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Radiator Leak Causes Transmission Failure
2005 Nissan Xterra (Page 1 of 16)
This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Nissan dealer.
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.
- Typical Repair Cost:
- Average Mileage:
- 106,250 miles
- Total Complaints:
- 307 complaints
Most Common Solutions:
- new radiator and transmission rebuild (89 reports)
- replaced radiator and transmission (51 reports)
- not sure (41 reports)
- replace transmission (35 reports)
- new radiator, transmission, and flush fluids (34 reports)
- replace radiator and transmission (28 reports)
- Nissan XTerra Problems - This site tells about all the problems we have had with our nissan xterra
- Nissan Xterra Transmission Lawsuit - Class Action regarding radiator defect that results in transmission failure.
- Nissan Cracked Radiator And Transmission Problems - A description of the problem and actions you can take.
A D V E R T I S E M E N T S
Well I guess I am one of the luckier ones that my Xterra lasted until 133,000 miles before the Strawberry Milkshake of Death happened. What a way to start a Monday morning! On my way to work, felt a slight rumble as I tried to start up again after sitting at a traffic light and then lost all momentum. I knew right away it was the transmission. I was lucky enough to be one to get the Timing Chains (which is another big known problem with Xterras) switched before my warranty ran out but not with this problem.
I really wish Nissan would have recalled this mess knowing that the problem existed. I really love this vehicle, its a shame.
- Jen H., Seattle, WA, US