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 3 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 2012 Nissan Frontier owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Windshield leaks during heavy rain ie car wash"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"excessive road noise and dust leaks around the doors"

Peter W., BC (2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"The truck Bed mounts are squeaking, new it rattled and they but in bolts that seem to take care of the problem. Also I have an acculturation problem when I put my foot on the brake, it is intermittenting problem. Told them at servicing but Nessan has found anything."

Ralph B., MO (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"clamps holding the exhaust keep wearing out and exhaust pipes rattle"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"heat shield rattling"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Annoying rattle from roof when sunroof is open"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"Squeaks and rattles occur driving over speed bumps occaisonally."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Squeak was due to hood mechanism. Occurred whenever on rough roads or going over bumps.Problem was resolved at next servicing at dealer."

Anonymous, BC (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"Wind noise from door weatherstripping"

Anonymous, QC (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"road noise is so bad especially on the highway it sounds like the back window is open."

P T., MB (2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

"wind noise on passenger side at freeway speeds and windy considtions"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"severe road noise from the beginning"

Anonymous, MB (2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

"Seals on drivers side door"

Wayne L., NY (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"the wind noise is so loud you can't use the bluetooth"

Michael C., PA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Very mild wind noise, sometimes more noticeable than others but stereo helps "Ëœcover' the sound. Thinks it's a worn door gasket on passenger side."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"At highway speed wind noise is heard in passenger door/window"

Anonymous, IA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Depending on the direction and strength of wind outside, wind noise in the interior can be quite pronounced"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Seized up. Replaced the left rotor, brake pads and caliper. Resurfaced the right rotor"

Anonymous, NH (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Brakes would lose power and become unresponsive."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"I had noticed that I would have to really press on my break peddle to get my truck stopped. When I took it for state inspection I was told that I needed new breaks on the back. I was really surprised when I looked at the breaks to see now small the back breaks are. Even with new breaks, the truck is hard to stop quick. The truck had 35000 miles when I bought it. I will not buy another one."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"Grabbing, slow stopping"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front brake squeaking. Replaced front brake pads and resurfaced rotors using the on-car brake lathe. Problem resolved."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Nissan Frontier SL Unsure)
Parking brake

"Just doesn't hold."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"at 47000 miles the pads were wore out on inside but still had some on outside of rotor, rotors would be at limit if ground and one wouldn't make it,"

Patrick S., CO (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Replace oe brakes at 25000 km"

T C., ON (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"caused by rotors failing"

Francis S., RI (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Rotors

"The rotors corroded and coming apart at 25000 miles"

Anonymous, RI (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"both front and rear rotors failed early"

Francis S., RI (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"see previous response to pulsing problem"

Michael A., NY (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Dealer stated rotors were rusted and warped due to lack of use"

Michael P., CT (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"rotor completely rusted out under 27000 miles"

Francis S., RI (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Developed a scraping sound, which I need to get fixed"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Loose dash trim"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Checking on roof"

Tony M., VT (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"Driver's side fender has outer paint peeling and bubbling off in one area. The prime undercoating is holding to fender surface. I believe that area was not properly cleaned before topcoat was applied, because the peeling is in the fold area of fender."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Paint just started to come off"

Johnny S., SC (2012 Nissan Frontier S 4.0-L V6)

"Paint cracking & peeling on roof and both front fenders"

George M., FL (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"There are paint chips all over the truck. They are starting to rust.I have kept this truck clean and waxed but the paint continues to chip"

Arthur B., CT (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"paint chipping on front passenger side fender. had to be repaiinted"

William G., NC (2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

"Paint peeling off fender, rust on roof"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Front side panels have bubbled and popped"

Linda B., FL (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Rust

"beginning to get several spots where rusting from the inside"

George M., FL (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"Because of paint chips, areas all over the truck are starting to rust. This truck has been kept clean,waxed and garaged.No back road driving only driven on tared roads mostly highway"

Arthur B., CT (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 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

Alignment

"Severe alignment problem, wasn't apparent until approximately 12,000 miles, when tire wear became obvious. The truck was out of warranty by then."

M P., CA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Ball joints

"No sure....need replacement"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"High pressure line fittings worked themselves loose. Dealer tightened them to repair"

Mark S., CA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Leaking Rear shock replaced under warrantee"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Front, passenger side shock started leaking fluid. Replaced both front shocks."

Anonymous, UT (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Replacing shocks helped the bump steer issue."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"BOTH STRUTS WERE LEAKING AFTER 47000 MILES; REPLACED SAME AT SHOP"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"The strut was leaking, causing it not to function resulting in a rougher ride."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Cracked leaf spring. Needed to replace the entire unit."

Gary L., MA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Broken leaf spring"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Replacing shocks helped the bump steer issue."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 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

"hasn't worked since 2013 (correctly)"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"Been to Nissan dealer fine with AC not working. They say computer diagnostics fine -- and will not test drive car! CAlif is hot with no AC"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Rather loud ticking noise from passenger side vent nearest door"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"Blower fan freeze up in housing and was not functional"

Jean S., ON (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Blower fan relay went out. Dealer replaced, shortly after wards the blower motor went out"

Jason S., MO (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Heater system

"The vehicle will vibrate excessively at idle after the engine warms up and no heat blows out of the vents at idle. Only when engine is revved will it produce heat. Mechanic suggests a blockage of some sort in the heating system unable to diagnose."

Andrew C., ON (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"the heater door would not open"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Would not generate heat to thaw blower fan, even after an hour running idle"

Jean S., ON (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"The tubing that extends through the firewall had a slow leak. Repairs were covered completely by the warranty"

Anonymous, UT (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Both of the lines going through the firewall had cracked and leaked. Replaced both under an extended warranty plan."

Anonymous, UT (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 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

Clock

"My owners manual didn't show my radio model. It was factory installed, not aftermarket. Had to go back to the dealer to learn how to reset daylight time. Annoying!"

Neil M., ID (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Headlights

"Plastic retaining ring that is screwed to the back of the headlight assembly gets brittle and cracks over time. Nissan does not sell this screw on part separately (likely .25 cents to make and will only sell entire headlamp assembly at $350 each."

Andrew C., ON (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"After shut off, headlights would remain on irregular amount of time, for up to 9 minutes. Dealer's service writer said "I don't know" when asked and offered no remedy. Dealer has since sold out. Haven't been back"

Neil M., ID (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"Hazy lenses"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Electric driver seat will not move up or down"

Frank D., SC (2012 Nissan Frontier 4.0-L V6)

"electric seat drive failed"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Nissan Frontier Unsure 4.0-L V6)

"Power driver seat will not move up or down. to expensive to repair."

Anonymous, (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Interior lights

"Interior light at rear of cabin does not illuminate. Dealer says it is fixed but it never works."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"Tire pressure warning light is constantly on. Despite checking pressure on 4 tires plus spare, the light remains on. Seems to be a common problem on the web"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Window washer failed"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

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)

"EVAC system needs replacing for the 2nd time"

Peter W., BC (2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

"Wouldn't pass emission testing, engine had code relating to evap"

Alan F., NC (2012 Nissan Frontier S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"when exposed to dusty roads the charcoal canister sensor is triggered-a factory defect that they can fix for $2500 in parts"

Peter W., BC (2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

"Catalytic converter failed and had to be replaced by dealer"

Will S., TN (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Fuel pump

"The fuel pump failed while I was on a busy road. I was able to coast onto the shoulder. It had to be towed. I had it repaired at an independent mechanic. I am not sure of the exact problem, but it was part of the fuel pump and the whole pump had to be replaced because the fuel pump functions are integrated into the pump. It only happened once and it was repaired sucesfully."

Anonymous, (2012 Nissan Frontier Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Cooling system thermostat needed replacement"

John C., CA (2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

"Throttle body and engine mounts went bad at 70k"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Mass air flow sensor went out"

Jason S., MO (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"typical check engine light ended in finding a bad o2 sensor"

Jeffrey S., GA (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"poor quality welding catalytic converter became very loud"

Johnny S., SC (2012 Nissan Frontier S 4.0-L V6)

"check engine light came on took it to the dealer who stated that it would be $3,000 to replace both catalytic converters"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Exhaust manifold

"Had to replace exhaust engine manifold at 50k miles."

Chuck W., NC (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Other/unsure

"2 separate issues with the airbag. Electrical short caused the air bag light to come on. Also had a recall on the airbag."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Airbag warning light came on for no known reason which was anxiety-producing as I didn't really know what it meant. Owner's manual was only a little helpful - said whatever the reason for the light, it probably meant airbags wouldn't work in an accident. Due to busy schedule and daily need for the truck, I was unable to take the truck in to Nissan for 2-3 months. Turns out, they could find nothing wrong and once reset, airbag light has not come back on (knock on wood). I have never had airbags in my main vehicle before, so although I was anxious about air bag warning light being on for all those months, I just decided I was not in any more danger than I was when I drove my old Nissan truck which I had with no airbags for 23 years."

Jennifer B., CA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"It was fixed by doing electrical recall."

Eric L., OK (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Warning light came on. After investigation at the Nissan dealership they found a loose wire connection."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Airbag light for front passenger side started on return trip from Mexico to Canada. Light was on anytime vehicle was driven.Problem resolved at next servicing. Repair was covered under warranty."

Anonymous, BC (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 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

Electronic ignition

"engine computer failed. would not run"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"engine control module failed"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Starter

"starter would not work. Engine would not start"

Frank D., SC (2012 Nissan Frontier 4.0-L V6)

"failed had to be replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Nissan Frontier Unsure 4.0-L V6)

"Starter failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 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

Locks and latches

"Left passenger door will not unlock with the remote or door switch. The actuator board is malfunctioning and will require replacement"

Michael P., FL (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Occasionally the tailgate will pop open when driving, Samsh down and bends corner and dents tailgate. Its stupid!"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Nissan Frontier S 4.0-L V6)

"Passenger side outside door handle intermittently doesn't work, especially in cool ambient temps (50-60 deg. F). Possibly related: Interior lock lever is very stiff to operate. Have not repaired yet"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Frontier S 4.0-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"My passenger seat vibrate and shakes when empty. Items left on the seat will fall off it shakes so bad you can hear it. Dealer said a stabilizer was already added to it. No improvement, Terrible and so annoying"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Nissan Frontier S 4.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"sometimes tailgate would not latch and would drop down during operation, causing damage to tailgate."

Anonymous, VT (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 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

"SEEMS TO HEAT UP AND THEN STOPS PLAYING (SKIPPING) AFTER 30-45 MINUTES"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth failed and required replacement under warranty. Dealership was great in completing the repair"

Anonymous, KS (2012 Nissan Frontier 4.0-L V6)
Speakers

"New speakers shake entire dash at moderate sound range. Loud music makes speakers squeak and work poorly. Definitely no Bass Rap"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Voice control commands

"I can’t get my new iPhone to pair up with the Bluetooth"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Sometimes the phone dialing feature works fine, but most of time no matter what I say it doesn't recognize what I'm telling it."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 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

Differential

"rear differential leaking, unable to repair after two attempts, dealer replaced at no charge"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Differential was whining at speed Dealer examined it, found metal shavings in the differential gear oil and replaced the rear axle assembly under warranty"

Michael A., NY (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Rear axle seals started leaking Replaced seals and rear brakes"

Gagne D., CT (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"cam shaft sensor $1000.00 repair"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Clutch started slipping at 118,000 miles. Normal wear & tear. Did a full factory replacement"

Michael P., FL (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Burned out clutch...extreme slippage, could barely drive it"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission had to be replaced"

George M., FL (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 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

Clutch adjustment

"The cruise control was cutting out inappropriately. I got the clutch adjusted and that is much better although it still happens occasionally."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

"Getting out of 4wd low has always been a problem. I use that rarely and I have never mentioned it to the service people."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Had to replace rear axle seal after only 40,000 miles."

Anonymous, VT (2012 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"I think surging while brake may be tied to the computer. Told Nessan sevice they haven't found any problem sine I bought it new."

Ralph B., MO (2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"I just started noticing the engine knock recently, as the weather is warming up. The computer can compensate some, but we'll probably start putting higher octane gas in to compensate."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"It's losing a few gallons a year, and the mechanic has been unable to resolve the problem. We're getting pretty fed up with it, and ready to trade the truck in."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

Engine Major

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

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