work done on truck and none was filed. I was sold a lemon Nissan don't want to deal with. I smell a lawsuit!

- Homer, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 082005

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The "differential lock" (dif lock) dash light goes on after a period of driving. After awhile, the dif lock light turns off & the ABS & slip dash lights come on. At first, the dealer could not reproduce the problem. After additional driving by the dealership, the lights came on. The dealership replaced a control module which controls all of these features.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

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