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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,000 miles

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2005 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 242008


  • 81,000 miles


The anchor pins for the assist cylinders on the rear hatch are rusting badly. I've told my wife not to open the hatch until the dealer can get in new parts we ordered. We asked the dealer is this has been a problem and they said no. Since we did not buy the extended warranty and mileage is 86000 this would not be covered under warranty. I contacted Nissan usa and got the same answer. The rear hatch is made from metal and is heavy. If one of these rusty pins fails the hatch will fall on someone's head. This should be a recall to check the pins for rusting and replaced if they are rusted. The new parts are redesigned and I wonder why the part was redesigned" 2005 was the first year of this body style so there may have been problems in some of the components used on this vehicle. The new parts are about $60 and I'll put them on. How much would it cost Nissan if this hatch falls on my wife"

- Alvin, TX, USA

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