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Nissan Xterra Manual Transmission Problems



  • 05 Xterra clutch went at 33k, dealer replaced it under warenty, now it has 49k clutch is gone again. Same story, I've driven manuals for 20 years, I do light driving , no towing. Dealer wont pay to fix this one, so I'm talking to regional Nissan, it's been over 2 weeks, still no decision. I'll let you know what happens.
  • We have the same problem on an '08 Frontier with 34,000 miles. Same deal, it's "misuse" and Nissan will not cover it. They are trying to charge us $1800. We've driven manuals for 25 years - it is definitely not misuse. We would be intersted in a class action lawsuit. This can't be a coincidence.
  • I get people contact me directly on I encourage them to register on this site (Edmunds). Truth is, we are the tip of the iceberg. How many people ditch the X because they cant drive stick or thought they couldn't. I am sick of Nissan. My Wifes jeep is going strong and left me behind in mileage. We are both English and living in Canada. In 65 years of combine driving we have owned one automatic. No Nissan, it isn't wear and tear.
  • I have to admit two things. I have been drinking tonight and also I am not completely satisfied with my Nissan driving experience since I went to the Jim Wolf tech clutch and flywheel. I find myself holding my breath when I shift. It is so grabby. I should of got an automatic. Hell, the sacrifices we make in this new age corporate world we live in where the bottom line dictates quality. It is an unclean world.
  • After a month of phone calls to Nissan, they are paying in full to replace my clutch for the second time. First one at 33K this one at49K.
  • 2006 Xterra needed a new clutch at 20,400 miles. Replaced at no cost. Now, 37,000 miles later it is gone again. Nissan agreed to knock $200 off the cost of replacement.
    They said "Take it or leave it". Very professional.

    I've been driving a manual for 47 years. My last car, a Jeep Cherokee, had 170,000 miles on the original clutch when I traded it for the Xterra. My local mechanic tells me that the Xterra clutch is undersized for a vehicle of it's weight.

    Nissan had better solve this problem before I buy another Xterra.
  • degenerationx,

    What number did you call? To whom did you speak? I have fewer miles on my clutch and they only agreed to pay $200. Thanks for any help you could give the rest of us.
  • I own 2007 Xterra and today it went to the dealer for the clutch replace. They told me that they have to take it all apart before they can tell me if it is covered by the warranty or me abusing the clutch (otherwise it will costy 2K to fix it :mad: ) My SUV has only 20K miles and I have been driving manuals for 12yrs and never had any problems with the clutch. So I keep my finger crossed now and later when they replace so maybe it will least for the rest of the car life.
  • I've been driving manuals for 47 years. My '06 Xterra needed a clutch at 20K & Nissan replaced it free. Now 37K later I had to replace it again last week. Dealer's quote was $1100 & Nissan agreed to knock $200 off the cost but I had to pay the dealer $46 to diagnose the problem before Nissan would knock off the $200. After replacing the clutch it now rattles and I feel a vibration in the clutch peddle as I depress it. The clutch is either undersized for a vehicle of that weight or the materials are faulty or both. I've owned three Nissans and they had better fix this problem or I'll not buy another one.
  • agatkaagatka Posts: 4
    Hello Everyone. If we all complain going to ( about aything that is wrong with our SUVs we may end up having a recall. So far there is only 1 complain about the clutch in 2007 model so we have to team up and post more complains.
  • Everyone here should file a complaint, I lost total power durring lunch time rush hour traffic - not safe. Send a complaint to Consumer Reports. And finally TRADE IN YOUR BELOVED XTERRA for either an automatic if you can still stomach nissan or something else.
  • hey everyone I have a 06 Xterra Off-Road and i think my clutch is going too at 48k ive looked around and found another after market clutch in addition too jim wolf they are made by a company called Spec. has any one heard of them it looks like they mostly cater to race cars but they list a clutch for the 2nd gen Xterra (prob because of the Z) but they are a little cheaper then wolf and have many different clutches to choose from all for different applications. if anyone has used these guys please post and share your experience. I dont think there clutches are bigger like wolfs but it looks like they used better materials then nissan (prob not too hard to accomplish) they say their clutches are for high heat and torque anyway ill keep you posted
  • I have a 2008 Nissan xterra X. I purchased it brand new. 3000 miles differential had to be replaced, almost ever since I bought it clutch felt so annoying and weird, it feels worst and worst, told nissan about the problem, always said that they can't see anything wrong. I had standard cars before, prior to this one I had a Honda S2000 (great car btw), never had any problems. It's last time I buy a nissan. I just wonder what can we do because so many people have the same problem and nissan won't agree with the issue.
    Also I work for a car rental company, and we have nissans, and we always have problems with: tire sensors, brake, fuel level will not show the right amount, sometimes nissan versa will not crank, company just bought 2010 nissan altima's and with only 200 miles I smell antifreeze , look under the hood, and it leaks from the block.... seriously, what's wrong with nissan????
    As I said, last time I purchase a nissan and hopefully nissan will do something about it :sick:
  • I am really glad to hear that Nissan is paying for your clutch replacement. I bought a brand new 2006 Xterra and the clutch burned out at 4,666 miles. They replaced this one since it was under warranty but did say that it was defective. At 18,000 miles the clutch burned out again. My mechanic looked at it and said that there was a problem with the pressure release. Of course, though, I had to go through a Nissan Dealer and Nissan Consumer affairs because it was a month after the warranty expired. I have yet (after 6 weeks) been able to actually speak with a person from Nissan Consumer affairs. They leave messages to call them back with no further information and, when I do call back, have not been able to get through to a person. I feel that I should not have to pay for this replacement given the low mileage. Also, I have been driving manual transmissions for 16 years and have never had to replace a clutch (100,000 miles on a Civic and 80,000+ miles on a Saab). It's very reaffirming though to hear that there are so many problems with the clutch and it's not just a malfunction in the one lemon that I bought.
  • I have had my 2006 Nissan Xterra in the shop for 6 weeks waiting for a decision from Consumer Affairs. Like you, I have driven manual transmissions for 16 years and never had to replace a clutch. With my Xterra, the clutch burned out at 4,666 miles and now, a month outside the warranty, it burned out again at 18,000 miles. The worst part is that I've called Consumer Affairs every day for the past 3 weeks and have not been able to speak to my representative once. :mad:
  • Did any of you guys have this issue with the manual 6 speed Xterra/Frontier???
    When I drive it in 1st gear / 2nd gear even 3rd, shifting is rough, i mean it feels like it doesn't grab right. You start in 1'st and change it in 2nd and you can't get a smooth shifting. That's how mine does it all the time. I went to the nissan service and they are telling me that that's normal.... I find that hard to believe. Any of you experience the same problems???
  • It's not normal on my '06. I do get a slight grind if I don't press the clutch peddle all the way to the carpet.
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    My '06 6-Speed continues to shift very well at 27,500 Miles -- good gearbox and good clutch action. Time will tell though. I've driven manual trannies for 30 years and have never replaced a clutch in any of our vehicles with over 200,000 Miles on each. If my Frontier fails, I'll be very upset.
  • After having early clutch problems in my 2006 Xterra Off Road it was working great, all of a sudden while in third gear on a country road at about 30mph my rpms started reving up from ~2000/2500-4500/5000 through no action of mine, as if the computer was doing it, i was cruising along windy country road in gear, the truck also felt as if it was lurching or the tranny was slipping as this rpm increase occured, luckily i was within a 1/8 of a mile of driveway i left, i was able to turn around and "limp" back to the drive way, still in third gear, with rpms still randomly reving up, upon returning to driveway, i engaged clutch and was able to shift fine, but there was obviously something seriously strange occuring, i turned the vehicle off, smelled the horrible clutch smell ever so slightly, i turned vehicle off for about 10 mins, restarted, fired right up, and engine was fine, no strange rpm jumps....however, THE TRANSMISSION WAS COMPLETELY DISENGAGED from the motor....i could rev the gas all day long, but the motor was completely separate from the transmission. The clutch had been working wonderfully for the previous 37K, (my vehicle has just over 50k miles).

    Upon delivery of my new 6 speed off road 2006 Xterra in march of 06', i was in love with it immediately (i had learned stick on an old jeep wrangler, and moved onto 1995 Nissan Pathfinders, and i was completely devoted to the pathfinders, but in '06 they were over ten years olf, so i decided that i was going to invest in the xterra of my dreams. At around 1000 miles the clutch was working one second, and the transmission was disengaged the next. Nissan confirmed that there was a manufacturers defect and replaced clutch free of charge. This second clutch felt a little awkward, but i easily adjusted. About 6,000 miles later clutch was fine one second, and gone the next. The dealership said that when the original clutch was replaced it was done incorrectly, causing premature wear, and they replaced a second clutch free of charge. About 6,000 miles further, once again, clutch is just gone....this time, nissan said it was a wear item and i had to pay the 2500$ in repairs, i fought this with nissan under the circumstances, and they eventually ruled that because there was mud and debris on the bottom of the vehicle, it had been driven off road, and thus abused and the error was mine. I never was refunded. This clutch actually was quite wonderful, it performed with precision for 37,000 miles, and was as precise 5 minutes before faultering as when it was installed. I, obviously, through my own experience, and now with all of these posts, feel strongly that there is definately more than meets the eye with these 2005 and up (second generation, i suppose) xterras and their clutchs. Ive got a quote of $1926 for repairs, obviously not under warranty because its a wear item, and i bought every warranty under the sun! I certainly am going to fight this until my truck is operational again, ive grown to absolutely love the vehicle, (especially in the last 37,000 miles), with the exception of the clutch problems...this will be the fourth clutch in 50k...whats up with that? What can we do? hopefully nissan will take care of a true believer in there off road vehicles. Also, due to the clutch being a wear item, and not covered under warranty, i should be able to replace with an aftermarket higher quality clutch? tribco kevlar or something of the sort, ive just randomly seen some info in the posts, ive not done any research? Does the theory of the clutch being designed for a 165HP motor, when in fact the '06 6 speed pushes around 235HP hold any water? that theres to much torque and it destroys these clutches....any responses or feedback would be wonderful! thanks ~James....
  • The ranges of cost from dealer to dealer is quite broad. My dealer quoted me $1100 to replace my clutch. I got Nissan to agree to knock $200 off that price but they insisted that I get a diagnosis of the problem from the dealer and that cost me $46. Ended up costing me $950. I expect the clutch to fail again within the next 30,000 miles and if it does I hope to find an aftermarket HD clutch to put in. I love the car but if Nissan can't admit they have a problem and solve it I won't be buying a 4th Nissan.

    Get estimates from other dealers.
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