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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,500 miles

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2005 Nissan Frontier fuel system problems

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2005 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 202010


  • 62,000 miles


2005 Nissan Frontier has a known fuel gauge issue. There is a recall on 2006+ Frontiers that have the same exact part. The fuel sending unit attached to the gas tank is known to go bad, and is covered by Nissan under the recall, which doesn't include the problematic 2005 models out there. See NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000. The result is that the gas gauge and computer estimates of "distance until empty" are grossly erroneous and require constant monitoring of the range.

- Austin , TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 022010

Frontier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Frontier. While driving 40 mph, the fuel gauge displayed that the vehicle was empty. The dealer was contacted and stated that there were no related recalls. The dealer confirmed that a faulty fuel level sensor caused the fuel gauge to display the incorrect amount of fuel in the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 60,400. Updated 8/2/10 updated 08/09/10

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 192010

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that when she added gasoline to the fuel tank, the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the contact was informed that the fuel gauge was not working properly. The contact had not called the manufacturer when the complaint was filed. The current and failure mileages were approximately 60,000. Updated 6/3/10 the consumer stated the gas gauge reads just below 1/2 tank. Updated 06/17/10

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #1

Dec 152009


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Frontier. In December 2009, he noticed, when filling the fuel tank, that the fuel gauge would give incorrect readings. It would show empty, then the correct reading and when the tank was half-full, would indicate another incorrect reading. He noticed the failure for a few months and then took the vehicle to the dealership. The dealer informed him that the failure was caused by the fuel gauge assembly, the packing fuel gauge was replaced at that time. He later filed a complaint with the manufacturer and was informed that his vehicle was not included in recall 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Auxiliary tank). The failure mileage was approximately 52,000. The current mileage was approximately 57,000.

- Belfair , WA, USA

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