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2002 Nissan Xterra Engine Problems and Repair Histories

42 TrueDelta members own a 2002 Nissan Xterra. 12 of these members (28.6%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 22 engine repairs to 2002 Nissan Xterras--an average of 0.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2002 Nissan Xterra problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2002 Nissan Xterra problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2002 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 2002 Nissan Xterra repairs by problem area

69% of the 2002 Nissan Xterra repairs were to the engine, 3% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 13% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, and 3% to the body and trim.

Chart based on 32 repairs.

2002 Nissan Xterra engine repair cost distribution

Of the 2002 Nissan Xterra engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 7% cost less than $100, 40% between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, 20% between $1000 and $2499, and 13% more than $2500.

Chart based on 15 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.

2002 Nissan Xterra

Engine not specified

Nissan Xterra in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2011 263000    
265000 5000 Piston rods broke 

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2002 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

supercharged 210hp 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

Nissan Xterra in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2011 98000    
98000 200 replaced fuel injectors and replaced leaking intake lower plenum plate and gasket. 

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2002 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed manual RWD

Nissan Xterra in Arizona, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 85000    
85000 3300 Engine burning oil very badly, black exhaust, adding a quart every couple of days. Told engine swap would be $2500 but a rebuild would be cheaper, so opted for rebuild. Weeks later after it was done we were billed $3300. 
86000 900 A few months went by when the next thing to go was the radiator and one other thing i cant think of to save my life at the moment but it was $900. Different mechanic shop much better all around. 
87000 0 Not running when sold as-is for a little over $2,000. Awful vehicle. Rebuilt engine earlier, now needed a new engine and catalytic converter. Will never buy another Nissan. 

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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. 
Nissan Xterra in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2010 82000    
89300 260 Muffler needed to be replaced 
90700 0 Oil odor that could either be rear main seal or oil pan. I cleaned and tightened the valve cover seals afterward and the odor was greatly reduced. Update: So far the leaking and odor seems to have stopped by tightening them. 
93000 50 Heat shield needed a spot weld, second time it has come loose. 
94000  
Nissan Xterra in Kansas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2012 146000    
148000 300 just changed the head gasket, it was leaking coolant from the left rear of the engine. 
163000  

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2002 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

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

Nissan Xterra in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2010 109000    
122000 100 Rattle due to loose heat shields. 
134000  
Nissan Xterra in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2010 99000    
116000 780 Timing belt broke. Replaced 
120300 600 Failed emissions test. Replaced O2 sensors and knock sensor. Also did a tuneup, needed spark plugs, still had the original ones, they needed replaced. 
140000  
Nissan Xterra in Chihuahua, Mexico
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2011 127720    
130820 100 Thermostat stopped working and radiator was very clogged, so the engine was overheating, had to pour water into the engine exterior to low temp and continue driving to the repair shop to get the problem fixed.Paid $100 for all. 
136400  

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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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