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:
26,932 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Nissan Xterra transmission problems

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2006 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 232010


  • 42,001 miles


My 2006 Nissan Xterra clutch went out at 42000 miles on a busy highway. I gad noticed a little slippage and was planning on taking it in went it went out. After towing to dealer I was told that it would cost $2400 to fix. The pressure pads were shredded and caused pressure plate and fly wheel to have to be replaced also. The pressure plate and fly wheel should have been under warranty. I was told were and tear so no help. This clutch is undersize for engine.

- St Joseph, MO, USA

problem #4

Aug 042010


  • 27,661 miles
Vehicle slowed down on the freeway, took almost full power to maintain 20 mph speed.burning smell in cabin accompanied the loss of power. Vehicle towed to original dealer. After a day, he stated it was the manual clutch assembly. Vehicle has 27661 original miles, this is the second manual transmission/clutch failure since I bought the vehicle new in 2007. First failure occurred after only 7954 miles. First time, the dealer said he didn't have to cover repair under warranty ( "wear" parts), but did it anyway because they believed there were no "driver" issues, ie., part failure, not driver mis-use. As an aside, my wife and I have been driving manual transmission vehicles for 40 years apiece, and never had this problem. This time, two months out of warranty, dealer claimed Nissan would not cover the repair. $2100 later, I drove off the lot with a clutch pedal very much softer than when it was new. I test drove it with the repairing mechanic, he said he had adjusted the pedal play to factory spec, and the clutches should last 60-70000 miles (seems low to me-manual transmissions are usually bullet-proof with other manufactures ). mechanic replaced flywheel, clutch disc, cover assembly, bearing release and first shaft bushing. Awaiting response to appeal for cost coverage from Nissan. Multiple clutch failures reported on the internet (, facebook ) for same year/make. Believe a poor design/parts manufacturer is the cause of these failures, Nissan needs to recall and repair these vehicles.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 082009


  • 27,000 miles
Clutch failure at 27K miles, complete loss of power to vehicle in traffic.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #2

Nov 082008


  • 23,000 miles
I own a 2006 Nissan Xterra and the clutch failed at 23,000 miles. I recently had it repaired at my expense since it is considered a wearable part and not covered under warranty. The old clutch is in my possession. I am having a hard time believing this part failed due to my driving behavior. I travel mostly over flat lands, do not down shift to slow the vehicle, do not haul loads. The car has not been abused.....nonetheless I've driven 2 different makes also manual transmission for a total of 15 years before the Nissan and never had a clutch failure. Sounds shockingly similar to other experiences logged on this reputable forum. there is a trend here that Nissan must address. I am not convinced the clutch is repaired and will not fail again. I have logged complaints with Nissan Consumer Affairs, written letters to BBB, Nissan's vice president but no resolutions. This can be a potential hazard to a motorist.

- Parsippany, NJ, USA

problem #1

Aug 212007


  • 15,000 miles
I own an 06 Xterra with a six speed manual transmission when the vehicle had 24000 km I was driving on the highway when I pulled out to pass a Transport the clutch failed resulting in no throttle and I almost got crushed by the Transport I had just passed. I had the vehicle towed to the nearest dealership where I was told the clutch had shattered in eight pieces and that it was my fault cause I must tow alot. I don't even have a tow hitch. Then I was told it was because I do a lot of 4X4 offroad driving. Its been offroad once. They did not want to warranty the part I argued with them. They changed their story yet again now the clutch was worn out not shattered. So I asked for my worn out clutch they had told me it had been thrown in the garbage. Four days later they miraculously found it. It cost me $2,000 dollars to fix my truck and guess what its happened again at 49,000 km coincidence I think not. Its time to fight Nissan because U don't buy a new vehicle to put $2000 of your own money into it every 13 months and almost die in the process.

- Sault Ste Marie, 00, USA

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