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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
123,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2004 Nissan Xterra suspension problems

suspension problem

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2004 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 222014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles


The truck bounces so hard its crazy. You almost feel like it will never stop. I have replaced my starter 3 times. My brake lights have a short or faulty wiring I'm sure because we have replaced the bulbs several times. I have gotten tickets because of this as a result I have a expired brake tag I cant get a new one because the wiring will cost to much. My UV joint broke while I was driving on the high way. That part they tell me is not a common breaking part. Nissan charges over a thousand dollars to repair that. I'm told my wiring is bad after I replace my starter 2 months ago. They sent me a recall for my column steering and I had it repaired but it still is a slight hassle to change gears. I have received a letter telling me they are buying 2004 Nissan Xterra's but when I called the salesman says it's nothing wrong with the Xterra's that's just a sales stunt. I think its a bunch of bull, Nissan knows they didn't do a good job with these 2004"s.

- , New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012011

Xterra XE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

Bought it with a pretty bad bounce/vibration in the ride when it gets up around 60 mph, wasn't sure of the problem so we replaced the tires, still a problem, replaced the full suspension brakes and rotors, it lessened but was still there slightly, well it got worse and worse over time until about 14k miles later i was fed up with it wanted to get it fixed for good went into les schwab they said my tires were messed up, so bought ANOTHER set of brand new tires put those on and the problem was FIXED! .... or so i thought, that was about 300 miles ago and i just felt the vibration coming back again, i have NO clue what could be wrong but it isn't overly convincing that it's a "good vehicle" when the person test driving it feels like they're getting shaken to death when they drive it down the freeway ....

- , Rexburg, ID, USA

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