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:
36,000 miles

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2005 Nissan Xterra suspension problems

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2005 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 292010


  • 53,000 miles


During inspection was told that front hub bearing failed. Nissan unable to get part due to high volume of replacements making me think that this is a common defect. In fact my truck is off road until new part is manufactured. Vehicle is 2005 Nissan Xterra fwd.

- Keene, NH, USA

problem #1

Feb 162010


  • 19,000 miles
2005 Nissan Xterra purchased in 2006 with 19,000 miles current mileage 59,000. After the purchase I noticed that when the truck hits ruts on the highway it will follow them. At times the truck feels completely uncontrollable. About two weeks ago the truck caught ruts that threw me into the other lane no amount of correction could stop it. Had there been a car next to me there would have been an accident. When I asked the dealer to investigate my safety concerns they wanted to charge me money rather than address my safety concerns. My research in 2006 showed a lot of complaints on Xterra web sites about steering issues but the owners wrote them off as being the nature of the beast 4WD. VIN available on request I do not have with me. I have owned a 2000 Ford F250 4X4 and two 4X4 Ford Ranger 02 and 04, none of them ever caught the ruts in the road. None of my other current vehicles have rut problems either with twice the mileage, 90 Geo 152,000, 92 stealth tt 150,000 and a 67 skylark 96,000, all have original front end parts.

- Denver, CO, USA

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