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Nissan Xterra Engine Problems and Repair Histories

461 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Nissan Xterra. 84 of these members (18.2%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 99 engine repairs to Nissan Xterras--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Nissan Xterra problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Nissan Xterra problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Nissan Xterra problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Nissan Xterra repairs by problem area

41% of the Nissan Xterra repairs were to the engine, 18% to the transmission, 7% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 16% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 1% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 241 repairs.

Nissan Xterra engine repair cost distribution

Of the Nissan Xterra engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 24% cost less than $100, 36% between $100 and $499, 21% between $500 and $999, 12% between $1000 and $2499, and 7% more than $2500.

Chart based on 90 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2006 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

265-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Nissan Xterra in Utah, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2010 53000    
62000 50 The truck was in to check out a bad ABS sensor. 
66000  

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2005 Nissan Xterra

Engine not specified

Nissan Xterra in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2010 68000    
68000 0 Timing chain and tensioner needed to be replaced. Made a loud squeal and whine with a bit of a rattle thrown in until engine warmed up. Unclear if could break and destroy engine. Common problem with 2005 Xterras. Was going to cost $1,200. 

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2005 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

265-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Nissan Xterra in Nevada, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 68000    
68000 425 Fuel level float unit replaced. Not covered under recall EVAP canister and valve replacement. Addition of EVAP filter kit. Not covered under recall 
113000 60 Right bank cam shaft sensor failed. I replaced it. 
135000 70 I replaced the Camshaft position sensor again. After just over 1 1/2 years, it failed again. 

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2002 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

Nissan Xterra in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2010 91000    
93000 350 One catalytic converter threw the code, replaced both with aftermarket at muffler shop 
107000 100 repaired a valve cover oil leak by tightening the screws 
120000 250 Replaced Radiator and Thermostat. The upper hose connection broke at the radiator body. 
131000 0 Valve Cover Leaking. Tightened Bolts that were accessible. Rattling sound over bumps. Skid plate bolts were broken off. Drilled out remainder and replaced bolts. 

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2002 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual RWD

Nissan Xterra in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
345 Replaced water pump, all water related hoses, and radiator 
1354 Rebuilt Head, due to blown head gasket. 
238000 1500 Cracked block due to bad head gasket. Engine overheated and was driven until engine seized. Driver error. 
 

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2001 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed manual RWD

Nissan Xterra in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2010 189000    
193000 250 Replace timing belt. Replaced water pump. Removed/replaced sheared alternator bolts from bracket. 
220000  
Nissan Xterra in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2011 135000    
137000 250 Rear main engine seal is leaking. Nothing done at this time until problem gets worse. 
 
Nissan Xterra in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2010 122000    
123000 70 replaced Radiator due to small crack in holding tank (plastic) with an updated 25mm (stock is 16mm)  
 

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2000 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

Nissan Xterra in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2010 136000    
137000 160 Radiator had hole and car was overheating. Radiator replaced 
138000 800 Replaced Timing Belt 
153000  

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2000 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Nissan Xterra in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2010 84000    
84000 180 coolant leak near intake manifold gasket. 
85000 900 Head gasket - minor leak at cylinder 5 While repairing also noticed exhaust manifolds were cracked. Replaced all and did preventative 90k service. 
89000 300 Radiator leak around top crimp. 
89000 160 Leak at Rear Main Seal. Replacement covered under extended warranty. Total cost $1100 for zip 98111. Owner cost $150 out of pocket. 
140000  

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