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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,495 miles

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2007 Nissan Xterra drivetrain problems

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2007 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments (Page 5 of 9)

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problem #90

Jan 062014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 98,560 miles


Radiator cracked leaking coolant into the transmission.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #89

Jul 202011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • miles
At about 1200 RPM I start to feel a vibration which I think is coming from the transmission. Once I get above 1500 RPM it quits and resumes normal driving condition. I did have my transmission filter and fluids changed right after this started. The mechanic did tell my that the fluid appeared to be milky and he said that he had heard about this problem in some Nissan vehicles. He also said he knew about the transmission coolers in the radiator becoming faulty and would cause radiator fluid (antifreeze) to mix in with the transmission through the transmission lines. There was no symptoms that alerted me before hand, it just happened and I knew there was an issue, took it to my mechanic and discovered what I mentioned above. Please inform me what I may be able to do. Thanks

- Gentry, AR, USA

problem #88

Sep 082014


  • 109,574 miles
Car will not upshift sometimes seems electrical.

- Providence Forge, VA, USA

problem #87

Aug 122014


  • 101,500 miles


My 2007 Nissan Xterra came on with a check engine light and over drive indicator light stayed on. Obdii code for check engine light was P0700 transmission control system tcs malfunction. The transmission would no longer use 1st, 2nd, or 3rd gear. Reverse, neutral, and drive could still be selected but when in drive it was in 4th gear only. Took it to the Nissan dealership and they told me that coolant from the radiator was leaking into the transmission and this was a common issue that the service department had seen before many times now. They informed me that I was 1500 miles over warranty and that I would have to contact Nissan customer care. That is when I discovered that there was a class action lawsuit for this problem against Nissan because this was a known defect for 2005-2010 Xterras and they wouldn't do a recall. Now Nissan is telling me there is nothing they can do for me and they will charge me $7500 for parts and labor to replace the transmission, radiator, lines and fluid. That is outrageous as my 2007 Xterra only values at $8000. I was never notified when I bought this SUV in August of 2012 that it was part of a class action lawsuit and in the 2 years I have owned I have never been notified by Nissan of a settlement that could have alerted me to have this checked sooner before transmission failure happened. I also wouldn't have bought the car if I had known there was a known issue with the radiator leaking into the transmission that Nissan is not willing to recall for. Now I am trapped with a loan on a lemon I cant drive and cant afford to fix.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #86

Aug 072014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Engine coolant and transmission fluid mixing causing overheating and transmission failures.

- Okatie, SC, USA

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problem #85

May 242013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 101,052 miles
Transmission failure due to engine coolant from leaking coiling system.

- Lithia Springs, GA, USA

problem #84

Jan 012014


  • 114,000 miles


The first time I noticed something wrong with the transmission, the vehicle would make a large vibrating sound at random times. This would keep getting worse until I had to bring it to a shop, overall just about a week. I was told the transmission and radiator fluids were mixing and that I needed a fluid flush a long with a new radiator. About 6 months later, my car just wouldn't start one morning. I take it to the shop again, hoping it is just a minor fix this time. This time there is something wrong with the transmission and computer system. Luckily I wasn't driving when this happened, otherwise who knows what damage it would have caused to the car or to me.

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #83

Sep 072013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 96,400 miles
Nissan sent a warranty notification letter that the radiator could crack and leak into the transmission. The letter stated the warranty ran out at 80K miles. They would not replace the radiator and transmission until there was an actual problem. I didn't start having problems until about 96K miles. When I brought it in to the dealer, I was told it would cost me $3000 my part to fix it and they would cover the rest. I have not been able to afford to make the repair at this time. Nissan knew the part was bad and still did nothing to correct the problem.

- Maynardville, TN, USA

problem #82

Jun 142014


  • 102,000 miles
A defect caused a crack in the transmission radiator which leaked fluid into the transmission causing unexpected catastrophic transmission failure.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #81

May 232014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 161,000 miles
I pulled on to the interstate on which the speed limit was 65 mph, and my Xterra would not shift past second gear or go above 35 mph. Cars were flying by me and those entering interstate behind me were unable to get around me due to the high volume of vehicles on the interstate passing us. I turned on my flashers and limped it to the next exit to get off the interstate. The transmission failed due to coolant being leaked into it. This issue has been investigated and a class action lawsuit settled. However, it was only up to $100,000 miles and I can no longer be part of that lawsuit. I never received notification of an issue with my make and model vehicle. This issue is continuing to happen to other Xterra owners and putting others at risk. Nissan knows about the problem but refuses to take any action to correct it. In fact, according to my mechanic, the valve needed to correct the problem is on back order with Nissan due to the high volume needed for repairs. Apparently, they cannot keep up with production of them.

- Millington, TN, USA

problem #80

Jun 092014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


Radiator leaked into the transmission.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #79

May 312014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 107,949 miles
Transmission failure while merging in rush hour traffic. Vehicle suddenly dropped out of gear, then stuck in low gear without warning. Vehicle had to be pulled off the freeway immediately to avoid causing accident.

- Auburn, WA, USA

problem #78

Jun 072014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 139,000 miles
I purchased a 2007 Nissan Xterra 200 miles away from my home and while driving it home the vehicle transmission stopped working properly. The vehicle drove ok at highway speeds but once I slowed, to in town speeds, the vehicle lost the gears ability to drive the vehicle. If this occurred to me while on the highway I could have been in a much greater danger. This more than likely has occurred to others that own these types of vehicles, putting them in a very unsafe environment. If there was fluid loss or overheating it could lead to a vehicle fire as well. I would like a recall to occur for the transmission/radiator crossover to the 2005-2010 Nissan - Xterra, pathfinder, and frontier.

- Grand Canyon, AZ, USA

problem #77

Jun 122014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • miles
My transmission is ruined because both the radiator antifreeze and the transmission fluid have mixed. My wife could have had a serious accident.

- Duxbury, MA, USA

problem #76

May 072014


  • 111,000 miles
This week my sons 2007 Nissan Xterra would not start and we had it towed to a Nissan dealership near his college in scranton pa. Yesterday we were informed that the transmission and radiator need to be replaced, at a cost of around $5000! this is shocking because my son insists that he noticed nothing amiss with the operation of his truck until it he was unable to start it. After spending 10 minutes on the internet, I learned about the Nissan transmission class action lawsuit. We have been religious in terms of scheduled maintenance, and overall care of the vehicle. We were not aware of the cooling/transmissions problems plaguing Nissan trucks. In addition, I have had the vehicle serviced at two separate Nissan dealerships, one in New York and another now in pa. It is disgraceful that neither Nissan dealership mentioned anything! this morning I contacted Nissan corporate and was told that since the vehicle is over 100,000, there is nothing they can do for us. I do not have $5000 and do not know what to do with my sons Nissan. As others have mentioned in postings, there likely many others with vehicles over the 100,000 marker, now just experiencing the negative effects of the defective manufacturing by Nissan. There should be a second class action suit filed against Nissan!!!

- Atlantic Beach, NY, USA

problem #75

Dec 182013


  • 125,000 miles
Radiator leaked into transmission just after 100,000 miles. So why didn't Nissan tell us this was going to happen?

- Sun City, AZ, USA

problem #74

Feb 192014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 119,863 miles
First noticed a stuttering when driving and a clunking sound when moving the shifter from park to reverse to drive in February. Also experienced no heat and over heating in March. Upon repair of thermostat, draining the radiator showed an accumulation of thick grey gunk in the coolant. Thermostat seal itself was melted. Had dealer evaluate clunking sound and they diagnosed it as intermix (the problem identified by the coolant) a manufacturing defect in the radiator/transmission cooling components that allows the coolant to contaminate the transmission fluid causing transmission damage. As a result of class action lawsuit, dealership explained that mileage was over the Nissan warranty limit of 100,000 even though the problem did not manifest until almost 120,000 miles. Recommended fix was in stages - 1) replace radiator and transmission flush $1200++ 2) if problem is not solved, replace transmission $4000++ have talked with Nissan corporate to no avail. Case # is [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Woodland Park, CO, USA

problem #73

Apr 252014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
There is a known service problem and bulletin on defective timing chain guides that cause a chain to skip, break lose, or break causing the vehicle to go into a high speed stall. My is just grinding, will repair, but Nissan is well aware of this problem and won't participate in a solution.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #72

Dec 302013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
I have a 2007 Nissan Xterra which started to "stutter" and hesitate when pressing the gas. The car almost felt like it was shutting off while on I-4 highway. The shuts down and wont start. I had the car checking and found out that there was a crack in my radiator and that the fluid had leaked over into the transmission. I had the radiator replaced, a few months later, transmission is still not working. I took the car to Nissan, they told me I would have to replace the whole transmission which would run about $5200. I called the Nissan headquarters and was told that there was nothing they could do because my truck was at 109,000 miles.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #71

Dec 022013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
The radiator leaked and the coolant went into the transmission and now has totally screwed up the transmission to the point of having to replace it and the radiator. Nissan knows about this problem and will not make a recall on either parts which is completely wrong.

- Rocky Mount , VA, USA

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