Notes: RIP, Xterra. The SUV was retired after the 2015 model year because of poor fuel economy, poorer sales, and Nissan's unwillingness to bring the vehicle up-to-date with safety and emissions standards.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,550 miles

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2015 Nissan Xterra drivetrain problems

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2015 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #4

May 202016


  • 100,000 miles


My Nissan Xterra 2005 has a transmission problem caused by coolant fluid in transmission. They are charging me for a rebuilt transmission $6,000. This is what my car costs. If they have told me before about the problem I could have fix it for little money. Now they don't answer my calls. Should I throw my car in a junker now? this is a major problem caused by a defect from the car. They never send any letters regarding this transmission problem.

- Guaynabo, PR, USA

problem #3

Apr 112016


  • miles
After 30000 miles needs a new clutch bought used at 24000 miles in Nov. 2015. It is not covered under factory warranty. So the consumer has to pay for the wear and tear item. It went out after parking at home luckly. The 2006 Xterra had clutch problems and some of the other modles pathfinder had some cluctch problems.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #2

Dec 252015


  • 126,000 miles
Transmission failure due to past radiator leak, same as complaint on file

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 282015


  • 4,200 miles
Nissan Xterra 2015 purchased on 3/14/2015. Odometer at 4200 miles. Vehicle has loss of power for approximately 30 seconds. Vdc dash indicator turns on. Sometimes accompanied by metallic grinding noise as if the ABS system has turned on. This has occurred several times always on dry asphalt pavement. Usually after a 90 degree turn. Although has also happened previously for a second or two when moderately accelerating from a stop control. Checked tire pressures and it is within normal limits (I.e. 38-40 psi) this has occurred 3 times prior for shorter intervals. However the problem is getting worse since it has now subsequently occurred two times on 6/28/2015 for approximately 30 seconds each time. Note, I have video record of both occurances on 6/28/2015 of the dash panel and roadway showing the problem, vdc indicator light, accompanying grinding noise, and lack of acceleration. The second time the vehicle would not accelerate past 10 mph and I had to pull over to the shoulder to allow a following vehicle to safely pass. The vehicle speed in initiating the turn is usually around 20 mph. Took vehicle previously to stockton, ca Nissan dealer service department on 6/23/2015. They had the vehicle for 3 days. Service tech test drove vehicle and replicated problem, but according to the service rep for only a very short time and in a U-turn. This is indicated on the service paperwork. Service rep said no obd2 codes were recorded. Service tech called Nissan tech line who told him this is "normal". it should be noted that service tech did not get noise and loss of power to occur for 30 seconds so probably told Nissan tech line that is was only for a short time in a U-turn.

- Valley Springs, CA, USA

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