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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,000 miles

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2005 Nissan Frontier body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 022008


  • 38,000 miles


I do not know exactly what caused the problem but I opened up my tailgate one morning and the tailgate came off of the hinge and pieces were missing. I read on a forum that this is a common problem for the type of vehicle I'm driving and it seems that the tail gate could have fell on the highway if I hadn't tried it that morning.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 012007

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
We have a 2005 Nissan Frontier with 40,000 miles on it - well maintained and in excellent condition. Both hinges on the tailgate broke. It is a known problem. Fortunately, it came off when it was parked in my driveway. If it broke and fell off on the highway while the vehicle was in motion, it could have been disastrous. Nissan refuses to acknowledge the problem or make the necessary repairs. The dealership service manager lied and claimed the failure was due to overload - we don't use the truck to haul anything.

- Cheswick, PA, USA

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