Notes: The 2004 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,910 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Nissan Xterra engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 062009


  • 33,000 miles


Ever since I had my 2004 X-terra I have told the service department about loud engine noise. Sounds like a lifter or valve on the right side of the engine. Each time they tell me its normal. I T has gotten louder and yet they say they all make the sound....the engine is lake a washing machine its so bad and loud....

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

May 292009


  • 62,640 miles
Nissan uses faulty equipment in their vehicles and ashly at their Consumer Affairs dept actually told me that Nissan only expects their vehicles to last the 3 yrs or 36K miles!! since I purchased this vehicle I have had the A/C compressor replaces, all heater hosses replaced, oil leaks, coolant leaks, drive belts replaced and the alternator replaced. My car literally broke down in my driveway. I was returning from vacation with my son, my dog and my cat-if my trip would have 15 mins. Longer I would have broke down on the side of the road. Nissan does not stand behind their products at all and does not care about the consumer or their safety!!

- Avondale, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jul 262008


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Xterra. After driving the vehicle at an unknown speed for approximately ten minutes, the contact parked the vehicle. Approximately one minute after exiting the vehicle, she noticed smoke coming from under the hood on the passenger side. She then noticed flames coming from the same location under the hood. The fire department extinguished the fire. The vehicle sustained major damage to the front end. There were no injuries. The current and failure mileages were 76,000.

- Montibello, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 232004

Xterra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving there was an engine fire. Consumer indicated that a faulty fuel clamp was used which disengaged, causing fuel to spill. The vehicle was totaled. Contacted the dealer.

- La Fargeville, NY, USA

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