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:
Average Mileage:
98,724 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2003 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 302012

Xterra 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,724 miles


We have owned this car since 2004 and have paid for multiple repairs. As you can see, we do not put a great deal of miles on the car. Apparently there was a recall - that we were NOT notified of - for the fuel pump. A recall that would have fixed the problem for free - without leaving anyone stranded on the side of the road or without a vehicle for a week. It definitely would not have cost us almost $1000 - which we had to pay. We recently purchased a Versa as well. We had thought ourselves to be a Nissan family, but not if this is the way things work. Any other recalls that we probably paid for?

- , Bethel Park, PA, USA

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