hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,884 miles

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2001 Nissan Xterra electrical problems

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2001 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #7

May 042015

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 138,000 miles


I just purchased this car about 3 months ago and paid 4000 dollars for it. The vehicle stopped working and the fuel pump wasn't coming on. After searching for the power issue I discovered the fuel tank sending unit which is the top to the gas tank itself. Meaning the service hole of the tank access is the top part of the sending unit. The sending unit has 4 fuel line connections and 4 electrical connections. Two fuel conections and 2 electrical connections plug into the top side of the sending unit and they route through the plastic molded sending unit and connections are made in the bottom side. Basically fuel and electricity route through this unit into the tank. The power wire to the fuel pump burned and melted the conection inside the mold and burned the plastic all around the connection plug where the power goes to the gas tank. From what I understand the 00' and 02' sending units were recalled but not my 01'. this is the equivalent to riding down the road with a ticking time bomb under my children's seats. I have contacted Nissan but I have gotten nowhere with them so I am reaching out to the transportation saftey authorities.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #6

Aug 252011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
I opened case # [xxx] with Nissan regarding the failure of all four window regulators in the Nissan Xterra I purchased from Nissan of bourne (MA) in 2000 on martha's vineyard. That is where the vehicle is garaged and used and only has 67K miles on it. The windows have been acting up for quite some time (many years) now and the vehicle is primarily used only in the summer. There was a window regulator warranty extension (PU307) issued on this vehicle and there are numerous online complaints about the problem. Nissan Consumer Affairs has rejected the claim since it is beyond the warranty extension period even though I was never notified of the problem since it only applied to "warm weather" states. I'd like to escalate this claim to encourage Nissan to pick up the cost of parts as this is a safety issue should the window get stuck in the up or down position. There are numerous online complaints about this problem. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Saratoga, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 172011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked in the driveway when it caught fire. He was able to put the fire out with a water hose. The fire department stated that it was an electrical fire. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 80,000.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #4

Aug 042010


  • 67,188 miles


Instrument gauge failure. Speedometer, tachometer, odometer, heat, and fuel gauges all go to zero. This occurs usually about 30 minutes after the car is running and/or the temperature is very warm outside. SUV continues to run 'normally' when this occurs, but this can be a safety hazard in not knowing your vehicle speed or fuel level when driving. Typically, the gauges return to normal after the car has not been running and parked in a 'cool' space for about an hour. There are numerous reports on the web about this, but there appears to be no solution available or acknowledgement from Nissan.

- Fern Park, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 262009


  • 60,000 miles
I was driving about 25 minutes on the turnpike and pulled off for gas, the second I turned off the car smoke started to pour inside from the front area and also pouring from the under hood area. This turned into an actual fire next to a gas pump. Fire dept. Was called to put it out. Engine totally burned up and hood etc...

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 062007

(reported on)


  • miles
2001 Nissan Xterra electrical system had a major electrical fire due to a manufacturing defect***

- Hancock, NH, USA

problem #1

Apr 302007

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
Major electrical fire which destroyed the engine room harness, shorted the power transiistor in the distributor, desstroyed the hood release cable and burned the windshield washer tubing, and also multiple fuses and relays.this condition occured due to the manufacturer crushing the wiring for the left front combination light under the air filter housing against the metal body during installation at the factory.all parts retained and vehicle available for insoection vehiicle currently not running.

- Hancock, NH, USA

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