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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,200 miles

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2003 Nissan Xterra wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2003 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 022009


  • 70,400 miles


Purchased mastercraft courser A/T2 265/70R16 tires 9/13/2007, took to mechanic for shimmy, was informed that belts in tires shifted, brought to town fair tire in westfield, MA. Balanced tires sent me on my way, went back 2 weeks later for same problem, was informed that there was a safety concern, however it still cost me $322.01 with old tires being prorated. I only had 12000 miles on the tires and if it was a safety concern shouldn't the tires been covered under a recall or workmanship warranty. I did check for recalls different size tire had a recall for belt shifting in tire, however this size was not affected by recall. I feel this is a problem and I am very upset that I had to pay for the problem with could have been worse. So in less than two years I had to spend almost $900 with one set being prorated on tires.... very concerned very upset. Please note this was a problem on more than one tire.

- Westfield, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 242003


  • miles
While driving on the highway at 55 mph the consumer loss control of the vehicle and flipped over three times. Witnesses to the accident stated the rear right tire blewout. General Grabber aw P265/70R16. Brakes and steering were inoperable prior to tire blow out. The vehicle was totaled.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

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