Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2003 Nissan Xterra doesn't seem to have any problem trends. The only thing prospective owners should be aware of are the less-than-perfect (but acceptable) crash test ratings.

There are a very few transmission complaints, but nothing like the huge defect that shows up starting in with the 2005 model year.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
97,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

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2003 Nissan Xterra body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 212011

Xterra SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles


I have noticed many other nissans with this paint peeling issue! ALSO they all seem to have the same color as my car. I complained about it early on in life of the car and was told it was road dings... then just this year under the back cargo door window panel, just under the window the paint started peeling/ flaking off!!! all the way to the metal. I have noticed this with pathfinders too! Why is there no recall??

- , Baltimore, MD, USA

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