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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.

2.1

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,243 miles

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2006 Nissan Frontier transmission problems

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2006 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #14

Jun 032014

Frontier

  • 99,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 60 mph, the vehicle began jerking and the transmission failed. The contact also stated that vehicle would not accelerate properly and began to over heat as the check engine warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and the mechanic stated that there was a cracked atf line that ran through the engine coolant chamber, in the radiator, which caused contamination. As a result, the radiator needed to be replaced and the transmission needed to be rebuilt. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 99,000.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #13

May 042012

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 Nissan Frontier. Consumer writes in regards to catastrophic transmission failure. The consumer stated while traveling at approximately 45 mph from home, the vehicle completely stalled in the middle of an intersection. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop, where an inspection revealed radiator fluid and transmission fluid mixed together.

- Deansboro, NY, USA

problem #12

Apr 162012

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that radiator fluid was leaking into the transmission and causing the transmission to seize. The vehicle had become inoperable as a result of the failure. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The test results advised that the transmission was defective and would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 92,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 06/21/12

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #11

Nov 152011

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles

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

The vehicle was experiencing problems shifting into overdrive, then once in overdrive, I was losing the capability to accelerate on the highway and other areas of speeds greater than 40 mph. I noticed transmission fluid leaking from the transmission and took it to an auto repair shop. I was informed that the transmission cooler had failed completely allowing radiator fluid to mix into the transmission fluid causing damage to the transmission. The repair for a new radiator and installation, as well as a rigorous flushing of the transmission cost $599. I am currently, as of this day, in need of a new, used, or rebuilt transmission because of damage caused by the failure of the transmission cooler within the radiator.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #10

Aug 122011

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the transmission began to slip and hesitate when shifting gears. In addition, the vehicle decelerated and vibrated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The contact believed that there may be radiator fluid leaking into the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000. Updated 09/21/11 updated 09/30/11

- Centerville, OH, USA

problem #9

May 012011

Frontier

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that the transmission shifted into limp mode and the vehicle failed to respond when the accelerator pedal was engaged. A local mechanic diagnosed that the radiator and transmission needed to be replaced. The dealer and manufacturer were notified, but denied any assistance. The failure and current mileage was 50,000.

- New Kensington, PR, USA

problem #8

Jul 202011

Frontier

  • 109,000 miles

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

Driving my nissian Frontier, experienced emmission lights. Replace one catalyic converter. Just after 80, 000 the second one goes, and I have to replace it. Then the transmission stops shifting. The radiator rots and coolant contaminates the transmission, and both are shot. There are thousands of people with the same problem, and Nissan is not recalling it, and if it is over 80 thousand they do not cover it, even though it is a bad design and know to Nissan. They extended the radiator coverage, but only to 80 thousand miles. Most failures are just over that mileage.

- Smithtown, NY, USA

problem #7

May 202010

Frontier

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 mph the vehicle would start lunging forward and the gears were slipping. The vehicle eventually stalled and then towed to a independent mechanic. They advised him that the trans coolant line had ruptured inside the radiator causing the transmission to die. The vehicle was repaired for the transmission and the radiator. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.

- 1758 Park Place, GA, USA

problem #6

Jan 212006

Frontier

  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that after receiving a recall notice in reference to NHTSA campaign id number (10V075000-fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxiliary tank). The vehicle was taken into the dealer to be repaired; however, immediately after leaving the dealer the failure recurred. He also stated that the tire pressure sensor gauge had malfunctioned since the day that the vehicle was purchased. The warning light illuminated on the instrumental panel. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The transmission also failed when the vehicle staled and he was unable to get it restarted. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who replaced the transmission. The failure mileage was approximately 47,000.

- Goshen, OH, USA

problem #5

Dec 042010

Frontier

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. While stopped at a light, the contact tried to apply pressure to the accelerator peddle but the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the contact was informed that there was a leak in the radiator which damaged the transmission. The technician stated the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure was 100,000.

- Aguada, PR, USA

problem #4

Jun 022010

Frontier

  • 70,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated the valve box that controls the shifting within the automatic transmission failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for the repairs but they were awaiting manufacturer approval before proceeding with repairs. The manufacturer was contacted but did not offer any assistance. The failure and current mileages were 70,000.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 292009

Frontier

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that fuel gauge did not work and she would have to periodically check the odometer to determine how much fuel was in the tank. She called the dealer and was referred to the manufacturer who advised her to file a complaint with NHTSA. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000. The current mileage was approximately 70,000. Updated 6/1/10 the transmission was not acting properly and the air conditioner was not working. Updated 06/04/10.

- Beacon Falls, CT, USA

problem #2

Feb 152010

Frontier

  • 100,000 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Frontier. While driving down the road the truck shudders and shakes and cannot shift into gear. I had no pick up while driving on the interstate and had cars speeding by me at 75mph while I was barely able to drive the truck. The truck would drive fine and than this would happen out of nowhere. I took it to aamco and found out I had water in the transmission due to a leak in the radiator. I had to pay $2500 to have my transmission rebuilt and a new radiator installed. I feel this should be a recall on Nissan part because it was a faulty radiator that caused the problem and could have caused a severe accident. I have heard of alot of complaints regarding this same problem but Nissan refuses to due a recall. I have the same fuel gauge problem that was just recalled and I ran out of gas because of it. I feel that this needs to be investigated before someone is killed in an accident because their transmission just stops working while driving on the interstate.

- Clover, SC, USA

problem #1

May 022006

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 400 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle rolled slightly backward while stopped at a light on an incline. The contact's foot was not on the brake and the transmission was in drive. The dealer was contacted and determined this was normal operation for this vehicle. However, the contact owned two other automatic transmission vehicles that did not exhibit this problem.

- Quakertown, PA, USA

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