This version of the Frontier shares a platform and components with the larger Titan pickup and Xterra SUV. It is a big step forward compared to the old version. We found this Frontier quick and nimble with a tolerable ride. The powerful engine gives it a V8-like feel. The tight rear seat is a drawback and the tailgate is very heavy. Side- and curtain-airbags and stability control are standard equipment.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2003. ESC available from 2003. Side and head protection air bags available from 2005, standard from 2010.
Road Test

This version of the Frontier shares a platform and components with the larger Titan pickup and Xterra SUV. It is a big step forward compared to the old version. We found this Frontier quick and nimble with a tolerable ride. The powerful engine gives it a V8-like feel. The tight rear seat is a drawback and the tailgate is very heavy. Side- and curtain-airbags and stability control are standard equipment.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (152 hp)
  • 4-liter V6 (261 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Nissan Frontier owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"It is beyond annoying when the sensors fail and the computer reporting fails but the emission control system works fine. There are many areas on vehicles that just do NOT need computers. And don't get me started on how that computer "helps" me on the throttle. That truck is called Jumpstart for a reason"

Anonymous, MT (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"needed catalytic converters"

Anonymous, (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"EVAP system keeps acting up. Replaced most of the system. No one can seem to fix it. Doesn’t effect the running of the vehicle. Check engine light is usually on. Check the codes periodically in case there is a new one. Keeping the vehicle only a couple of more years so I am not going to worry about it."

Anonymous, BC (2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4.0-L V6)

"Had to replace Catalitic Converter"

Les O., CA (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 4.0-L V6)

"The EVAP system shows not ready"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"had to replace 1 of 2 catalytic converters"

Martin K., NY (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"Check engine light stayed on..Had to replace electric module in order to pass Emissions test..Cost about 300 dollars to replace"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Nissan Frontier 4.0-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Fuel gauge does not work. Have to rely on trip odometer to know when to refuel. Cost of repair is exorpatent. Another problem is that the tpms doesn't work even though sensors were replaced."

Anonymous, MN (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel gauge doesn't really work. Reads empty when I just filled up. I use my odometer to tell me when I need to buy gas. The expense of fixing the fuel gauge is high for the amount of use I get with the truck."

Stephanie M., MN (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When I have used approximately 1/2 of the fuel in the tank, the gauge drops to zero, and after I fill the tank, the gauge stays on zero until I have driven 25-35 miles, then it jumps up to full."

Anonymous, CO (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

"Check engine light for high voltage at sending unit. Replaced at a cost of $400."

Larry H., TN (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"fuel gauge is not accurate. Does not register as full or empty"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a Nissan recall, but I did not know about the recall and was just beyond the warrenty, but Nissan would not replace the defective fuel sending unit in the tank. Very expensive replacement"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"The sending unit has failed. Came to find out this truck (and SUV on a similar platform) had been recalled - through VINs ending a couple of months before mine was built; Nissan also issued an extended warranty for the fuel gauge sending unit that"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"fuel gauge not working--would show fullwhen filled and then empty after a couple of miles"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"The fuel gauge stopped working. The sender in the or on the tank had to be replaced by removing the tank. I paid a lot of money to have the "sender" replaced"

Dan W., WA (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"Known defect. The manufacturer would not fix"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"Sender failing. Known problem. Am past Nissan limits on repair campaign"

Gary V., LA (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"Replaced 5 years ago under warranty and it has gone out again"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"Fuel Level Sensor failed and tripped emission light"

Kevin H., NC (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Went out while driving to work, jon warnings, truck just died."

Ben B., OK (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"The mass airflow sensor failed catastrophically, with no warning symptoms, fortunately at home. Bought the part (thank you Internet for troubleshooting help) and replaced it. Good to go other than this little thing costs how much?"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"Whole exhaust needs to be replaced, pipes and 2 cat converters. $3500."

Anonymous, CT (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensor code comes on every once in a while and then goes away. More of an annoyance than a problem."

Anonymous, BC (2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4.0-L V6)

"Check engine light came on. Was checked and found defective sensor."

Anonymous, TN (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"Truck engine stalled several times due to faulty camshaft sensor. Replaced it."

Anonymous, TN (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Has happened twice in the last 3 years. Truck just shuts off without warning while driving. Safety issue"

Ronnie C., TX (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"No power. Three years ago. Never fixed."

Anonymous, (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The rear turn signal light went out and the turn signal indicator noise in the cabin sounded faster than normal (which is common when these lights go out). After changing the turn signal bulbs, the brake lights would not work when I turned on the headlights and applied the brake. After carefully changing and checking all wires, there seems to be a short in the rear passenger turn signal bulb housing. Ever so often, the problem persists - headlights on, brakes applied, all the lights in the rear go out."

Anonymous, NC (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"the light would not go off with the car"

Stephanie H., NY (2006 Nissan Frontier 4.0-L V6)

"Exterior bed lights would not turn off. Disconnected"

Michael E., AZ (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Remote monitor in tire quit working so warning light is always on. Two years ago. Not resolved too expensive. I check air regularly."

Anonymous, (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"Tire pressure monitor not working. Flashes on start up for 15 sec. then stays on."

Mark Y., MN (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"Tire pressure warning light stays lit despite adequate tire pressure"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Nissan Frontier)

"Monitor went bad for the second time since owning the truck"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 4.0-L V6)

"The units will be set off when it gets cold and stays colds for a few day. If it stays below freezing it sets them off. It can be reset and will go off again. Nissan says its because of the battery in the units. But they do charge you to tell you tha"

Russell B., TN (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

"I've had this problem twice and it's reported to be a frequent problem for other owners on the internet seems to be a defect with this system in the Frontier"

Marilyn W., MD (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"No longer works. Indicator light remains on"

Michael E., AZ (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"Airbag light remains on and keeps blinking"

Anonymous, AL (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 4.0-L V6)

"Passenger seat light not working when seat is occupied"

Robert M., BC (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Washer reservoir leaks"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Nissan Frontier)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"The clutch is too lightweight for the vehicle. On our last major repair, the repairman ended up swearing he was never going to do a Nissan again, due to the arcane adjustment requirements for the clutch."

Anonymous, MT (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"Clutch wore out after 136,000 miles. I consider this normal wear and have no complaint."

Lewis W., CT (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"Clutch was worn out at 69,000 miles"

Gerry A., CA (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"transmission case was worn on inside where gears rest. coolant leak inside caused seals and clutchs to wear out. poor engineering"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"This model had transmission cooling thru the engine coolant system...so both failed"

Robert M., FL (2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4.0-L V6)

"There was a design flaw. The coolant leaked into transmission. It ruined the transmission"

Timothy Y., OR (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

"Major problem with coolant leaking into transmission fluid, destroying transmission. Nissan is aware and lost a class action lawsuit but settled for replacing on vehicles with less than 80k miles and will not budge on it, leaving owners with more mi"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Nissan Frontier)

"please see this class action lawsuit: http://www.nissanassist.com/web/Radiator/faqs.php?menu=22 at a minimum i will need a new radiator and transmission possibly an engine"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"faulty cooling system in transmission. a manufacturers problem that was warrented on a copay dictatorship"

John V., BC (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"Totally went out"

Anonymous, WV (2006 Nissan Frontier)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS failure due to wheel bearing problem."

Anonymous, MI (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"8 years of use is normal operating time"

John H., IL (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking brake seals"

Edward B., CA (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)
Parking brake

"Firestone said only a dealer could adjust the parking brake so the vehicle would pass state inspection. I took the truck to World Car Nissan. They said and the bill reflects that they fixed the problem. The parking brake does not hold!"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4.0-L V6)

"Parking break bent and entire system needed to be replaced. We've had multiple issues with the braking system but finally stopped using the Missan dealer and got a mechanic that fixed it. I don't think the dealer was actually doing the work. Have not had a problem since. We don't drive the vehicle that much so that also probably doesn't help"

Marilyn W., MD (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Brakes rust out regularly and need to be done all the time. Vehicle must be driven constantly to keep it from rusting out."

Anonymous, FL (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"I started having probllems a few years ago. We don't drive the truck that much but even after I'd had the brakes serviced at the Nissan dealership, we still had issues. The dealership wanted to completely replace everything a year after they supposedly fixed everything. Since it was so expensive, we shopped around and found a local mechanic who did the job for $1800. Have not had a problem sense. In his opinion, no work had been done on the truck in the past year. I will never use the deale"

Marilyn W., MD (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"normal beak wear"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4.0-L V6)
Rotors

"Rust very easily. Vehicle has to be driven constantly to keep the rust off. OEM replacement from dealer was a complete ripoff"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4.0-L V6)

"wore out is all"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"It began leaking"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"timing belt wore out, major repair costs"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"Timing chain noise/failure out of warranty by only 1000 miles. Nissan would not do work under warranty."

T S., VA (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

"Engine making whirring noise. Timing chain auto-tensioner broken. Nissan replaced timing chain and tensioner components"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4.0-L V6)

"At approximately 120K miles, I was informed my timing chain was bad. This is a major expense the dealership informed me and it would be over $2000.00! A timing CHAIN usually lasts over 200K miles and does not have to be replaced like a timing BELT,"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"A "guide" that facilitate proper timing chain movement needed replacement due to a "design flaw." The work to replace the re-designed part cost over $1,000"

Dan W., WA (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"after 100,000 miles you have to change the Timing chain and pulleys. The engine has a loud sound when you start it up in the mornings"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

"Plastic chain tensioners wore out"

Dawn A., WA (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

"Timing chain guides were worn and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"Cooler lines leaking into transmission case."

Anonymous, NM (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"These all had to be flushed or replaced as part of the coolant to transmission fluid leak problem"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Nissan Frontier)

"Trans mission cooler line in radiator broke leaking trans fluid into radiator and water into transmission. Both replaced 2 months ago at 148,000 miles. Last week same failure reoccurred. Now being again repaired"

Richard M., OR (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

"Transmission shift cable bushing disintegrated, could not shift out of park. Transmission cable replacement very labor intensive. Bushing not sold alone. Purchased cable, removed bushing and installed in original cable end."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Nissan Frontier Unsure 4.0-L V6)

"The cable connecting the gear selector to the auto transmission broke making it impossible to move out of Drive."

H H., GA (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"would not come out of park. Manually took screw driver to release . Took to Nissan shop. Bad switch was the problem"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)
Transmission computer

"valve body replacement"

Donald M., GA (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission went into "limp" mode. Had to have the computer replaced"

Donald M., GA (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"About the time of the cooler line failure a senor with out and replaced. About 10 days later a second sensor went out before this 2nd cooler failure"

Richard M., OR (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"My wife and I took a trip to Curlew Lake, near Republic Washington, on October 2018, when we got to Wenatchee, the temperature was right at 89 degrees, so I elected to turn on my A/C. Up to this point it had worked fine! No cold air what so ever, and I tried three times to get it to work."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"Low on refrigerant; however, that is after 8 years of use. Maybe not that unusual"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"Nobody can get the a/c to work short of replacing the whole system. Complete waste of money having it installed as it hasn't worked for 4 years"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4.0-L V6)

"Air compressor went out and neede to be replaced"

Chad W., TX (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"The damper controller on the heating and air conditioner system has a problem. It start clacking when you start or shut the truck off. Nissan knows about this problem and has chosen to do nothing about it!!!"

Russell B., TN (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower fan needed replacement during early winter. Unable to heat or defrost windows = safety issue. Installed new blower unit and problem resolved."

Anonymous, MT (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)
Heater system

"Associated with the fan problem = could not heat vehicle or defrost window. New fan resolved the issue."

Anonymous, MT (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"The diverter is worn out, so that it clacks loudly for about five seconds whenever I switch it from inside air to outside air. It's only quiet if I leave it on inside air while the fan is running, or outside air when the fan is off."

Anonymous, CO (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Loss of air conditioning"

Maurice H., NH (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Horrible peeling of the paint on the top and sides on windshield."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Nissan Frontier SE Unsure)

"The paint peeling started on the top, in the rain gutters, about 4 years ago, and now has started at the top of the rear window, on the drivers side. It also has chipped off both edges of the hood (left & right sides)"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"top coat of paint peeled of around the windshield"

Maurice J., LA (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is peeling large areas (over 2 inches) from side, drip rails and window stiles. Paint is peeling but primer appears intact. I believe this is a manufacturing defect on dark blue Frontiers. Several on internet forums have had same issue with b"

Craig B., TX (2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4.0-L V6)

"Paint flaking should not happen"

Gary W., BC (2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4.0-L V6)

"body of truck has large patches of paint flaking off"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust around the gas filler pipe. Had it repaired at a cost of $340.00."

Anonymous, MI (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

"The undercarriage of the vehicle is completely rusted out. Caused multiple problems with the vehicle. Nissan should provide undercoating for a vehicle like this. Vehicle is a mess."

Anonymous, FL (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"noisy pulleys"

Anonymous, NV (2006 Nissan Frontier Unsure 4.0-L V6)

"Engine developed a cricket chirp with a repetition interval inversely proportional to RPM. Experience diagnosed either the bearing in the idler, or tensioner pulley. Ordered both OEM parts and a new belt through a discount Nissan on-line site and replaced them. Problem solved."

Martin R., FL (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)
Engine computer

"Low speed idle computer failed twice, including once in the past 12 months"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Nissan Frontier Unsure Unsure)

"The recall on the engine computer causes problems with emissions and exhaust but Nissan will only replace computer and not replace damaged parts caused by recalled computer"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4.0-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"Piston slap. Repeated attempts by dealership to locate the problem. According to Nissan this is typical of this engine, am not convinced. Slap will rapidly diminish if engine idles briefly before being driven."

Anonymous, WY (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

"ignition coil failure"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loud knocking as oil pressure builds on initial start up"

Dawn A., WA (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"An aluminum tube well hidden under the Air Filter/ on the engine rotted out and allowed the fluids to leak out of the engine. It was a "very expensive," labor intensive repair considering it was a tube. The top of the engine had to be dismantled"

William S., NJ (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Weather seal surrounding rear window in cab developed a leak. Water accumulated in cab when it rained. Dealer repaired it by injecting sealant into affected location"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"at idle vibrates way to much"

Anonymous, NV (2006 Nissan Frontier Unsure 4.0-L V6)

"Serpentine belt squeaks. Replaced under warranty; seems to be a design problem according to Nissan dealership. More of an annoyance than operational or safety issue"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"Serpentine belt always squeaks; repaired under warranty twice in 2007 and 2008; seems to be a design issue with the pulleys - belts are fine"

Kathie A., UT (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"Front suspension constantly squeaks when driven on rough or bumpy roads, which we have quite a few in Iowa"

Anonymous, IA (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"4WD inoperable and had to be disconnected for truck to be driveable and was $4000 to fix, thus not done and now only drives in 2WD."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Nissan Frontier SE Unsure)
Differential

"Basically it was a item that would happen over time. Truck has 180K+ miles. Guess it was due to happen."

Anonymous, NC (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"front wheel differential went out about 60000 milrs"

Anonymous, OK (2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4.0-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Rear seal on right shaft had to be replaced. Whole right alex was replaced $900"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Window switch"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Nissan Frontier 4.0-L V6)
Transfer case

"Not completely sure it's the transfer case, but if it's not it's very near there and seems at least related. It makes a whining noise that seems to be getting worse and that I haven't yet been able to pinpoint"

George B., FL (2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The catalytic converter issue was described in the previous response"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"They wore out after 125,000 miles. Pretty much a normal thing. Had to replace them to pass state inspection"

Daren D., TX (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

"Nissan recalled the computer which cased the engine to rich and destroy the Catalytic Converters (4 of them) and Nissan only replaced the computer under recall"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4.0-L V6)
Exhaust manifold

"the exhaust manifold cracked about 3 years ago"

Maurice J., LA (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Light came on. Mechanic checked code and found nothing. Cleared code and light stayed off for 3 months. Light is now on again."

Anonymous, CT (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Pro-actively replaced radiator due to reports of failure where coolant was leaking into transmission fluid and ruining transmission."

T S., VA (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

"Radiator transmission cooler lines corroded and antifreeze went into transmission fluid"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

"Radiator had external leak, not internal leak covered by recall and extended warranty.External leak not covered, had to pay out of pocket, felt Radiators should last longer than 5 years"

Gary W., BC (2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4.0-L V6)

"This truck if you don't change the radiator you could get a crack internal and damaged the transmission. Nissan knows about this problem but they will not recall the truck"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"Mainly an age issue, the vehicle is 14 years old."

Anonymous, NH (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Busted strut by driving over a hole"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4.0-L V6)
Tie rods

"Whole front end drive parts had to be replaced. $2500."

Anonymous, CT (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Started vibrating and squeeking"

Maurice H., NH (2006 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"won't eject CD and won't play the CD still stuck inside"

L D., AZ (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)

"CD player eats CD and it is difficult to extract the disk from the slot"

Tom L., FL (2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0-L V6)
Radio

"no Lights on the radio"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 4.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Windows

"Driver's widow motor went bad"

George B., FL (2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Spark plugs or wires failure

"ignition coil kept failing and now I get error message with my catalytic converter"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Nissan Frontier XE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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