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:
85,143 miles

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2007 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #21

Mar 272013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that while driving 68 mph the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The contact was informed that radiator fluid had leaked into the transmission and both the transmission and the radiator would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified but stated that due to the mileage of the vehicle, they would not assist in the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 113,000...updated 04/18/13

- Dublin, CA, USA

problem #20

Sep 152012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Antifreeze leaking into transmission from faulty radiator.

- Summersville, KY, USA

problem #19

Feb 152013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
While accelerating, merging onto a major highway, and without warning the vehicle lost power lunged forward and started making a loud grinding noise. I was nearly hit from behind by a vehicle having the right-of-way before I could get to the shoulder of the road. The vehicle was towed to and was diagnosed by a mechanic as having "cross contamination of transmission fluid and antifreeze due to transmission intercooler failure". this incident has been reported to and dismissed by Nissan as not being a frequent problem for them.

- Avondale, PA, USA

problem #18

Feb 202013


  • 82,715 miles


Driving my vehicle, the transmission started to drag, I then called the dealer and brought it right in and found that the radiator was leaking into the transmission and it was going to cost 6,600 dollars to repair. I complained that it was too much money. The dealer brought it down to 2,500 dollars to fix. Then I find out if it had happened before 80,000 miles it would have been covered. This is not right as Nissan knew this was an issue with these vehicles because of a poor design on there part. As a consumer I feel I was taken. What would have happened if my vehicle stopped working in the middle of a highway or a deserted road. Please have Nissan own up to the product they are selling.

- Dracut, MA, USA

problem #17

Feb 112013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 92,161 miles
My 2007 Nissan Xterra began to experience a rumble strip like affect apparently due to a defect in the radiator having a leak into the transmission and causing a transmission to begin to fail. This seems to be a common problem and should be a recall on Nissan part I was forced to pay 3000 dollars for a co-pay to fix this problem and it seems this should be a recall as it is a known defect.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #16

Feb 062012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 87,700 miles
My transmission starting slipping. The problem was that the radiator cracked and allowed anti-freeze to leak into the transmission. Our winters are very snowy, icy and cold leaving me without heat and in a dangerous situation in wintry conditions.

- Somerset, PA, USA

problem #15

Jan 232013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 91,143 miles


Coolant mixes with transmission fluid and causes car to shudder and fail. This causes a situation in traffic that could cause a crash.

- Pa, PA, USA

problem #14

Jan 152013


  • 104,000 miles
I took my Nissan to the dealership for inspection for radiator/transmission defect. The dealership indicated no way of knowing if my vehicle is one of the ones where this part will fail. Is this true?

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #13

Nov 012012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 99,953 miles
Strong vibration and noise from the transmission and the transmission slips for time periods up to 10 seconds. Happens repeatedly. Upon later examination by the dealership, they say that radiator leaks coolant into the transmission causing it to be destroyed and requiring replacement.

- Venetia, PA, USA

problem #12

Apr 072012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 81,566 miles
My Nissan which I loved originally when I purchased it brand new has been nothing but problems and I have maintained it and serviced it faithfully. I had taken my truck for service twice prior to this incident for regular maintenance and nothing was detected as far as the radiator cracking. This is what causes the transmission to go. The first time I went for service it was still under warranty nothing was said. The second time at 80588 another service was done basic oil change and tire rotation supposedly everything checked out fine each time a multi point inspections was done. I imagine this includes placing the vehicle on the diagnostic computerized machine. Well, shortly after this is when my major problems began. My vehicle began to vibrate as if I was on the highway riding on the shoulder were the warning strips with the grids vibrates your car when you go over onto them. I related the vibration to the recent tire rotation I checked the tires made sure nuts were tight and nothing was off; everything checked out fine. The awkward vibration continued so I scheduled an appointment with my local Nissan dealer and that"S when I got the devastating news a whopping $7371 in repairs for a cracked radiator and damaged transmission. There were no warning signs what so ever no engine light, no overheating, and no smell of antifreeze. Nissan is fully aware of the problem and so are the dealers. Nothing was said to me with prior visits and they quickly knew what the problem was and were certain of the problem. These dealers are definitely aware and making money off innocent consumers for these unjust out of pocket repairs. Where is the justice in all of this"

- Pemberton , NJ, USA

problem #11

Nov 242011

Xterra 6-cyl Diesel

  • 110,000 miles


Coolant leak into transmission. Common problem to design flaw. Costly $5,000+ repair.

- Chardon, OH, USA

problem #10

Dec 012011


  • miles
Timins chains wear down too easily.

- Warrenton, VA, USA

problem #9

Dec 012011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 145 miles
My check engine son light came on, I went to autozone and I was told the error code stated fuel sending unit/sensor. I was told that Nissan recommends you keep a half a tank of gas in the tank. My Xterra guage is very unpredictable 90% of the time even when I fill the tank up the guage doesn't register, and it's stuck on E with the gas light on constantly, which has caused me a single mother of 3 to run out of gas twice. I have done some research and found that there was a voluntary recall, but I've been told that there wasn't. I also live in a city where there is emissions testing which I can't pass because of the check engine light, I cannot receive my vehicle tag, which means I can't work or drive. I would like this sensor replaced at no charge to me because as reading online there has been 53,000 people with the same issue. I would like to know what are my options and the next step I can take to get this resolved.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #8

Oct 032011


  • 45,000 miles
My car 2007 Nissan Xterra started to make a revving noise under the hood on Sunday 10/2/2011. The next day I was on the highway on my way home from work when the check engine light came on. I cautiously drove the min speed limit to the mid-city Nissan dealership which was less than 2 miles away at this point. The next day, mid-city Nissan informed me that I needed the timing chain repaired asap. This sight isn't the better business bureau so I'll save you the extraneous lies Nissan tried to sell me so they didn't have to fix my car which was under 46000 miles and still under extended Nissan factory warranty. Not wanting to spend $2000 on a car that I am still paying for and is still considerably new at 46000 miles. So I called my trusted neighborhood mechanic to look at it. He concluded that the guards on the secondary belt are worn away and it need to be replaced. Looking into "timing chains on Nissan trucks" becomes quite a fruitful search when browsing the internet. Right now there is a service bulletin for defective engines in trucks like mine. This is the first truck I've owned and I believed that the high pitched whining sound coming out of the engine was normal for such a big, powerful car. I'm afraid that the engine has sounded like this for the last few thousand miles. I feel if it's such a widespread problem among Nissan truck owners, it could one day result in someones engine stalling on the highway. Thank goodness it wasn't me. Nissan needs to address this problem and there should be a recall on these engine parts.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

Aug 172011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 72,850 miles
No failure occurred, though while at the dealership for replacement of a faulty factory part, I was informed of another failing factory part (the timing chain guides) that was a well known and documented problem that Nissan failed to address for its consumers. The cost of the repair was estimated at $1533.64.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #6

Oct 032011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 76,500 miles
Service engine light came on then fuel gauge no longer works. Seems to be a recurring problem in Nissan.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #5

Jan 062011


  • 93,348 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the fuel pump would need to be replaced. The fuel pump was replaced. The contact was then told that the vehicle was also running roughly and the intelligent power distribution module was replaced. The failure did not recur. The failure mileage was 93,348 and the current mileage was 94,800. Updated 03/15/11 updated 1/5/12

- Chino Valley, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jul 072007


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. The contact was driving approximately 35-40 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and it was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The dealer made repairs to the vehicle however, the contact stated that the vehicle was in worse condition after repairs. The steering wheel was extremely loose, the fuel level gauge was not operating, the tire pressure warning gauge indicator remained illuminated and occasionally, the vehicle would fail to start. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer but was not repaired. The contact stated that there were several recalls repairs made to the vehicle but he was not sure which recall repairs were performed. The failure persisted and the vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 29,000 and the current mileage was 63,700.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 012007


  • 1,000 miles
Vdc and slip light come on together at random start up times and will stay on until the motor is turned off. After I turn the motor off, the next time it is turned on just the vdc light will be on. Eventually this will turn off when driving. This has been happening since I bought my 2007 Nissan Xterra and I have taken it in to be fixed twice. Both times a sensor was adjusted, but did not fix the problem. Now that it is out of warranty, the dealership tells me it will cost $1000 to fix"!"!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 032010


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. While driving at approximately 55 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated. The fuel level gauge dropped from three quarters full to indicate there was only one quarter full. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The failure mileage was 43,000 and the current mileage was 45,000.

- Peabody, MA, USA

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