really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,775 miles

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problem #7

Feb 062011


  • miles
2002 Nissan Xterra, unit 1 was traveling eastbound on the Ohio turnpike when the engine caught fire. (Ohio traffic crash report # 10-0086-91) updated 03/29/11

- South Euclid, OH, USA

problem #6

Jun 152008


  • 85,000 miles
Head gasket failure and antifreeze leak.

- Canton, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 282005

Xterra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,428 miles
Driving down the highway 65 mph, engine began knocking suddenly, oil light came on, engine stopped. Had vehicle towed to dealer, they told me I needed an engine I asked what caused the problem, they said sludge got in the engine caused it to seize up, they did not determine how the sludge got in the engine.

- Morehead City, NC, USA

problem #4

Jan 182005

Xterra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, the vehicle stalled the driver tried to restart the vehicle but was unable to restart it. The consumer was able restart fifteen minutes later and drove to the dealer. The mechanic was not able to duplicate the problem. Please provide additional information.

- Alhambra, CA, USA

problem #3

May 072004

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
I was driving when suddenly the engine of my 2002 Nissan Xterra with approximately 50,000 miles just shut down and caused difficulty with steering and braking of the vehicle. I had to have the vehicle towed to the Nissan dealership. It appear the dealer know the cause of the problem just by speaking to me on the telephone. After a diagnosis, the dealership stated the the problem was with the fuel sending unit and that it would require replacement. The issue that I have is that with the extreme danger associated with this issue and after research on the internet of other Xterra owners who experienced this problem that Nissan is not doing a proactive role and recalling this part if it is prone to such failure.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 042003

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,000 miles
Engine makes loud "whistling" sound; engine definitely lost power over the last year; will not go over 70-75 mph; makes loud whining/grinding sound when shifting gears; pulls to the right all the while driving; using an extraordinary amount of gas. (consumer can also be emailed at coranncoyner@msn.com)

- Eagle River, AK, USA

problem #1

Apr 102002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle pulls to right and left. Also when braking it has a pulling effect. In addition, had problem with tires. The vehicle has temperature control problems. Also the windshield cracked. The cd player makes noise and the radio malfunctioned. The A/C shorted out. The right rear power window made noise when rolling up and down. Check the engine light came on.

- Oklahom, OK, USA