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:
12,000 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 #1

Sep 302006

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles


I have a 2006 Nissan Xterra off road edition. It is a manual and I paid for the $700 for the extra airbags. They are side impact/rollover air curtain airbags. Nissan advertises this vehicle as an off road vehicle, this was one of the main reasons I got this vehicle, to go off roading in. I have 12,000 miles on my Xterra. On September 30th I was heading up to the mountains to go 4 wheeling. I was on a dirt road that took me to the trail head of this 4X4 trail. On this dirt road my airbags went off. Both side impact airbags went off, thankfully not the front airbags. There was no reason for my airbags to go off. There was no accident or impact and my car wasn't sideways or rolled over. I brought the car to a Nissan dealer that Monday, Oct. 2nd, 2006. The reason I'm filing a complaint is it took Nissan 30 days to even say they would fix it under warranty. I have tried and still fail to see how it would even be an issue that this wouldn't be covered under warranty. Also, Nissan claims the airbags worked properly and that they are only fixing them out of good will. If these airbags worked properly, then I feel Nissan has a defective product and they should do a recall or find a way to disconnect this side curtain airbags. Nissan claims that the sensors detected a rollover. If you look at my car there is no damage, and I know my car wasn't sideways or anything that it could have been close to flipping over, but I have no way to prove it. I was on a dirt road that was rough and bumpy, but there was no off-camber angles that could have made my airbags go off. Knowing that the airbags worked the way they were supposed to, according to Nissan, I am scared to drive my Xterra in fear that they will go off again. I truly believe Nissan has major problem with these airbags and this is why I'm filing a complaint. My girlfriend was with me and didn't suffer any major injuries, but was beaten up pretty bad and sore for a few days after the incident.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

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