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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,110 miles

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This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2009 Nissan Frontier brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 012010

Frontier 4WD

  • 10,331 miles


Weak clutch 2009 Nissan Frontier SE 4X4 4.0 litre, 6 speed man transmission. 10,331 miles and clutch slips in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and little no engagement in reverse. Slips on sudden acceleration. Manufacturer always blame customer's on fault. Truck was not abused by me. Manufacturer is not admitting failure. If you search for Nissan Frontier clutch problems on the internet, you will see, that the same powerplant belongs to a 2006 Nissan xterra and at 13,000 and the 24,000 this person had to replace the clutch as well as slips. 2nd issue, the brakes assembled on my truck were missing on both left and right side front brake pad retainer springs. Brakes pull right and damaged rt rotor. Required machine shop to repair lateral out of round. Possible cause is missing lower retainers springs and now developed into sticking calipers. 3rd issue. Rattle noise from suspension area on uneven road surfaces or manhole lids at slow speeds. Unable to locate cause with suspension both loaded and unloaded. Have used even rubber mallet to no avail.

- Philadelphia , PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 102008

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 5,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Frontier. The contact was driving 55 mph when the failure occurred. The contact stated that the brake pedal would fall onto the floorboard when depressing either the brake or accelerator pedals. The manufacturer was contacted but would offer no assistance. The contact stated that the vehicle was in possession of the dealer and was awaiting a resolution to the failure. The failure mileage was 5,500 and the current mileage is 9,400. Updated 08/17/10

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 202008


  • 2,500 miles
The ABS system on the 2009 Nissan Frontier malfunctions any time full braking is required when any snow cover is on the road surface. When depressing the brake during those conditions, you must anticipate a stop and slow speed through the accelerator to coast to a stop. If you depress the brake to full or near the brakes start to jump (felt through the foot pedal and steering wheel) making an audible noise and the vehicle slides uncontrolled. Following purchase of the vehicle in late 2008 and after numerous incidents on light to heavy snowy conditions I took the vehicle to buckeye Nissan in January 2009 where it was purchased. I insisted the service technician ride with me through the snowy parking lot to test so he could understand the situation. After we tested the braking system, he told me this was "normal with ABS systems". I have 4 vehicles, all with ABS and nothing can come close to this. I cannot believe this is "normal". a very scary and dangerous situation. I have no doubt that if you had to suddenly apply the brakes, the vehicle would crash and/or roll over. I have wanted to go to a dealership and test drive a similar vehicle when the conditions are comparable, however, I do not live in an area where a dealer is nearby and have been unable to travel out of town to perform a comparison on my own. I do not know if this is an isolated incident with defective brakes, or if this is indeed "standard" for this model. If it is the standard, definitely needs attention.

- West Lafayette, OH, USA

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