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:
30,362 miles

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2007 Nissan Xterra transmission problems

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2007 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #4

May 112010


  • 20,000 miles


Ok the dealer replaced the clutch and flywheel and all the other clutch parts with new oem parts so we will see how many miles I get this time before it brakes down again. It is mid April and car is still rolling. I have 2 more yrs before the powertrain warranty expires and dealer manager said that it will be cover and replaced if it brakes down before that. Hope I won't have to prove with the edmunds Xterra forum print outs that I am not the only one with this problem in my car. My gas sensor was also replaced while they work on my so far I am glad with anchorage, Alaska Nissan dealership.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #3

May 012010


  • 41,000 miles
I drive a 2007 Nissan Xterra at 41000 miles the clutch in my standard transmission started to slip. I took it in to the dealer (I purchased a 60,000 mile power train warranty) they charged me 135$ to remove one easily accessible bolt and tell me my clutch was bad (I told them this before I handed them the keys) and not covered by warranty as it is a "ware part". as the clutch is part of the power train it should have been covered. I was able to drive the car 40+ miles to my garage but had to buy an aftermarket clutch after researching and finding the factory part is defective and many have had it go bad after 10,000 miles or less.

- Fountain, CO, USA

problem #2

Feb 202010


  • 28,450 miles
My Xterra could only go up to 40 mph. The clutch felt funny like it was loose. Took it to the dealer that I bought if from and they said the clutch has to be replaced. It has just over 28,000 miles and I bought the 2007 Xterra brand new. A clutch should last longer than 3 years! I paid over $1,600 for the repair.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #1

Sep 082008


  • 32,000 miles
Bought 2007 Nissan Xterra in September of 2007; Sept of 2008 had to replace the clutch, with 23,000 miles on it. I've drove a standard car for 12 years before I ever replaced the clutch. I called the dealer and they would not replace it. I was stuck with replacing it. Bad clutch!

- Dover, AR, USA

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