hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
179,927 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Nissan Xterra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 082015


  • 245,000 miles


The vehicle started to sputter and the ABS and airbag lights started to come on. When the gears shifted up, it started to resist acceleration and losing transmission power. Started to shift down and coast. Pulled over to the side and the vehicle shut off. Would not start back up.

- Philadelphia, MS, USA

problem #2

May 022012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 126,781 miles
On 5/2/2012 at approximately 2:30pm in the afternoon vehicle traveling on a divided highway in moderate traffic at approximately 30mph. While braking for traffic at a stop light operator felt a sudden drop in the brake pedal and loss of stopping ability requiring them to swerve onto the shoulder to avoid the car in front of them. The vehicle was drivable but required more stopping distance to brake. Light smoke noted while stopped but none at speed. Upon stopping to investigate the light smoke, which was coming from the front right wheel area the hood was opened to investigate and a small flame was noted on the exhaust manifold which was extinguished with an abc extinguisher. Brake fluid noted to be low in the master cylinder. Vehicle towed to shop for investigation and repair. Brake line found to have been rubbing against exhaust manifold shielding which rubbed away the rubber protective liner over time allowing water/rain to slowly rust the brake line which burst and squirted brake fluid onto the manifold where it ignited. Online research shows this to be a known problem experienced/reported by other owners of same make/model. High potential for bodily harm via accident (inability to stop) and loss of property (fire).

- Pawling, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 142012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 168,000 miles
Had to brake hard on the express way, brake pedal went to the floor, avoided an accident. The cause of the brake failure is a hole in the hard brake line on the front passenger side by the heat exhaust shield.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

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