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Nissan Frontier 2005+



  • I have a new 07 SE crew with a auto transmission, and I absolutely love this truck but I am concerned that the engine may have a problem since it seems to have some clicking and knocking noises going on. It's most noticable when driving in town under 50 mph, and when I sm stopped at a red light it almost sounds like a diesel engine. The truck runs and idles perfect and has plenty of power.

    I only have aprox 500 miles on it and need to know if this is normal for this engine, if not I will take it in to the shop and see what is going on. Other than that the truck is perfect. Thanks, Steve
  • mystromystro Posts: 64
    Take it in,knocking/clicking noise is not normal during breakin..hopefully it may be a minor fix.
  • I bought a 2005 Frontier brand new 4WD SE, and now after only 6600 miles, the dealer says the clutch burnt up. I have been driving stick shifts since the age of 16 (I'm 57), and owning some trucks for as long as 9 years and 160,000 miles in mountainous terrain and NEVER had a problem. Who do we write to at Nissan about this. The dealer accused me of racing or riding the clutch - NOT!! Help - who do we contact???
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    That's terrible about your clutch. I think the owner's manual has a phone number in it to contact Nissan Consumer affairs. You'll probably have an uphill battle. My '06 SE 4x2 CC has 5,500 Miles on it and my clutch is fine so far.
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    Your VQ40 shouldn't be running like that; problems with this engine seem very rare. The dealer will suggest bad gasoline or new ethanol blends; be ready to respond. Hopefully it'll do it for the dealer.
  • lostwrenchlostwrench Posts: 288
    My 1993 Nissan pick-up, bought new, had 219,000 miles with the original clutch when I sold it.
  • shufflesshuffles Posts: 50
    I have a 2006 XE, which doesn't come with an AC filter. Does anyone know how difficult it is to adapt the XE to take the AC microfilter? I have heard that some cutting is necessary. I don't know if it requires some kind of filter housing. tia
  • Well, it seems that I may over reacted. The sounds that I was hearing evidently is common on these engines. I listen to a few new frontiers at the dealer and they sounded the same. The dealer service mgr told me that the clicking I was hearing was from the injectors. For now I am not going to worry about it at least unless some other problems come up, if it gets louder then I will try another dealer service.
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    My '06 SE has developed a slight tick at idle speed that it didn't have when new, but it's unobtrusive. I was once worried about it, but have decided that it's nothing to worry with. I have a cheapie 'engine ear' stethoscope and it's not injectors in my case. I can't locate an origin, but then again the sound is slight.
  • Who knows what all these sounds are as long as the engine doesn't miss and runs good. This truck is so much better than my Chevrolet Colorado, when I bought it in 04 which was the first year, this vehicle had engine sound issues galore and although it ran good, it constantly had cab rattles and wind noise, the ac was crappy, the front end would not stay alighned and it rode like crap, oh yeah the radio sounded like crap. The poor Chevy dealers never could fix these problems because they were design problems. That's why a little clicking or ticking noise is not going to bother me, at least I know the truck has so many other things going for that it's worth keeping, even if it has to go to the shop sometime. :)
  • oxmeadoxmead Posts: 65
    I've had my 07king cab LE 2wd for about 2 months now. I really miss my Infiniti G20, but I needed a truck. I was feeling some vibration in the gas and brake petals, but finally figured out that it was the base on the radio. The audio package was a good choice and I'm getting to like the satelite radio. My big gripe is the panic button on the key fob. Why does it have to be so sensitive( .5 second). If I throw the keys on the counter it goes off. Gas mileage is about 19 in mixed driving. I also like all the storage areas and cup and bottle holders. My drivers seat cushion is showing some wear, so I may have them change it when I take it for an oil change.
  • dalodalo Posts: 2
    Well, after shopping around I purchased an 05 NISMO with 10k miles on it. I made a road trip that night from NRFK VA to Keene NH (10 hrs) as my road test. It performed great. Since then I have had to utilize the 4wd option quite a few times due to snow and mud season roads. The Anti Slip has done so well it's taken some of the fun out of it. The bigger tires and sturdy suspension has made a tremendous difference dealing with the frost heaves and less than perfect plow jobs.
    Anyhow, just to reiterate I couldnt be happier with this truck!
    Anyone know of any Northeast Frontier groups or website's?

    P.S. Test drove a Toyota and it just didn't feel as substantial as the Frontier.
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    I came VERY close to buying an '04 or '05 Colorado Crew Cab 5-Speed. Back then they offered that combination, but only with the smaller I-4 engine and the combination wasn't very inspiring. When I learned that Nissan would offer the '05 Frontier 4x2 Crew with a stick, I held off buying the Colorado. A test drive sometime later in the Nissan was extremely impressive and I went forward with Frontier. I love the truck and the 4.0L and 6-Speed combination is so sweet. :)
  • Yeah, I miss the stick shift but then the bad knee and the heel spur reminded me do do with out the clutch. You made the right choice for fun, the 6 spd that I test drove was a blast. Keep us informed on how the clutch holds up after some miles are on it. I loved my Ford ranger stick but while I had it I had to have the clutch worked on a few times and cost me some big bucks. Good Luck and Enjoy. :)
  • oxmeadoxmead Posts: 65
    On the 2007 frontier w/audio pkg there's a setting for bass, treble, etc. and something called SSV. Excuse me for being stupid , but what is SSV?
  • badnessbadness Posts: 242


    I read front to back about my 2005.
    The power in my 05 just roars!!
  • madman6madman6 Posts: 2
    Has anyone else had this problem? I bought a 2006 Frontier in August of last year. A month or two ago, after washing it, I noticed some tiny paint chips missing. They were about the size of the end of a pen and went down far enough that I could see the grey paint (the truck is red). I cleaned it again this past week and noticed more flakes. There are about 10, all over, not in just one spot. I took it to the dealer yesterday and they claim they have never seen anything like it. Anyone else have anything like this? Other than the paint, the truck has been great. I have had older vehicles, 20 years old, that don't have any paint issues at all, though, so I'm really worried here.
  • 2005lekc2005lekc Posts: 145
    I have an '05 LE KC and the paint has chipped on it from the git-go. The government has taken some of the harmful ingredients out of the paint they use today to become more environmentally friendly.

    The end result is that the paint is not as good as it use to be thus the reason you are having the chipping problems you are experiencing.

    My wife drives a 2000 Toyota Solara and it too has paint chipping issues. I am sure that it will get worse before it gets better as the government keeps moving us toward a more protective environment atmosphere.

  • I have a SE Crew with the auto and was driving in traffic about 35 to 45 mph and to avoid all of the slower traffic had to do some weaving in and out of lanes on occasion. When I use to have my manual floor shift, I would just shift down to 3rd and accelerate and back off the gas pedal to control my speed to get in and out traffic. For the heck of it I stuck my auto transmission in 3rd pushed down on the throttle and had a rush feeling the immediate power, and realized that I had the same great speed control as my manual. My question for any transmission experts is, will this hurt or shorten the life of my automatic transmission, if I don't go too crazy with it? Hope not because this would be best of both worlds. :)
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Not a chance. That is why there is not just P-R-N-D! I had a '96 Subaru with AT and downshifted all the time. It had just over 220,000 miles on its last night in one piece, and the transmission was still in tip-top shape. Unless you are shifting outside of the gearing range, it will do no harm.
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