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:
20,100 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Nissan Xterra transmission problems

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2005 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 162006

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 2,800 miles


The clutch first failed at 2800 miles. Nissan replaced it but told me it was bad driving. I have had a clutch my entire life. The second failure was at 52000 miles. Nissan told me it was out of warranty so I had it replaced elsewhere with oe parts. It just failed again at 78000 miles and again they said it was out of warranty. I will now have the fourth clutch installed and am looking at other than oem equipment.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 182011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 21,500 miles
6 months ago, I begun to lose my hand brake that was slipping on an upgrade. Had it adjusted with my local mechanic. It worked again after the adjustment. Notice about 2 months ago that even on a level ground the hand brake was slipping. Since I have 6 spd manual trans, would just leave vehicle on 2nd or 1st gear to prevent the car from moving at park. Had the hand brakes checked and even had new brake shoes on hand if it needed to be replaced. Mechanic discovered that differential gear fluid was sipping out of the 2 wheel seals and have caked on the brake shoes and surrounding area. The tech discovered that the release pressure valve located on the upper passenger side was clogged and not releasing pressure of gear oil as the vehicle travels. Gear oil had no place to go but through the wheel differential seals. It would take a lot of work to replace the wheel seals as the 2 rear axles have to be pulled out and differential gear box have to be opened to unlock the 2 axles. Tech removed the pressure release valve and installed hose in place of the spring cap to release pressure as temporary fix. Hopefully wheel seals are not broken. Will use vehicle in meantime to see of diff wheel seals need not be replaced with the pressure release valve in open position. Accident can happen should vehicle run out of gear oil and ruin gear box that has the drive shaft attached. Pls let me know of similar incident. Thank you for looking into this. That price of that pressure release valve can only cost less than $20 from a dealer in my estimate.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 072010


  • 36,000 miles
Clutch replaced at 36,000miles.

- Edina, MN, USA

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