Nissan Frontier Transmission Problems

Class Action Investigation

Lemberg Law is investigating complaints concerning the transmission in the 2020-2021 Nissan Frontier which has the same transmission as the Nissan Titan. Vehicle owners are reporting to the NHTSA that the transmission in the Nissan Titan shifts erratically. This can result in the vehicle unexpectedly jerking or jumping forward.

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Does the Nissan Frontier have Transmission problems?

Potentially, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has logged several consumer complaints from vehicle owners regarding transmission problems in the Titan which is also in the 2020-2021 Nissan Frontier. More specifically, the transmission shifts harshly when coming to a stop causing the vehicle to lurch or jerk forward.

Nissan issued a technical service bulletin (NHTSA ID Number: 10201220/Nissan Communication Number: NTB21-073) for this issue. The TSB recommends reprograming the powertrain control module if “the customer reports hesitation and/or shift shock during acceleration or shift shock during deceleration.”

What Problems are Nissan Owners Experiencing?

Many complaints state that when driving low speeds or coming to a stop, the transmission harshly downshifts causing the vehicle to jump forward. This could be a potential safety hazard for other vehicles or pedestrians.

A Frontier owner from Pennsylvania states:

“The contact owns a 2020 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that while driving at an undisclosed speed, the transmission shifted into NEUTRAL and the vehicle lost motive power. The check engine and transmission warning lights were illuminated. … vehicle was taken to the dealer and diagnosed with code P0729 (Gear 6 Incorrect Ratio). The dealer performed technical service bulletin NTB 21-086, Transmission Control Module (TCM) software update; however, the failure recurred with the engine revving while shifting gears…. The failure mileage was 6,784.”

A Titan owner from Texas filed a complaint on the NHTSA website stating:

“Taking off from a complete stop at a traffic light or stop sign the truck is sluggish unless I give it about 1/4 throttle then it takes off slow it feels like its not in 1st gear. This is dangerous if trying to avoid incoming traffic while turning on a busy intersection. *There’s occasions at a stop the truck surges forward by itself. *While driving and trying to pass a vehicle the transmission downshifted normal then it shifts up then down again. *When shifting from park to drive the transmission clunks. *When slowing down the downshift is harsh. I have taken to the dealership 2 times their response its the nature of the transmission.”

What should you do if your Nissan Frontier is experiencing this issue?

It is possible that your Nissan Frontier is a lemon. Allow our experts to work on your lemon case at no cost to you. The law requires Nissan to pay the legal fees for your claim.

If you are experiencing transmission issues with your Nissan Frontier and you are interested in becoming a class action plaintiff, complete our case evaluation form or call us at 844-928-4443.

Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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