fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,997 miles

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problem #6

Jul 282011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • miles
Purchased in November of 2006 and in May 2008 as I was attempting to stop at a traffic light in the city only doing about 10 mph. The wheel jerked really funny and there was a noise coming from the brakes. Upon attempting to go my car wouldn't pick up speed and was making a rubbing noise. Limped into garage where they showed me my calipers were locked up. Had both calipers, brakes and rotors replaced. October 2009, driving at 55 mph, started smelling burnt rubber smell, check engine light came on so I pulled over to have it towed. Thought it was overheating even though gauge did not indicate that. Garage stated I needed a new brake line so had it replaced and on the way home I began smelling that horrible smell again so I decided to take to another garage where they showed me my caliper was locked up just enough to heat the rotor up. Had caliper and brakes replaced. April 2010, just from past experiences I knew what the rubbing noise and loss of power meant. Sure enough driver's side caliper was locked up. Had caliper, brakes and new brake hose put on. July 2011, yet again my caliper is locked up. So as I am typing this its back in for the usual. In almost every instance there were no warning signs of failure until it became extreme. I contacted Nissan but they stated its the usual wear and tear. I have never heard of replacing calipers every year under normal driving conditions.

- Alexandria, KY, USA

problem #5

Nov 152008


  • 55,000 miles
My brakes were losing power with the brake pedal feeling 'mushy' and brake light on. The dealer, maita Nissan, advised me that the spare tire, had rubbed a hole in the brake lining going to the rear brake drums. Nissan did not feel that they were responsible, because the spare tire was oversized, compared to the recommended tire size (sears had installed a Wrangler P26570S17 to spare tire compartment on 9/21/2004). Per Nissan, the recommended tire was P266565,17. Fortunately, the loss of hydraulic fluid and loss of braking fluid did not lead to a crash or injury. As you might imagine, as the owner, I did not authorize sears to install the wrong size tire to my vehicle and am certain that they have no idea that the consequence of this error could lead to rubbing a hole in the braking system 4 years later. I requested that the dealer notify Nissan of the incident, and was told that this was not a warranty issue and have no knowledge that other Nissan Xterra SE owners will benefit from my experience (the SE series came from the factory with a 17 inch custom tire and rim which is a set-up for this type of error and sentinel event).

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 102003


  • 17,180 miles
Brake failure involving 2002 Nissan Xterra. The consumer is requesting that the situation be investigated under Nissan Xterra rotor failure action # DP03-005 opened 7/11/03.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 182003

Xterra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have a 2002 Nissan Xterra that had brake squeals since about 9000 miles. I have repeatedly taken it to the dealer to have the problem fixed/inspected. I was told that the squeal is a result of the type of brakes and that they were just cold. The problem is that the brakes squeal all the time. I was then told on another visit that it was the drive belt and not the brakes. After this service the squeal was still there. I took it back yet again and they did another brake inspection and said that when I do my brakes they will have to spin the rotors and this should fix this. The problem I have is that I shouldn't have to pay for this fix since it's been on going for almost a year.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 182003


  • miles
Consumer states while driving and applying the brakes steering wheel would pull in either directions.

- Rehoboth, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 142003

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,800 miles
Front disk brakes overheated and became warped. Vehicle rarely carries full passenger or cargo loads. Vehicle has never pulled a trailer. Vehicle has under 18,000 miles on it with normal driving, seldom stop and go. Failure may cause families on trips with trailers to have a catastrophic failure of the braking system.

- Kernersville, NC, USA