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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,787 miles

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2005 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #5

Oct 062010

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


Whining noise from front of engine. Diagnosed as timing chain tensioner failing. Numerous complaints online. Dealer covered 300 dollars but after 20 days and 13 phone calls, Nissan usa refused to participate in repair or discuss the issue. Concern for transmission failure due to coolant leaking into transmission. Nissan extended warranty to 80,000 which does very little for those of us that keep our vehicles a long time.

- Bear, DE, USA

problem #4

Feb 252011


  • 89,500 miles
Radiator & transmission failure.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #3

Dec 092010


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Frontier SE. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the radiator ruptured. The transmission also began slipping. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the radiator and transmission needed to E replaced as the antifreeze mixed with the transmission fluid. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Fort Howard , MD, USA

problem #2

May 182010


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Frontier. The contact was at a complete stop when the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact was able to restart the vehicle yet the check engine light remained illuminated. The contact was able to drive a short distance before the vehicle stalled again. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair facility where the camshaft sensor was replaced. The failure continued to recur. An authorized dealer was notified and informed the contact that the ipdm board would need to be replaced. The contact replaced the ipdm board himself. Approximately one month later, the failure began to recur. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed. The failure mileage was 63,000 and the current mileage was 66,500.

- Elizabethton, TN, USA

problem #1

Jul 152005

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles
Purchased a 05 Frontier cc 4X4 truck from a local dealership. 2 weeks I had the truck roughly the 15 of July, I had put a 30 to 40 pound stone in the back of my truck which has the rhino bed liner, rock dent in the ribs of the box and chipped the rhino bed lining. Took it to the dealership, explained in detail but nothing done as of yet. Yet another person had the same problem I was told by the service department and got a new box. Problems with the drivers side window rattling, the rear end squeaking, and the rear. I took the truck in again, they took it in said they fixed the problems with the window and the rear end squeaking. Took truck home and was doing the same thing. Took back again for same problem plus rear differential and engine brake. Said they fixed window (not true again), had to replace the bushings in the rear(were bad), and needed a new rear differential engine brake they said they had to contact someone else about to find out problem(not fixed to date) took truck in again had it 3 days said was fixed. I took the truck home rear differential was doing exact same thing but now rear was getting hot. Called Monday morning to tell them it was doing exact same thing and the rear was getting hot and service department manger got pissed off was yelling. Now having trouble with the steering in the front, not right. Tried to get problem worked out with dealership. Had to finally call Nissan complaint center. Waited a week for response and finally had call from Consumer Affairs with no resolution. Told me they could not do nothing except send to general manager plus file complaint with BBB auto which, cost $200, no guarantee. Dealership service department also did not give me copies of service work done and refuses to do so. Consumer Affairs only told me they can get them and it will help their case. Called another dealership had them pull up work done on truck and none was filed. I was sold a lemon Nissan don't want to deal with. I smell a lawsuit!

- Homer, NY, USA

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