1st Generation (2000—2004) Xterra Problems

This generations ranks 34th out of 59 Nissan generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (32%), cooling system (10%), and the transmission (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Radiator Crack Leaked Fluid Into Transmission 2 complaints at an average of 99,000 miles in the 2004 Nissan Xterra.
  2. Blown Headgasket 2 complaints at an average of 99,750 miles in the 2003 Nissan Xterra.
  3. Coolant Leaks 2 complaints at an average of 110,750 miles in the 2004 Nissan Xterra.

What Xterra Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Nissan model years.

Watch out for the 2004 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2004 25 3 19 11.11
2003 10 3 22 4.87
2002 18 6 46 6.0
2001 14 5 49 4.84
2000 23 5 59 4.04

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