hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,667 miles

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2004 Nissan Frontier drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 032014

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • 123,000 miles


I noticed small oil stains under the Nissan while parked in my driveway, at work, and anywhere I would stop. Upon further investigation, I noticed the oil pan is rusting through. I have done research and noticed I am not the only person experiencing this problem. This could be a major problem if the motor would lock up at a high rate of speed due to lack of lubrication. Got a quote of $1500 to replace the oil pan. Seems kind of steep considering I am not the one who put the, in my opinion, sub par oil pan on these vehicles. Updated 4/8/2015

- Thurmont, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 012012


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph and traveling uphill, the transmission slipped after the contact depressed the accelerator pedal. The contact stated that the defect was also present when driving downhill. The contact had to shift to neutral and back to drive before the vehicle would respond. The failure was recurring only when the engine became hot. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012011

Frontier 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
Noticed transmission fluid was slowly leaking and covering the bottom pan. Mechanic looked at it and found a crack in the housing of the transmission near the top. My certified mechanic had never seen this before. The transmission and torque converter now needs to be replaced and the "core" cannot be sent back for any credit. Total cost so far is approx. $2,800. The transmission housing has no external damage that would have caused this crack to the housing. Consumer sent an updated portable to correct the VIN. Updated 07/08/11

- Haiku, HI, USA

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