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:
57,660 miles

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2004 Nissan Xterra suspension problems

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2004 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 132007

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • 39,657 miles


At 39,000 miles, right rear leaf spring snapped during normal driving conditions.

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 042009


  • 90,206 miles
1. front right lower A-frame (swing arm) fractured and released ball joint resulting in car collapsing onto the tire. Failure appears to be caused by metal fatigue due to rough edges of broken areas. Ball joint is in good shape and still grips a piece of the A-frame. There was no accident due to the fact the vehicle was being operated at a very low speed at the time of the incident. Had it happened at a high rate of speed would likely have caused a rollover crash with fatalities possible. Vehicle has not yet been repaired, all parts will be retained when it is. 2. left rear anti sway bar mounting clamp failed due to metal fatigue just days prior to this resulting in the anti sway bar bar pummeling the steel brake line until it sprang a leak. This resulted in a total loss of brakes. I replaced the broken clamp and brake line. Again no crash occurred due to low speed operation. I have the parts and pieces in my possession. 3. prior to this by a few weeks the left front free wheeling hub disintegrated while the car was being driven. I replaced the hub but have some pieces. I have no theory about what caused this failure, but it could have caused a loss of control and subsequent accident. We live in the foothills of the Sierra nevadas and many roads are perched along steep rocky slopes. A loss of control caused by any of these incidents could have proved fatal. This car has only 90206 miles on it and has been driven gently. I have since discovered on a user forum for Xterra fans that the rear sway bar has been a well known problem with them for quite a while with the result that they recommend removing the sway bar altogether and beefing up the rear shocks. This suggests that the Xterras should be recalled on the rear sway bar issue.

- Greenwood, CA, USA

problem #1

May 092008


  • 43,117 miles
Vehicle has 40K miles on it (7K miles past 36M/3Y warranty). Leaf spring assembly on passenger's side rear broke - part should not break at 40K miles. Leaf spring assembly defective per all the mechanics I have spoken to. Part should last 100K miles or more. Vehicle never driven off road.

- Newtown, CT, USA

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