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Tailgate Problems of Nissan Frontier



Nissan Frontier owners have reported 10 problems related to tailgate (under the structure category).

car image   Tailgate problem of the 2007 Nissan Frontier 1
Failure Date: 04/17/2012

The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Frontier. The contact was driving 25 mph when the tailgate became detached from the hinges. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 61,000.

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car image   Tailgate problem of the 2005 Nissan Frontier 2
Failure Date: 12/30/2011

2005 Nissan Frontier 4x4 crew cab. Poor design of tailgate hinge assembly drivers side, appears that was designed to withstand lighter tailgate. As I understand Nissan has redesigned and changed tailgate assembly for 2006 and newer models. My wife was driving the truck and noticed the vehicle following came to a complete stop since the tailgate on my truck was dragging on the road and held partially still connected to truck body with cable assembly. Hinge appeared cracked and pulled from body of truck. Tailgate was always in locked position since we have issues with thieves in our area and was still in locked position when I took it out of truck bed. Obviously at higher speeds the failure of the hinge assembly could compromise the safety of following vehicles in the event the tailgate became removed and fell off onto roadway.

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car image   Tailgate problem of the 2010 Nissan Frontier 3
Failure Date: 02/18/2011

(1) the trucks spray-on bedliner has holes and cracks that extend the width of the box, parallel to the tailgate (about 50cm from the tailgate). The issue became apparent because white salt rings formed on the surface of the bedliner (box is covered) due to salt migrating up from the roadway. Per the dealer, the box is missing metal and/or welds, and cannot be fully inspected due to the existence of said bedliner. (2) the box appears to be improperly connected to the trucks frame. Specifically, when standing by the side of the truck, and looking into the rear wheel wells, the visible connection between the box and the frame is slotted for a bolt, but is not bolted. The dealer was told by Nissan that the area is held together by welds. However, there is a 5mm-thick rubber shim/washer that is placed between the box and frame at this point. This begs the following question: how can the area be welded if the aforementioned metal surfaces are not in physical contact? that notwithstanding, the rubber shims have both started to shift out of position.

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car image   Tailgate problem of the 2009 Nissan Frontier 4
Failure Date: 04/23/2010

Tail gate falls off when opening. The removable tailgate is both light enough and does not have a catch on the hinge to prevent the gate from falling out when lifting up on the tailgate latch with one hand. This can also happen if there is any snow on the back bumper. This is both a safety concern, as I had the gate fall off with a load of wood in my hands causing me to drop everything, and it damages the vehicle as the tailgate right rear corner gets caught in the body mounted hinge. The result of this is the right rear corner of the tailgate is bent ~90â°. I have taken this back to the dealer 2 times for the problem and filed a report with Nissan USA. Both Nissan and the dealer claim this is a design feature - removable tailgate. In observing other Frontiers, it is apparent that many people have this problem judging by the number of damaged tailgates are out there. Everyone I work with that owns a Frontier has had the gate fall off. In looking online - it appears to affect Nissan Frontier trucks back to 2005. Mine fell off 3 days after taking delivery damaging the tailgate, and does every time you open it if you don't use 2 hands, one to lift up the latch, one to hold the gate in the hinges. I have owned 3 trucks, including a 2001 Nissan Frontier for a period of 7 years. I am aware that tailgates are removable and that you must clean debris off the bumper prior to opening them. I was not aware the tailgate should fall out of it's hinges when opening.

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car image   Tailgate problem of the 2005 Nissan Frontier 5
Failure Date: 11/22/2008

Tailgate busted brackets. I have a 2005 Frontier crew cab with 28000 miles. This was bought brand new. I use this vehicle for trips and hunting. No hauling, construction or other heavy use. My 4 wheeler was hauled in it about 6 times. We drove to the mountains and just finished unloading our luggage. I went to close the gate and it wouldn't close, upon investigating the drivers side hinge had cracks and the passenger side was cracked. My truck was out of warranty by 60 days when I showed the dealer service person. They said they never saw anything like it before, even asked how big the deer was I put on the gate, and if someone was standing on it? I asked if they were serious, as this gate should support 1000 pounds! anyway I wa lucky that Nissan agreed to replace the 2 cracked brackets on the body, the 2 brackets on the gate and a 3rd bracket I wasn't even aware of until the dealer stated he had to order it in before it could be repaired correctly. Anyway like I stated, this vehicle is used for easy applications and the gate used very little. Sounds and looked like a bad design imho.

car image   Tailgate problem of the 2005 Nissan Frontier 6
Failure Date: 07/02/2008

I do not know exactly what caused the problem but I opened up my tailgate one morning and the tailgate came off of the hinge and pieces were missing. I read on a forum that this is a common problem for the type of vehicle I'm driving and it seems that the tail gate could have fell on the highway if I hadn't tried it that morning.


car image   Tailgate problem of the 2005 Nissan Frontier 7
Failure Date: 01/01/2008

The tailgate on my 2005 Nissan Frontier le 2wd pickup truck continually comes off it's hinges even after being secured by forcefully closing, and at times, slamming, the tailgate shut. This defect has caused the tailgate to come off it's hinges and is a safety risk to other drivers who are behind me, as it can cause great bodily harm, serious injury, or even death if it ever entirely fell off. Because of this defect, I lock the tailgate in an attempt that it is securely closed.

car image   Tailgate problem of the 2005 Nissan Frontier 8
Failure Date: 04/01/2007

We have a 2005 Nissan Frontier with 40,000 miles on it - well maintained and in excellent condition. Both hinges on the tailgate broke. It is a known problem. Fortunately, it came off when it was parked in my driveway. If it broke and fell off on the highway while the vehicle was in motion, it could have been disastrous. Nissan refuses to acknowledge the problem or make the necessary repairs. The dealership service manager lied and claimed the failure was due to overload - we don't use the truck to haul anything.

car image   Tailgate problem of the 1999 Nissan Frontier 9
Failure Date: 11/22/2002

Consumer stated that while driving at 45 mph and without warning the tailgate fell onto the ground causing the consumer to pull over. Dealer notified. Mr.

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car image   Tailgate problem of the 2001 Nissan Frontier 10
Failure Date: 06/12/2002

On June 12th,2002, the left-side tailgate of my 2001 Frontier truck spontaneously detached itself from the body of the vehicle. And, for the sake of my safety and the vehicles around me, I could not immediately pull over to stop the vehicle. Hence, while I drove, this "dangling" tailgate continually banged the bumper and various areas of the vehicle, causing paint damage, indentations, and a grave safety hazard for myself and the surrounding vehicles/people. Thankfully, the tailgate did not completely fly off of the vehicle to cause further injury and/or fatality to myself nor the surrounding vehicles/people. To this date (two months after informing the manufacturer), my vehicle has not been repaired and no one from Nissan has contacted me regarding resolving and remedying this defect and grave safety hazard.

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