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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,850 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 042004

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,850 miles


Vehicle was parked in driveway. There was a slight grade that went to the street. Consumer opened the driver's side door, put left foot on the clutch, turned the key, and vehicle rolled backward. Consumer expected the vehicle to jilt forward and stall when foot was removed from the clutch, but instead, it jilted, then surged forward at 25 mph up the driveway, dragging the consumer. Consumer's hands were still on the steering wheel. The gas pedal was never depressed. Vehicle was in first gear. Vehicle crashed into the house, but the rear wheel continued to turn. Two insurance adjusters came out and inspected the damage. Dealership indicated that after the frontal repairs were performed, then they will inspect vehicle attempting to duplicate the failure to determine what caused the acceleration, and then correct the problem.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

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