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 2004 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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
700 miles

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2004 Nissan Xterra drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 272004

Xterra 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 700 miles


Four wheel drive, when I put the lever into four wheel drive it take forever for it to come back out (the shifter moves but the light stays on) their are times the 4X4 light is dimly light? and other times it comes on for no reason, serviced twice was told they replaced a switch on the unit. Problem still exisits.

- Milton, WI, USA

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