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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,000 miles

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2005 Nissan Xterra body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 192006

Xterra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles


I purchased an 05 Xterra in September. At about 6,000 miles it developed a squeak in the front end. I took it back to the dealership 5 times and the last time they were able to locate the noise and stop it. I asked the service writer what the problem was and she told me I didn't want to know. I pushed for an answer and was told that the frame on the passenger side front was not welded, causing the metal to rub together and squeak. She also told me that the washer fluid tank was rubbing the frame. The only thing written on my service order was the washer fluid tank. I don't know if my Xterra has a faulty frame or not. The consumer line for Nissan has a file number for me but I have made repeated attempts to get a call back from them with no response.

- Madison, GA, USA

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