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:
105,000 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra body / paint problems

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2006 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 272013


  • 105,000 miles


Tried to open rear drivers side passenger door, and will not open from outside or inside of vehicle. Checked locks, opened with the key fob and internal unlock button and you can hear it disengage, yet door will not release. This is a the second time we've had this issue with a Nissan Xterra; once before on another Xterra, model year 2006 as well, and now this 2006 that we purchased used 4 years ago. If this were to happen and not know it; and had to vacate the vehicle in a hurry; would present a safety issue in that most times our children are in this rear seat. That it has happened on two separate vehicles we've owned, the prior one it happened within the factory warranty time, and now this one, and upon reading about it online, it is happening to others with this model year. We were told it was the actuator on the other one, but seems to be a part that is an issue, and not necessarily based on the age of the vehicle.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

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