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Nissan Frontier repairs by problem area

Engine (36%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (11%)

Chart based on 222 repairs.
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Nissan Frontier engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (16%)

$500 - $999 (12%)

$100 - $499 (23%)

< $100 (45%)

Chart based on 73 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2016 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

EVAP system failure, Could not add fuel. excessive pressure. Replaced Vent tube, tube assembly filler, canister assy, valve control assy, clamp, protector-filler hose,. 

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2014 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

20300 mi The truck is idling to low and the car it shaking or rattling you can feel it in the steering and brake peddle worse with ac on ... they would not fix it under warranty they wanted 65 dollars to set the idle up .. I told them i wouldnt pay 

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2014 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

7200 mi Rattling sound at around 1,750 rpms. Exhaust heat shield tightened down. Problem fixed. 

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2012 Nissan Frontier 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

16100 mi gas cap fell apart 

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2012 Nissan Frontier 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

2200 mi Intermittant High Idle speed when coming to a stop. Engine computor was reflashed and idle speed adjusted. 
45000 mi

US $150
Replace worn oil gasket 

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2012 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

20000 mi

US $100
Clean throttle body to eliminate low idle speed 
26000 mi

US $2200
Clutch was worn out. 

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2012 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

18400 mi one of the main cooling hoses clamp was loose causing the car to overheat on high speeds. They replace the clump and added coolant. 
20000 mi After the same issue came up again (overheating if you pass 60-65mph on the highway) and after staying in the shop for a week the figure out it was the thermostat (defective) and they change it. 
20444 mi Replace water pump Replace water pump 
19500 mi Antifreeze was found in the engine!!They replace the engine with a new one!! 

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2011 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

75000 mi I had a very slight "click" when I accelerated from a stop at low speeds, the "click" was around for a few months and my extended warranty was about to expire, so I took my Frontier to the original dealership, the "click" was harder to diagnose than repair, it turned out that it was an engine rubber mount that had a crack in it, they replaced two motor mounts under warranty, gave me a loaner car. 

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2011 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

36000 mi

US $105
ECM reflash for maf sensor 

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2007 Nissan Frontier

Engine not specified

45000 mi Serious acute failure of the fuel sending unit in the fuel tank. Serious safety hazard as fuel was actually spraying on the grounground while the truck was running. 

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2007 Nissan Frontier 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed manual RWD

70000 mi

US $1200
Fuel pump sensor and fuel pump 
104000 mi Replaced coil and spark plugs to fix a misfire. A week after replacement of coil and spark plugs, power loss was extreme, and check engine light appeared. I was told the misfire may have burned out, or collapsed the catalytic converter. Replaced the catalytic converter on the misfire side, and all was well. 

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2007 Nissan Frontier 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

33000 mi Infamous Timing Chain that so many have come to love. When you hear a squeaking/squealing type of noise with the engine on, you have a timing chain problem. It can harm the engines life overtime. Under 5 year/60k, warranty. $2000? 

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2007 Nissan Frontier 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

76000 mi Check engine light was on 

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2007 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 6ft bed

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed manual RWD

48000 mi Fuel gauge erratic and slow to respond; check engine light illuminated. Dealer replaced faulty fuel sending unit at no cost due to extended coverage from Nissan on fuel sending units. 

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2007 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 6ft bed

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

138000 mi

US $25
Lower coolant hose broke, replaced. 
44500 mi Timing Chain replacement on 4.0L V-6 with automatic tranmission. Covered under powertrain warranty. 
59000 mi

US $329
Valve covers leaking oil; valve cover gaskets replaced 
95000 mi

US $530
Engine crank position sensor and cam position sensor failure. Removed and replaced. 

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2007 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed manual RWD

61000 mi

US $20
Clutch switch that prevents engine start without clutch pedal depressing failed. For now bypass switch. 

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2007 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

85900 mi

US $670
Replace one bad coil along with all spark plugs. Used aftermarket coil and lower spec spark plugs because dealer markup on factory Nissan coils and the 100K mile plugs was absurd. 
108000 mi

US $10
Cylinder #3 coil failed Seal behind oil cooler leaking...removed oil cooler and replaced seal. 
237000 mi Belt wearing. 
238500 mi Heater core leak. 
242700 mi

US $835
Heater core replaced. 

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2007 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

72820 mi check engine light for failed fuel tank sensor. Extended warranty on this known problem item. repaired at no cost. 
91760 mi

C $1800
Timing chain guides wore out. Caused a whining sound. 
66000 mi

US $500
Fuel sending unit failed 
55000 mi

US $470
The headlights and radio remained on even after the engine was stopped and the ignition key was removed. Accessory relay in ignition system was replaced. 

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2006 Nissan Frontier 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

265-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

128000 mi

US $67
Rubber air intake hose was split due to age. The rubber piece is not available separately, so I replaced the entire assemble that consists of the plastic and rubber hoses between the air filter and air flow sensor. 
133400 mi

US $400
Secondary timing chain tensioners were failing. This is a known problem for the early VQ40 engines. I replaced both secondary tensioners and all 3 chains. Same repair was done under warranty by previous owner at 35k miles in 2008. 
135588 mi

US $500
Had a hard start / high idle issue, plus I got a check engine light that said one of the 4 catalytic converters was bad. Ended up replacing all 4 oxygen sensors and all 6 fuel injectors (which fixed the check engine light - cat was fine). The high idle / hard start issue was fixed by tracking down vacuum leaks (new intake gaskets and PCV hoses), cleaning throttle body (buildup near throttle plate was causing problems), and performing the idle air volume learning procedure. 

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2006 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

265-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed manual RWD

92000 mi

US $1300
Secondary timing chain tensioners failed, necessitating replacement of them and the chains. A defect that is showing up in these V6 engines, not covered by Nissan, unless under warranty. VERY disappointed. 

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2006 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

265-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

196900 mi

US $30
Aftermarket thermostat was not opening far enough. Engine temperature was averaging 230F. Replaced with OEM. Temperature now stays at 202F. 
215500 mi

US $69
Camshaft Position sensor failed, Replaced part. 
93460 mi

US $110
Replace fuel sender 
110757 mi

US $664
Replace Radiator 
134597 mi

US $208
Replace bank 2 camshaft sensor 
138774 mi

US $1155
Replace Front driver Catalytic converter. 
138774 mi

US $1290
Replace 2 upper and 3 lower timing chain guides 

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2006 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

265-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

46180 mi

C $1386
Replaced oil pan and bolts due to corrosion, $405. 
54560 mi

C $260
Fuel lines supply and return from the tank to the engine have a small section that is metallic that corroded and caused fuel leakage - repaired both. 
6885 mi Replace engine drive belt tensioner and belt. (Second Time) 
290000 mi

US $1000
Massive exhaust leak. Dropped a valve. 
107000 mi

US $241
Replaced cam sensor 
23000 mi

US $400
Fuel Sensor Failed 
40000 mi Timing chain whine repaired again still not fixed 
47000 mi Timing chain whine repair (new motor put in truck to fix the problem.Now at 95000 miles and the problems back 

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2005 Nissan Frontier

Engine not specified

54500 mi

US $375
Changed spark plugs and PCV valve. Had to remove air intake system to gain access. Found cracked hoses and gaskets. Cop wires came apart during handling and intake gasket was perished. Two days after maintenance a split intake coupler was discovered. A 4 inch piece or rubber hose was letting air into throttle body. Nissan wanted 74 dollars for whole intake assy. Won't sell just the coupler for 12 bucks. Ordered online $22 

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2005 Nissan Frontier 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

265-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

120000 mi Check engine light on. CPU Diagnostict scan reflects insufficient catalyst on passenger side rear catalyst. Do not have emmissions in my area inspected to ensure no blockage in cat there is not. performance not affected do not care. 

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2005 Nissan Frontier 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

265-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

59000 mi

US $1400
Timing chain guide failure--making noise, if know what to listen for. Replaced guides & all related components. Not covered by warranty. TSB on this problem. Also TSB on transmission cooler failure within radiator which leads to transmission failure. 
73000 mi

US $140
Takes 2 or 3 attempts to start (cranks but doesn't fire) when hot outside, and truck has sat more than 15 minutes. Was intermittent, now every day, and cannot figure out problem. 
111000 mi

US $1700
catalytic converter failed, engine light came on. independent shop had a tough time with repair because manifold bolts sheared off.  

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2005 Nissan Frontier 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

265-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

90200 mi

US $1100
Deferred the emissions control issue for later. 

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2005 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

265-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

65000 mi

US $722
Engine would not turn over when attempted to Start. Fuel pump was diagnosed as not putting out enough pressure to pump fuel to the engine to allow it to start.  

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2005 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

265-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

178300 mi

US $2800
Truck was misfiring badly on acceleration and climbing hills, check engine light indicated the crank position sensor was bad. New sensor fixed the problem. 
81300 mi

US $125
Engine light on, E-vac system repaired for second time. First time in April or May. 
115000 mi

US $700
thermostat, hoses, transmission flush 
56000 mi

US $70
Squeaky engine. Replaced serpentine belt and tensioner. 

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2004 Nissan Frontier 2dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

300 mi Check engine light on due to over-filling of fuel tank. Kit installed by dealer to remedy. 

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2004 Nissan Frontier 2dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

143-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual RWD

24000 mi Leaking radiator clamp. Replaced under warranty with a better clamp. 
92000 mi

US $700
Corroded gas gauge/fuel pump assembly caused check engine light to come on. Had to replace entire assembly 
49000 mi Warranty repair- Leaking oil pan gasket - Took three trips to dealer to get them to fix it. It took almost 5 hours for them to fix it. The oil pan doesn't have gasket, it is sealed with RTV sealant. After removing the original RTV, the mechanic said he 
58000 mi Oil pan started weeping again, not really bad. IT is damp, I decided it wasn't worth the effort to get them to replace it again. 

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2003 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 4.5ft bed

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

65000 mi

US $3000
Some sensors went bad and had to be replaced as well as the ac compressor. 

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2003 Nissan Frontier 2dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

140000 mi

US $300
Knock sensor replaced, upper/lower intake gaskets, total engine checkup, spark plugs replaced 

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2003 Nissan Frontier 2dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

143-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual RWD

160511 mi

US $95
SES light on and rough idle. Scan system and found code P1401. Upon further diag, EGR valve was found to be bad (pintle not seating). Owner replaced EGR valve and cleaned passages. NOTE: owner is ASE certified in 5 areas plus L-1.  

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2002 Nissan Frontier 2dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

supercharged 210hp 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

30000 mi Long-block replacement. Engine had severe oil consumption issues and blow-by problems at around 30,000 miles. Dealer honored warranty and replaced engine free of charge. 

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2001 Nissan Frontier 4dr Crew Cab 4.5ft bed

143-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic RWD

150000 mi

US $2000
distributor seized and cam shaft broke 
150000 mi

US $2000
Distributor and cam shaft replaced. Emissions issues fixed. 

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