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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,000 miles

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2002 Nissan Xterra engine problems

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2002 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 012011


  • 90,000 miles


My 2002 Xterra engine stalls when at idle speed, it starts back but will stall almost everytime I stop at a light, stop sign or in traffic. Engine light does not come on and there is no codes. I spoke to a Nissan dealership and when I asked them about a recall on the 2004 model for this problem that has to do with the ipdm relay, they said that is probably what is wrong with mine. The dealership also said there is an ongoing campaign for this issue with the 2002 model. I have already had it in the shop for this problem had spark plugs, distributor, plug wires, fuel filter, maf sensor and the throttle body replaced $1300 later I still have the same problem.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #4

Feb 032007

Xterra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2002 Nissan Xterra. While driving at 35 mph the vehicle began to vibrate. The contact pulled into a gas station, purchased oil and put it into the vehicle, and then the vehicle would not start. The contact had triple aaa tow the vehicle to a Nissan dealership. The problem was diagnosed as diesel fuel mixed with gas. The contact was told that the vehicle needed the fuel tank and the fuel system to be flushed, and the oil changed, spark plugs replaced, and the fuel filter replaced. The dealer had the contacts vehicle for approximately three weeks and performed an oil change, flushed the fuel tank, and fuel system. The contact picked up the vehicle, went directly across the street and purchased high octane gas. The vehicle ran long enough for him to go across the street, got the gas and then the vehicle stalled. The contact did not believe that the vehicle was working as it did before the repairs were performed. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, where another diagnostic had to be done, and the dealer told the contact that the engine needed to be rebuilt. The contact believed that the first diagnostic should have revealed that the engine had a problem, and that nothing on the dashboard ever indicated that the oil was low. The vehicle was purchased in August, and the problems began at the end of January. The contact felt that if the vehicle did not have oil it was purchased that way. The current and failure mileage were 50,000. The dealer states tag light not working and cd player not working. The consumer provided information from carfax and a repair invoice. Updated 06/08/07

- Gainesville, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 092004

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Premature failure of head gasket on 2002 Nissan Xterra 4WD. Car is leaking antifreeze coolant and only 3 yrs old. Nissan dealer wants somewhere around $3000 to repair. Nissan usa manufacturer of vehicle has told me that they cannot assist me. Car now has only 70,000 miles but the problem existed way before. Dealer told me that they smelled anti-freeze leak when I brought the car in for a 30,000 mile maintenance but they never put it in writing and never mentioned it again.

- New Haven, CT, USA

problem #2

Mar 122001


  • miles
While traveling on highway and without prior warning vehicle will stall in traffic. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Vience, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 122002


  • miles
While traveling on highway and without prior warning vehicle will stall in traffic. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Vience, CA, USA

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