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CarComplaints.com Notes: Radiators are still cracking, leaking coolant and destroying transmissions. Which is a shame when you consider that otherwise, this would be a great small pickup truck.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
116,340 miles

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2006 Nissan Frontier drivetrain problems

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2006 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments (Page 8 of 8)

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problem #17

Mar 242012

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Rear differential pinion seal and rear axle seal leaks causing gear oil to leak on brakes causing loss of rear brakes. First and last Nissan!

- Hewitt, NJ, USA

problem #16

Jan 092012

Frontier

  • 150,000 miles
Faulty radiator causing transmission failure. I never received any info about warranty extension.

- Gilbert, SC, USA

problem #15

Feb 202012

Frontier

  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that while driving, the engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer inspected the vehicle and found the radiator cracked and the radiator fluid had leaked into the transmission, causing the transmission to fail. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 124,000.

- Mantua , NJ, USA

problem #14

Feb 012012

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Transmission failure due to a leaky radiator. The transmission just failed pulling out of a busy intersection. I did not receive a letter of warranty extension until after I was over 80,000 miles. Nissan is willing to give me $1000 credit towards a new transmission and radiator if I have the work done at a Nissan dealer for $6000. I only have 87,000 miles on this almost $30K death trap. This is my second complaint to the NHTSA. The first was on the fuel sending unit, which I fought tooth and nail to have Nissan replace. My truck was 2 month out of the manufacturing date issued in the recall. Nissan did eventually did add my truck to the recall list about 2 month later. What a shame.

- Locust Grove, GA, USA

problem #13

Jun 012011

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Rear axle seal failure caused lubricant to coat emergency brake, resulting in slippage.

- Effingham, NH, USA

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problem #12

Dec 152011

Frontier

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,342 miles
Automatic transmission slipped when changing gears when vehicle was cold. Took it in for service and was told water was in the transmission caused by a leak in the radiator. Problem was a known issue with the Nissan design and since it was past the 80K mile warranty it was not covered. Radiator and transmission both would have to be repaired or replaced.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #11

Apr 282010

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

A transmission line from the cooler runs through the radiator. The line failed allowing fluid from the radiator to enter the transmission. This caused massive vibrations and vehicle stalling when attempting to accelerate onto the freeway or to pass, creating a hazardous situation in traffic.

- Bozeman, MT, USA

problem #10

Nov 012011

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 97,500 miles
Drivers side rear axle seal failed allowing differential oil to leak onto brake pads and rotor. This is a very unsafe thing that could lead to reduced braking in an emergency and needs to be addressed.

- Galt, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 012011

Frontier

  • 85,000 miles
Purchased a new Nissan Frontier 2006 model. At 85000 miles transmission started shifting hard and sooner than it should. Local Nissan dealership told me I needed a new trans at the cost of $5780 and change. I still drive said vehicle for I have no choice and trans is getting worse. If trans locks up while driving could cause safety issue. Even though vehicle is out of warranty transmission should last more than 85000 miles. Nissan refused to help.

- Deatsville, AL, USA

problem #8

Dec 162010

Frontier

  • 100,000 miles
Nissan Frontier (nismo) 2006 presented a power train failure. It was repair and failure again after six month of use. When I came back to the technician he found that the radiator had been broken and leak coolant to the power train. This is a second repair and I don't have money to it. The vehicle have 100,000 miles. I had hear a lot of complain related and when Nissan will be doing a recall to correct this issue?

- Puerto Rico, PR, USA

problem #7

May 202010

Frontier

  • 75,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Radiator leaking fluid into transmission causing transmission to work improperly and causing vehicle to jerk and become unsafe. Took to dealer in August 2010 and dealer said there was no problem. I do have service record stating this. Took back to dealer as problem persisted and now dealer says I need a new transmission that, of course is no longer covered by any warranty. Nissan was aware of this problem and issued a service bulletin to replace radiators, but did not notify owners. Also, dealer and company will not give me answer to problem even though I have asked repeatedly. Please help.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #6

Feb 222011

Frontier

  • 60,500 miles
Park brake failed due to leak of left rear axle seal, subsequent bearing damage ~May 2010 @ 60,500miles, then noticed leak of right rear axle seal February 2011 when changing brakes @ 66,000miles with repeat decline in parking brake performance.

- Murrysville, PA, USA

problem #5

Apr 052010

Frontier

  • 89,079 miles
Radiator assembly leaked engine coolant into the automatic transmission. Causing the transmission computer to be destroyed and to cease functioning. My vehicle had to be towed, transmission rebuilt, and have a heavy duty transmission bypass cooler installed.

- Highland Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 052010

Frontier

  • 89,079 miles
Radiator assembly leaked engine coolant into the automatic transmission. Causing the transmission computer to be destroyed and to cease functioning. My vehicle had to be towed, transmission rebuilt, and have a heavy duty transmission bypass cooler installed.

- Highland Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 202010

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
Rear axle seal leak may contaminate brakes with leak gear oil. Seals were replaced at 33,000 miles and now leaking again at 63,000 miles.

- Buda, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 152008

Frontier

  • 60,000 miles
The right side rear axle seal failed in June 2008 causing differential fluid to coat the entire rear brake assembly leading to my emergency brake not working correctly. It cost me about $600 in 2008. In January 2009, the left side rear axle seal failed in causing differential fluid to coat the entire rear brake assembly leading to my emergency brake not working correctly. It cost me about $600 in 2009.

- Stewartstown, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012008

Frontier

  • 36,100 miles
I own a 2006 Nissan Frontier, it was delivered with only half the keys programmed for the vehicle, a strange rattling of plastic shrouding in the engine compartment and as I found out a fast set of tires later, the front end out of alignment [ too much toe in ]. when I read the manual I found out that my 4WD vehicle was "not intended to be used off of the road", this was not in any of the presales literature and the reason I buy 4WD is so I can use it off road. At 100 miles after warranty I had to take it in because the fuel sending unit had failed, about a $600 repair on a part that should last 200,000 miles. The mechanic told me their dealership is replacing about one of these a week on a couple of models. When I picked it up I got the trouble light on the way home, I scanned it to see what the problem was [code PO448 ]. I took it back. The first canister they ordered showed up broken [ kind of fragile for something mounted on the bottom of a 4WD ]. parts replaced under the emissions warranty were 14953zp50C filter-canister, 14950-ea20A canister assy. E, and 14935-am60B valve assy.-co. The service order says "...inspected/found no flow very rusty....". as the vehicle only has 36,000 miles on it this does not bode well for the future.

- Felton, CA, USA

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