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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.

1.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
177,045 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #14

May 032016

Xterra

  • 144,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle shook violently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the transmission and radiator failed and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 144,000.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #13

Apr 252016

Xterra

  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. While driving approximately 75 mph, the vehicle shifted into neutral on its own. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The contact coasted the vehicle to the side of the road and turned off the engine. The dealer diagnosed that the radiator fractured and contaminated the transmission. The failure recurred approximately six times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 152009

Xterra

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled and was unable to be restarted. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that there was contamination of radiator fluid and that the radiator and transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- White Springs, FL, USA

problem #11

Jan 102015

Xterra

  • 102,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact discovered that the fuel tank was empty and the fuel gauge displayed incorrect reading levels. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that there was radiator coolant inside the transmission. The transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the contact mentioned that the air conditioner and heating system became inoperable. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline). The failure mileage was 102,000.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #10

Jan 222016

Xterra

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the radiator leaked fluid onto the transmission and both components needed to be replaced. There were no warning indicators. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 112,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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problem #9

Apr 182015

Xterra

  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle lost power and stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to the Nissan dealer where it was diagnosed that radiator coolant and transmission fluid mixed together and caused the transmission to fail. The manufacturer was notified and diagnosed the failure as "power transmission cross train". the failure mileage was 118,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #8

Jan 282015

Xterra

  • 121,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. While driving at approximately 40 mph, the transmission failed and the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the radiator and the transmission failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 121,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Soddy Daisy, TN, USA

problem #7

May 062014

Xterra

  • 169,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the gear would not shift into reverse. An independent mechanic noticed that the transmission fluid was mixing with the coolant and the coolant was leaking into the transmission. The contact was informed that the transmission and radiator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 169,000.

- Cantonment, FL, USA

problem #6

May 022014

Xterra

  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the engine slipped out of gear and engaged from drive to neutral independently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who indicated that the radiator and transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000. Kmj

- Rohnert Park, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 142014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Car was not accelerating properly and was shaking. Took it to the shop. The radiator had failed allowing coolant into my transmission and ruining my transmission. Repair will cost $4102 + tax.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #4

Sep 132013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 1,000,350 miles

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

On 9/13/2013 I took my vehicle to alan webb Nissan to investigate some transmission slipping that I had experienced the previous day. On 9/16/2013 I was informed that my transmission had become contaminated with radiator coolant and my transmission and radiator would have to be replace at the cost of $5300 plus applicable tax. I was further informed that this was known problem with this generation vehicle but that Nissan only provided repair assistance for vehicles with less than 100K miles on them and I was therefor required to pay the full amount. It was only later through online research that I discovered that a class action lawsuit had been the only reason they provided any repair assistance. I also noted that the vastt majority of reported cases were for vehicles over the 100K mark. 1. if this was a known defect that affected millions of vehicles why wasn't Nissan forced to perform a recall and replace the radiators. 2. why was I not as a minimum informed of the defect when I purchased the vehicle with 74K miles on it. With less than 80K on them Nissan would repair the problem at their cost. 3. if the problems are not as a rule happening to vehicles until they go over 100K miles then why cap the assistance requirement. 4. now that it is recognized by the courts as a known failure why are the consumers paying anything to do these repairs whn it could have been avoided with a $200 radiator and an hours labor. I find this very dishonest that Nissan was not forced by the courts or the NHTSA to do a full recall or disclosure to owners. If so many vehicles are on the road which can have a major transmission failure at any time why hasn't the NHTSA forced Nissan to do something about it? this may not be as hazardous as fuel tanks rupturing but I would think that a vehicle that has a transmission failure at highway speeds should be of concern.

- La Center, WA, USA

problem #3

Jun 072012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 85,279 miles
On June 7, 2012, Nissan told me that my radiator failed causing my transmission to fail. I have 3 children ages 7 weeks to 5 yrs and count my self lucky that the problem was diagnosed before a potentially life threatening transmission failure on busy los angeles county streets or freeways. I was later appalled to find out that Nissan knew of the issue, but covered it up as evidenced in a NY times article dated 8/24/2011. The service advisor at the dealer informed me that my car situation was an issue that he had seen before. I am now being told that it will cost me $4000 for my car to be repaired due to a known defective radiator that would have cost a fraction of that to replace. I am still without a car after 11 days.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 132011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Xterra and driving my car it started driving like in neutral so I had my car towed and the shop told me there was a crack in the radiator hose that caused fluid to go into transmission and ruined it. I had my car towed to a Nissan dealer and they said yes they knew about this and had issued an extended warranty to 80,000 miles my car has 100,000 miles on it so it wouldn't be covered. I felt since they clearly had a design flaw in the radiator hose connection that could cause the transmission to give out and be dangerous it should have been a recall issue. It shouldn't matter how many miles you have on the car it was a defective design by Nissan and should have been corrected. All you have to do is search on the internet and you will find many many pages of complaints about this issue. I find it hard to believe that a car company could be aware of a design flaw that is more likely to occur than not but not stand behind the vehicle and take care of it regardless the miles. It is over $5,000 to fix and it is wrong for Nissan not to have recalled this. Why when it is repaired does the new radiator have a different hose connection?? because they know it was a defective design first time around. Just wrong, I will never buy another Nissan again.

- Bonney Lake, WA, USA

problem #1

Jul 142011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
My daughter (17 years old) was driving the 2006 Nissan Xterra and the transmission went inoperable and the vehicle would not move. No warning and no indication of failure. Nissan stated that the radiator leaked into the transmission and they would warranty it if it was under 80,000 miles. This vehicle has 87,000 miles and the dealer said that no warranty can be granted but they would be happy to take a $5000 charge to fix it.

- Littleton, CO, USA

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