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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2005-2007 Xterra appears to have a widespread defect where coolant leaks into the transmission, causing transmission failure around 90,000 miles. Repair costs are typically upwards of $3,500.

The same defect exists in the Pathfinder & Frontier as well. And according to the New York Times & a class action lawsuit, the defect actually extends through 2010 model year. More info here.

9.2

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$3,758.00
Average Mileage:
100,865 miles
Total Complaints:
190 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new radiator and transmission rebuild (76 reports)
  2. not sure (29 reports)
  3. replaced radiator and transmission (28 reports)
  4. replace transmission (21 reports)
  5. new radiator, transmission, and flush fluids (17 reports)
  6. so far a new radiator and transmission flush (6 reports)
2005 Nissan Xterra transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 10)

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problem #170

May 212012

Xterra S V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I bought my X used at 65000 miles. I have babied it, taken great care of it, and planned to make it last at least 5-6 more years. At 121xxx miles, the transmission slipped while I was barely accelerating. I was going a steady 50-55 mph. I was less than two miles from my destination, and before I could make it there the transmission stopped shifting completely. I finished my drive in first gear limping down the shoulder of the road. I had it towed and the transmission rebuilt. Total cost was about $2400 for everything. I picked it up from the mechanic on Thursday night and Saturday afternoon it went into "limp mode" and had to be towed again. Now it lives in my driveway and hasn't been driven in months because I can't afford to have it fixed... again. This is not on my mechanic. This is on NISSAN. I have read that victims of Nissan's abuse should file a complaint with the NHTSA to try to get a retroactive recall, so I did, and I encourage you to do the same. I had to buy a new car, so now I have two car payments and one car. NOT COOL, NISSAN! I want my money back and I know you do too! REPORT THIS! Here is the link:

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Vehicle+Safety/Recalls+&+Defects#

Click on the right of the page that says "Report a Vehicle or Child Seat Defect."

- , Silver Creek, Georgia, USA

problem #169

Jun 072013

Xterra

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

I had the same issue regarding the radiator leaking fluid into the transmission, and now my transmission is full of crap...my car is dead...I called the lawsuit Claims Administrator at 1-877-208-9275 and they said they are not representing vehicles that have more than 100k miles on them. Which is ridiculous since I just experienced this problem first hand last friday while on the freeway!!!!!!!!!! I felt like I was going to die. My car was stalling and was jerking back and forth and I was trying to switch lanes to the right so I could get off on the exit (I should mention this was on Friday during the 5 O'clock traffic. What a horrible experience...I was even left crying afterwards. This is ridiculous...I am so disappointed with NISSAN, they are a disgrace! These so called people are con artists who dont care about the problems their product can cause. What they sell is not cheap..it is an investment we as consumers, wholeheartedly trust and confide in. This type of purchase SHOULD LAST MORE THAN 100k MILES!!!!!! IT CAN TAKE 6 YEARS TO PAY OFF!!!!! I can't believe that my investment has to stay stuck in a parking lot now. Its pure immovable worthless junk. I can't believe we're being asked to pay for their mistakes...Thats a slap in the face.

IF ANYONE OVER 100K MILES CAN PROVIDE A SOURCE WHO CAN HELP US OUT AS A GROUP PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME

LOVELIFENINI@LIVE.COM

- , scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #168

Feb 162013

Xterra Offroad 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,095 miles

it's very frustrating because nissan know this problem and they extend the warranty of the radiator 10 years or 160000 km . Just before the end of the warranty of my xterra i do a inspection on the dealer at victoriaville ,qc and i ask to change my transmission fluid and the dealer says that's not necessary to change it because on this modele the oil is supose to be good for lifetime. I really think that's nissan companie should do something to advertise their consumer to make a transmission oil change at 150 000 kilometers and in the same way inspect the radiateur leaking to prevent a radiator and transmission replacement.

for my part i call the dealer and they suggest me to pray so i call nissan canada and he say he was sorry for me so i try the pavac http://www.camvap.ca/fr/ and my car was not in the range. Finaly i decide to try saving the transmission by by-passing the radiator and flush the transmission by removing oil pan and by the hose cooler and put a brand new oil in the transmission with a snap-on fluid exchange left me to change my rad and pray for my transmission don't give up.

sorry for my bad english

- , Plessisville, Quebec, canada

problem #167

Jan 022013

Xterra 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The problem started in january and has gotten worse started as a shutter once in a while then all the time from speeds of 40- about 60 know as far as 70mph the dealer told me the cost of repair is about $7000.00 that a hell of a mark up since it takes about 5 hrs. to replace the trans and a another 2 for radiator and i could have the whole thing doen for $3000.00 from my local trans shop with a after market external oil cooler for the trans .

Nissan knows they screwed up with not having recalled the trucks , they should manup and cover the repair no matter what mileage the vehicle has . i spoke to another xterra owner she has 2010 and they sent her a letter stating their may be a problem with the radiator i told her to go to a trans shop and get a external cooler before she has a problem. . the dealer said they would only cover if i paid the deductible of $3000.00 and nissan would cover the rest . i have been in the parts business for 15yrs at a number of dealers subtract the labor time of 7 hrs at $100.00 = $ 700.00 that leaves you with $6300.00 for the parts . hell of a mark up, most parts mark up is 40% warrenty pays dealer cost . somethings not right that means nissan will pay $1500.00 for the repair or you the consumer pays most of the repair cost. so much the class action lawsuit.

- , Oxford, New Jersey, USA

problem #166

Mar 282013

Xterra V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,500 miles

this sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not happy at all. unreal!

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #165

Aug 202012

Xterra 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,894 miles

As with everyone else my radiator fluid leaked into the transmission causing the transmission to destroy. Quote for rebuilt transmission 5571.32. Not too sure if we can afford this or if it is even worth it considering the value left in this peice of crap is 12,000. This is half of the truck's worth. I think it is disgusting Nissan can get away with not assigning a recall to this obvious defect in manufacturing.

- , Edmonton, Alberta, canada

problem #164

Apr 022013

Xterra SE 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,995 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Nissan extended the warranty on this problem but right now their solution is a radiator replacement and transmission flush for an estimated cost of $1,500.00. I learned that co-pay means I pay the first $2,500.00 for a repair that will eventually require a new transmission as there's no way the vibration experienced couldn't have damaged the transmission. A flush just doesn't cut it. If I drive the car till the transmission fails it will cost me $ 2,500.00 or my life in an accident! I bought this Nissan, my first "foreign" car because I believed, I actually believed their claim"Nissan is committed to providing the highest levels of product quality and customer satisfaction." My wife tells me I really shouldn't blame myself but I hate feeling like a sucker.

- , Trout Creek, ON, canada

problem #163

Apr 272013

Xterra SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,100 miles

I BROUGHT THIS 2005 XTERRA NEW, THIS WAS A GREAT SUV ,I WOULD HAVE REMEND A NISSAN TO ANY ONE UNTILL MY XTERRA STARTED TO SHUDDER DRIVING ON THE INTERSTATE AT ABOUT 40 TO 50 MILES PER HOUR, I TOOK IT BACK TO THE DEALERSHIP THAT SOLD IT TO ME, I WAS TOLD IT NEEDED A NEW RADITOR, TORQE CONVERTER WITH TRANSMISSION REBUILD AT A COST OF 3500.00, I THINK THE NISSIAN COMPANY COULD HAVE SENT OUT A LETTER OR SOMETHING TO NOTIFY ALL IT COSTUMER ABOUT THE THE PROBLEMS WITH CERTAIN YEAR MODEL NISSIANS, YOU KNOW JUST IN CASE WE WANTED TO REPLACE THE RADITOR BEFOUR IT CRACKED AND LEAKED INTO THE TRANSMISSION .THANKS NISSAN! BUT NEXT SUV WILL NOT BE A NISSAN!

new radaitor, rebuild transmission,with torque convertor

- , Troy, Alabama, USA

problem #162

May 182013

Xterra S 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

2005 Nissan x-terra with 107,00 lost all power a week ago. Towed it to a transmission shop where an estimate was done. Radiator had leaked radiator fluid into transmission completely destroying it. Transmission fluid had went into radiator completely destroying it. An estimate was given for $5,700 to fix. After researching on internet I found hundreds and hundreds of other people this has happened to. Nissan knew of the factory defect and did nothing to prevent or fix the problem.. Oh yes, they extended the warranty to 80,000 miles to cover their asses, but most of the vehicles had a little over 100,000 miles on them when this happened. I called the dealer where we purchased the vehicle new and was told Nissan would be no help and they gave me the estimate of $5,000 to repair. I am severely disappointed in Nissan!!! This is a problem they knew about, yet did not recall the vehicles in time to get them repaired!!! I think they should be held responsible for this considering it was a FACTORY flaw that caused this damage!! This is one of TEN NEW VEHICLES I have purchased over the years and I can GUARANTEE it will be the FIRST AND LAST NISSAN I WILL EVER BUY!!!!!!!! I will discourage my friends and family from ever purchasing a NISSAN AS WELL!!!! I PURCHASED A NISSAN BECAUSE I HAD ALWAYS HEARD THEY WOULD LAST A LONG TIME AND IN MY OPINION I SHOULD GET MORE THAN 107,000 MILES OUT OF AN ALMOST $30,000 INVESTMENT!!! NOW MY ONLY OPTION IS TO SINK ALMOST 6 GRAND INTO IT OR JUST JUNK IT FOR SCRAP>>>> YES I AM MORE THAN PISSED OFF ABOUT THIS!!!!

- , Oak Hill, WV, USA

problem #161

May 022013

Xterra

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

I have really loved this vehicle . So disappointed that this is a pretty common problem that they could have fixed with a recall.

- , Purdy, Missouri, USA

problem #160

May 062013

Xterra LX 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

when i drive the car jerks. the other day it would not go past 2 rpm and it kept jerking really bad then when i stopped it steamed and mud looking goo came out from the very front of the hood on the passenger side. i got the transmission flushed and a new radiator and then two days later it happened again.

- , Boone, North Carolina, USA

problem #159

Apr 202013

Xterra SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,900 miles

Nissan would not pay for this upfront and they are making me pay $2500 co-pay since I am at 84,900 miles. It is 100% covered under 80k miles. I have already had hotel expenses, towing, meal, etc since i was stranded out of town due to this. I called consumer affairs and was told to F off pretty much.

This is a simple fix per mechanics....I was just never told it was a issue. My 2008 Frontier is also effected. I will never buy another Nissan.

- , North Augusta, SC, USA

problem #158

Jul 152012

Xterra Off Road V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

No more nissan in my garages. Keep your money in your pocket.

- , New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

problem #157

Apr 292013

Xterra V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

No serious problems with this 05 Xterra until just a week ago. Turns out the radiator was leaking coolant onto the transmission and Nissan gave me a $6200 quote to fix. I looked at the class action lawsuit and saw that radiators will now be replaced on xterras with less than 100,000 miles. I'm at 110k!!! This problem has going on for how many years without them notifying us with a recall. A $700 fix has turned into a $6200 fix. I loved this car and planned on buying another Xterra as my next vehicle when the style changed. I will never purchase anything Nissan again or ever recommend an Xterra. Actually, I will do the exact opposite. I will go onto every review page I can for Xterras and Pathfinders and let everyone know how Nissan really deals with their own inadequacies. Shame on you Nissan.

- , Platteville, CO, USA

problem #156

Apr 052013

Xterra LX 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

I cannot believe that Nissan has known about this problem and took no measures to notify people until it's too late. Water from the radiator and transmission combining to create such a mess. The car has been running fine until it started driving ruff and stalling. I had no previous knowledge like transmission slipping or anything. Now the transmission shop tells me the radiator is cracked and caused the transmission fluid to seep into the transmission. I am 65 years and live on a fixed income. I depend on this car to get me around. I cannot afford to pay $4,000 to have the transmission and the radiators replaced especially when the problem was not created by me. The least the Nissan Corporation can do is help me foot the bill. I am just beside myself especially to find out that this was a know problem. It's like the Toyota problem with the car speeding up. Do we have to wait until someone's car stalls like my did on the freeway and someone hits the back of the car and passengers are seriously hurt.

- , Temecula, CA, USA

problem #155

Apr 182013

Xterra S 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,520 miles

Have a 2005 Nissan Xterra, automatic V6. SES light came on, I have my own code reader and kept pulling the code P1706. P1706 is the code for the neutral safety switch. At this point I was not having any problems other than the SES light. Well 4 days ago, I went to drive to work and tried to start the engine and nothing happened. No sounds from the engine. I had power to all electronics. I had it towed to Nissan thinking it was just the neutral safety switch but turns out my radiator was leaking fluid into the transmission. New City Nissan in Hawaii informed me that I would need to replace the trans and radiator. But because my Xterra just hit it's 8 year mark in March 2013 and it was not fully covered in April. So I had to fork over my co-pay which was $2,500. My Xterra is still in shop as I type this. Hoping I can call Nissan and try and get them to cover it all.

- , Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #154

Aug 162012

Xterra ES 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

Since early 2007,my vehicle began having problems; check engine light on; air bag light on; gas tank light on; battery changed very often. The major problem began on July 2011 when my wife was driving home and the vehicle suddenly stop in middle of the road. At time the cost was $920.00 to replace a transmission's sensor. Again on August 16, 2012 the vehicle stop in way home. I took the vehicle to Nissan dealer they do a diagnostic and become known that the transmission's sensor was bad. They charged $212.00 for diagnostic and $1800.00 for parts and labor. Now on April 6, 2013 the vehicle become inoperable and the reason is because the radiator fluid and transmission oil were mixed and cause the transmission computer to become obsolete. The cost to replace both radiator and transmission is $4975.00. These amount of many is just out of my possibility. I have tried several times with Nissan Corporation Office and the answer is that they send a letter informing the customers of these vehicles that they extend warranty to 100000 MILES. All the answers were vague and well trained. Nissan company just do not want to accept the fact that these problem were cause by defective products from their own FACTORY. Why others companies made a recalls of any defective products and Nissan refuses to do the same? Nissan didn't even have the HONESTY to inform us about the defects in those vehicles Rather, they come with these "laboratory" excuses... SHAME ON THEM.

- , Kissimmee, Florida, USA

problem #153

Jan 302013

Xterra 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,778 miles

IN THE BEGINNING, THE MECHANIC BELIEVED IT WAS THE BRAKES. THERE WERE MORE VISITS AND THE DEALER SAID THAT HE WAS NOT AWARE OF A PROBLEM.

ENDED UP HAVING BOTH MY RADIATOR AND TRANSMISSION REPLACED TO THE COST OF $4500.

I HAVE REPLACED THE 2005 XTERRA. I HAVE PURCHASED A 2011, BUT, NOW THE DEALER ACKNOWLEDGED THE PROBLEM OF THE TRANSMISSION SO THEY HAVE PAID $3000 FOR THE REPAIR OF THE TRANSMISSION.

FINALLY, IT COST ME ABOUT $5000 MORE FOR MY XTERRA 2011.

I LOVE THE XTERRA BUT NOT THOSE WHO MAKE THIS CAR. NISSAN WILL LOSE ITS CUSTOMERS.

- , Québec, QUÉBEC, Canada

problem #152

Feb 062013

Xterra ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles

Car was not drivable and in shop for over a week. It has been nothing but trouble since reaching about 80,000 miles.

- , Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

problem #151

Mar 182013

Xterra 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

Apparently Nissan is aware of the problem - yet no recall.

Nissan Dealer's only fix to the problem is a new transmission and a new radiator, all for $5,100.

- , Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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