really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,540 miles

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2001 Nissan Xterra wheels / hubs problems

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2001 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #10

May 022014

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


After the car warms up it will stall while driving and when coming to a stop to idle.sometimes it will not start immediately after stalling. This is a safety hazard and could cause an accident. We have also had multiple problems with the alignment due to the wheel bearings.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #9

Sep 282014

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
While driving on the mass turnpike, the front wheel came off the car. This is the second time. First time, in 2013, in school parking lot, different side but also a front wheel. We bought the car used from a Nissan dealership in August 2012 for my 19 year old son. The car is hardly driven as he is away in college. This car has been serviced several times for various other things and two different front wheels just coming off can not be a matter of loose lug nuts and incompetence on the part of the repair shop. I feel that something must be fundamentally wrong or faulty. I see that there were recalls years ago having to do with ball joints in this model, I can not tell from carfax reports whether this VIN was ever serviced for that, and that Nissan never should have resold this car without checking to see - despite the fact that this is an older car. A wheel coming off is dangerous, especially while driving at highway speeds. My son could have been killed (luckily no one was hurt). I am trying to find out whether this car was ever checked for the recall on ball joints in 2003 or ever. Doesn't the dealership have any obligation to check safety recalls before reselling cars that could be dangerous to drive? I feel that we were sold a used car that was fundamentally not safe. Two different wheels fall off within 2 years of purchase - something doesn't seem legitimate here.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #8

Mar 052011

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Both of my front rims cracked on my 2001 Nissan Xterra. Two of the four passenger side spokes and one of the driver's side spokes is starting to crack. There wasn't any impact that would have caused this. I only noticed because my brakes began squeaking after a trip with my 10yr old son. When I looked at the front rims to check the brakes, I noticed the cracks. They are aluminum 4 spoke 15"X7"rims. I found a recall NHTSA campaign id number: 03V307000.

- Laurel Springs, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jun 152006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


In 2003 there was a recall on 2000 Xterra's - NHTSA id 03V307000. This recall had to do with wheels cracking. I have a 2001 Xterra outside the VIN range of the recall and have had 2 wheels crack in the last 16 months. No one at Nissan or the local dealership will do anything about it except to sell me new wheels.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #6

Apr 012006

Xterra 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,500 miles
: the contact stated during an oil change the mechanic noticed the driver side rear wheel was fractured. The vehicle was operating normal prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where a spare tire was put onto the vehicle. Updated 05/16/06.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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problem #5

Oct 252005

Xterra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Found cracks in two of my 2001 Xterra original alloy wheels. Cracks were visible on one wheel from inside to outside. This wheel was immediately removed due to a serious safety concern. I was told by Nissan that there was a recall, but did not include my VIN number. Recall was primarily for 2000 models. Complaint issued to Nissan Consumer Affairs for possible reimbursement of replacement wheels.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 022005

Xterra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Driver noticed that all four wheels had cracks inside and outside. This caused leaks from the tires and unbalance of the vehicle while driving. Driver took vehicle to the dealer, and mechanic determined that the wheels and tires were operating as designed, but a flaw was noticed while inspecting.

- Iselin, NJ, USA

problem #3

May 192004


  • 48,900 miles
While driving at 35 mph the front left wheel separated from the vehicle without warning. The vehicle rolled into a ditch but the vehicles occupants were not damaged. The manufacturer is looking into the problem and is dragging their feet.

- Erie, CO, USA

problem #2

Jan 212004

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
3 cracks found in the spokes of my alloy wheels on my 2001 Nissan Xterra. Nissan refused to replace the wheel. The current recall for cracked wheel spokes was not for the 2001 model.

- Alberton, MT, USA

problem #1

Apr 192001


  • miles
While driving at 55 mph on I-95 right rear wheel and axle flew of car, then, consumer had no brakes, and managed to get to side of road. Consumer felt very lucky he was not killed.

- Darien, CT, USA

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