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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
154,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 122016


  • 131,000 miles


June 12 2016 at the tri-par in slinger, wi I was filling up the gas tank, when gas began spilling out of the vehicle's wheel well. I immediately stopped it after I noticed it. The station along with the slinger fire department estimated a gallon was spilt. It appears the gas tank neck has rusted out, causing the spill. They deemed the vehicle not safe to drive and recommend we have it towed home, which we did.

- Richfield, WI, USA

problem #3

Nov 182015


  • 128,000 miles
I smell gas inside the car, I took it to a shop and they told me the gas tank is all rusted on top, causing the gas to spill out. Speaking with Nissan they said this is part of wear and tear of the vehicle, which I do not agree with.

- Richfield, WI, USA

problem #2

Sep 102014


  • 220,000 miles
I'm surprised with all the complaints about the fuel tanks rusting out that there has not been a recall. Are they waiting for one to blow up or catch fire. The O ring leaks vapor and gas on fill ups because that area is all rusted. Either they have to use better coatings or hide that area from the environment. The flange area is like a well and the water just sits there and rusts away the tank. P0455code is set which is evap system gross leak. Nissan omitted to me that they have problems with rusted fuel tanks. What is it going to take to get Nissan to redesign a fix for this?

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #1

Aug 102013


  • 140,000 miles
Flange around the fuel sending unit is corroded and fumes are escaping from the gas tank every time I fuel up my vehicle. Many Xterras have this issue. I believe it should be a recall.

- Fall River, MA, USA

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