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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,500 miles

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2005 Nissan Xterra suspension problems

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2005 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 012006


  • 7,500 miles


Steering wheel shakes between 55 and 75 mph, inconsistently but always somewhere in that range. Customer service at Nissan is non existent. They do not return calls, and are not concerned about customer safety dealers are A-holes, they do not serve their customers, only want to charge a lot of money and then 1/2 the time will not actually fix what was wrong. At least the one in Maryland which I go to (jones) I have heard of them taking your car in and actually taking parts off of it to put on somebody else's car, then putting bad parts back on your car and releasing it to you as well as not doing anything and charging hundreds of dollars as if they did do something. Crooks.

- Whiteford, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 142009


  • miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Xterra and had to get the axle or something under the truck welded and it sounds like the part that was recalled.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jan 012006


  • miles
My 2005 Nissan Xterra rear end bottoms out with 4 people in the truck on any kind of bumpy road.

- Marlborough, MA, USA

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