Best and Worst Years for the Nissan Frontier - VehicleHistory (2022)

Jon Summers

May 28, 2021

Since the model’s 1998 U.S. release, Nissan’s mid-size Frontier pickup has become a worldwide sensation. But what’s the best year for the Nissan Frontier?

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When the Nissan Frontier launched in 1998, popular automotive TV show Motor Week said it was for “budget-minded people who actually use their trucks.” Over 20 years later, there are many reasons to think that summary was very accurate.

This review will outline how that is true by discussing features, specifications, reliability, recalls, and real-world user satisfaction with all three generations of the Frontier sold in the North American Market.

The first Nissan truck sold in the U.S. was way back in 1958. The truck sold by Nissan in North America before the Frontier was called the Hardbody. Like the Frontier, it was sold in many countries around the world in different configurations and with many different names. Internally, Nissan called it the D21.

In many U.S. states, these trucks remain common, despite the youngest being over 20 years old, showing how fundamentally strong they are.

In 1998, Nissan’s new D22 launched, and with it the Frontier nameplate for the North American market. The name change highlighted a new, larger cab design.

In 2001, a facelifted D22 Frontier arrived, featuring a more aggressive stance, plastic body cladding, and new powertrain and engine options. Being first to market with appealing configurations like the first mid-size crew cab long bed and a supercharged engine option kept the Frontier competitive.

The youngest D22 is 16 years old now, and most have far more than 100,000 miles, although they have many more miles left in them yet.

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Debut of Nissan’s D40

In 2005, Nissan’s new D40 design launched. All Frontiers were now mid-size trucks and had tough-looking new styling. This truck remained in production for 16 years, which was very unusual because most cars and light trucks have a five- to seven-year model cycle, with a mid-cycle facelift.

Surprisingly, the Frontier has had many of its record sales years in recent years, showing how popular this simple, rugged design is. This means there are plenty of recent, low-mile, clean Frontiers to choose from.

In 2014, the Nissan’s D23 pickup launched, usually badged as the Navara. This truck did not come to North America.

For the 2022 model year, a new North American market Frontier launched. Given its extraordinary 16-year run, it is likely that it will be the D40 Frontier that will be most relevant for pre-owned Frontier truck buyers in North America.

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1998-2001 Nissan Frontier D22

For the first Frontier, Nissan designed two cabs, the Regular and King. The King has an extended cab and a small jumpseat. Styled at Nissan’s Southern Californian studio, North American market trucks featured a different hood, and wider flared front guards.

D22s were built in half a dozen countries around the world including China, South Africa, and Thailand. In North America, Frontiers were made in Smyrna, Tennesse. The Nissan Pathfinder SUV is very closely related to this era of Frontier.

D22 Frontiers seem to have been designed to be slightly bigger than the Toyota Tacoma, its main competition. It offered a roomier cab and the largest bed in its class, featuring a heavy-duty tailgate and a 1,400 lb. weight capacity. Towing capacity was 3,500 lbs.

Four trim levels were available, with some models lacking things you might take for granted today, such as a tilt wheel and a tachometer. Power steering was standard.

On the road, the Frontier impressed road testers when it was new. The D21 Hardbody’s ladder chassis was beefed up for the D22.

The D22 has a double-wishbone front suspension and a beam axle supported by leaf springs at the back. This delivered a quiet ride. Four-wheel drive models have manual locking wheel hubs, preferred by many owners for their reliability compared to an electric switch on the dashboard for engaging four-wheel drive.

At launch, the Frontier had Nissan’s KA24DE double overhead cam 16 valve 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine. It made 143 hp and 154 lb.-ft. of torque, which was a little better than the competition.

Some testers found the engine coarse and noisy but complemented the fuel mileage it delivered. Four- and five-speed automatic and manual transmissions were offered.

In 1999, the VG33E engine was added to the range. This is a single overhead cam 3.3-liter V6 making 170 hp and 200 lb.-ft. of torque, increasing to 180 hp and 202 lb.-ft. for the model years 2003-2004.

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In May 1999, a four-door crew cab version of the Frontier became available.

The Desert Runner was a special model year 2000 truck available during 1999. It was a rear-wheel-drive King Cab built on a four-wheel-drive chassis.

The website Car Complaints lists only a few issues with early D22s, mostly electrical issues in the instrument cluster, and in one case, unintended engine revving. These issues occurred at about 100,000 miles.

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2001-2004 Frontier D22 Redesign

The 2001 D22 Frontier was introduced at the Chicago Auto Show in early 2000. The new headlights, taillights, bumpers, prominent fender flares, and de-chromed grille were expected to appeal to younger buyers.

These model years of D22 have carried more than 15 different names in diverse markets around the world. In Thailand, they are called the Big M Frontier, the Didsun in some Persian Gulf Countries, the Fiera in Bolivia, and the Skystar in Turkey.

Powertrains for the facelifted Frontier remained the KA24DE four-cylinder and VG33E six-cylinder engines, with a supercharged version of the V6, the VG33ER, joining the range. This delivered 210 hp and 246 lb.-ft. of torque. Transmissions remained a choice of four- and five-speed automatic and manuals.

The regular cab was discontinued after the 2001 model year.

In 2002, Nissan debuted the first medium-sized truck to have both a crew cab and full-length bed (75”). Testers at the time complemented the good ride and the available leather interior but also commented on the limited knee room for adults in the back seat and noted some chassis flex when off-roading this Frontier.

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Recalls and Reliability

Nissan South Africa won consecutive championships in the ABSA Off-Road Series using Nissan D22s, illustrating the fundamental toughness and reliability of the truck. However, Nissan did issue some recalls for the facelifted D22.

For example, in 2003, a recall was issued to prevent the possible failure of the fuel pump. The plastic case around one of the terminals could crack, allowing moisture inside.

The 2002-2004 Frontiers experienced a serious issue with steering columns cracking. The recall replaced the faulty part with a steering column of a different design.

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2005-2021 Frontier D40

Designed by Kiyoshi Yanase, the D40 was introduced at the 2004 Detroit Motor show. It is larger than the previous generation and moved all Frontier models into the mid-sized truck category.

Toyota’s Tacoma became a midsize truck the same model year. The D40 Frontier was styled in a similar way to Nissan’s recently launched full-size truck, the Titan, with a tough, aggressive stance that one auto critic described as “macho.”

The D40 is built on Nissan’s F-Alpha platform, and it is similar under the skin to Nissan’s Xterra, Pathfinder, Titan, and Armarda models, and to the Infiniti QX56 luxury SUV. The two cab designs included a King Cab and a Crew Cab, although the cabs are the same size.

The D40 Frontier featured a new, fully-boxed ladder frame. The standard engine is the VQ40DE, a 4.0-liter V6 making 261 hp and 281 lb.-ft. of torque, although the QR25DE four-cylinder is also available. It produced 152 hp and 171 lb.-ft. of torque.

Towing capacity for the V6 increased to 6500 lbs. A six-speed manual and a five-speed automatic transmission are offered. D40 Frontiers also offer hill descent control and traction control and Nissan’s unique Utilitrack bed storage system.

Despite a very long model run, the Frontier D40 has continued to sell well. Although under 37,000 sold in 2020, between 2016 and 2019, sales never slipped below 72,000 trucks per year. That means that there are many Frontiers available and buyers can afford to look for the specific body, engine, and transmission combination that works best for them, even when shopping used trucks.

Rebadged Frontier: Suzuki Equator

In 2008, Suzuki launched the Equator, a Frontier-based pickup built by Nissan North America in Smyrna, Tennessee. It was powered by the same Nissan four- and six-cylinder engines as found in the Frontier, and they can be thought of as a rebadged Frontier.

Production ended in 2013 when Suzuki closed their American passenger car division. Due to the rebranding, Equators will not show up in a general online search of Nissan Frontiers for sale and will be forgotten by many truck shoppers. Knowing the Equator is a rebadged Frontier may help source you a great-value Suzuki truck built by Nissan.

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Frontier’s 2009 Refresh

For 2009, the Frontier was refreshed with new options, colors, and wheel designs becoming available. In 2010, the Nissan Frontier received J.D. Power and Associates’ Highest Ranked Midsize Pickup in Initial Quality Award.

That same year, it received the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Highest Side-impact Safety Rating (five stars). In 2011 it received the highest rating for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety‘s Front, Side, and Roof Strength Evaluations, and was an Edmunds‘ 2011 Top Recommended Compact Truck.

In 2012, North American production moved from Smyrna, Tennessee, to Canton, Mississippi. The D40 was also made in Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, and Spain.

For the 2020 model year, the Frontier received a new engine, the VQ38DD, a 3.8-liter V6, increasing power to 310 hp. Torque remained the same at 281 lb.-ft. The new motor was paired with a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Manual gearboxes and the four-cylinder engine option were discontinued.

In 2022, a new U.S. market Frontier debuted.

The D40 continued the D22’s winning record in the ABSA Off-Road Series in South Africa. In all, Frontiers won eight consecutive driver’s championships. Rally-prepared D40s have competed in the European Rally Raid Series, including the Dakar.

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Are D40 Frontiers Reliable Trucks?

Generally speaking, D40 Frontiers are reliable trucks. However certain model years of D40 Frontier are noted for specific reliability issues.

Probably the most significant issue here are transmission failures, especially in model year 2005 to 2008 trucks. The issue here is that with age–and above 100,000 miles–the radiator can crack. If it does, the coolant gets into the transmission, diluting the automatic transmission fluid and causing the transmission to overheat and fail.

Sourcing and fitting a new transmission costs from $2500 to $5000 at the time of this writing. The NHTSA lists a total of 1748 complaints about the Frontier between2005 and 2008. The earlier trucks are the worst offenders here, showing how Nissan steadily improved this problem.

The 2012 Nissan Frontiers have had issues with body and paint, with owners complaining that the top coat was separating from the primer, particularly on the passenger side fender.

Through its long model life, the D40 Frontier was subject to a number of significant recalls, and when looking at these trucks to buy, it would be worth checking to see if the recall work has been carried out.

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Recalls and Reliability

Recalls were issued for the 2008 Frontier models, which had a potentially faulty gas gauge, with the truck sometimes showing a quarter of a tank when it was in fact empty.

Some Frontiers sold in cold climates had an issue with faulty airbag sensors. This recall affected model year 2005 to 2009 Frontiers.

Model year 2005 to 2010 Frontiers experienced a recall around insufficiently strong welds in parts of the front suspension. Nissan’s fix was to fit replacement parts.

Some 2010 Frontiers were also recalled due to weak welding in the child restraint latches. Some two-wheel-drive 2012 Frontiers were recalled due to cracking front wheel hubs.

A recall was issued for 2011 to 2012 Frontiers around the bolts securing the oil filter attachment. They were not strong enough and can break, leading to an oil leak and potential damage to the engine from lack of oil.

In some 2012 to 2014 Frontiers, a circuit breaker may have been installed incorrectly causing the main wire harness connected to the circuit breaker to face outward, potentially contacting a metal bolt located on the A-pillar, leading to a short circuit and risk of a fire.

Some 2016 Frontiers had incorrectly installed starter motor wires, which could lead to a short circuit and hence is a fire risk.

Model year 2017 Frontiers experienced a recall around a faulty ignition switch. Over time, the ignition key mechanism can wear, and going over a big bump or some other kind of severe jolt could cause the key to fall out of the ignition or otherwise switch the engine off unexpectedly.

Model year 2018 and 2019 Frontiers have had a recall issued to reset the settings on the backup cameras.

The Fast Lane Truck examined one longtime owner’s D40 Frontier. At the time of the review, his Frontier had 175,000 miles, of which 60,000 have been towing his horse trailer, which weighed about 4,500 lbs.

In this time, he has had two significant mechanical issues: at 80,000 miles, the timing chain tensioners needed to be replaced. This job reportedly cost $1,700.

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At 100,000 miles, he noticed a howl coming from the rear axle, which was the ring and pinion gear. By 135,000 miles, he thought he could hear wheel-bearing noise too, and opted to repair his Frontier.

It was more cost-effective to replace the entire rear axle assembly than to strip and repair the worn parts in his old axle. Nissan uses a Dana M226 axle, but the ones they fit to Frontiers are custom made, with bespoke internal components, making ordering replacement components difficult.

The new part arrived fully oiled and ready to fit to his truck. This owner did replace the factory shock absorbers with Bilsteins. Due to towing, this truck was specified with manual transmission. Gas mileage was between 17 and 20 miles per gallon in normal town or highway driving, and about 10 miles per gallon when towing.

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What’s the Best Year for the Nissan Frontier?

Overall, the Nissan Frontier is a really good value for a solid truck. The large number out there means buyers can pick and choose the right price and version of the Frontier for them. Over the years, quality seems to have been variable, and looking at recall information and driver feedback and reviews, the consensus seems to be to go for newer, later-model Frontiers if you can afford them.

Early Frontier D40s–model years 2005 to 2008–seem best avoided. During this time, reliability improved, but these trucks did suffer from a number of issues.

The automatic transmission in these years of Frontier was a particular problem, due to coolant leaking into them. When looking at trucks, one question to have in mind is whether the one you are considering has already had a new transmission, or if it might soon need one.

A truck with a recent new transmission from a reputable workshop might represent very good value for the money. Note that manual transmission trucks do not experience as many of these issues.

Most importantly, the care and servicing that each individual truck has received is more important than the year. One careful owner and a full-service history should influence you more than the specific year of the truck.

Of course, great care needs to be taken when shopping for any vehicle that is over 10 years old and has many thousands of miles on it, as will be the case with many Frontiers.

Our choice would be a 2020 model, which is very appealing due to the new, more powerful motor and new nine-speed transmission allied to the familiar, no-frills Frontier body style.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Apr 9, 2022

What years did the Nissan Frontier have transmission problems?

The Nissan Frontier has been known to have transmission problems for the 2005 through 2008 model years. There was a revision to the transmission after 2008 which helped reduce the failure rate on them.

The 2005 through 2008 transmissions had an issue with the cooling system where it would leak into the transmission and the coolant mixing with the transmission fluid would lead to a loss in lubrication. This loss of lubrication would lead to high heat and high stress which ultimately would damage the gears.

On average if you had a transmission failure in one of these Frontiers it would cost $3,600 to $4,100 to repair because most of the time you would need a complete transmission replacement to get it working properly again. It's a good idea to avoid these years since they are known failure points and it nearly always happens right when they reach 100,000 miles.

Are Nissan Frontiers reliable?

In the early years of the Nissan Frontier, they were not known for being a reliable truck. They were plagued with problems with the transmission and other engine problems. As Nissan continued production though they did get better.

For the 2008 through 2015 model year Nissan really improved the quality of the trucks. They were able to get their reliability rating up to 4 out of 5 and 5 out of 5 stars throughout these years. There were much fewer breakdowns and problems with the transmissions in these years as well.

If you are in the market for a used Frontier, it would be good to check out the 2013 and 2014 model years since they had the highest reliability rating. The Frontier is a good small truck and if you take care of it then it should have no problem lasting well over 100,000 miles these days.

Do Nissan Frontiers last long?

The early model years of the Nissan Frontier were not known for being long-lasting trucks. The transmission problems would usually creep up at about 100,000 miles and in many cases, the cost to repair them would total them out.

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As Nissan improved the mechanical components in the trucks in the 2008 and later model years they became a much longer-lasting truck. It is now possible to find a Frontier with well over 100,000 miles and no mechanical problems. If you take care of the engine and transmission in these trucks by doing the regularly scheduled maintenance then you should have no problem reaching 200,000 miles.

If you are in the market for a used Frontier I recommend letting a dealership or Nissan mechanic take a look at it before you buy. They can let you know if there are any serious issues with the truck you are looking at before you spend the money.

Owner Reviews

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WJ on May 28, 2022

Great History for a Dependable Truck

I purchased a 2007 Frontier CC brand new and drove the truck nearly 240K miles. I maintained it rigorously, and was lucky to never experience any automatic transmission issues. However, around 120K miles I did replace the radiator due to an external leak, which may have ultimately prevented a transmission failure down the road. Over the 12+ years I drove the truck the biggest and most expensive issues I encountered were catalytic convertor failures. First around 108K miles, when I replaced the drivers front, then at 140K I replaced the passenger front. Finally, and what made me trade the vehicle, was the need to replace the front 2 converters again, and potentially the rear pair as well. With a cost of between $3200 and $3800 in repairs needed, I traded it for a low mileage 2019 Frontier CC in 2020. Other than some minor cosmetic changes, and slightly different option package, they are the same truck, down to the color. They are still a very good truck for the value, but do not offer a lot of frills. Look for one that has been well maintained regardless of the mileage. These trucks will go over 200K miles with a little care and feeding (generally feeding the fuel tank, as they are not fuel savers).

J Chambers on June 23, 2022

2003 Frontier fantastic 2nd time around

Sorry, my review is on my 2003 Frontier. I would give it 5 stars. I am looking to purchase another Frontier. I'm sitting here smiling as I read this article. I have a 2003 Frontier that I purchased from my sister for $300.00 in 2012 or 2013 having close to 200,000 miles. Her son drove it and did not really take care of it. I replaced different items that needed to be replaced, nothing major. That is if you want to call the radiator major. Fast forward 2022, I still have the truck at 310 thousand plus miles. Sounds great, just had my wires and plugs changed. However, my transmission is beginning to slip and the gasket between my engine and transmission needs replacing. I spoke with my nephew asking if he ever changed the transmission fluid and he said no. All of this being said, for the time I've had this truck, it have been good. I am looking to buy another Frontier. I'm not going to have the transmission replaced. Can not go into reverse when cold and not go into 2nd gear, but when warmed up, you would not know there was something wrong with the transmission. I love this truck.

Maria D Ayala on December 29, 2021

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I have a 2020 Nissan Frontier and I had to take it to the shop for repair rear axle,shaft,rear shoe. They told me it messed up due to how fast I drive it. I'm afraid to drive the truck. I bought it new on Jan 2020

Jon Summers

Jon Summers is a historian and journalist. Since 2013, he has co-tutored “Tales to Design Cars By,” a course at Stanford University. He has also written auction catalogue descriptions for the premier classic car auction house Gooding & Company. Jon annually volunteers at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, providing show field tours for VIPs. He has a small collection of scruffy muscle cars and Suzuki GSX-R sportbikes, and loves nothing more than tinkering around with them on a Sunday afternoon. More than just the machines, he loves the freedom and independence that driving brings.

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FAQs

What year did Nissan Frontier have transmission problems? ›

When the second-generation Frontier was introduced in 2005, it did face some transmission issues. Apparently, coolant can leak into the transmission. This was caused by a radiator leak, and it affected Nissan trucks from 2005 until 2008. If your Nissan truck is impacted by this problem, its transmission can fail.

Is the Nissan Frontier 2.5 A good engine? ›

The 2.5 L 4-cylinder diesel engine of the Frontier is a benchmark of power to work like a PRO as it delivers 188 hp at 3,600 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm. With the 6-speed manual transmission on the Nissan Frontier, you get a better acceleration response no matter how difficult is the road.

What is high mileage for a Nissan Frontier? ›

Generally, you can expect to get at least 100,000 miles out of your new Nissan with proper maintenance. There are still plenty of used Frontiers available on the market, which says a lot about dependability.

How long do Nissan Frontier engines last? ›

You can expect up to 100,000 miles from your Nissan Frontier, although you can get up to 200,000 miles from your truck with good maintenance. Moreover, most owners report getting high mileage on their Frontiers.

How much does it cost to replace a transmission in a Nissan Frontier? ›

A Nissan Frontier manual transmission replacement can cost between $3,500 and $4,412.

Which is better Ford Ranger or Nissan Frontier? ›

With its 3.8L V6, the 2022 Frontier became the most powerful midsize pickup on the market; at 310 hp, it bests the 270 hp made by the Ranger's turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine. But it's torque that does the real work, and the boosted Ford doles out 310 lb-ft versus the Nissan's 281.

Which is more reliable Frontier or Tacoma? ›

According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Nissan Frontier has a reliability rating of three out of five, which is average. But Consumer Reports also listed a predicted reliability rating of three out of five for the 2021 Toyota Tacoma. So, this won't do!

Which is better Nissan Frontier or Tacoma? ›

Overall, the trucks are pretty evenly matched here. The Frontier has more power but the Tacoma has a wider range of powertrain options, the potential for better fuel economy, and slightly higher towing and hauling capabilities. The Frontier's V6 engine feels powerful and the transmission shifts smoothly and quickly.

Are older Nissan Frontiers reliable? ›

Overall, the Nissan Frontier looks fine from a reliability standpoint – as long as you steer clear of the 2005 – 2007 model years. The 2012 model year gets a bit of a bump for paint complaints and only 2011 and 2015 have no recalls.

How reliable is the Nissan 4.0 V6? ›

Overall, the Nissan 4.0 V6 offers solid reliability. Quite a number of these engines make it well beyond 200,000 miles with few to no major issues. However, the engine does date back to 2005 and older, high mileage engines are prone to their share of problems.

Are Nissan Frontiers any good? ›

Yes, the Nissan Frontier is a good truck. It features a capable V6 engine, and it has a decent payload capacity. It also rides smoothly and handles well for a pickup. The cabin looks modern (a refreshing change from the outgoing model), and the front seats provide plenty of comfort and support.

Is the Nissan Frontier 3.8 A good engine? ›

3.8-L V6 engine

Frontier's 3.8-liter V6 pumps out a best-in-class 310 horsepower, and 281 lb-ft of torque. Direct injection gives quick response, up to 6,720 lbs. max towing capacity, and 18 MPG city / 24 MPG highway efficiency.

How many miles will a 2016 Nissan Frontier last? ›

Even the base version of the 2016 Nissan Frontier has a reputation for being durable. Because of the truck's beefy frame, drivers can feel confident when traveling in a rough environment. On average, owners can expect to get at least 250,000 miles of service out of their Frontier.

What kind of transmission does a Nissan Frontier have? ›

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Frontier inherits Nissan's new naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V-6, which made its debut on the last-generation 2020 model. The engine generates 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. It pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission and rear- or four-wheel drive.

What does SV mean on Nissan Frontier? ›

The SV on the Nissan Frontier SV stands for “Standard Vehicle,” it is a step above the Frontier S and comes with a number of notable features. For the 2022 Nissan Frontier SV things like a power driver's seat, sliding rear window, and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are featured.

Do Nissan Frontier hold their value? ›

Even though the Nissan Frontier was redesigned for 2022, it still shows some of the worst expected resale value of any truck on sale. IntelliChoice estimates after five years of typical ownership, the average Frontier will only retain 58.0 percent of its value.

Are Frontiers reliable? ›

The Nissan Frontier is one of the most reliable mid-size pickup trucks on the market today.

Is it cheaper to rebuild or replace a transmission? ›

So how much are you looking at spending? A rebuild may cost you between $2800 and $3800 depending on labor, parts, and unforeseen circumstances. A rebuilt transmission is still relatively cheaper than a new one, which could cost between $4,000 and $8,000 depending on the make and model of your vehicle.

What are the signs your transmission is going out? ›

What Are the Transmission Failure Symptoms?
  • Refusal to Switch Gears. If your vehicle refuses or struggles to change gears, you are more than likely facing a problem with your transmission system. ...
  • Burning Smell. ...
  • Noises When in Neutral. ...
  • Slipping Gears. ...
  • Dragging Clutch. ...
  • Leaking Fluid. ...
  • Check Engine Light. ...
  • Grinding or Shaking.
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Who makes Frontier transmission? ›

Nissan Frontier Transmission Problems & Solutions

The D40 Nissan Frontier was launched for the 2005 model year, and it's every bit of a shrunken fullsize truck. It rides on a shortened version of the Nissan Titan's fully boxed ladder frame, and when properly equipped, the little Frontier can tow up to 6,500 lbs.

Is a Nissan Frontier the same as a Ford Ranger? ›

Nissan Frontier is a nameplate used in two models of trucks manufactured by Nissan. Nissan Frontier or Nissan NP300 is a Pickup truck-based model. The Ford Ranger is a pickup truck manufactured by Ford. Its first model was introduced by the year 1998.

How much gas mileage does a 2022 Ford Ranger get? ›

The EPA estimates the rear-wheel drive Ranger will earn up to 21 mpg city and 26 highway. The all-wheel-drive version has estimates as high as 20 mpg city and 24 highway, but the Tremor model sees both ratings drop to 19 mpg.

How much can a Ford Ranger tow? ›

As a midsize pickup truck, the 2020 Ford Ranger towing capacity of 7,500 pounds is quite impressive.

Does a 2012 Nissan Frontier have a timing belt or chain? ›

All 2012 Nissan Frontiers have timing chains and interference engines.

Is a Nissan Frontier the same as a Chevy Colorado? ›

The main difference between Nissan Frontier and Chevy Colorado is the capacity and the towing capacity. The engine of Nissan Frontier is comparatively less powerful but provides the driver with more torque and power. Chevy Colorado has a higher towing capacity.

What is the difference between the Frontier S and SV? ›

The SV trim has the same engine and drivetrain options as the S. Standard features include power-adjustable side-view mirrors, a sliding rear window, and upgraded premium cloth upholstery. Unlike the S trim, the SV has additional packages.

Are Nissan Frontiers good off road? ›

In winning the Best Off-Road Truck category, the TFL testers wrote: "The Frontier PRO-4X we tested has what it takes to tackle difficult trails. It has the locking rear differential, low-range transfer case, Bilstein shocks, and skid plates.

Is the Nissan Frontier bigger than the Tacoma? ›

Both the Tacoma and Frontier offer similar amounts of interior space, but the Frontier offers slightly more room in the back. The Frontier has more rear headroom and rear legroom than the Tacoma. On the inside, the Frontier also offers larger touchscreens than the Tacoma.

Are Tacoma and Frontier beds the same size? ›

The Toyota Tacoma truck bed measures 60.5 inches long and 41.5 inches wide between its wheel wells. It features a convenient easy-lower tailgate, stylish bed lighting, and a 120V/400W power outlet. The bed of the Nissan Frontier is slightly larger at 73.3 inches long and 44.5 inches wide between its wheel wells.

Is the Nissan Frontier a good reliable truck? ›

The 2022 Nissan Frontier marks the third generation of this truck, and so far its predicted reliability appears fairly solid. The new Frontier comes with a standard V6 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, it has the ability to tow up to 6,720 lbs. Which should be enough to handle most needs.

Does Nissan Frontier have locking differential? ›

With the new Frontier, you can shift seamlessly from 2 to 4-wheel drive while actively moving. Vehicle also comes available with an electronic locking rear differential with an off-road driving mode.

How long does a 2013 Nissan Frontier last? ›

You can generally expect a Nissan Frontier to last up to 100,000 miles, although it's possible to get 200,000 miles or more out of the vehicle with regular maintenance.

Is the Nissan 3.5 V6 a good engine? ›

It's truly a good engine all around. Reliable, efficient, and solid performance. There isn't much to complain about with the 3.5 V6, but no engine is perfect. A few common problems with the VQ35DE include oil consumption, timing chain parts, and valve cover gasket oil leaks.

How many miles can a V6 engine last? ›

The number of miles you can expect to get from a V6 engine will depend on how well you treat your vehicle and how well the engine is maintained. Generally, you should be able to get at least 150,000 miles out of any engine.

What is a vq25 engine? ›

The VQ25DET is a turbocharged 2.5 L (2,495 cc) engine with CVTC. Bore and stroke are 85 mm × 73.3 mm (3.35 in × 2.89 in), with a compression ratio of 8.5:1. It produces 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp) at 6400 rpm and 300 lb⋅ft (407 N⋅m) at 3200 rpm.

Which is better Nissan Frontier or tundra? ›

In terms of towing capacity, the Toyota Tundra is clearly the choice over the Nissan Frontier for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Nissan Frontier is clearly outclassed by the Toyota Tundra.

Does the Nissan Frontier have a CVT transmission? ›

The Nissan Frontier's Transmission

According to the Frontier's vehicle specifications page on the Nissan website, the Frontier doesn't have a CVT transmission. What is this? On the contrary, the 2021 Nissan Frontier has a more standard automatic transmission.

Is a Nissan Frontier a half ton truck? ›

½ ton trucks are classified as Class 2a and are the second-lowest rating. The lowest rating is Class 1. Class 1 trucks have a GVWR under 6,000 pounds. Trucks under the Class 1 rating include Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Ford Ranger, Honda Ridgeline, Jeep Gladiator, and Nissan Frontier.

What transmission does the Nissan Frontier have? ›

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The 2022 Frontier inherits Nissan's new naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V-6, which made its debut on the last-generation 2020 model. The engine generates 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. It pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission and rear- or four-wheel drive.

What years are 2nd generation Nissan Frontier? ›

2005 - 2020 Nissan Frontier (2nd Generation)

What type of transmission fluid does a Nissan Frontier take? ›

FRAM Transmission Fluid - Full Synthetic Dexron VI Automatic Transmission Fluid: 1 Quart (Part No. F426)

Does the Nissan Frontier come with manual transmission? ›

Does the 2022 Nissan Frontier have a manual transmission? Unfortunately, Nissan has ditched the manual for the Frontier truck in 2022. Because of this, buyers must rely on a single transmission option.

Which Nissan has no CVT transmission? ›

Nissan: The 370Z, GT-R, Leaf, Armada, Frontier and the Titan are not equipped with CVTs.

Does the Nissan Frontier have transmission problems? ›

Owners of 2020–2021 Nissan Titan and Nissan Frontier vehicles have reported poor shifting, hesitation, jerking and lurching because of an alleged defect in Nissan's 9-speed automatic transmission.

What are the signs that your transmission is going out? ›

What Are the Transmission Failure Symptoms?
  • Refusal to Switch Gears. If your vehicle refuses or struggles to change gears, you are more than likely facing a problem with your transmission system. ...
  • Burning Smell. ...
  • Noises When in Neutral. ...
  • Slipping Gears. ...
  • Dragging Clutch. ...
  • Leaking Fluid. ...
  • Check Engine Light. ...
  • Grinding or Shaking.
16 Mar 2017

What year did Nissan put the 3.8 in the Frontier? ›

Introduced in 2004 for the 2005 model year, the Frontier is the mid-size truck that time—and Nissan—forgot. But its naturally aspirated 310-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 and nine-speed automatic transmission belong to the redesigned 2022 Nissan Frontier.

Are Nissan Frontier trucks any good? ›

Yes, the Nissan Frontier is a good truck. It features a capable V6 engine, and it has a decent payload capacity. It also rides smoothly and handles well for a pickup. The cabin looks modern (a refreshing change from the outgoing model), and the front seats provide plenty of comfort and support.

Do Nissan Frontiers get good gas mileage? ›

18 City MPG / 24 Highway MPG / 20 Combined MPG for Frontier® 4×2; 17 City MPG / 22 Highway MPG / 19 Combined MPG for Frontier 4×4. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions.

When should the transmission fluid be changed on a Nissan Frontier? ›

About Transmission Fluid Change

Most new vehicles are equipped with an automatic transmission. As a result, there's not really much maintenance to perform. Still, most owner's manuals will recommend changing the transmission fluid every 90,000 miles or so.

How many quarts of transmission fluid does a Nissan Frontier take? ›

The 2022 Nissan Frontier has an automatic transmission oil capacity of 10 quarts (9.46 liters).

What does SV mean in Nissan Frontier? ›

The SV on the Nissan Frontier SV stands for “Standard Vehicle,” it is a step above the Frontier S and comes with a number of notable features. For the 2022 Nissan Frontier SV things like a power driver's seat, sliding rear window, and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are featured.

How do you put a Nissan Frontier into 4 wheel drive? ›

2022 Nissan Frontier - 4-Wheel Drive (4WD) (if so equipped) - YouTube

Is the Nissan Frontier a half ton truck? ›

½ ton trucks are classified as Class 2a and are the second-lowest rating. The lowest rating is Class 1. Class 1 trucks have a GVWR under 6,000 pounds. Trucks under the Class 1 rating include Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Ford Ranger, Honda Ridgeline, Jeep Gladiator, and Nissan Frontier.

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