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:
142,070 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Nissan Xterra steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 222008

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 142,070 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Xterra. While driving 5 mph the passenger side tie rod failed due to excessive corrosion. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they replaced the component. 5 months later, the driver's side tie rod failed and was replaced. The manufacturer did not assist. The failure mileage was 142,070 and current mileage was 152,150. Updated 06/17/09 the threads on the outer end of the tie rod adjusting bar and the internal threads of the outer tie rod assembly corroded to the point that there was no thread engagement and the adjusting bar simply pulled out of the tie rod assembly. The consumer stated 5 months later the drivers side did the exact same thing. Updated 06/17/09

- Amsterdam, NY, USA

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