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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,500 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra brakes problems

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2006 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 202015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for maintenance on the braking system. While driving away from the independent mechanic, several warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was diagnosed as having contaminant in the brake fluid. The contaminant caused the brake failure which in turn produced the brake and dvc warning signals to illuminate. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 106,000.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #3

Apr 282015


  • 45,000 miles
These vehicles seem to have a safety flaw. When depressing the brake pedal the amount of travel is such that it is a common occurrence to depress the gas pedal at the same time causing the car to lurch forward. I have had two different Nissan dealers (henderson, Nevada and boise, Idaho) inspect my vehicle and was told in both cases there is nothing that can be done...its the way the automobile was manufactured. During my last dealer inspection in boise, Idaho the mechanic brought a new 2015 model into the garage and put the two cars side by side. The difference in brake pedal travel was approximately 1/8 of an inch, so the problem has evidently never been addressed by the manufacturer. Today, my vehicle lurched forward when braking because the gas pedal was depressed while braking. It is paramount that one's foot is centered on the brake pedal; if your foot is off to the right side just a little, the gas pedal will be depressed while braking causing an unsafe situation. I have had many very close calls because of this issue.

- New Meadows, ID, USA

problem #2

Mar 162015


  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that while attempting to stop, the traction control, ABS, and vdc warning lights illuminated. The contact mentioned that there was pulsation when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 111,000.

- Manchester, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 312012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
I was going aprox. 15 mph on a straight way off of a dirt road and started to slow down before approaching a stop sign a little way from it, applied the brake like normal, when I heard my engine sound like the accelerator was being romped on, and realized it was in fact speeding up rapidly. I then started thinking fast, put my other foot on the brake too and pulled up the emergency brake. I knew I couldn't make the turn at the stop sign onto a hwy. I woke up after being unconscious for around three hrs. Due to several injuries caused by the airbag that apparently inflated at the first large tree impact. Proceeding to hit several others before it came to a stop and alot of shaking around and fortunately I had my seat belt on or otherwise would have been ejected thru the windshield on the last impact for sure hitting the largest tree of all, stopping me from entering into a creek about 5 feet away, when I was taken to the site the next day I still didn't realize just what happened, and could only remember that sound of the engine revving so loud while I was trying to slow down seeing the stop sign a ways up ahead and then realizing the vehicle did not want to slow down and was trying to accelerate more as I then was holding both feet on the brake and had pulled the emergency brake and knowing I would not be able to make that turn without rolling and was no where to go but straight if I couldn't get it to stop, and at that time it was going way faster than I was originally going quite a way before the stop sign only maybe 15mph when I applied the brakes as usual but it failed like others I have researched have done. There should have been a recall on this a long time ago, but Nissan has lost their honesty and blew off their responsibilities over very, very many probable failures that should have major alerts and recalls for the safety of human lives.

- Dover, AR, USA

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