Notes: In a very limited selection on small pickup trucks, the Frontier is one of the best options except -- and I cannot emphasize this enough -- for one problem that makes it an avoid-at-all-costs pain in you know what: the radiator ruptures and leaks coolant into the transmission, killing it. Such a buzzkill.

This problem affects most 2005-2008 (and maybe beyond) Frontiers.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,806 miles

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2005 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #3

May 112009


  • 38,567 miles


The lower hinge on my 2005 Nissan Frontier king cab pick up broke for the second time. The first time, it was replaced under warranty at 18,050 miles and the mileage at the second occurrence is 38, 567. I have also seen that many others are having very similar issues with these tailgates. If this hinge was to break while the vehicle is traveling, it is conceivable that the tailgate could fall off of the vehicle and/or fall off from one side. This could pose a significant hazard to the vehicles behind and/or to the vehicle itself. I contacted Nissan about repairing the tailgate and they informed me that the fix was my responsibility. I will have it repaired at the dealer but have been given no assurance that the design has been improved or modified to prevent its recurrence.

- Troutville, VA, USA

problem #2

Nov 222008


  • 27,850 miles
Tailgate busted brackets. I have a 2005 Frontier crew cab with 28000 miles. This was bought brand new. I use this vehicle for trips and hunting. No hauling, construction or other heavy use. My 4 wheeler was hauled in it about 6 times. We drove to the mountains and just finished unloading our luggage. I went to close the gate and it wouldn't close, upon investigating the drivers side hinge had cracks and the passenger side was cracked. My truck was out of warranty by 60 days when I showed the dealer service person. They said they never saw anything like it before, even asked how big the deer was I put on the gate, and if someone was standing on it? I asked if they were serious, as this gate should support 1000 pounds! anyway I wa lucky that Nissan agreed to replace the 2 cracked brackets on the body, the 2 brackets on the gate and a 3rd bracket I wasn't even aware of until the dealer stated he had to order it in before it could be repaired correctly. Anyway like I stated, this vehicle is used for easy applications and the gate used very little. Sounds and looked like a bad design imho.

- Monroe, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 042008


  • 92,000 miles
I opened the hood of my 2005 Nissan Frontier to check the battery, and when I closed it the hood latch fell off. As a result I was not able to evacuate for 2 mandatory hurricane evacuations. The first evacuation was for hurricane gustav which caused little or no damage in my area; the second evacuation was for hurricane ike from which my area is still recovering. I took my truck to three body shops to get bids for repairs. All three, including the dealership where I purchased the vehicle, stated that because of legal liability and the location of the broken part the hood would need to be replaced. I have all of the old parts that were replaced.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

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