Notes: For years, Nissan trucks and SUVs have had problems with coolant destroying the transmission. And for years, Nissan has done nothing about it.

The 2007 is no different than the 2006 and 2005. Just avoid it.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
110,050 miles
Total Complaints:
123 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace radiator, rebuild transmission (41 reports)
  2. replace radiator and transmission (40 reports)
  3. not sure (17 reports)
  4. replace transmission (9 reports)
  5. replaced radiator and transmission (6 reports)
  6. bypass the radiator and put in a separate transmission coole (3 reports)
2007 Nissan Frontier transmission problems

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2007 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #123

Feb 112019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,060 miles


My only motivation in posting this issue is because I find a lack of awareness about it overall. I still see these trucks being sold at dealerships, just waiting to screw over the next uninformed consumer. I barely had this truck for a year and put roughly 7,000 miles on it before it just quit without any warning. And worst of all it had happened during my move from California to Oregon, leaving my wife and 1 year old stranded on interstate 80 in Vallejo amongst very quickly moving traffic.

We called a tow truck and after 2 hours we made it to a repair shop, where we were told that we would have to wait a day or so for them to find out the damage. We continued our trip in the UHaul I was driving hoping that we could get it fixed and shipped up to us whenever they were done. They reported the repair costs to be in excess of $6,000, tax on the expense for shipping, which I think was $600 or more. We bit the bullet and decided to sell it for junk.

Car buyers need to be aware of these issues. And the dealerships who still sell defective vehicles should be held accountable.

- dchristophereggers, Eugene, US

problem #122

Jun 142018

Frontier LX 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,480 miles


- Carlos G., National City, CA, US

problem #121

Jul 052018

Frontier 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 172,040 miles

I purchased my 2007 Nissan Frontier used in 2010 after loosing my car in the Nashville flooding that May (I had a Nissan Sentra). Everything was fine outside of a few minor issues until recently when I started noticing a "rumble strip" feeling when traveling around 40-50 mph with a growing hard shift. I took it to a trusted local transmission service here in Nashville and they IMMEDIATELY knew what the problem was....coolant leaking into the transmission and trashing the torque converter among other parts.

I didn't want a car payment and so I bit the bullet and had it repaired for almost $4K. The owner proceeded to tell me that it was a defect common to all Nissan SUVs/Trucks during that time period. I've seen that Nissan did a half-hearted "recall" years back (way before most people would start to see the problem arise) that I wasn't aware of and have evidently not seen fit to take the blame that is rightfully theirs for this problem. I live here in Nashville where Nissan North America's headquarters are located and I'm going to complain to the BBB as well.

This catastrophic problem is a proven failure in their product that has affected thousands of their customers to the tune of millions of dollars at this point. They should provide some sort of compensation for those who have fallen victim to their mistakes in design/production.

By the way, the transmission repair folks by-passed the coolant line and had to rebuild my transmission. So if you've got a 2007 or somewhere near it, I suggest you go have it checked out and see if you can get the coolant bypassed before the inevitable failure that Nissan has set you up for.

My fuel gauge sensor just started throwing codes too....contacting the dealer to see if they have a recall for that one too.

- Trev W., Nashville, TN, US

problem #120

May 052018

Frontier 4x4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,200 miles


I am not a complainer but I see this same issue all over the net and all over saying no recall.

- William C., Arlington, TX, US

problem #119

Jul 012017

Frontier SE V6 4.0L/241

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

First issue was with gas gauge - had to replace at $300, was notified that timing chain tensioner needed replacement.

6 months later - I had the tensioner replaced and at recommendation of dealer had leaking (into transmission) radiator replaced at the same time $800. I had the dealer investigate vibration that occurred at about 42 to 50 MPH, was told that they could not reproduce the vibration and that the transmission was fine and showing no issues of damage. 3 months later had a different mechanic look at the same vibration issue and received notice that the transmission is failing and needs to be replaced.....rebuilt transmission at $4559.13, labor $1,408.00...and with tax the total equals $6569.81

This Forum indicates that these costs are very high for the work. I have been unable to obtain lower pricing for this work.

- Russ B., Seattle, US

problem #118

Nov 082017

Frontier LE 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,798 miles

On 11/7/17 my "service engine soon" light came on. I had it brought to AAMCO and they notified me that transmission fluid was in my radiator. I did some research and found out about all the problems with the Nissan radiator and transmission leaks. I am at 102798 miles and 10 years. I replaced my radiator and replaced my transmission fluid, everything seemed okay through the weekend, but I just checked my radiator and I again have transmission fluid in there. I think that anyone that owns a Frontier, regardless of this extended warranty bull sh*t, should get this fixed for free. This is a recall regardless of when it happened to anyone, maybe some had it happen at 80k miles or before, but I had not problems till this past week. So what I am reading is that I will have to pay $3000.00 for Nissans f*ck up. I am reading a lot of other complaints all over the internet that a lot of owners are not affected by this until after 100k miles. I have always owned Nissan cars/trucks but if this is not taken care of free of charge then I will never buy a Nissan again and I am gonna plaster the internet and social media with how bad Nissan customer service is that they don't take care of their customers.

- Robert P., San Diego, US

problem #117

Aug 012017

Frontier LX V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 107,000 miles


Nissan is not fixing this problem. Although many people have complained about the same issue. Someone needs to look further into this issue. My truck will now not go in reverse.

- Richard H., Spartanburg, US

problem #116

Sep 012017

Frontier SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

Nissan disgusts me by not being willing to expose themselves by warning consumers of such a prevelant, definitive, and avoidable defect. Will never support Nissan in any way, shape, or form again.

- friedsakabw, Greeley, US

problem #115

Aug 022017

Frontier KC SE 4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles

Nissan knew of this problem for years and no one from Nissan notified me.

- Greg R., Bellingham, US

problem #114

Feb 092015

Frontier V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

First, this vehicle was my third Frontier. I will never enter another Nissan dealership, and never ever purchase another Nissan. My experience is that Nissan is sweet in sales and will ultimately ditch the consumer. I cannot believe there is no relief for people like me that have suffered as a result of this defective product. I am a victim of Nissan. My radiator overheated on the highway, cracked and leaked into the transmission. The transmission sputtered between 3 and 4th gear. The fluids were a milky pink. The only fix is to replace the radiator and the transmission. The cost will alarm you - $3400. Don't let Nissan do it - never go back. Find a reputable transmission mechanic that is trustworthy, unlike Nissan mechanics. PS - found out that Nissan issued a warranty for this defect but did not alert consumers. The warranty period was ridiculously brief.

- nissvictum, Vero Beach, US

problem #113

Feb 222017

Frontier 4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,246 miles


Had truck assessed by local, independent service centre in February 2017, as closest Nissan dealership is 3.5 hours away. issue was not found on first try, second service in april did find the problem, at which time we found out that there was a warranty bulletin that recognized the issue, leaky radiator into transmission, corroding components. calls to the closest Nissan dealership in Cranbrook- Sun Valley, Nissan Canada, and Nissan north America, all came back with the same answer....sorry we can not help you as you have passed the warranty expiry date. "My secret warranty" was up at the end of march 2017 they say, and your truck has yet to be assessed by a Nissan Service centre. My truck was made for the American market and registered there for its first 6 months or so, i bought it from the Cranbrook Mazda dealership and it has been registered in Canada for 10 years. Nissan Canada believes Nissan North America should assist with the fix and Nissan North America believes Nissan Canada should assist with the fix. I spent the better part of 2 months talking to the Cranbrook Nissan Dealership, Nissan Canada, and Nissan North America, none of them want to assist with the fix estimated at $7000. None of them will honour the service assessment/concern raised in February by an independent service centre. I did have it assessed by Dave Smith Nissan in Spokane, a recommendation from Nissan North America, since Nissan Canada was unwilling to consider, since the truck was still not in their system, who confirmed the issue, a couple weeks ago. Dave Smith Nissan was not able to get authorization because the truck is registered in Canada. Nissan North America, phoned Nissan Canada to help get the truck and issue into the Canadian system, but once transferred to me, Nissan Canada still not accepting the truck as a Canadian issue. All the service teams have said its a great truck, but with out a transmission its a very expensive lawn ornament. Would never consider a Nissan again, customer service sucks in Canada, and they don't stand behind their product.

- atrevor, Trail, BC, Canada

problem #112

Jul 032017

Frontier SV 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,544 miles

The transmission fluid cooler in the radiator has busted causing radiator coolant to get inside the transmission. When the coolant mixed with the transmission fluid it has caused catastrophic damage to the inside of the transmission (gears, etc.) a couple of weeks ago I noticed the transmission starting to shift more and more abruptly. I drove to work and at the end of my shift, my truck would not start. I discovered the reason for it not starting was due to the automatic transmission fuse was blown. I replaced the fuse, started the truck and the fuse blew again. I took it to a mechanic and he discovered the issue with the radiator and transmission. This is a recurring issue with 2005 -2010 pathfinder, Frontier and xterra owners. What can be done to hold Nissan accountable for a faulty product that they are obviously aware of but will not correct. This is going to cost me $3500 - $4500 to repair

- Joe F., Oxnard, CA, US

problem #111

May 222017

Frontier 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles

Over the last few days I noticed the truck making a whining sound when I started it. It would last for a few seconds and go away. I thought maybe it was because the weather had turned cold & wet. Yesterday it whined longer and it wasn't cold and wet so I figured I better take it to the mechanic and have him check it. Before I could do that I needed to get to work. On the way to work the truck began to shudder when shifting from low gear. It got progressively worse the farther I went. I made it to work and called for a tow to the mechanic. He was able to determine there was no transmission fluid in the coolant but since they don't do trannys he wasn't able to drop the pan and check for coolant in the tranny fluid. I had it towed to a tranny shop and there it sits waiting to be worked on. We bought the truck used and don't know if the radiator/cooler was ever replaced. The verdict is that the transmission/radiator/cooler need to be replaced to the tune of $4,000.00. Awesome! I obviously didn't research enough before buying this truck. Usually I over-analyze. The price was really fair...not cheap...but fair. Maybe that should have raised a red flag.

- Chuck C., Elkhorn, NE, US

problem #110

Jun 012017

Frontier SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,900 miles

I bought Nissan for it longevity, mine is 10 years old with 107 k miles and I expected to drive it another 10 years and 100k miles. I'm 67, retired and everything is paid for and money is short, with the government robbing me left and right, but that's another tale.

I'm super pissed that for a cheap radiator, my transmission may be ruined at a cost of between $4,000 to $6,000, which I don't have unless I start selling stuff and get a loan. I found on that this is a wide spread problem involving 3 vehicles over 6 years.

Shame on Nissan for letting this go on for so long. In my case this problem hit beyond any warranty and it is all out of my pocket.

If you have a Frontier, Pathfinder or Xterra '05 through '10 go now and have the radiator replaced (regardless if it is fine now) and add a trans cooler outside the radiator loop to avoid this problem. The article said Nissan is of no help

- Richard A., farmville, VA, US

problem #109

Jun 022016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

I was 10k miles outside a small amount of assistance and past the alotted date for assistance... Really sux because my year frontier is listed as a bad egg : ( Will never buy nor suggest to anyone to buy a nissan

- tj40004, Hollywood, US

problem #108

Sep 012016

Frontier 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

I used to love Nissan, I have had 2 trucks and 1 car. I have replace the car with Honda CRV and the current truck with Ford F150. I will avoid Nissan from now on because I felt the company that has a problem that is known should take responsibility for it.

- Robert M., Hokes Bluff, US

problem #107

Oct 032016

Frontier SE 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,011 miles

Transmission failed because of a design flaw that Nissan knows about, but refuses to correct in effected vehicles. Instead, they put the burden on the consumer. I'm not sure my Fronteir is worth the $5,900 the dealer wants to repair it, but I won't be buying another Nissan for myself or any of my kids.

- Kevin T., Mesa, AZ, US

problem #106

Nov 012016

Frontier LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles

It's fxxx up since I only had the truck for 6 months and didn't know the problem was occurring. I called Nissan and of course they said no recall and the truck is an 07 and they thought it was an 05 . I needed to repeat myself several times and they said they would call me on Monday since it Friday. The operator told me he thinks nothing can be done about this since the truck didn't even have my name under it.

- Rafael T., Philadelphia, PA, US

problem #105

Feb 032017

Frontier Nismo V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 166,000 miles

This was my first Nissan product ,a 2007 Frontier extended cab. I purchased from a dealer used with 24K miles. When i buy a vehicle, i generally keep it for 10-15 years average of 250K miles.

i use my truck to transport dogs for rescue. up until last week, I was proud to say the truck served me well as I have hauled probably close to 1000 canines in it with a current 166K miles.i maintain my vehicles regularly as i can't afford the risk being stuck with a truck full of dogs on the side of the road.

The truck decided to go kaput on a Friday, in a rare CA rain storm on Friday -imagine the traffic!! I chugged down freeway ,mad it to my destination,but when came out to start my truck, it wouldn't turn over. Thankfully, I have premier AAA and within 10 mins a tow truck arrived at the same time as the Enterprise rental car driver and i was able to continue my day. I had the truck towed to my mechanic who has informed me a new transmission and radiator is running about $5k. I also have incurred a 189$ diagnostic fee plus a $30/day rental care fee. I got a second quote over the phone for $4200 without the radiator...I'm getting one more quote tomorrow.

This unexpected expense is upsetting and of course now I'm contemplating a new/ish truck which includes the dreaded monthly car payment. This was my first truck and i LOVED it! I was even looking into buying the exact same one, only newer, as i already have lots of accessories for it including new tires and a camper shell.

Then i recalled the words of my mechanic,"coolant leaking into the transmission is a common problem."which prompted me to search the internet.i found this website and boy am i glad i did! I am disappointed to learn that so many others have had a similar experience with this brand of vehicle.

I will not purchase another Nissan product. No wonder my redneck friends drive Fords!

- sgar, Long Beach, CA, US

problem #104

Jan 232017

Frontier LE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 220,823 miles

Ordered new, maintained per Nissan recommendations 10 yrs this month. Bad radiator already noted in all complaints. Radiator transmission cooler allowed antifreeze into transmission ruining both. Around $6,000 for a fix. Hardly worth it.

- Alan E., Wagoner, OK, US

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