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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
99,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. rebuild transmission (1 reports)
  2. replace transmission (1 reports)
2004 Nissan Xterra transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 012014

Xterra 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles


Recently purchased this beautiful 2004 Nissan Xterra with 118k miles. Shortly after the purchase the transmission was vibrating in between shifting. Turns out the transmission shop (Watson Transmission) told me that these Nissans have defective radiators that leak water/coolant in to the transmissions and ultimately destroy them. Repair cost for a rebuilt tranny-$3000.00. Will NEVER even consider another Nissan product!

- Philip H., Hahira, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 282011

Xterra LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

There is a known problem where the radiator leaks fluid into the transmission. This obviously renders the tranny inoperable. Nissan fixed the tranny (after I paid for it) but omitted to mention that the cause of the problem was the radiator. After months of research we found many posts stating the same. When we contacted Nissan they said "no that was not a contributing factor to the failure of your transmission". well low and behold 10 mos after a band new tranny went in it experienced the exact same failure. This time they said "oh well,,, could be because of the radiator". I as so upset I called the service manager, they gave me a free rental,don't know what they are going to charge me for but for the fist time in my life I'm going to go the legal route if they don't make this right. I'm happy to help anyone else in the same boat. I'm tired of being taken advantage of.

- V F., El Paso, TX, USA

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