Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,243 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 142007

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 17,243 miles


Failure of 4 wheel drive power train due to failure of ABS sensor. This a dedicated off road vehicle with off road package installed by factory. The ABS system should not trump the 4 wheel drive and cause it to not engage. If I was far off road and 4 wheel drive system failed, I could be subject to serious injury or possibly death due to adverse weather conditions as I would have to walk and get help in prevailing weather conditions.

- Seattle, WA, USA

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