2005 Nissan Frontier Reviews - Page 2 of 4

2005 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab NISMO 4.0L Gas from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.0L Gas Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired29500 miles
Most recent distance34500 miles

Summary:

This is one awesome truck!

Faults:

Driver's seat is wearing on corner due to entry and exit from vehicle.

General Comments:

As I approached this used 2005 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab NISMO at the dealership I didn't think I could afford it. (Having a wife, 2 kids and a demanding mortgage can do that to you.) It had a price tag of over $26,000 - for a used mid-sized truck. But after 3 hours and absolutely no haggling we drove away in the truck of my dreams for under $18,000.

I absolutely love this truck!

I love everything about this truck!

The exterior styling is stout and aggressive. It came with the "roof bars" and sunroof. I've since added the Nissan powder-coated step rails for my wife and daughter. I especially like the raised hood design. This will definitely offer more room under the hood for later modifications. The chrome bumpers add a nice accent as well.

Rating: 10/10.

The interior is roomy and accomodating. It has the Rockford Fosgate sound system and a 6-Disc CD Changer in the dash. The sound quality is very good, but it could use a little help in the area of bass. All of the controls are readily available and easily within reach. The seats are comfortable and have height and lumbar adjustments. I'd rather that they had some additional padding to reduce lateral movement.

Rating: 9/10.

The engine, while not exactly economical, is as strong as anyone could ask for in a mid-sized truck. I get about 17mpg on average (which isn't terrible, but not great) whether I'm getting to work in a hurry or taking my time on the way to the mother-in-laws. The only problem I've had is in using synthetic motor oil. I've only tried Royal Purple with disasterous affects - my mileage went from 17mpg to 13mpg. It quickly jumped back to 17mpg once I changed the oil 3 weeks later to conventional motor oil. Other than that, no complaints here.

Rating: 10/10.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2007

2005 Nissan Frontier LE V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance12500 miles
Previous carNissan S-10 2WD

Summary:

Still a nice piece, just needs some minor refinements

Faults:

Safety recalls, low tire pressure alarm.

General Comments:

Quite pleased so far, low tire pressure alarm flashed at me for about 30 sec's once after I had rotated tires and shut off when I dropped below 40 mph. fuel mileage 20-22 mpg at 60-65 mph in warm weather, drops off in winter to 18-20 mpg. Complaints- Does not like to shift into 5th gear, like the computer program says to wait until on level with no headwind or going down hill, like its trying to "save" the OD gear from load or something. Have a 2006 KC 2 door, rear jump seats are a joke, always in the way, take up too much room and impractical.

Why not offer a delete option so I can use this space or put in a fold down bench/shelf that is usable. Doors are hard to close from the drivers seat as the door pull is out of reach, needs to be moved inboard (I am 6' tall and this is a problem}, needs grease fittings on front suspension from factory, should not have to wear out ball joints to get a zerk fitting on the replacements.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th August, 2006

10th Apr 2008, 00:21

About the zerks on the ball joints... my Dodge 2500 diesel had the same problem... went through the joints like no other, but I got new ones with zerks and I grease them one Saturday a month with no problems at all.

2005 Nissan Frontier LE 4.0 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance17500 miles
Previous carDodge Ram Pickup

Summary:

Nissan is almost there with the Frontier

Faults:

Broken straps on the cargo net under rear seat.

The brakes are just miserable. Very disapointed.

General Comments:

Overall the Frontier has been a very good truck. On my latest trip (1200 miles) I averaged 20.4 miles/gallon. Has plenty of power to pull my 4 place snow machine trailer, and also the Malibu boat.

I guess the two problems I have with the truck are first; A vehicle designed for towing needs to have bigger side mirrors and for $27000 those mirrors should be heated (standard). You shouldn't have to purchase leather heated seats to get that option. Nissan missed the boat on that one.

The second item is the brakes. It is embarrassing how poorly designed these are. They stop you OK, but they feel very mushy and howl way too much. The dealer says it's normal for them to squeak. That's great, but these HOWL!!! Nissan refuses to acknowledge the problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th June, 2006

21st Oct 2006, 15:05

Brakes "howling" sounds more like a problem with tires rather than brakes. Possibly over/under inflated.

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 12 reviews