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:
6,900 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2006 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 292008


  • 6,900 miles


Depending on the temperature (70 degrees F or below) the hydraulic support arm for the rear lift gate fails to hold the lift gate in the open position resulting in head and neck being struck by said lift gate. Please note that as the temp. Decreases - the lift gate support decreases. I have on several occasions spoke with various Nissan dealerships who have admitted this problem but refused to rectify the situation - "we have not received an official notification requiring a dealership to make the necessary repairs." Other owners of this model and year confirm my observations. With all the recent recalls being issued industry wide, maybe this problem will be addressed. Thank you.

- Seguin, TX, USA

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