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2006 Nissan Xterra X 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 6M)

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Great - until after 100K
By nomaddriver on 01/07/15 11:38 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2006 Nissan Xterra X 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Bought my 2006 Xterra new... LOVED IT. The design was awesome. It was a bit rough (its a truck after all) but comfortable overall. Powerful engine, though hard on gas. All sweet for first 3 yrs/ 65K miles. After that things started to all apart. Fuel sensor crapped out so I couldn't tell how much gas is left based on the fuel gauge. The driver windows stopped working. U-joints went. By the time I passed 100K, the transmission fluid leaked into the radiator and vice versa. Spent $1500 to replace the radiator and flushed the trans. only to have them tell me that I need a new transmission - $4-$5K (at 110K I wasn't able to go in reverse). Couldn't afford it so traded it at a loss.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
112,359 miles and still going strong
By rdossey on 11/17/14 09:54 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2006 Nissan Xterra SE 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Pros; My 2006 Nissan Xterra Just had a few updates at 112,000 miles, new brakes, rotors, tires Generals, Synthetic oil change, and filter, transmission flush, added external transmission cooler, eliminated radiator transmission cooler. Cons; timing chain guide problems, very expensive $ 1800., Mine did not have this probem, Radiator fails leaks coolant in to transmission ruining transmission, $ 3800 repair. Mine did not have this problem. I added external transmission cooler, and eliminated the possible problem.
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Best Family Trail 4x4
By kmsr on 09/08/14 17:14 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Nissan Xterra Off-Road 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 6M)


Review

If you need 4 or 5 seatbelts and want to fit on 4X4 trails, Xterra is hard to beat. More comfortable (I'm 6'4" and hit my head on Rubicon roll bar) and reliable than Jeep, more usable back seat and better visibility than FJ. A fraction of the cost of a Land Cruiser. Everything you need and nothing you don't. Seriously capable off road, especially with the right tires, lockers, and aftermarket mods. Great dimensions and clearance angles, especially when lifted.
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A Rolling Money Pit
By jskirwin on 08/23/14 11:57 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Nissan Xterra SE 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

There's a very good reason why this truck has been rated as one of the worst used cars to buy. We bought our 2006 new. Mechanically things were fine for about 40k miles, and after that the truck simply fell apart even with constant maintenance. After warranty expired I replaced: Windshield. Both window lift assemblies and controls. The bearings and control arms on all 4 wheels. The rear differential. Rear lift arms. Alternator. Spark plugs and wires. Catalytic converters. But worst of all was the radiator/transmission cooler failure. That allowed the coolant to mix with the tranny fluid killing the transmission. It is a known problem - so avoid this truck and the heartache it brings.
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Couldn't be more pleased
By xterrajess on 03/05/14 00:46 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2006 Nissan Xterra S 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

This is the best vehicle. So incredibly reliable. Some fun facts: - In 7 years of ownership, I've never taken it to the shop for anything other than the regular oil change and tire rotation. - Front 2 seats are very comfortable. I get many comments on this. - Steering wheel offers some resistance when turning but is OK. - Stylish - Decent gas mileage for the year and type of vehicle - Lots of trunk space, tons when the back seats are down. I can fit a corner piece of furniture in the back standing upright in this thing. - Don't have to slam the doors for them to close - Nice blinker sound - Replacements parts (from minor fender benders & whatnot) are pretty cheap
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Great vehicle if you need it
By sky_captain on 12/31/13 23:31 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2006 Nissan Xterra X 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I bought my Xterra with 4wd used in 2010, and have since had it for 2 and a half years. It has been a fantastic vehicle in terms of reliability and performance. The problem is the gas mileage. If you do not need to haul heavy things, pull large objects, or you do not frequently encounter bad weather, then I do not suggest this SUV. The back seat is cramped for adults, and the interior lacks a lot to be desired in terms of comfort. Combine those aspects with the very poor mpg, and it makes this SUV difficult to validate. HOWEVER... if you do need such a vehicle, I could not suggest a better one. The reliability is up there with Honda, and off road/ working performance is great.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Disappointments
By chuck181 on 08/30/13 22:57 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Nissan Xterra SE 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I've read a lot of reviews from other people. The repairs on my XTerra are mounting up. Should I bight the bullet and dow out the money. They say I have a cracked radiator which seems common with this model. Power steering fluid leak will cost $1200 to replace unit. Dealership says it can leak into other areas of car. Brake rotare should never wear out in my mind. And now wheel bearing problems. Several years ago, I paid to have the timing chain corrected. Why are all these things happening.
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
The worst return on a car ever!
By jnsg on 05/24/13 04:59 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Nissan Xterra S 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

5 years! That's it. And now it's worthless. Like everyone else I have fallen victim to radiator/ transmission problems on my 2006 Nissan Xterra. I went to my dealer to get an oil change. While I was there I described a symptom of at certain speeds my 2006 Xterra felt like it was driving over a rumble strip and at other times there was a loss of acceleration. They informed me this is a known issue that Nissan has extended the warranty BUT my Xterra was right outside of the warranty period at 112K miles. They then proceeded to quote me around $6000 for the repair. When I informed them that the truck was practically brand new, they shrugged and said sorry
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DO NOT buy the Xterra: known major issues with transmission.
By dmbstl on 12/04/12 15:38 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2006 Nissan Xterra X 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I was generally satisfied with my Xterra up until about a year ago. The problems started rolling in with major cash outlays for numerous issues. Fuel level sensor and fuel pump issues along with numerous electrical problems. Then the worst recently hit where the transmission fluid leaked into the coolant system. The dealership estimated a repair cost of almost $10,000 for the cooling system and transmission replacement. Apparently this is a known issue as Nissan has recently extended the warranty somewhat, but not enough to cover most drivers. If you search online, Xterra transmission system issues is a top result. (I worked hard to use other sources and get the cost to $5000.)
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
General Review
By cristella on 12/10/11 14:49 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2006 Nissan Xterra X 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 6M)


Review

My Xterra has 94,000 miles on it. I've kept up with all required/suggested maintenance and inspections. The only thing I had to replace were the tires at 40,000 miles and they are due to be replaced again. No problems whatsoever.
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