really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,693 miles

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2002 Nissan Xterra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 272005

Xterra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The ABS brakes do not work due to the brackets missing. Also, sensor does not work. However, without the bracket vehicle can not be fixed. The consumer stated that the part was recall and it took the delearship two to three months to get the part.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #4

Nov 282004

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I owned a Nissan Xterra(02)4WD-I drove it to the lassen nat'L volcanic park in red bluff, ca, I was about 300 ft from highway 36 going to the park. It was kind of chilly and the road have some snow on it. I was going slow about 13 to 15 miles, because I'm not familiar with the road, I was thinking I'll put on four wheel drive, but I have to stop the car and transfer it to 4WD-when I started sliding towards the mountainside, so stepped on the brakes(ABS) but I kept on sliding, I did not steer it to the opposite direction, I just went where the was going which is to the right, the vehicle did not stop. It hit the the mountain side trees and snow then it rolled over. My son and me were shaken and I smelled the gas so I turn the engine, it still running. We got out of the car and I can't believe that we survived the crash- we were wearing our seat belts, we got some bruise an D bumps in our head, but a week later I still feel aches and pains-my complaints are that why did our ABS did not work and the airbas did not deploy? lucky enough that we were not on the side of the of the deep canyon when it happened. I always maintained that car.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #3

May 212003

(reported on)

Xterra 4WD

  • 8,467 miles
ABS sensor.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 212002

Xterra 4WD

  • miles
The SUV deviates to the right at any speed with in a few seconds. It is extremely notiaceable at speeds above 40 mph. Constant pressure must be held on the steering wheel to the left. The SUV also deviated to the left when the brakes are applied hard, such as for sudden halting. The SUV would end on the shoulder if the brakes were applied hard. The SUV has been at the Nissan repair shop four times. There was some adjustments the last two times. Now the SUV still deviates to the right (like tring to run off the road) at cruising speeds. There has been a change with the behavior with sudden braking. The SUV now ends on the left lane or incomming lane when the brakes are applied suddenly. The above problems were not noted during the first two weeks of driving, but since them it seems to be getting worse. The dealer has not been able to fix the problem. I do worry about the behavior of the truck on the road under rain, snow, or ice conditions. I find it difficult to predict what the truck will do under an emergency. Are you interested in looking at this problem?.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #1

Apr 102002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle pulls to right and left. Also when braking it has a pulling effect. In addition, had problem with tires. The vehicle has temperature control problems. Also the windshield cracked. The cd player makes noise and the radio malfunctioned. The A/C shorted out. The right rear power window made noise when rolling up and down. Check the engine light came on.

- Oklahom, OK, USA

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