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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,253 miles

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2005 Nissan Xterra drivetrain problems

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2005 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 182007

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles


At 24,000 miles the rear differential had to be replaced, it took over 6 weeks to get the part (it was replaced at 28,000 miles). Again at 42,000 it needs to be replaced same problem I was told 5 days to get the part it is going on 3 weeks and I was told just told it would be in by 7/9 I don't believe it. Attempted E-mails to nissian have never been answered. The car has never even been off the road. All highway miles! Nissan has a problem with the rear differential for sure and don't seem intrested in helping the consumer. This will be the last nissian I own. Very poor customer service.

- Lyndonville, VT, USA

problem #2

Jun 082005

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 23,808 miles
Differentials front and rear are under engineered and break extremely easily. Transfer case also wouldn't shift into 4 wheel drive.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #1

May 132007

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,950 miles
Differentials front and rear are under engineered and break extremely easily. Nissan would not warranty replacement despite many of failures and claimed it was not an engineering defect. Currently mine has a blown rear differential, and vehicle is not drivable..

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

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