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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,002 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Nissan Xterra suspension problems

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2006 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 192014


  • 55,000 miles


The wheel hub assembly failed prematurely, left at 55000 and the right at 62000 miles.

- Tallmadge, OH, USA

problem #4

Dec 212012


  • 93,000 miles
When the fuel gauge gets close to 1/4 tank it will drop down to empty and the check engine light comes on.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #3

May 022010


  • 72,000 miles
While traveling at a speed of 60, the vehicle began to shake. After new tires, rotation of the tires, new U-joints, it still shakes very bad. Now I am told it is the "drive shaft" that is "warped" which is going to cost another $800. The garage has removed the drive shaft and now it does not shake. But I will need to replace in order for the 4 wheel drive to work. The vehicle has 72,000 miles.

- Gardner, MA, USA

problem #2

Jan 162007


  • 15,000 miles
2006 Xterra. Bought new, after one year of ownership had four people in it and rear bottom out. Has done this many times. Dealership first said it was only mine, no other complaints from no one else, then replaced shocks, rear leaf springs. Had them drive others on lot and all did the same thing. Nissan sent out a dealer rep, only to say I hit the dip in the road to fast. This is not only a cover up from a bad design from Nissan, but it is a safety issue to at 65 miles an hour and you bottom out you could loose control. Are you going to be able to stop the SUV when the shock mounts break and or the leaf springs break, how about after many times of the impact on the axel do to the bump stops hitting it are the axles going to have problems?

- Powhatan, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 092005

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10 miles
I purchased my car(Xterra 2006 off road VIN [xxx] ) from darcars of indianola Inc., on November 9, 2005. On the same day (the car had only 10 miles) I noticed the steering had a problem. When I driven over 60 mph is hard to control the car(wiggles). I took the car to different Nissan dealer for repairs but the car still the same the car has over 13.000 miles now. Updated 07/12/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Burke, VA, USA

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