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Engine Cooling System Problems of Nissan Xterra - part 1



Nissan Xterra owners have reported 47 problems related to engine cooling system (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2006 Nissan Xterra 1
Failure Date: 11/18/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, a grinding noise emitted from the front end as the transmission overheated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the radiator fluid penetrated the transmission causing the transmission to fail. The transmission was not replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 198,400.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra 2
Failure Date: 06/07/2013

The transmission/cooling system has a manufacturer defect and should be recalled.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2008 Nissan Xterra 3
Failure Date: 04/07/2013

The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the vehicle shifted out of gear independently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for a diagnostics, who stated that there was a cooling fluid leak and a transmission fluid leak, which caused contamination of the transmission. The failure was reported to the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 82,000. The current mileage was 83,000.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2008 Nissan Xterra 4
Failure Date: 01/05/2013

Car's heater blows cold air when car is idling. Nissan service technician advised that this was caused "by an air pocket" forming in the cooling system? the air pocket has to be removed - which of course costs money. We own two 2008 Xterras. This also happened with our other 2008 Xterra.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2006 Nissan Xterra 5
Failure Date: 11/01/2012

Transmission fluid leaked into the cooling system requiring the complete replacement of both major components. Total cost of the work was over $5000 after checking with numerous repair facilities. Apparently this is a known issue as every repair shop I talked to said this is an extremely common problem and that every customer has complained about Nissan's response.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2006 Nissan Xterra 6
Failure Date: 05/04/2012

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10v517000 (engine and engine cooling). Two days later, the vehicle staled while being driven at 45 mph. The contact also stated that on another occasion, both headlights failed to illuminate while driving. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic. The mechanic stated that the ecm failed and needed to be replaced for a second time. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 8,302 and the current mileage was 8,350.


car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2006 Nissan Xterra 7
Failure Date: 03/09/2012

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact restarted the vehicle and took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection. The dealer advised that that there was a recall for the electronic control module (ecm) relay under NHTSA campaign id number 10v517000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was repaired under the recall and a few days later, the catalytic converter failed. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where they informed the contact that the cause of the catalytic converter failure was due to the ecm relay failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they offered to pay a percentage of the costs for repair. The failure mileage was 79,000.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra 8
Failure Date: 08/18/2011

Transmission failed due to a a known defect in the Nissan cooling system for 2005 Xterra's - this defect allows anti freeze to leak into transmission and cause failure.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra 9
Failure Date: 08/01/2011

Faulty radiator leaked antifreeze into transmission which rendered the transmission useless.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra 10
Failure Date: 06/24/2011

2005 Nissan Xterra- routine maintenance found radiator full of transmission fluid. Transmission approx one quart low. Defective radiator known by Nissan for some time now. Only extended warrantee to 80,000 milesfrom what I learned. My car has 90,000 miles. Received no notice or warning prior. Numerous owners complained. Some required transmission change costing thousands of dollars. In 2010 I bought another Nissan, frontier, it has the same radiator apparently. If I would have known earlier, I would have never purchased another Nissan. Why is there no recall on these Nissans, 2005 and sebsequent? it is costing taxpayers millions out of pocket. I was lucky, I was spared a transmission change. I had the transmission fliud cooler in the radiator disabled and I installed a separate transmission cooler in stead. It did cost me a loss of my road trip vacation though.


 
car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra 11
Failure Date: 06/21/2011

My 2005 Nissan Xterra suddenly developed a lack of acceleration nearly causing an accident at a stop sign. When taken to my mechanic I was told that the trouble code indicated the tcm and or the front brake solenoid, both of which are in the transmission and they would cost at least $2000 to fix. The dealer would not talk to me or return my calls after letting me know that a fix would cost @$5000+ I cannot afford to replace this and after finding that it happens with nearly all 05 Xterras I will not.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra 12
Failure Date: 06/10/2011

Radiator failed and leaked into transmission and problems with fuel system. Truck shook and would not speed up going on to highway. Family almost got hit by truck.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2006 Nissan Xterra 13
Failure Date: 05/12/2011

My 2006 Nissan x-terra transmission and radiator failed radiator cooling lines for transmission failed and leaked into transmission causing complete failure of transmission. $4,000 to repair.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2006 Nissan Xterra 14
Failure Date: 05/09/2011

I have a 2006 Xterra that the radiator leaked into my transmission. The only solution from the Nissan dealership was to get a new transmission ($5500), rebuild or trade vehicles. Apparently this is a widespread problem that Nissan is aware of but won't do anything about. They should have issued a recall on this so this problem could have possibly been avoided.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra 15
Failure Date: 04/04/2011

Noticed that the vehicle was shifting hard especially in overdrive. Soon after the vehicle overheated on 4/4/11. Added coolant to get to garage. Upon inspection found that there was coolant in the transmission. Had it towed to the dealer and they confirmed that there was a crack in the transmission cooler and it put coolant into the transmission. The radiator and transmission needed to be replaced at a cost of $7400. I called the dealer I purchased the vehicle from and they told me there was nothing they could do for me it was a Nissan issue. Called Nissan customer support filed a complaint. After reviewing my complaint they told me there was nothing they could do for me. Searched on line and found that there are many Nissan's from 2005 -2007 with this failure. Nissan is ignoring the issue. Contacted the attorney genneral's office and they are investigating. The vehicle is currently at a Nissan dealership and has been since 4/5/11. We feel that the vehicle is unsafe to drive.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra 16
Failure Date: 03/21/2011

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated was driving 30 mph when the transmission slipped. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the transmission fluid abnormally mixed with the radiator coolant. The radiator initially malfunctioned and caused the failure and the dealer advised replacing the transmission. The contact called the manufacturer yet the manufacturer did not offer any further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 84,000.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra 17
Failure Date: 03/17/2011

My 2005 Nissan Xterra se with 82k miles had the radiator fail, leaking coolant into the transmission. This is a common problem with Nissan suvs and trucks for at least 2005-2007 model years. Nissan voluntarily extended their warranty to cover this type of issue to 80k miles, but it seems typical form the many online message boards addressing this issue that the problem arises after 80k miles. Nissan refuses to cover any of the costs of repair.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra 18
Failure Date: 03/11/2011

Radiator failure causing fluid to drain into transmission. This caused damage to the transmission and torque converter. I was left stranded without warning in the middle of an intersection. The transmission was rebuilt, the torque converter was replaced, an external transmission was installed. Cost of repair: $2,852.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra 19
Failure Date: 02/16/2011

The car began to have a shaking feeling like you were driving over a rumble strip about 4 months ago. We took the car to dealer and they determined we had the issue that Nissan had reported may happen where the radiator fails and coolant gets into the transmission. The dealer said the entire cooling system and transmission would have to be replaced and the cost would be $6500. 00. Nissan had sent us a letter last year stating they had extended the warranty on the radiator and all of its corresponding parts to 80,000 miles/96 months. Our vehicle has 94,000 miles on it. I called Nissan and they said they would do nothing. We are currently fixing part of the problem by fixing the radiator and flushing the transmission. When we have more funding we will have the transmission rebuilt because we cannot afford to purchase the new transmission.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra 20
Failure Date: 02/15/2011

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Xterra. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 10v517000 (engine and engine cooling) and the vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs. After leaving the dealer, the driver noticed that all the interior lights were flashing on and off abnormally as the vehicle stalled. The vehicle would not restart and was towed back to the dealer. The dealer then advised that they repaired the recalled component only and that they were not able to assist in any other way. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 76,000.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2008 Nissan Xterra 21
Failure Date: 02/09/2011

The cooling system is contaminated w/oily substance, transmission fluid. Trans. Is making loud noises, jumps out of gear @ hwy speeds, drive train making a 'rumbly' grinding sound, car dangerously pulls down very quickly to much lower speed when pressure released from accelerator.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra 22
Failure Date: 01/04/2011

I just recently started experiencing a 'shudder' under mild acceleration between 40-60 mph with my 05xterra, v6 4x4 (~120k miles). Feels like my rear wheels are going over a rumble strip and only lasts a few brief moments. Took my Xterra back to dealer and they indicated possibility of transmission cooler leak allowing antifreeze to enter torque converter and transmission causing slippage; although they checked my fluids and no cross contamination was evident. They recommended replacing torque converter, transmission and radiator. . . To the tune of ~$5000. . . There's got to be better answer. . . And accountability on their part. . . I searched on line and found that I'm not alone with this issue. . . A number of folks have experienced the same issue. . . Nissan has even acknowledged a problem and has extended their warranty on the radiator, but not the torque converter, but my milage exceeds the extended period; if they know of the issue, why isn't there a re-call. . . If the torque converter fails while driving, it will most certainly cause an accident. . . Problem is getting worse and more frequent. . . There needs to be action by Nissan to correct this condition before someone is seriously injured due to a known problem. . .

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra 23
Failure Date: 12/29/2010

My 2005 Xterra with 82k miles started vibrating badly when accelerating over 50mph. It felt like I was driving over rumble strips. I called Nissan assist on 12/29/2010 and was told my radiator had failed, leaked into the transmission and totally destroyed it. My only option was a $4600 replacement of the radiator and transmission. The Nissan assist guy then told me that Nissan knew about the problem, but instead of issuing a recall, they simply extended the warranty from 60k to 72k miles (this was an error on his part, because the extension was actually to 80k miles). Regardless, it didn't apply to me because I was at 82k miles. Nissan is trying to ease the pain with extending the warranty however, they make no attempt to contact you about it. You either need to find it yourself or your screwed.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra 24
Failure Date: 11/19/2010

I have a 2007 Nissan Xterra brought used @ carmax of white marsh MD. I have had the car for 3yrs now and have had its regular check and routine oil change. In November the car started with this strange and load noise. I had new tierd replaced and took it back to the place to see if that was the problem, after persistence and taking the car back because it would skip and pull. The autoshop did a diagnostic testing. It was discovered that the radiator fluid was leaking into the transmission causing the car to loose some power along with the header not working either. I called Nissan and told them the problem. Well they sent me a letter telling me about an internal memo they had regarding this same issue. I was advised to take it to a Nissan dealer to see if in fact that was the case. I did and it was I spoke to someone in their consumer affairs department who explained that because my car was over the extended warranty amount that hey had increased it to I would have to pay a deductible out of pocket. . . . Here is my major problem the warranty was extended to 80,000 miles my car has 93,000 mile. They will replace the radiator if I pay a deductible od $1000. 00. . Why should I pay for a manufacture error. ? please someone help me I can not afford to drive this car or pay such high deductible. Nissan needs to pay for the entire repair. . . . I have not gotten it fixed because they want me to pay $1000. 00. Which I do not have.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra 25
Failure Date: 11/15/2010

Beginning summer 2010 2005 Nissan Xterra (purchased new in 2005) began making rumbling noise (as if going over rumble strips) while driving. Incident occurred frequently at differing speeds for the next several months. No other problems were evident at that time. In November 2010 while driving on freeway vehicle began overheating, blowing hot air through air conditioner, and registering hot on gauge. Vehicle was immediately taken to local mechanic who was unable to determine problem. The next day vehicle was taken to dealership where car was purchased and told that the transmission needed to be replaced due to radiator fluid leak. After research and finding that this is a common occurrence the owner decided not to have the vehicle fixed at her expense and is not driving the vehicle until an agreement is made with Nissan. While there were no injuries or accidents in this incidence research shows that there have been numerous reports of transmission failures in traffic either causing or almost causing accidents. Nissan's failure to alert 05 Xterra owners of this problem that they are well aware of is negligence and risks health and safety. Further, it can be found that the problem cannot be fixed by simply replacing the original parts as the parts and design were defective to begin with. Research has shown that after being "fixed" by the dealership the problem has occurred again.

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