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Driveshaft Problems of Nissan Frontier

Nissan Frontier owners have reported 18 problems related to driveshaft (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Nissan Frontier based on all problems reported for the Frontier.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2006 Nissan Frontier 1
Failure Date: 07/18/2013

Driving on busy road at approximately 40mph when my truck started to shake, I slowed my truck to approximately 37 mph, when it sounded like my truck exploded. I could not stop and could barely turn the steering wheel enough to get out of traffic just to smash into the curb where I finally came to a stop. The drive shaft came apart, grabbing the emergency brake cable, winding it around one part of the drive shaft, leaving me stranded with minors on the side of the road waiting for a wrecker to tow my truck. Had I have been on the interstate, doing the speed limit (70mph) when this happened, my children and I would have flipped nose over tail, possibly be struck by traffic and seriously injured or killed.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2004 Nissan Frontier 2
Failure Date: 08/30/2008

2004 Nissan Frontier. Driver was pulling a pickup truck on a tow dolly. Another motorist pointed at the towed vehicle then the driver pulled on the berm and discovered the towed pickup was burning from the underside, fire was put out. The vehicle had an automatic transmission and the driveshaft was not disconnected which appeared to have overheated the transmission, which caused the fire. Ohio traffic crash report 10-0598-90.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2005 Nissan Frontier 3
Failure Date: 12/07/2005

The drive-shaft pulley broke which broke a belt that disabled power-steering and almost caused an accident when steering became very difficult. There's also a problem with the hood latch loosening that may cause the hood to fly open at high speeds.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2004 Nissan Frontier 4
Failure Date: 05/12/2004

When driving from 50- 70 mph vehicle vibrated under the floor board. The dealer replaced the drive shaft, however problem recurred. The dealer moved the shaft 1/4 turn and the same problem recurred. The Nissan manufacturer suggested that this particular make/model does in fact experience this type of problem.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2002 Nissan Frontier 5
Failure Date: 12/08/2001

Entire vehicle vibrates at various speeds, vibration coming from under seat area of cab source is probably center carrier bearing of drive shaft. Dealer replaced driveshaft at 156miles after confirming problem on test drive. But still has vibration dealer made another attempt at repair then on third time in shop said it was normal. I filed under FL lemon law and manufacturer replaced all 4 tires. But truck still has vibration, it is now much more severe at 13000 miles and I aam still pursuing repurchase under FL lemon law. I think you should investigate this defect as I have first hand knowledge of another truck where the carrier failed such that the repairing dealer told the owner that he shouldnt drive his truck until the bearing was replaced because it could cause an accident. His truck was repurchased by Nissan.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2000 Nissan Frontier 6
Failure Date: 07/10/2001

Nissan technical service bulletin ntb00-025 - March 10, 2000. No safety defect listed.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2001 Nissan Frontier 7
Failure Date: 07/03/2001

No summary listed for above vehicle.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2000 Nissan Frontier 8
Failure Date: 06/29/2001

I have made repeated complaints to victory Nissan in richmond virginia about this vehicle. I have also contacted Nissan directly and they never even addressed the letter I sent them December, 2001. My truck has experienced drive train vibrations since I purchased it at 6900 miles. Despite the dozens of technical bulletins addressing this problem, I have repeatedly been told that nothing can be done to help my vehicle. When the center bearing was finally discovered to be bad, the delearship replaced it and the shimmy I originally had was then magnified to an atrocious harmonic hum. Riding in my truck is liking riding on a washing machine. I have been advised by the dealership not to haul loads or tow as the vibrations would get worse. I have experienced this for myself, and they are much worse when towing. My vehicle in no way serves the purpose for which I purchased it and I have been cast aside and ignored by Nissan since my car was only 11 months old. I am fed up and I think everyone should know what a terrible vehicle this is!.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2000 Nissan Frontier 9
Failure Date: 05/17/2001

Carrier bearing at the center support failed. Truck started vibrating after the failure. Dealer replaced the bearing but the vibration got worse. Dealer replace the whole drive shaft. I have noticed the same troubles reported many times from different Frontier owner. Now asking Nissan customer affair to clarify the cause of failure. 2001 model does not have a carrier bearing. I discussed possiblity of defective design on 1998-2000 model because of this Nissan's correction effort. Carrier bearing failure will end up with the drive shaft to fail, which may cause a fatal accident. I believe this needs to be corrected under recall.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2000 Nissan Frontier 10
Failure Date: 03/27/2001

Since ownership of vehicle consumer states he felt there was something wrong with steering wheel, as he was driving home he let the steering wheel go and suddenly the vehicle was pulling to the right almost causing an accident, consumer took vehicle into dealership to be inspected and dropped it off when he returned to pick vehicle up and drove away consumer states he almost hit a curb so vehicle was returned and consumer waited for vehicle and was told by dealership they could not find the problem, consumer requested that mechanic take a test drive with him, mechanic did see what it was and told consumer that was normal, however dealership did perform a wheel alignment and 2 weeks later the vehicle was pulling again, consumer took vehicle to another dealership and another wheel alignment was performed, consumer also states driveshaft has rusted.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2000 Nissan Frontier 11
Failure Date: 03/10/2001

Severe vibration during acceleration or while pulling a load.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 1999 Nissan Frontier 12
Failure Date: 01/23/2001

Nissan na has made no corrective action apart from part replacement. No safety defect listed within summary.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 1999 Nissan Frontier 13
Failure Date: 11/19/2000

Odi 726296, second complaint on driveshaft. Had been replaced in July 2000. During routine inspection by consumer noticed that bearing popped out of housing, and was not supporting driveshaft.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2000 Nissan Frontier 14
Failure Date: 08/10/2000

No summary listed for above vehicle.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2000 Nissan Frontier 15
Failure Date: 08/05/2000

I was on yahoo. Com in a club for the specific vehicle I have and alot of other owners advised for everyone check their driveshaft carrier bearing to see what typy everyone had, whether it be a solid type or the 3 prong type. The 3 prong type was what went bad on the vehicle, the bottom rubber prong would pop out of the metal casing enclosing the bearing; therefore causing the driveshaft to shift and come out of place. I have had this vehicle for a little over 35 days now. I took it into my dealer and they verified it was bad and had to order another driveshaft simply due to this driveshaft carrier bearing. I believe the new 2001 Nissan Frontier is coming with a one piece driveshaft, unlike the 200 with a two piece driveshaft. I believe that the one piece would rectify this problem, because another owner has had to have three driveshafts now and the problem is still occuring. The one piece I feel would "fix" the problem we owners are having.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 1999 Nissan Frontier 16
Failure Date: 07/26/2000

I found this problem after reading about owners of other Nissan Frontiers having the same part fail. When I exaimined the vehicle, I discovered the failure. I know of 9 other Frontiers with similar problems. No safety defect discussed in summary.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2000 Nissan Frontier 17
Failure Date: 07/07/2000

This has been an ongoing problem with multiple Frontier owners. Replacement part "fix" Nissan provides is also known to fail. No safety defect listed in summary.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2000 Nissan Frontier 18

Problem with driveshaft hanger bearing, involves a two piece drive shaft. Bearing that connects two shafts faulty. Vibration on acceleration becomes worse around 26,000 miles. Failure to replace could cause driveshaft to fall out. After being replace twice bolts holding hanger bearing in place wear and do not hold shaft in place. Rubber surrounding bearing rips and falls apart.