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:
61,228 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

Jun 152009

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 94,606 miles


Letter from senator warner on behalf of constituent re auto paint chipping-Nissan Frontier truck (attn: Shane clem). The consumer believed there was a defect in the paint.

- Suffolk, VA, USA

problem #1

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

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