2005 Nissan Xterra Consumer Review: Loved it... Until the dreaded

2005 Nissan Xterra - Consumer Review

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S 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Automatic)

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Loved it... Until the dreaded radiator leak/transmission failure
By kaja91 on


2005 Nissan Xterra S 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


I bought it used @ a dealer & immediately was planning my next purchase of a NEW X-Terra (in several years). Spent $2k in repairs, then @ 95k miles the tranny failed due to the now well-known radiator leak into the transmission. Nissan won't help & Nissan dealers (who all know of this NISSAN design flaw/defect) cut the trade value in 1/2, which leaves the once loyal consumer stuck with a car they can't afford to fix, but are too upside down to trade in affordably. Boo on Nissan for its lack of remediation on a defect which statistically fails well after their 80k mile warranty. Lost a loyal customer. These should not be allowed for resale w/out a documented fix preventing fail. BEWARE LEMON!

Best Features

Loved the engine power before the transmission failed. Cargo capacity was the selling point for me. Loved the fold flat seats & easily cleaned cargo. The ride was nice and smooth for a larger SUV. I miss it.

Worst Features

It's a lemon. Period. Nissan won't back its brand and has left hundreds of consumers stranded. They should have done more than quietly extend the warranty only AFTER a class-action lawsuit was filed against them. And statistically the failure occurs well after the 80k warranty expires. Nissan knows this. The only way for Nissan to redeem itself in my eyes is if they become more transparent about the defect & claim responsibility for it, making its customers whole again. Either via repairs, or equitable trades. It's not the customer's fault or negligence yet the customer is the one left holding the several thousand dollar bill.
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