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:
52,564 miles

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2005 Nissan Xterra lights problems

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2005 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 252014


  • miles


The license plate lights on the 2005 & 2006 Xterra are known to crack and melt causing failures. Replacing the bulb will not last due to the cracked housings. Nissan is no longer producing these lights. The lights were redesigned for 2007. In order to use the new style lights, you have to replace the rear bumper for the lights to fit. The rear bumper costs $683.20 for the part alone. The lighting is $40.20. You would have spend close to $1000 in parts and labor for working license plate lights that are factory. These costs are unacceptable to keep a vehicle in compliance..

- Boerne, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 142011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 105,127 miles
Rattle shake feel at 45 mph. Loosened transmission drain plug. Transmission fluid has antifreeze mixed with it.

- Burlington, NC, USA

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