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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
109,801 miles

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2005 Nissan Xterra windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2005 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 032011


  • 68,602 miles


I noticed that the rear view mirror was wobbling side to side while driving. At a stop light I attempted to adjust it. When I touched it the rear view mirror detached from the windshield. At first I thought that the adhesive had failed, but upon further inspection, I found that the glass itself had chipped out. This rear view mirror is equipped with an electronic compass so it has an electrical cord. I had to drive for several minutes with the mirror swinging from this cord. At the next stop light I was able to disconnect the electrical cord and take the mirror down completely. So there is a hunk of glass still stuck to the mirror mount and a crater in the windshield where this hunk of glass used to be. The crater is approximately 1.5" long by 1" wide by 0.093" deep. This occurred in a Nissan Xterra SE equipped with a rockford fosgate sound system with subwoofer. When the subwoofer is in use at high volumes the rear view mirror does experience significant vibration. As an engineer, my concern with this failure is that during a crash if the rear view mirror detaches it becomes a projectile and has the potential to cause injury to passengers. (I was in a car crash in 1983 in which the rear view mirror in a Oldsmobile cutlass supreme detached and hit a rear seat passenger in the head before proceeding out the rear window.)

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 232010


  • 151,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph the sun visor on both the passenger and driver side had fallen almost causing a crash to occur. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer to have the sun visor replaced and the dealer stated that they were unable to offer any assistance. The contact stated this was a safety defect and wants the manufacturer be responsible for the repairs. The failure mileage was 151,000.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

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