CarComplaints.com 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.

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NCAP 5-Star Crash Test & Rollover Safety Ratings

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2005 Xterra 4-DR******************not tested
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IIHS Crash Test & Rollover Safety Ratings

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2005 Nissan Xterra 4-door SUV

Moderate Overlap FrontSmall Overlap FrontSideRearRollover
G Overall
G Head/Neck Injury
G Chest Injury
A Left Leg Injury
A Right Leg Injury
G Restraints
G Structure
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Not tested. M Overall
G Structure
Driver
M Head Protection
G Head/Neck Injury
P Torso Injury
G Pelvis/Legs Injury
Rear Passenger
M Head Protection
G Head/Neck Injury
G Torso Injury
G Pelvis/Legs Injury
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P Overall
G Geometry
P Dynamic
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A Overall
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Ratings only apply to the model and body or seat type tested. The date of manufacture and optional safety equipment can affect results. For full details see www.iihs.org.

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