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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,000 miles

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2005 Nissan Xterra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 202011


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the front passenger air bag off sensor was illuminated with the passenger seat occupied. The contact stated that the warning light had been constantly flashing since February 20, 2011. She called her local dealer and was advised that her vehicle was not included in the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 08V690000 (air bags:frontal). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 122,470.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #3

Feb 242010


  • 50,000 miles
Defective airbag sensor for 2005 Nissan Xterra. Recall on NHTSA id # 08V690000, dated 12/18/2008. Had sensor replaced by Nissan dealership on April 9 or 10, 2009. On 02/24/2010 airbag lights for driver and passenger came on, owners manual states the airbag is non-operational and needs serviced. Will this be on the prior recall" will this be a new recall? will I need to take responsibility due to a prior recall"

- Valley Bend, WV, USA

problem #2

Feb 112006

Xterra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On February 11, 2006, I was driving not far from my house, when my vehicle suddenly lost control. We rolled five times before we hit the first tree. We went right over that tree. Then we rolled another three times before we were stopped by a chain link fence with a eucalyptus tree. My airbags did not go off. My vehicle was totaled.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 042005

Xterra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
On Nov. 4th 2005, I was driving my 2005 Nissan Xterra at about 40 miles per hour. A deer ran into the road. I applied my brakes but hit the deer. My airbag light came on but my airbag did not deploy. The car was taken to amm collision and over $3500 worth of damage was done. The airbag harness wire was cut during the accident. At this time, we are unsure if the airbag should have deployed or would have deployed if the wire wouldn't have been cut. I spoke with the dealership in austin tx and the service dept guy indicated that the airbag should have gone off with a 35 mph hit. I am just trying to find out if anyone else had this issue. Is this a safety issue. At this time, Nissan doesn't have the part to replace it in my car. I can't drive my car due to this safety issue.

- Dripping Springs, TX, USA

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