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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
118,542 miles
Total Complaints:
75 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace or rebuild transmission (30 reports)
  2. replace radiator and transmission (24 reports)
  3. new radiator and transmission! (6 reports)
  4. not sure (5 reports)
  5. replace transmission and radiator (3 reports)
  6. new radiator and flush transmission (2 reports)
2006 Nissan Frontier transmission problems

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2006 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #75

Jun 192015

Frontier 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles


I'm not the first and surely not the last that will experience this problem and its all been said..........Buy American. I WILL NEVER OWN ANOTHER NISSAN.....

- , University Place, WA, USA

problem #74

May 182015

Frontier LE 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,000 miles

Heavy vibration between 35-40 MPH in drive line was initial onset condition I noticed. Nissan dealer said the rear drive line & U-joints needed to be replaced. Drove it home and the exact same vibration was still happening. Called and returned the truck the next day. 2 hours later I was told it was going to cost $5300 to replace the transmission & radiator! I said no way and took it to a trusted former auto repair facility. They said it could possibly be fixed for less but recommended a transmission repair place.

It's there now and the owner said to plan on $4500 to get the truck running right again. He will by-pass the radiator and install a separate transmission radiator since he sees this problem with Frontiers & Pathfinders all the time. It's time for a class action lawsuit to recoup the millions Nissan owners have paid out to repair an obvious manufacturer's poor design! Let me know if any of you see a lawsuit so I can opt-in. By the way, I bought this new in May of 2006 and have had a number of issues. Last Nissan I'll buy or own.

- , Olympia, WA, USA

problem #73

May 042015

Frontier Nissmo 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles

On my way to pick up some hardware for a project I was working on, stopped at a red light when the light turned green my Frontier did not want to accelerate. Engine revved up but no movement. It finally began to creep along, made it to my destination and eventually back home. Took the vehicle to the shop the next day. Good news, water leaked into the trans, $2800 to repair. I purchased this vehicle new and never received a recall or extended warranty information for this problem.

Probably my last Nissan due to the way Nissan is NOT handling this issue.

- , Flint, TX, USA

problem #72

Mar 262015

Frontier Nismo V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,850 miles


When this happened and I found out online that this was a major problem and the dealer never mention it to me when I had the transmission oil change twice. I was really piss off . Just wrote down oil look bad but shifting ok. I had Aamco fix it and they were the ones that told me to check this issue on line. They installed a larger Transmission cooler and bypass the radiator so this would not happen again, gave me a 3 year/50,000 mile warranty on their work.

- , Largo, FL, USA

problem #71

Apr 032015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles

It all started just like everyone else's...the rumble strip noise around 40-50 mph. Then complete failure...

I am saddened by Nissan's lack of response to this issue. The consumer is doing nothing wrong, yet the truck has a design flaw that allows the cracked radiator to leak into the transmission...and ruin it. I really do like this truck, but it has really leaves a bad impression of Nissan's for me.

After $3400 (not at the dealer...they wanted a couple of grand more), I have my truck back. I just hope to get another 119,000 miles...either way, there will be no more Nissan purchases in my family.

- , Pell City, AL, USA

problem #70

Jul 242014

Frontier SE 4.0L, V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 191,820 miles

Transmission just goes out in rush hour traffic. I noticed something wrong before and took it to Don Davis Nissan in Arlington Texas. They wanted $5500.00 to repair it. I got it repaired, radiator replaced and transmission rebuilt at Eagle Transmission.

- , Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #69

Mar 102015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles


Loved the truck till now. I can't afford to have it fixed.

- , Morgan City, LA, USA

problem #68

Nov 012014

Frontier SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,271 miles

This is a known issue by Nissan, but they have not done enough to fix this problem. In the settlement over this problem they agree to pay costs over $3000 for their design failure, but that is hardly anything to be excited about. They claim that it is not a safety concern, however when we first had a problem with our transmission it was when my wife was trying to climb a hill. The truck would not shift properly, stalled and she was forced to use the e-brake to prevent her from rolling back into traffic. We have also been stuck in tight quarters without being to put the truck in reverse. We love our truck, but it is silly that a design flaw in the radiator and transmission has put my family in danger and Nissan is making us pay an extra $3000 to fix their problem!

- , Chimacum, WA, USA

problem #67

Jan 012015

Frontier SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 255,000 miles

Initial symptoms were shuddering at highway speeds similar to running over rumble strips. This occurred primarily when letting off of the gas above 50 mph. Later the heater stopped working. The latest symptom was that the car won't go into low gear and revs at high rpms when taking off from a stop. At this point I began researching to find that my transmission was failing due to coolant entering my transmission from a faulty radiator. I checked my radiator and sure enough had a frothy substance at the top. I called the local dealership and described the situation and they confirmed what I suspected. They quoted me $4200 to replace transmission and radiator.

Update from Jun 21, 2015: I ended up having the repair done by the local Nissan dealership for $4000. They replaced the transmission and radiator. I contacted Nissan customer service prior to having the work done to see if they would offer any "assistance" but they refused. Truck runs fine now.

- , Charleston, SC, USA

problem #66

Mar 142015

Frontier SE 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,000 miles

My major complaint issue was the lack of a recall or notification that this was a potential issue. I was not aware that the potential for ruining my transmission existed until after it occurred.

Now, given the mileage I have on my vehicle, I would not expect it to be completely covered, but to just exclude those of us with higher mileage vehicle that experienced a known defect in the design is just unacceptable.

- , Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #65

Jan 302015

Frontier Nismo Off-Road Crew Cab Pickup 4-D V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,009 miles


Recently ,one night, my NISMO Nissan Frontier would not shift gears coming from the house and lost power. So, I pulled into a store parking lot to return to the house and tried to put it in reverse. It would not shift into reverse. So I shut off the truck for a few minutes and cranked it backup. Everything returned to normal driving mode and i was able to shift gears as if nothing happened. I continued to go back to the house and a few minutes later, once again, the engine seem to stall, the gears would not shift and there seem to be a scraping noise coming from the engine. Next the engine service light came on, but i slowly made it back to the house. The next day i had it towed to a transmission shop for inspection and the guy told me I had transmission problems and the transmission fluid probably needed flushing. So the next day i took it to the Nissan dealership shop for a transmission flushed. I took it to the Nissan dealership and found out that the radiator had a crack in it. The fluid from the radiator was mixing with the transmission fluid. The transmission was contaminated and damaged by the coolant. Both the radiator and transmission had to be replaced at the cost of $5000.00. Wow. Now i am wondering if it is worth replacing after founding out about all these issues with the Nissan Frontier. Can't really afford the cost.

- , North Augusta, SC, USA

problem #64

Oct 152014

Frontier Nismo V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,623 miles

I'M sick of this and stuck with this truck. I might have to junk it, no money to fix it.

- , Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #63

Dec 242014

Frontier SE 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Just bought this truck for my son in December, thought we were buying a quality product but after driving the truck just a few days we received a check engine light with a P1579 code. Shifted really hard then locked itself in 4th gear. I was unaware of this massive problem, Nissan should have taken care of this already.

I will never buy another Nissan product ever again. No one in my family will ever buy another Nissan product again. My nephew owns a Nissan Titan and is now going to trade it in on a real truck, a Toyota. Also my niece owns Sentra and is now trading it in again for a Toyota. Both my sons now have Nissan Frontiers but we are trading them in as well. I fully understand buying a used vehicle there are going to be minor problems, however, this problem is simply beyond acceptable.

- , Pace, FL, USA

problem #62

Aug 252014

Frontier SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles

Nissan extended the warranty to 100000 miles, they knew about this problem, but since i was luck enough to have this happen 18000 miles over the "extended" warranty I don't get any help or assistance from Nissan, never again am I going to get a Nissan and I will do my best to talk anyone getting a Nissan not to.

- , Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #61

Jul 012014

Frontier LX 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

The truck has been great, until I noticed my transmission was slipping. If there is a recall, they should fix my truck. I have spent money fixing it and have done so much to keep own my truck. Thank god it's paid for, but this is not fair if there are thousand of people out there with the same issue I have.

- , Sanford, NC, USA

problem #60

Nov 152014

Frontier Nismo V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,202 miles

The problem in my 2006 Frontier and other Nissan models was not caused by misuse or owner abuse. The "cross contamination of tranny fluid and and radiator coolant" (as stated on my work order) meant I had to have my transmission and radiator replaced, along with auxiliary parts. The cost to me was $3359.88. I paid Vernon Nissan this amount. Now I wish to be reimbursed, because it was caused by a defect in the design.

I was told by the service technician that I should be happy because I only have to pay half. I told him that I have owned probably 30-40 vehicles in my lifetime and never have I had an auto repair bill even as large as half this amount.

Is it possible to recoup the amount I paid?

- , Enderby, BC, Canada

problem #59

Nov 092014

Frontier Nismo V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,100 miles

The truck just went over 100,000 miles and what do you know, the transmission blew due to radiator fluid leaking into it - just like we found on Google. Pain in the ass and there is no recourse from Nissan.

Update from Nov 13, 2014: please delete

- , Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #58

Aug 072014

Frontier LE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

Bought this Nissan Frontier 4 months ago with 84k miles. I'm still financing $10k and today I get hit with this problem. I called Nissan and they tell me I would need to pay 3k to get it fixed. If I had the kind of money I wouldn't owe 10k. I will never buy a Nissan ever again. I have a Hyundai Santa Fe with 170K miles and has never given me any problems.

Nissan should be more professional on handling this, specially knowing it's their fault. I will trade in this truck as soon as I get it fixed will get a Tacoma or Tundra, even if I have to pay an extra 10k. NISSAN = BS

- , Madison, NJ, USA

problem #57

Oct 282014

Frontier 4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,300 miles

I purchased a Nissan Frontier with some apprehension from my wife. I assured her that this was a good vehicle and told her we would not have problems with it. Was I wrong!!!!! We began feeling a shutter when we reached 60 mph so we took it in. The dealer diagnosed that radiator fluid had leaked into the transmission. We were not aware of a pending lawsuit until after the damage to our vehicle was done. Unfortunately, we exceeded that extended warranty that Nissan settled in 2012.

We attempted to call Nissan Corp to see if they would help but they hid behind the class action lawsuit settlement (extended warranty) and we are stuck with paying over $5,600 dollars in repairs. Moving forward, I will NOT BUY any Nissan vehicles and neither should you. Nissan Corp was aware of a defect which caused the RADIATOR to LEAK FLUID INTO the TRANSMISSION and settled on a lawsuit which neglected its customers. It appears that Nissan calculated its Risk vs Customer Satisfaction and sided with taking the risk and NOT providing customer satisfaction. This is a flawed business model/decision that will hurt them in the long run. I JUST HOPE NOBODY GETS HURT WHEN THEIR DRIVING 60 MPH AND THE TRANSMISSION LOCKS UP. THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE. MAKE SURE YOU FILE YOUR COMPLAINT

- , Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #56

Sep 102014

Frontier LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

A known problem with the Nissan Frontier, Exterra etc....

I had an Altima/Maxima as my choice for an economy car. I am now Nissan-adverse.

Good news for one of the other guys.

Their proposed settlement was extremely lame.

Stay away

- , Bend, OR, USA

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