Nissan Frontier Forum banner

2017 Frontier Transmission Issue

7337 Views 10 Replies 9 Participants Last post by  jgahagan
Aloha All,

My brand new shiny arctic blue Frontier PRO-4X seems to have curious transmission behavior. Nissan assure me this is normal as they could find no fault messages when plugging in their diagnostic computer. So, here goes...

At normal cruise speeds (40+ mph), when I come to a hill, instead of the transmission changing out of overdrive and staying in 4th gear (which would be quite sufficient to do the job), it jumps from overdrive and straight into 3rd. However, if I switch off the overdrive button before it automatically changes down to 3rd, the rpm increases slightly as expected and the transmission happily stays in 4th gear.

On normal driving, when accelerating from a standstill, the transmission appears to be working fine, changing up as expected till overdrive is engaged.

It is just the down-shifting that seems quite harsh, resulting in the transmission hunting between overdrive and 3rd gear.

Because no fault codes come up on Nissan's diagnostics, they say this is normal. I only have 1,060 miles on the truck!

What do you say?

Thanks in advance for helping me understand what "normal" should be.

1 - 1 of 11 Posts
My 2011 had the same exact issue throughout the 5 years I drove it, and now my 2014 does the same thing when going up hills. It gets pretty annoying even though I should be used to it by now, and I assume it's just the way the nissan transmission works. I have never tried the OD off switch before, so will definitely give it a try. Is it recommended to only hit the button before a hill? Or do people just hit the button and leave it off for their normal drive?
1 - 1 of 11 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.