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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
155,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Nissan Xterra cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2003 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 292012

Xterra 3.3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles


I took my truck in for an oil change and was informed that my transmission needs to be replaced. I was told by two different mechanics that the problem is due to the radiator fluid leaking and mixing in with the transmission fluid. This causes the transmission to break down. This is a Nissan manufacturing issue and is not a normal maintenance issue. I have read that many others have had the exact same issue. Nissan needs to be responsible for these repairs.

- , Lebanon, TN, USA

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