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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,703 miles

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2006 Nissan Frontier suspension problems

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2006 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 032015


  • 120,530 miles


When I got out of college the first thing I wanted to do was to buy my dream car. I had been looking into getting a truck and I was debating between my number one choice a Nissan Frontier or 2nd choice Toyota Tacoma. I knew the Tacoma was probably more reliable in terms of minor parts yet I just loved the design of the Frontier and therefore I bought one in 2006 brand new. Ever since it has been my preferred and only way of transportation. I knew that maintaining it was imperative therefore when it came to an oil change, change of suspension trusts, transmission service, change of spark plugs; it was all done at the proper time. Yet my truck started giving me issues 4 months ago when it would shake or shimmer on road and freeway. Did several tire rotations, did suspension change, yet the issue still persisted. It all came down to a screeching halt when I was going up to sequoia national park for a hike with friends. My Frontier all of a sudden started loosing power and then the gears would just not change. Eventually my 'engine service soon' appeared and was forced to stop our trip. Had to hire a tow truck to bring down the truck and upon scanning I got a P1759 code. Upon researching I come to find out this is a common issue with not only this line of truck but also xterra and titan brands. You cannot believe my disappointment. If it were something simple I wouldn't mind but transmission"!? really?!? because of somebodies' mistake when it came to the engineering of the truck?!" and to find out Nissan is just ignoring the issue. Total disappointment and frustration! now I have to wait for our sweet government to take action since this is a perfect example of a major corporation irresponsibility and ultimately.... greed. Be warned all Frontier drivers, your time will come.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 072011


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that the emergency brake engaged while driving. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic who discovered that the rear passenger's side axle seal had leaked onto the emergency brake pads. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was 68,000. Updated 09/21/12 updated 09/26/2012

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 252012

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 34,183 miles
I purchased my truck from the Nissan dealer in 2006 and recently noticed that the front tires were worn rather badly. I thought this was unusual since I had less than 35,000 miles on the truck. I took my truck to sears and asked them to align the wheels and rotate the tires. Sears could not do the alignment because they would have to order and install some parts that were not on the truck at manufacturing. I called Nissan North America to find out if this was necessary and was told that for certain make of vehicles this was true. I would have to pay for the parts and labor to make it possible to align the wheels to recommended specifications. According to sears, since the cambers and casters were not within recommended specification, tire wear, handling and safety problems may result. I feel that the necessary parts should have been installed during manufacturing to avoid any possible accidents due to premature tire wear. The Nissan dealer should install the necessary parts for free and Nissan should notify any vehicle owners affected by this deficiency which might cause handling and safety problems.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #1

Sep 012008


  • 36,100 miles
I own a 2006 Nissan Frontier, it was delivered with only half the keys programmed for the vehicle, a strange rattling of plastic shrouding in the engine compartment and as I found out a fast set of tires later, the front end out of alignment [ too much toe in ]. when I read the manual I found out that my 4WD vehicle was "not intended to be used off of the road", this was not in any of the presales literature and the reason I buy 4WD is so I can use it off road. At 100 miles after warranty I had to take it in because the fuel sending unit had failed, about a $600 repair on a part that should last 200,000 miles. The mechanic told me their dealership is replacing about one of these a week on a couple of models. When I picked it up I got the trouble light on the way home, I scanned it to see what the problem was [code PO448 ]. I took it back. The first canister they ordered showed up broken [ kind of fragile for something mounted on the bottom of a 4WD ]. parts replaced under the emissions warranty were 14953zp50C filter-canister, 14950-ea20A canister assy. E, and 14935-am60B valve assy.-co. The service order says "...inspected/found no flow very rusty....". as the vehicle only has 36,000 miles on it this does not bode well for the future.

- Felton, CA, USA

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