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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,000 miles

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2005 Nissan Frontier fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2005 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 132008

Frontier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Frontier. The contact smelled a fuel odor in the passenger compartment. While driving approximately 15 to 25 mph, a puff of smoke was noticed followed by flames in the front end of the vehicle. The tires were also burned. The fire department extinguished the fire. There were no warning lights illuminated prior to the fire. The failure was due to a leak in the fuel system in the engine compartment. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact has photos and a video of the failure available. The failure mileage was 23,000. Updated 5/20/08 the fire was a result of a fuel leak in the fuel line. Updated 05/20/08

- Kingsport , TN, USA

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