really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
146,700 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. rebuild transmission, radiator, sensors (1 reports)
2011 Nissan Frontier transmission problems

transmission problem

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2011 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 092016

Frontier EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,666 miles


I was driving my truck as normal when I heard a chatter from the gear shift. It was a knocking sound. I lost all power in the low gears and it would take 45 seconds to get to 60 mph. I drove it a short way like that and the check engine light came on. I parked my truck for a few hours an when I went to drive it back home the problem seemed to be fixed and was driving normal. I started my drive home and after 50 miles I could smell something burning so I started to get over to the side of the road. At that point I lost all power and the truck was dead. It would not start and I had to call for a tow truck to get my family and I home. I was watching the temperature and oil pressure gauges on the dash and they were normal so it was a surprise to me when I took it to the mechanic and he told me my transmission was in bad shape. He said the problem happened because the lower part of the radiator that cools the transmission cracked leaking radiator fluid into the transmission. This caused all the parts to swell up causing the transmission fluid to burn up, causing the computer to burn up, and multiple sensors to fail. I spent over $4000 on parts and labor to get this fixed. That included a rebuild kit, band,piston, exchange rebuilt torque converter, new valve assembly, radiator, radiator cap, front pump bushing, crank sensor,revolution sensor, and all the labor to find out the problem and repair it. There were known issues of this exact problem and earlier models up to 2010. I know there was a class action lawsuit about it. Well the problem is still there on the 2011 model. I should be reimbursed for all my cost since Nissan knew about this issue and still made a inferior product the following year. They did nothing to address this engineering flaw even though they had complete knowledge of the problem. One part failing shouldn't cause the failure of 10 others as well. That kind of chain reaction could of been avoided by having a separate transmission cooler that wasn't part of the radiator. Nissan was negligent for letting this design go to market when they already knew it was an issue. I bought the truck with the understanding that this issue was resolved on the 2011 and yet I had the same problem as prior years. This is fraud if you ask me.

- phough1976, San Marcos, CA, US

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