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:
27,460 miles

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2004 Nissan Xterra wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 052016


  • 20 miles


I was drive my Nissan Xterra in in highway and my car start to shake and with in 15 minute 3 lug nut out of 6 came out and other three about to loose. It was scary. I anyhow approached to car repair shop and learned that my front wheel bearing gone bad. I just found that Nissan Xterra 2012 has recall for similar bearing issue. This is very disturbing while such incidence on highway and I keep losing faith on such most reliable Nissan brand name therefore, I would sincere request to please include Xterra 2004 model for this recall too. Thanks

- Guilderland, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 172011

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • 54,900 miles
While driving my 2004 Nissan Xterra the front driver's side tire detached from the rotor and my vehicle sunk down and continued to skid for approximately 200 feet before coming to a stop. The detached tire caused damage to an oncoming vehicle. After stopping I observed that two lug nuts had been sheared off. The vehicle's tires had not had any service done to them recently and it is still a mystery as to why the wheel detached. It is still unknown as to what the extent of the damage to the vehicle is and there is no way to inspect the detached tire as it went into a marshland and was lost.

- St. Albans, VT, USA

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