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:
101,500 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.

2004 Nissan Xterra miscellaneous problems

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2004 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 232015


  • 134,000 miles


Vehicle overheated while driving down the highway. Upon inspection, an approximately 4in crack was noticed on the top of the radiator, passenger side, near the thermostat. Replacement of the radiator was required.

- Auburn, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 152008


  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the vehicle is constantly experiencing issues with the hud drums, located in the gears. While driving various speeds, the vehicle hesitates, shimmies, and makes a lot of noise in the rear. The rear end of the vehicle feels as if it will fall off or drop at any moment. The contact is not allowed to take her vehicle to a Nissan dealer for inspection because it was purchased from a private dealer. The failure mileage was 69,000.

- Nyack, NY, USA

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