2005 Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2005

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2005 Nissan Xterra repairs by problem area

Engine (35%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (30%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (12%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (1%)

Other (2%)

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2005 Nissan Xterra transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (16%)

$1000 - $2499 (20%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (44%)

< $100 (0%)

Chart based on 25 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2005 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

265-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

113460 mi

C $441
Noticed vibration at speed and repetitive clunky noise not related to engine RPM as vehicle coasted to a stop. Dealer diagnosed and replaced worn U-joint on front prop shaft of driveshaft. 
58000 mi

US $930
Leaks in the center and rear differentials were fixed, nearly all labor and fluids that needed to be replaced. 
48510 mi

US $1000
Both rear axle bearing seals leaking. Replaced seals, bearings. Leakage also ruined parking brake shoes; replaced. Nissan parts very costly, and laborious to replace (thus the high repair cost.) This problem is chronic on these vehicles. 
66000 mi

US $1400
Drive shaft and ball bearing replacement.  

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2005 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

265-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

155000 mi

US $4200
Transmission died and took radiator with it. I was told by the shop that this is a common issue with xterra and Pathfinders. 

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2005 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

265-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

127000 mi

US $200
One rear axle bearing was failing. I replaced both of them 
154000 mi The transmission started vibrating in a certain gear and power load. Then recently, it threw a check engine code for a trans valve/sensor failing and locked in that gear. It has had the vibration for about a year. 
73160 mi

C $280
Rear driveshaft front ujoint replaced. 
115000 mi

US $2000
Sudden, electrical failure. Was stuck in limp mode, check engine light came on. Valve body replaced. 
67000 mi

US $1657
replaced front drive shaft u-joint 
74000 mi Rear differential cover leaking Replaced front U-joint Water found in the transmission. Replaced radiator & flushed system to see if it corrected problem (this involved the class action suit on Xterra's). Transmission failed and was then replaced. $2500 my portion per class action suit. 
67000 mi

US $300
Ujoints on the front drive shaft went out. 
48000 mi

US $2000
Rear Differential exploded. 4 spider gear M205 differential design flaw. Warranty first refused until Nissan threatened with legal action. Successful repair using a non-Nissan replacement carrier. 
65000 mi

US $577
rear differential cover was leaking, removed, resealed. transmission fluid replaced and oil change done 
72000 mi rumble in transmission at high gears, coolanttrans fluid intermixed. radiator and transmission replaced under recent extended warranty on radiator offered by Nissan. Repairs estimated at $5500 
106700 mi

US $740
rear axle seals were leaking and needed to be replaced for the 2nd time, first at 60k 
57000 mi

US $350
Rear axle seal on drivers side of vehicle had started leaking. Replaced axle seal. 
67000 mi

US $1600
complete transmission failure, caused by failure of cooling system, that backflowed and corroded the transmission 
63000 mi

US $5500
Radiator had internal failure causing ATF and anti freeze to mix. Destroyed transmission. Had at dealer at 59k and they said all was fine. Now out of warranty, they said Too Bad. 
81000 mi Also replaced transmission and reimbursed me $5500 for earlier replacements. 
84000 mi

US $1100
Front propeller shaft replaced Bad u joints and spline 
112000 mi

US $1903
Front differential was replaced. 
120000 mi

US $400
Both front u-joints replaced because of significant vibration between 40-60 mph. 
140000 mi

US $2500
Transmission solenoid replaced. Vehicle would not shift into any gears other than 4 or 5 
141000 mi

US $800
U joint and drive shaft replaced 
143000 mi

US $500
Another driveshaft replaced 
96300 mi

US $200
Replaced u-joint on rear driveshaft 

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