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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,781 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Nissan Xterra miscellaneous problems

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2002 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 262015


  • 150,641 miles


After shifting into reverse, with one foot on the clutch, and one foot on the brake still, my Xterra begins accelerating in reverse though my feet were on the clutch and brake only. My Xterra's brakes only stopped my vehicle after shifting into neutral and then turning off the engine.

- Aberdeen, MD, USA

problem #7

Aug 202012


  • 82,000 miles
The inner ceiling fabric all came loose and I'm now holding it up with staples. I've never had this happen with any other vehicle.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #6

Sep 182013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 85,607 miles
I was approaching the 'on' ramp when Xterra pulled to side then flipped over 3X.there are 4 recalls;3 may have contributed to rollover.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #5

May 202003

Xterra 4WD

  • miles


This is a very solid, and stable vehicle in the snow and ice, (with studded snow tires, all season radials only work in Florida) it handles well, and performs nicely for a small SUV. The only complaints that I have with this vehicle, is that the ride is a bit rough. And it is a bit uncomfortable for taller people on long rides. To those that are complaining about the vehicle pulling to the left and right. Cure #1, get the car aligned. #2, check the road you are driving on, the track width on the Xterra is narrow, it may be catching a groove in the road. #3 check the tire pressures, to complaints about the braking....... have the brakes checked, rotors, pads, or calipers could be sticking.

- East Montpelier, VT, USA

problem #4

Mar 022002

Xterra 4WD

  • miles
The car suddenly lost power on acceleration up to 60 mph upon passing another vehicle. After losing power, the car "service engine soon" light came on and stayed on. The engine ran rough with hesitation and could maintain a speed of only 30 mph. Car was towed to dealer, who diagnosed the problem as a mass airflow sensor malfunction. Dealer re-set E.C.U. and so far, problem has not repeated. Power window problem occurs on driver side, front window. The window goes down at normal speed but comes up very slowly with intermittent stops. First time problem reported to dealer, dealer lubed window track. Problem persisted, so went to another dealer, who ordered a new rubber window casing.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

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problem #3

Mar 112002


  • miles
Turned on vehicle in the morning to go to work. Engine check soon light came on and wouldn't go off. Dropped vehicle off at dealership. Say it is the purge volume control valve but they cannot get the computer to reset with their computer in the service department. Stated they may need to keep the vehicle more than one day.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 122002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine light has been coming on since the last of January 2002. Consumer has taken vehicle to dealership 4 times, and was told they did not know what was wrong with truck. Engine shut off while going about 60 mph.

- Milton, WV, USA

problem #1

Dec 052001

(reported on)


  • miles
Engine check light kept coming on. Everytime vehicle has to be reprogrammed. Contacted dealer, and dealer stated that parts had to be replaced to keep engine light from coming on.

- Florham Park, NJ, USA

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