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:
36,992 miles

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2005 Nissan Frontier body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #6

May 312016


  • miles


Electrical component mounted overhead in the cab hidden by the headliner is running so hot it has blistered exterior paint above it. Over time the affected area is now about one square foot and is immediately obvious because of paint loss on top of cab just behind top of windshield. We are concerned that this may represent a potential fire hazard.

- Mahomet, IL, USA

problem #5

Jun 152015


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Frontier. While attempting to drive, the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who diagnosed that the transmission failed. While repairing the vehicle, it was discovered that the transmission could not be installed because sections of the subframe were rusted and corroded. No further information was available. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Rowe Mountain, TN, USA

problem #4

Dec 302011

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • 83,950 miles
2005 Nissan Frontier 4X4 crew cab. Poor design of tailgate hinge assembly drivers side, appears that was designed to withstand lighter tailgate. As I understand Nissan has redesigned and changed tailgate assembly for 2006 and newer models. My wife was driving the truck and noticed the vehicle following came to a complete stop since the tailgate on my truck was dragging on the road and held partially still connected to truck body with cable assembly. Hinge appeared cracked and pulled from body of truck. Tailgate was always in locked position since we have issues with thieves in our area and was still in locked position when I took it out of truck bed. Obviously at higher speeds the failure of the hinge assembly could compromise the safety of following vehicles in the event the tailgate became removed and fell off onto roadway.

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 032011

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


The cab truck body mount has 6 large washers holding the cab to the truck. While the truck was parked and running 3 of the washers broke off. Not sure if the weld failed or what caused them to break loose. Will the cab stay on the truck" the truck was parked I heard the bang and looked on the passenger side to find the washers right behind the front passenger tire. Ever heard of this happening" I can't wait to hear an excuse from the dealer as to why that happened. Contact me anytime!!!

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #2

Jan 012008


  • miles
The tailgate on my 2005 Nissan Frontier le 2wd pickup truck continually comes off it's hinges even after being secured by forcefully closing, and at times, slamming, the tailgate shut. This defect has caused the tailgate to come off it's hinges and is a safety risk to other drivers who are behind me, as it can cause great bodily harm, serious injury, or even death if it ever entirely fell off. Because of this defect, I lock the tailgate in an attempt that it is securely closed.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

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problem #1

Oct 242005


  • miles
Noise that is heard around the dashboard area, when the car is driven at 40 mph to 45 mph. Dealership cannot find the cause. They greased the vehicle, and tighten the bolts. No success.

- Dallas, TX, USA

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