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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,500 miles

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2004 Nissan Xterra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 192013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, she crashed into a concrete wall. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the neck, back and a concussion. The contact was transported to the hospital from the scene and a police report was filed. The vehicle was ruled as destroyed and was towed to an impound lot. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not inspected to determine the cause of the air bag failure. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #1

Feb 182007

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
I own a Nissan Xterra 2004 it was in park and rolled by itself from flat to down a drive hitting a moving car then going down a cliff into a tree. No one at Nissan or allstate can explain why it rolled! Nissan blew me off saying it can happen what concerns me is that if it could just roll like that why did the air bags deploy" there explanation well--- it was in park! so how can if it is in park no keys can it roll forward then down???"

- Paterson, NJ, USA

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