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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,851 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 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 102011


  • 158,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the check engine light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they advised the contact that there was a fuel leak and the fuel tank needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised the contact that there were no recalls for the vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 158,000.

- Chichopee, MA, USA

problem #4

Nov 102011

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • 158,081 miles
Defective fuel tank, fuel pump mounting bracket leaks at the mounting. Fuel vapor leakage and fuel leakage when tank is full.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

problem #3

Aug 282010

Xterra 6-cyl

  • miles
I smell gas inside the car, I took it to a shop and they told me the gas tank is all rusted on top, causing the gas to spill out. I called junk yards and all there tanks for the Nissan are also corroded. I called Nissan and they said there were no recalls. They said it is from living in a salt area. However no other makes or models that I have had ever did this. I was told to take it to a Nissan dealer for evaluation. Which I did but felt unsafe driving the car. I feel this should be a recall, please help. Thanks

- Barnegat, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 082010

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
My 2004 Nissan Xterra has a rusted fuel tank. I always smell gas. Nissan corporate told me to bring it to a dealer.I brought it in to Nissan to confirm this and they said" its rusted and dangerous to drive" I called corporate and they said the will get in touch with me in 3 days, its been 2 weeks. A gas tank should not rot in 5 years(bought in 05) with 58,000. If the tech said I should not drive this truck then why is Nissan Corp. Not getting back to me in a timely manner?

- Wappingers Falls, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 232004

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175 miles
Cruise control erratic behavior, stalling, excessive fuel consumption under staggered amounts, sluggishness.

- Efland, NC, USA

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