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:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
500 miles

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2005 Nissan Frontier transmission problems

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2005 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #1

May 232005

Frontier 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • 500 miles


The contact purchased a 2005 Nissan Frontier on 5/18/2005. Shortly thereafter, the transmission popped out of second gear on four occasions. Once on a bumpy road, twice on washboard roads, and once at a traffic light on dry pavement. All roads frequently used by passenger vehicles and traveling at low speeds under 20 mph. Nissan attempted to correct the problem by adding wheel weights to the shifter assembly to dampen the shifter vibration, and then replace the transmission. Both times the contact was able to reproduce the problem on washboard road used by passenger vehicles. Then Nissan gave the contact a 2005 SE Frontier off the lot, and once again the problem recurred. The contact realized that he must be careful when using the second gear. The excessive vibration and popping out of gear will cause abnormal wear and tear. The contact considered this problem dangerous. It never happened while using 4-wheel drive. It could create a dangerous situation depending on the road being traversed, such as exposure to drops and/or the incline on narrow mountain roads. Through a lawyer the contact was told that Nissan would not fix the transmission but would give him $3000 for time and inconvenience. The contact refused, the offer, and insisted that transmission willget worse, and would have to use the $3000 to replace the transmission. Updated 1/4/2006 -

- Palmer Lake, CO, USA

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