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:
588 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.

2004 Nissan Xterra engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 022004

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles


Cruise control: When actuating the accelerate button the vehicle surges excessively as if one was pushing the gas pedal all the way to the floor causing a very dangerous situation. This is a consistant problem that appears to have no resolution with the deler or manufacturer.

- Flanders, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 232004

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175 miles
Cruise control erratic behavior, stalling, excessive fuel consumption under staggered amounts, sluggishness.

- Efland, NC, USA

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