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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,000 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.

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2004 Nissan Xterra transmission problems

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2004 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #3

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

problem #2

May 092007

Xterra 6-cyl

  • miles
On May 9,2007 I shifted the 2004 Nissan Xterra from P ark to reverse and the vehicle accelerated forward 10 feet. I had my foot on the brake pedal, but the vehicle did not stop until it hit a retaining wall.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #1

Sep 072004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The automatic transmission shift is very wobbly, and there is a squeaky sound coming from the floor on the right side of the vehicle. It was taken to the dealer on six occasions, but nothing was resolved.

- Roslindale, MA, USA

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