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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,328 miles

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2005 Nissan Frontier fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2005 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 152005

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,655 miles


While driving my 2005 Nissan Frontier, I noticed a gasoline smell. I got out of the truck, and looked underneath. Gas was pouring on the ground from on top of the fuel tank. Further investigation showed that gas was spraying from the fuel pump all over the underside of the truck, even onto the catalytic converter. The amount of gas spraying was absolutely frightening. The dealer told me that the fuel tank hit a rock on a recent trip. This caused the fuel pump to smash against the bottom of the truck and create this problem. Further investigation showed that when the gas tank is full, to 3/4 full, any impact on the center of the fuel tank, will result in catastrophic failure to the fuel pump like I experienced. Impact to the fuel tank is almost unavoidable in any off road situation. The fuel tank is the lowest component under the truck, and the main power wheel in 4WD is the wheel directly in front of the fuel tank. This problem will result in fiery death, and/or forest fires. There is no skid plate kit available to protect the gas tank at this time. The dealer refused to warranty this item the second time it occurred. A new fuel pump cost is in excess of $600 this is a poor design, and truly will result in death.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jun 022005


  • miles
Corrosion in the fuel sending unit caused the consumer's 2005 Nissan Frontier not to start.

- Anderson, SC, USA

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