Notes: The 2003 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.


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2003 Nissan Xterra accessories - exterior problems

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2003 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 042004

Xterra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer noticed that the defogger system was inoperative. This caused the windows to fog up, and poor visibility to the driver. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the vent system needed to be cleaned.

- Redway, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 232004

(reported on)

Xterra 6-cyl

  • miles
Problems with the way the defogger works on the 2003 Nissan Xterra. The consumer turned on the defogger the air conditioner compressor started to operate, as it should. But when the control switch was turned form defogger the compressor remained on. The only way to get the compressor to turn of was to stop the vehicle, turn it off, then turn it back on. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who indicated that the system was operating as designed. The consumer believes the vehicle should be recalled in order to modify the defogger system so that the air conditioner compressor stops operating when the control is moved away from the defogger position.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

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