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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,608 miles

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2005 Nissan Frontier drivetrain problems

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2005 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 272007

(reported on)

Frontier 4WD

  • miles


2005 Nissan Frontier with engineering defects customer states that the universal joint is subject to fail due to rust. * the consumer stated the manufacturer must have recognized the problem, because they have since added grease fittings. The consumer also stated the metal part that protrudes from the tailgate to the body of the truck was not designed for the weight of the tailgate. Due to insufficient welding, the original inner half of the tailgate hinge can possibly break. The consumer was able to stop the tailgate from falling.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #1

May 222007

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,215 miles
Poorly designed U-joint to front in 4 wheel drive.,U-joint has no grease fitting will rust and disinterested. Manufacturer has added fitting to replace part. However, original could fail and bring vehicle to complete stop in traffic or front drive could fail in adverse weather, leading to loss of traction, both of which could lead to accident. Tailgate prone to failure due to poor weld on inner half tailgate hinge.tailgate was heavy and could lead to injury to a child or small person if failure occured while opening.once again manufacturer has added additional welds in replacement part.

- Southampton , MA, USA

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