really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,750 miles

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2010 Nissan Xterra engine problems

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2010 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 152016


  • 160,000 miles


When outside temperature falls below 40 degrees Xterra will not start. Vehicle is stationary and not parked in a garage. Battery was replaced 11 months ago trying to fix the same problem. No other major issues with vehicle ever. Vehicle just towed yesterday dealer will not be able to diagnose until Monday.

- Oak Park, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 102014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 37,200 miles
I started the car to let it warm up. The manual gearshift was in neutral and the emergency brake was engaged. As I got out of the vehicle, it lurched forward and I attempted to get back into the vehicle to apply the brake. It lurched a second time before I was able to get inside. I attempted to get inside the vehicle a second time to apply the brake but was not able to due to the car lurching forward again.. on the third "lurch" it continued to drive forward, hitting my mother's parked car and pushing it back approximately 3-4 feet into the back wall of her carport. Finally, the engine died and I was able to restart it, back it away from my mother's car, and assess the damage to her vehicle and my body. I purchased this used vehicle 12 days ago.

- Barre, VT, USA

problem #1

Sep 132010

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 50 miles
I am writing to report repeated problems with my vehicle, an Xterra 2010. I am very concerned about risk of crash and damage to the transmission. The problems include - slow acceleration on surface streets after light changes " this happens frequently. - slow acceleration when entering the expressway, car shifts gears slowly ? this happens frequently, - car fills with kerosene or exhaust smell for a short time, even when there are no other cars around " this occurs occasionally, - car revved up followed by a sweet smell (like coolant/antifreeze) when standing at stop lights " this occurs occasionally, and - significant vibration. I have reported the problems when car is serviced. Immediately after purchase and for more than a year I was told the acceleration and shifting issues would subside after the engine adjusted. During the last service, the vibration issue was addressed but the other issues continue. I received notice of a class action suit regarding Xterra transmission and other issues. While looking into the suit I discovered problems with the Xterra are widespread. I need your assistance to correct problems with the car " please advise options available to correct issues before they get worse. Thank you in advance for your advise on how to proceed.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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