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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,000 miles

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2003 Nissan Xterra cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2003 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 082009

Xterra 4WD

  • 55,000 miles


I own a 2003 Nissan Xterra 4WD. It has 55,000 miles and only been serviced at Nissan dealership. I noticed a sweet smell coming from the engine when the car was warm so when I took in for oil change asked them to check it out. Told me the heads were warped and needed to be ground down, new gasket, belts and sparkplugs D/T the head leaking. This is the second head gasket problem I've had with a Nissan I've owned. The other one was under warranty and was told it was a freak thing. I believed them, and had no problem buying another Nissan. Now same problem and I have to pay $2,250 for replacement. No one can tell me why. I contacted Nissan Corp for reimbursement on this. Im still waiting for a reply, but after searching the net I see that this is a familiar problem with Nissan. I will not be buying another Nissan product.

- Toledo, OH, USA

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