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:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,000 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 122006


  • 12,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. When an occupant is seated in the passenger seat, the air bag indicator remains illuminated and is not activated for persons weighing 100 pounds. The dealer stated that the air bag was operating as designed and there was nothing to repair. The dealer will inform the contact on the weight requirements that need to be enabled for the indicator to dim. The failure and current mileages were 12,000.

- Villanova, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 092009


  • miles
Nissan is not willing to honor the recall on air bag crash sensor. I live in Nevada they say that road salt is not used in this state yet I work for the dept. Of transportations and personally ordered over 1000 tons of salt to be applied to the roads in my section alone this year. I have called them and they will not reconsider.

- Tonopah, NV, USA

problem #1

May 182007

Xterra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
I had a head on collision in the 2006 Nissan Xterra. While driving approximately 40 mph when I hit the side of a pickup truck. Neither the driver's or passenger's air bags deployed. The fire department said that with this type of impact they should have deployed. The Nissan body shop where the car was located also said they were shocked that with the extent of the damage that they didn't deploy.

- Arlington, TX, USA

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