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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,500 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.

2003 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 312004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles


Fuel injection system was replaced four times. After the last repair, while driving the vehicle, it caught on fire in the engine.

- American Canyon, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 222004

Xterra 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Consumer took vehicle to dealer for recall 04V230000 repairs on the fuel sending unit. After picking the vehicle up, 10 minutes later, check engine light came on. Consumer took it back to the dealer, it was repaired once again, and currently the engine light was back on. Dealer wanted to charge consumer for a fuel canister that was not defective at first.

- Plainfield, NJ, USA

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