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:
91,055 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 292010

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles


My 2005 Xterra with 82K miles started vibrating badly when accelerating over 50mph. It felt like I was driving over rumble strips. I called Nissan assist on 12/29/2010 and was told my radiator had failed, leaked into the transmission and totally destroyed it. My only option was a $4600 replacement of the radiator and transmission. The Nissan assist guy then told me that Nissan knew about the problem, but instead of issuing a recall, they simply extended the warranty from 60K to 72K miles (this was an error on his part, because the extension was actually to 80K miles). Regardless, it didn't apply to me because I was at 82K miles. Nissan is trying to ease the pain with extending the warranty however, they make no attempt to contact you about it. You either need to find it yourself or your screwed.

- Bohemia, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 182010


  • 100,110 miles
My car would shut off everytime I went over a bump. The repair guy said it was the computer that went out in my care. Then 2 months later my engine went out and my catalytic converter. My vehicle almost stopped in the middle of the busy freeway.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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