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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,766 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 102010

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 42,531 miles


2006 Nissan Xterra. Consumer states fuel gauge failed to work the consumer stated the failure occurred because of a faulty fuel level sender. Also, the serpentine belt was replaced. Recently, the consumer had to replace the timing chains on the vehicle. The replacement was required, because of the premature failure of the tensioners that held the timing chain in place. The consumer stated it was obvious, the premature failure of the adjusters were caused by wear and cracks on the parts. Updated 06/10/13

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #1

Mar 292007

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Engine tapping noise in engine on cold start as well as chirping noise. We noticed a tapping noise in the engine on our 2006 Xterra. It has 14,000 plus miles. The noise has now become more pronounced everyday. In the morning when we start the vehicle we've heard the noise since March 30, 2007. I have documented the vehicle's problem on video, and even showed it to the service manager. Also, I have gone to and found some solution and symptoms to my problem. However, even with video and documentation proof the service manager and dealership have ignored to fix the vehicle. The service manager wants to hear it live for himself before doing anything. This morning the second in command service manager told me that I was not welcomed to the dealership anymore. I told him I bought the vehicle here, it's under warranty, there is no way I'm going to drive out of my way to get another dealership to fix the problem. The problem still exists. I called another dealership in town and sure enough there seems to be many issues with the chirping of belt or tension item related. The tapping noise I believe is as noted on

- Concord, NC, USA

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