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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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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2003 Nissan Xterra lights problems

lights problem

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2003 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #1

May 162004

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


My headlights just went out in the middle of driving at night. Luckily there wasn't anyone else around me on the interstate, because that could have been a really nasty wreck. I pull over on the shoulder of the road and wiggle the wires and they came back on. I drove home and changed the light bulbs, think that would fix them. About two months later it happened again, that is when I found out that the headlight sockets on my truck were burt up. I was told that it was caused by heat from the headlights. I went to auto zone and bought new ones and replaced them. I called Nissan and they said because my truck was out of warranty they couldn't do anything about it. I just want to make sure that someone knows that a truck that is one year old is already having problems with its headlights. Also to make sure that there isn't something wrong with the head lights that Nissan puts into the cars.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

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