Notes: Radiators are still cracking, leaking coolant and destroying transmissions. Which is a shame when you consider that otherwise, this would be a great small pickup truck.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,212 miles

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2006 Nissan Frontier steering problems

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2006 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 132013


  • 6,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the steering wheel would wobble and there was an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 6,000....updated 01/05/17

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 102012

Frontier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,626 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact was traveling 5 mph when a popping noise emitted from the steering column. The contact confirmed that the vehicle became hard to steer but the power steering assist did not completely fail. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was confirmed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and the vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 52,626 and the current mileage was 52,700. Updated 8/23/12 updated 09/06/2012

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #8

Mar 012009


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated the steering column would malfunction periodically. A local mechanic advised the steering column bearings were defective and the vehicle would not pass inspection due to the failure. The steering column was replaced at the owners expense. The failure mileage was approximately 16,000 and the current mileage was approximately 22,000.

- Lititz, PA, USA

problem #7

Aug 032009


  • 36,862 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that upon entering the vehicle he noticed that he could not maneuver the steering column. The loss of power steering while driving increases the risk of vehicle crash. The vehicle was taken to the to the dealer and a technician replaced the steering column. The current and failure mileages were 36862.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #6

Nov 102007

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,123 miles
I was riding down the interstate when a loud pop came from the steering column, at that time the steering wheel got really loose, from side to side and up and down.I called sumbelt Nissan they said the bearing had failed in the column, either from not being pressed in correctly or it could not be the right size, they said take it easy and bring it in to replace the steering column because it could lock up driving down the road. At Nissan they replaced the column, but it came from the same person who made the incorrect steering bearing the first time. Nissan stated this had happened numerous times in the 2005 and the 2006 truck models. This is a direct manufacturer defect that can cause wreaks and bodily harm and they still wont recall these trucks. If you check these complaints you will find quite a few of them please investigate these claims before someone gets hurt.

- Grovetown, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 192007

Frontier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Steering column became loose, had a lot of play in it. We had it checked by a reputable auto repair shop & it was discovered the top bearing on the steering column was broken. The entire column had to be replaced they dealer told them the bushing which broke could not be replaced. The repairman said this could be caused by adjusting the steering column up & down, however this column was not adjusted since we purchased the truck. One person drives the truck, which is a company vehicle & is on the road all day 5 days a week. We were concerned with the safety of driving the truck with the steering column wobbling around.

- Natalbany, LA, USA

problem #4

Oct 012006

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,500 miles


: the contact stated the steering column bearings failed causing the power steering to also fail. The service dealer replaced the steering column to address the issue. The contact expressed concern that the steering column was defective and should be looked at for a recall. Updated 12/5/2006 -

- Pahala, HI, USA

problem #3

May 272006

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,100 miles
I purchased a new 2006 Nissan Frontier from carriage Nissan (770) 532-6335 in March 2006. At mile 3100, while driving on the highway the steering column in the truck broke. It almost caused me to lose control of the vehicle. Fortunately, I was able to regain control. When I contacted the dealer they told me the were aware of this problem and had- had several new Frontiers with the same problem. They said I needed to have it towed, as it was dangerous to drive. The service manager told me that for the 2006 model Nissan had gone with a different vendor for the steering assembly, and that they already had to fix several of them at that dealership alone. Carriage Nissan did fix the problem, but I sincerely believe that Nissan usa is trying to cover this up. When you call them they act as though there is know problem, even though the dealer manager told me there was a serious problem. That problem being a "low bidder" inferior part. I have sent several emails to Nissan usa expressing my concerns, and have gotten no reply. I really believe that someone with this same vehicle could get badly injured or worse if Nissan doesn't issue a recall. The dealer told us a recall should be coming soon, but that was 3 months ago. Furthermore, the dealer manager told us that our replaced part would probably go out again, because it is the same low bidder part. They cannot get a good part until there is a recall issued. Other people in the country are having the same problems with their Frontiers and Nissan. See this forum: Look under technical problems

- Bethlehem, GA, USA

problem #2

May 302006

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
On April 10, 2006 I purchased a 2006 Nissan Frontier 2wd truck. I took it in on May 30, 2006 to the dealership from which I purchased, key Nissan in hardeeville South Carolina, due to a noise in the steering column. They advised me that the noise was caused due to the failure of the bearings in the steering column and the vehicle was hazardous to drive. I am still waiting for the repairs to be completed. Please check to make sure that this hazardous condition is not common in all other 2006 Nissan Frontiers.

- Beaufort, SC, USA

problem #1

May 292006

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,910 miles
Attempted to make a turn and almost didn't make it. Thought the power steering went out. Took vehicle to dealer who checked the vehicle and concluded that a bearing in the steering column had frozen. Ordered a new steering column section and told me they would call me when the part comes in. I am still driving the truck and it still is difficult to steer and fails to return to center on occasion. Am afraid the bearing will freeze and cause me to have an accident before they fix it. Suggest Nissan may have gotten some defective steering column bearings which could cause accidents if the drivers are unaware of the problem.

- Bermuda Run, NC, USA

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