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Remanufactured Nissan Xterra Transmissions

  • Learn about common Nissan Xterra transmission problems
  • Everything you need to know when shopping for a Nissan Xterra transmission for sale
  • How and when to buy a remanufactured Nissan Xterra transmission

Nissan Xterra Transmission Problems & Solutions


Once upon a time, SUV’s were used to go fishing, hunting, camping, boating, and many other activities that happen in places that he family station wagon couldn’t reach. These were adventurous vehicles, for adventurous people. And that’s just who the N50 2005> Nissan Xterra was designed for. It’s got a simple interior that’s filled with water resistant fabric and easy-to-clean plastics. There’s 8.7-9.5 inches of ground clearance, and an available 4wd system with dedicated throttle mapping for low-range, a locking rear differential, skid plates, and Bilstein off-road shocks. This mobile basecamp is powered by a 265-hp 4.0L V6, and the automatic versions get the Nissan RE5RO5A 5-speed automatic. Point this Sport-Ute in nearly any direction, and you’ll likely get to where you’re going without a hint of drama. However, a problem with the radiator design can cause all kinds of Nissan Xterra transmission problems, and many of them can only be resolved with a remanufactured Xterra transmission.


Typical Nissan Xterra Transmission Problems


Unusually hard shifts and/or slipping between gears

One of the first signs of RE5RO5A transmission problems is when the gearbox either ‘slams’ into gear, or it slips between 4th-5th gears for no reason. This can be caused by poor maintenance, using the wrong type of transmission fluid, or one of several mechanical problems. The hard shifting for example, can be the symptom of a failing clutch pack. While the gear slippage could be the result of worn transmission bands or a bad shift solenoid. Any of these problems could eventually leave you stranded on the side of the road. But not if you have the nationwide 3-year/Unlimited Mile Warranty that comes with every Street Smart reman Nissan RE5RO5A transmission.


Premature transmission failure

On the OEM Nissan Xterra radiator, the transmission cooler passages can rupture, allowing antifreeze to mix in with the ATF. If this happens, the contaminated transmission fluid can cause rapid wear to internal components like transmission clutch seals and bands. That will make your RE5RO5A transmission literally self-destruct, and you’ll have to install a remanufactured Nissan Xterra transmission to fix the problem. A simple rebuild usually isn’t sufficient, as the rebuild process won’t address the structural damage caused by the contaminated ATF.



When you’re crawling over obstacles on the trail, or towing a trailer, your transmission is working hard and generating a lot more heat than usual. The transmission cooler at the bottom of the radiator is supposed to extract heat from the ATF. But since the OEM Nissan Xterra radiator already has issues with the cooler passages, putting a heavy load on your gearbox can have catastrophic consequences.


How to Solve Nissan Xterra Transmission Problems


Option 1: Buy a Used Nissan Xterra RE5RO5A transmission

If you’re having problems with your Nissan Xterra transmission, then you need to carefully consider your options. A used Nissan Xterra transmission would be the cheapest option to get you back on the road. But there’s no guarantee that you won’t have the same problems from a used RE5RO5A transmission. Plus the typical junkyard warranty is only 30-90 days, and it only covers the transmission, not the labor. So if you do experience more problems, you could be looking at an even bigger bill in the future.


Option 2: Buy a Rebuilt Nissan Xterra RE5RO5A transmission

When you have a transmission rebuilt, a technician cleans everything, then replaces seals, springs, and other internal components. In most situations, this will fix your Xterra transmission problems. But most transmission rebuilds won’t address the integrity of the valve body, the case, the torque converter or many other components that are addressed during the remanufacturing process. Plus, many rebuilt transmission warranties are only honored by certain shops in certain areas, which could leave you in a bind if something happened to gearbox while you’re outside of the coverage area.


Buy a Remanufactured Nissan Xterra RE5RO5A transmission

If you plan to keep your truck for a while, then you should probably consider a remanufactured Nissan Xterra transmission from Street Smart Transmission. Every Nissan RE5RO5A transmission is thoroughly examined for microscopic cracks and weak spots that could affect its integrity in the long-run. If no problems are found, then all necessary surfaces are machined, polished and painted. Then all of the internal components are replaced with OEM-spec or upgrade parts. Once the RE5RO5A transmission is reassembled, it’s hot and cold dyno tested to make sure that it performs properly under load, and to eliminate the need for an ECU reflash upon installation. Each reman Nissan Xterra transmission is then shipped to you (or your technician’s shop) with a remanufactured torque converter, and a brand new upgrade Xterra radiator that has reinforced transmission cooler passages to avoid future problems. You also receive a 3-year/Unlimited Mile Warranty that covers you in all 50-states. Plus, the Street Smart Transmission warranty will pay for labor costs if something goes wrong, and it can be transferred if you sell your Xterra.


If you’re ready for a permanent solution to all of your Nissan Xterra transmission problems, then give us a call at 1-866-812-7560. Or you can click here to check on the price and availability of a remanufactured Nissan Xterra transmission.