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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,594 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra drivetrain problems

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2006 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 102011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


When I drive my 2006 Nissan Xterra and it hits around 2000rpms, or sometimes around 60 mph it starts to vibrate. It feels like it is coming from the rear but not sure. If I let off the gas a second it will go away. It doesn't do it all the time but often. I have had the tires checked and balanced. It feels like I am driving over rumble strips.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #3

Feb 142010


  • 53,000 miles
2006 Nissan Xterra: Steering column ("control unit") was defective causing shorts in break/turn lights, and most importantly, steering locking up in a turn, requiring me to fight to get the wheel to turn and avoid an accident. Mechanic indicated that the parts vendor said they get this a lot with Xterras!

- Fanwood , NJ, USA

problem #2

May 192007

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 13,135 miles
Failure of front differential while utilizing 4-wheel drive. Once 4X4 was disengaged, front differential would bind up violently, randomly, while driving. End result: Destroyed spider gears, replaced under warranty.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 142007

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 17,243 miles
Failure of 4 wheel drive power train due to failure of ABS sensor. This a dedicated off road vehicle with off road package installed by factory. The ABS system should not trump the 4 wheel drive and cause it to not engage. If I was far off road and 4 wheel drive system failed, I could be subject to serious injury or possibly death due to adverse weather conditions as I would have to walk and get help in prevailing weather conditions.

- Seattle, WA, USA

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