pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,280 miles

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2012 Nissan Xterra engine problems

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2012 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 102012


  • 1,500 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Xterra. After moving the vehicle from a parking spot, the contact noticed oil leaking under the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing on two separate occasions, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 1,500.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 312015

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • 6,800 miles
Vehicle's engine seized while being operated at a low rate of speed. Reason given by dealership when towed in was no oil in the engine however there was no warning light for either oil or engine issue displayed at any time leading up to engine failure. There had been a previous oil leak approximately 10 months earlier which had been repaired. There had been no incidents in the interim and no indication of issues. There was a recall related to the oil filter and engine but according to Nissan, my vehicle was not subject to the recall. I was forced to pay in advance of work being started for a full engine replacement despite the fact that I had only 4 months left on my 39 month lease.

- Merrick, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 062013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 1,540 miles
Vehicle would not start, because of a broken clutch pedal stopper. This broken part prevented the depressed clutch pedal from activating the clutch safety switch. This is a safety defect, because this a 4WD vehicle intended for off-road use; had this part broken "in the middle of nowhere, " a serious safety-related incident could have occurred. Also, this part broke a just 1540 miles on a vehicle that has not be abused. Vehicle had to be towed to dealership. Part was replaced under warranty.

- College Station, TX, USA

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