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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,101 miles

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2005 Nissan Frontier electrical problems

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2005 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

May 122016


  • 168,000 miles


My 2005 Nissan Frontier will stall out driving down the road. It has happened going slow and fast. The truck will be running fine and all of a sudden cut off in the middle of traffic. This has caused me to almost be in several crashes. I can put the truck in neutral and it will crank back up sometimes taking several try's. I have replaced the ECM relay and did not help. This seems to be a well known problem that can get people killed. The truck has cut off at red lights and stop signs. I have been going 70mph on the inter state and the truck cuts off. The truck has lost power in a turn causing it to be really hard to turn. The worst is pulling out into oncoming traffic and my truck just cuts off.

- Elmore, AL, USA

problem #29

May 202016


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Frontier. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled when the contact attempted to slow down. The vehicle started normally after a few minutes. The failure recurred four times. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that there was an electrical short in the fuse box. The transmission and radiator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Chatsworth, CA, USA

problem #28

Apr 102016


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Frontier. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle lost power without warning. The vehicle was restarted, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 127,000. The VIN was not available.

- Mount Airy, NC, USA

problem #27

Dec 052006


  • 20,000 miles


Vehicle has severe electrical issue with position sensors on camshaft and crankshaft. Vehicle engine stalls suddenly. This is a very dangerous condition as vehicle will loose braking and steering control at high speeds or in a incline, hill on or off road. Nissan has faulty wiring on these sensors that control the engine power, a know problem that has never been recalled. Over 100 people have suffered injuries or loss of life due to this issue. Nissan dealerships are aware of problem and several forums online including newspaper articles outline the issue.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #26

Jul 152015


  • 75,800 miles
The service engine soon dash light keeps coming on. All required service work has been performed as the owners manual states. I just had the 75,000 service performed at 76,230, and at that time the service light was staying on. The mechanic (not a Nissan dealership) did get the light to go off, but within two weeks it came back on again and stays on. Going back to the same mechanic to see what he states, but has Nissan had a problem with this light. That is my complaint as it cost me a few bucks to have light shut off, but it appears that there may be a problem with that particular light. Please note that my postal code is V0H 1X9, as it would not take it. This is an american vehicle, but I purchased it in vancouver bc on or about 26 June 2015

- Peachland, Bc, Canada, FL, USA

problem #25

Feb 232015

Frontier 4-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
My car starts and idle but do not accelerate the ipdm is not working perfectly.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #24

Mar 072015

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles


Low beam headlights did not work, checked all fuses and relays including low beam, and ECM, the whole ipdm module had to be replaced.

- Hopatcong, NJ, USA

problem #23

Dec 012014

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
#1recently I noticed that my fuel gauge has been unreliable. It will show the actual fuel amount, then it will show that there is no fuel in the tank just a few moments later. Sometimes this issue lasts for a week where it shows the fuel tank to be empty while it is full. Also there is a check engine light that accompanies. #2 I live in Alaska and require the defroster vent to work in the winter. This winter starting in December I noticed that air will not blow out of the defroster vent below the windshield. I have tried numerous selections on the dial/controls without resolve. It also makes a "bubbling and clicking sound" that to me sounds mechanical in the dashboard, when the vent is trying to change from the floor vent, to the head vents, and then up to the windshield vent.

- Sitka, AK, USA

problem #22

Aug 262014


  • 110,300 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Frontier. While driving approximately 40 mph, the low beam exterior lights suddenly shut off. In order to remedy the failure, the contact changed the bulbs, but the failure recurred. The dealer stated that the intelligent power distribution module was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that a new part was manufactured to address the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,300.

- Springfield , MA, USA

problem #21

Mar 052014


  • miles
I currently own a 2005 Nissan Frontier. 3 months ago, the vehicle had been stalling on me every several days, it would immediately turn back on. Last month it began shutting down on me every 2 days, a few times on the highway, almost getting rear ended a couple of times. It would turn back on, but after several tries and after 15-20 min wait. After checking recalls on my vehicle I noticed I had not been contacted about a recall for the replacement of a ECM relay, which was causing vehicles to shutdown. This relay was replaced and vehicle had been running fine for 3 weeks, but my vehicle has now started to sputter every few days. It has shutdown on me twice in the last couple of weeks.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #20

Jul 152013

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


I was driving on kingery highway in villa park when I stopped for traffic. When I tried to accelerate after the traffic was moving, the lights on the dashboard turned on and the truck would only accelerate to less than 1 mph. This could have caused a serious accident.

- Elmhurst, IL, USA

problem #19

Dec 272013

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 107,900 miles
Passing other vehicle on I-45 towards downtown at approximately 70 mph the engine experienced intermittent stalling. I was in danger to crash others with problems to get our of the high speed lines. At that moment the engine totally stalled, . finally I was able to reach the extreme right line and pull out waiting for a complete stop. I tried to restart the engine but no help. I did not believe it but wanted be sure that no lack of fuel was the origin because I already had the problem with fuel sending unit problem which do not work properly to accurately show how much fuel is on the fuel tank. I got some extra fuel. We returned and poured the 1 gallon can, then I tried to star the engine. It cranked but no starting. I called my insurance requesting towing service. I tried two more times and after that the engine started roughly and hesitating. After 2 minutes and stabilized I decided to continue. I called my insurance company to cancel the towing service. Decided to continue on I-45 but on the extreme right hand side line. I arrived home with no other issues and after parking on my driveway, shut down the engine, then I tried to restart it but nothing. Only cranking good but no starting at all. Finally after some like 10 seconds of cranking, the engine hesitated but started. I took it to autozone, they scanned it and gave me the codes P043 for the failed fuel sendin unit ( fuel level sensor ) and the code P0335 which is problem with the circuit or signal or sensor crankshaft. I made search to find it and today, Sunday 29, after several hours, finally removed and replaced it. After this the truck starts very good as usually before the stalling experiences. Cost was some like 23 dollar but the risk in what I was and exposing others has no price. Is necessary to have a crash or fatal results for you to consider this a recall to protect others?

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #18

Nov 062013

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
While driving down the road at 40mph my Frontier suddenly cut off, had no brakes or power steering. I went off the road and hit some trees. My insurance fixed my truck, even after I told them and the body shop I wanted it checked out first. I took it to the dealership and was told there was a recall with a defective ECM relay. They also informed me my radiator and transmission had a problem with the coolant leaking into the transmission. Nissan said I was out of warranty and did nothing to help but replace the part that caused my accident. The leak/ ruptured part seems like it was from the accident but my insurance and Nissan both are leaving me out on my own.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #17

Aug 222013

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
While driving the vehicle loss power and almost stalled. This happened a couple of times while driving on the highway, approx. 50mph. The second time it happened, the ses light and slip light came on. This vehicle was covered by a recall for the ECM that caused a similar issue. The ECM was replaced by a certified Nissan service center. The replacement was done 12/29/10. Now, it is happening again. A bit of research shows that Nissan has issued a voluntary recall for camshaft sensors that cause a very similar problem. However, because my VIN is not currently under that recall, I can't have Nissan replace them. This is a safety issue. The vehicle looses power then stalls while traveling in heavy traffic at 50-60 mph. That can cause a major accident and affect not only myself but others. I feel Nissan should expand their recall to include Nissan Frontiers, not just Altima, etc. Nissan has been contacted and they have opened a case file #[xxx]. no resolution has been offered by them. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Justin , TX, USA

problem #16

Jul 252013

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 91,300 miles
Vehicle will stall when slowing down and not restart for a few minutes. Motor acts like it's not getting enough gas, lights on dash flash. Issue is with idpm module. The entire ipdm has to be changed, relays are burning up due to circuitry in the unit having too high of resistance, not being able to carry enough current. Parts are defective and Nissan should be recalling these parts before serious bodily harm is done.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #15

Jul 162013

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
I was on my way home from work, when my service engine soon light came on. The next day, I was on my way home from town when my truck died. It took me a few minutes to get it to start. I had the oil changed Thursday. On my way home, I ran by the local autozone, to have my service engine light checked out. It showed up that the crankshaft position sensor is out. While looking through the web, I see im not the only one that has had this problem. Please help.

- Ripley, TN, USA

problem #14

Jul 052013

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
On July 5th, 2013 my wife was on highway I45 in North direction and after FM1960 the vehicle engine hesitated and died. She was able to safely pull the truck from first line on left to the last on right ( highway with total 4 lines maybe). And then to the emergency line. Brakes and steering control became harder than normal and she was scared of losing control of vehicle. Some body else picked me up at herman memorial hospital at the woodlands and we went to meet her. We tried several times and the engine cranked but no start. My final diagnostic was probable she ran out of gas even when the fuel gauge was showing almost half tank. We went to get one gallon to the gas station, poured on the truck and at the second try it started. In the way back we filled the fuel tank. The fuel gun at gas station stopped automatically but the gauge indicated less than half tank. This was a scary experience that could result in a serious accident with also serious consequences. I called today July 6, 2013 to Nissan service at tom peackock in I45 and they checked my VIN # saying that no warranty applies to fix it. They said nobody was able at the moment to check the price of fuel sending unit which suspected be faulty. An estimate of cost of repair is around $600, the person on the phone said. I will call back this coming Monday to re-verify this issue and the part availability. I submit this because I consider it a safety to customer and other people issue. I have read about recalls on this item but Nissan answer was a negative or denied request to proceed as a recall issue. The fuel gauge is not reliable and I think is not an option to have it operative in any vehicle.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #13

Feb 092013

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
While traveling on the #1 lane at approximately 70mph on the 60 East freeway close to the intersection of the 57 North freeway connector, I lost full power and was forced to make an emergency exit narrowly missing several trucks and cars in the process. After limping home and letting the vehicle sit for a few days, I took the truck to puente hills Nissan complaining that I lose power once the transmission comes to temperature and that I needed them to asses the damage at a cost to me of $130. Their evaluation eventually concluded that the radiator had ruptured causing coolant to leak into the transmission thereby damaging it beyond repair. They quoted me approximately $4,500 for the repair which mainly included labor, tax, a replacement transmission, a new radiator, and all necessary hoses and parts. I was able to drive the vehicle but approximately 1.5 miles from my home, I lost power once again and was forced to have the vehicle towed the rest of the way. The vehicle is no longer safe to drive at all at this point.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #12

Nov 182010


  • 62,000 miles
I purchased a 2005 Nissan Frontier in 2006. In 2010 I noticed my service engine soon light came on. I took my truck to a mechanic who put it on the computer to see what is going on. The computer read that the sensors were bad. I replaced all the sensors myself and still have the same problem. I have been reading online that this is a big issue with Frontiers. It's definitely a safety hazard and causes problems when trying to get the truck to pass inspection. There needs to be a warning when an issue like this is happening for consumers.

- Sewell, NJ, USA

problem #11

Nov 222011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph a popping noise emitted from the vehicle and smoke started began to rise from under the instrument panel. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road and the fire department was notified. The fire department extinguished the fire, but the origin was unknown. There were no injuries. The vehicle was destroyed and the insurance company was notified. The vehicle was then towed to a junk yard. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was unknown.

- Andrews, SC, USA

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