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:
64,533 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2006 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 222014


  • 135,000 miles


I had all four hankook dynapro atm tires from this batch replaced for tread separation. I originally purchased these tires in March of 2010. I had two of them replaced in April of 2013 (the separation on the two tires were so bad that they would not let me leave the shop with them.), then the blowout in September of 2014 then the final replacement in February of this year. All of these tires were replaced due to these defective tires. I replaced these tires with the same product thinking I just got a bad batch of tires. But when showing the guys at the discount tire what happened to the tire and car when the tread blew off the tire and the 2500 damage that was caused to the SUV, they felt that that was a defective product and that I needed to file a claim with hankook. They helped me get the claim started. I was contacted by juan britos who asked me to send in an estimate from a repair company which I did. A few days later I received a letter stating that the claim was denied due to "prolonged operation of the tire in an under-inflated state" this claim is simply untrue. I commute quite a few miles a week. I am very conscious of the pressure of my tires. I do this for economic reasons I know keeping properly inflated tires improves mpg. This is why I keep a tire pressure gage in the door of my car and check it regularly. I also keep an air compressor in my car to inflate any under inflated tires, this is also an automatic shut off compressor that shuts off at the set psi. I keep my tires at a range of 35-40 psi. I also have a TPMS system in my vehicle that would warn me of any low pressure issues.

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #2

Aug 162014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Nissan Xterra. Consumer writes in regards to transmission issues. The dealer inform the consumer the radiator and transmission needed to be replaced, because coolant was leaking into the transmission. The consumer also stated it felt as though the tires were slipping when taking off from a stop.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #1

Oct 132008


  • 58,600 miles
I purchased this Xterra in may of 2006. In the past 8 weeks I have had to have my 06 Nissan Xterra towed to the dealer six times for the same issue of not starting. The first time I was told I was out of gas. Since then, I've been told the security module had gone bad, I had corrosion on the battery terminal causing it to go in to stolen mode, the fuel pump had gone bad (replaced twice), and the wiring harness to the fuel pump had a short in it (replaced twice). The dealer says they have not been able to replicate the problem and want to give me my car back without actually finding out the real issue. This is my family vehicle and I do not do any towing or off-road with it. Prior to these issues, my transmission went out at 11K miles and left me stranded on the side of an interstate for over 3 hours while I waited for a tow truck, and have had to have the fuel gauge sensor, catalytic converter, and tire pressure sensors replaced.

- Johns Island, SC, USA

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