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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,000 miles

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2005 Nissan Frontier seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 222011

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 101,001 miles


In March of 2011, I was operating my 2005 Nissan Frontier (4-door crew cab, 4X4, nismo package) on a dirt road with one front seat occupant. Vehicle came in contact with washboard/rutted section of road, when the side curtain airbags deployed for an unknown reason, resulting in minor injuries and damage to interior of vehicle and immobilization due to lack of safety equipment (seat belts became inoperable). Nissan Consumer Affairs investigated vehicle, and would not pay for repairs, as they "did not find any malfunctions." I am now stuck with a damaged vehicle for a problem I did not cause.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #1

Apr 062007

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
Side impact/roll-over air bags deployed unexpectedly in my truck while off-road on a bumpy but level surface.

- Captain Cook, HI, USA

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