2005 Nissan Frontier Consumer Reviews

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2005 Nissan Frontier
3.6
Average based on 22 reviews
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Rock on Nissan

by from denver, co on August 30, 2010

I bought my 05 with 90,000 miles I have 140,000 on it now and I got to say its the best car i've ever owned. I thought about selling it awhile back but i just can't seem to find anything better out th...
I bought my 05 with 90,000 miles I have 140,000 on it now and I got to say its the best car i've ever owned. I thought about selling it awhile back but i just can't seem to find anything better out there. I Love the power and stability of it. I do think the brakes are a little small and the ride height would be awesome if it were just a little higher. engine is powerful and very reliable never had to do anything but regular maintenance and thats saying a lot cause I'm very rough on cars.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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non disclosure about the radiator trnsmission prob

by from maryland on February 1, 2014

Is sad that a company I loved could be so inconsiderate to their customers as not to make a recall on a major problem with their 2005 - 2010. If you buy a used one be scard especially if you drive any...
Is sad that a company I loved could be so inconsiderate to their customers as not to make a recall on a major problem with their 2005 - 2010. If you buy a used one be scard especially if you drive any distances. The radiator houses the cooling for the transmission and apparently the seals or something fails and puts coolant into your transmission if not caught right away it not only fries the radiator but the transmission as well. Why the US didn't force them to make a total recall is beyond me and a lot of other very angry consumers. NO MORE NISSANS for me! I will be out over 6000 before all is said and done
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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Great for a while, then....

by from Tulsa OK on January 6, 2014

Bought my 05' Fronty used with 14k on the odo. It was a carefree, virtually problem free truck for 80,000 miles and I sang its praises daily. Then it was like an internal timer went off and everything...
Bought my 05' Fronty used with 14k on the odo. It was a carefree, virtually problem free truck for 80,000 miles and I sang its praises daily. Then it was like an internal timer went off and everything went bad all at once. First the window switches stopped working for the rear windows, looked this up in the forums and its a common problem with carbon build up, found a fix online by taking the switch apart and cleaning it. Next the fuel level sender would go out intermittently, once again a common problem on the forums, no way to fix this but to drop the tank and replace sender, not fun or easy. Warped brake rotors, not once but three times, I don't tow anything and most of my driving is highway with little brake use, once again found to be a common issue among Fronty owners on the forums. The rear axle seal is leaking on one side, found this when replacing rotors. But to top it all of was the cross contamination of coolant into the transmission. First the overdrive gears started slipping slightly. Coolant looked fine but the trans fluid started showing signs of milkshake. Took it into dealership for a check and they suggested replacing the cooling system and trans at a cost of $3K since I just passed the 90K mark. Really? Less than 100K miles and I already have to replace a transmission and cooling system at my cost? What a crock. My advice if you currently own an 05'-09' Fronty would be to look up the trans cooler bypass mod and remove the radiator cooler from the transmission fluid circuit. This is one sure way to guarantee that you never have this issue. It is common, Nissan has lost a class action law suit for this very problem but they still do not back up their product and admit fault. I understand normal wear and replacing components and certain mileage intervals, but this is beyond normal wear, this is a design problem that is blind to the owner until it is too late, there are no warning signs until you feel the trans slipping and then its too late. This is the same for Pathfinder and Xterra. I will not buy Nissan again.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Very Reliable Truck, Third Nissan Truck for me!

by from Atlanta, GA on March 12, 2009

This is the third Nissan Truck that I have owned and each have been an improvement over the last model. The V-6 is strong and great for towing. You shouldn't hesitate to buy this truck if you want a m...
This is the third Nissan Truck that I have owned and each have been an improvement over the last model. The V-6 is strong and great for towing. You shouldn't hesitate to buy this truck if you want a midsized truck with great options.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Best car I've owned

by from San diego, CA on May 12, 2008

This is the best truck I have ever owned. All I need to do is change the oil and that's it and after almost 50,000 miles the engines still sounds like new. I just noticed that I will need to change th...
This is the best truck I have ever owned. All I need to do is change the oil and that's it and after almost 50,000 miles the engines still sounds like new. I just noticed that I will need to change the brakes soon this is after almost 3 years of owing the car, that great!!
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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best truck iv ever owned

by from ilion new york on May 10, 2009

i bought this truck for around 15000 which was under book and it had some problems but it was all covered under warranty. After it got fixed is when the truck started to show its true self.It handles ...
i bought this truck for around 15000 which was under book and it had some problems but it was all covered under warranty. After it got fixed is when the truck started to show its true self.It handles like a car which is one of the best things iv noticed.iv pulled trails on long hauls the truck never showed sign of any struggle.iv taken this truck off road and the only time i got stuck was when i was up over the bumpers and i have just street tires.For the money and how reliable the truck is you cant beat it. great truck over all just wish the interior had more comfort.I would buy an other one any day of the week
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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Best vehicle I've owned, still get compliments

by from Nashville on October 30, 2009

I bought my 05 king cab brand new and have never wanted for more. I have taken it across the USA and it still runs and looks as good as the day I pulled it off the factory floor. I've towed water toys...
I bought my 05 king cab brand new and have never wanted for more. I have taken it across the USA and it still runs and looks as good as the day I pulled it off the factory floor. I've towed water toys, taken it offroad, it never flinched. awesome midsize, good gas mileage still get compliments on what a sweet truck this is. Wish I could afford to keep it :(
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

Does recommend this car

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Not Completely Impressed

by from Utah on October 24, 2013

I bought my 05 Frontier with around 86,000 miles. I had to replace the transmission and catalytic converter around 100,000 miles. It also has overheating issues that no "local shop" can seem to figure...
I bought my 05 Frontier with around 86,000 miles. I had to replace the transmission and catalytic converter around 100,000 miles. It also has overheating issues that no "local shop" can seem to figure out. I wish I would have looked at more reviews before I bought it, because I see a trend among all these issues from a number of 05 Frontier owners. On the flip-side, it has great power and I love the overall feel of the truck: how it rides, pulls and drives. If I didn't have to deal with the previous mentioned issues I would have loved to keep this truck longer.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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Most inpressive truck i've owned

by from Jacksonville, Fl on September 5, 2008

I've owned mostly cars my whole life. Also had a 95 s-10 with the 4.3 in it and it was peppy but did not please my tastes. Then I found this frontier crew cab and fell in love with it right off the ba...
I've owned mostly cars my whole life. Also had a 95 s-10 with the 4.3 in it and it was peppy but did not please my tastes. Then I found this frontier crew cab and fell in love with it right off the bat. One of the things that caught my eye was the utili track system in the bed, it comes in so handy with my 4 wheeler and motorcycle. I love it and will keep it forever unless they make a better in a few years. lol
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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very dependable

by from oak ridge tennessee on October 9, 2010

the frontier drove and preformed just as you would expect a sport utility to .great feel of the road very responsive,brakes,stearing.over all a enjoyable truck.
the frontier drove and preformed just as you would expect a sport utility to .great feel of the road very responsive,brakes,stearing.over all a enjoyable truck.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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