48 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2002 Nissan Xterra. 12 of these members
(25%) have reported engine repairs for their car.
A total of 26 engine repairs to 2002 Nissan Xterras--an average of 0.5 per
vehicle--have been reported.
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.
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.
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.
One catalytic converter threw the code, replaced both with aftermarket at muffler shop
repaired a valve cover oil leak by tightening the screws
Replaced Radiator and Thermostat. The upper hose connection broke at the radiator body.
Valve Cover Leaking. Tightened Bolts that were accessible. Rattling sound over bumps. Skid plate bolts were broken off. Drilled out remainder and replaced bolts.
Muffler needed to be replaced
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.
Heat shield needed a spot weld, second time it has come loose.
Distributor melted, needed plugs and wires, diagnostic etc.
just changed the head gasket, it was leaking coolant from the left rear of the engine.
170-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Rattle due to loose heat shields.
Heat shield rattle was fixed temporarily multiple times. When I sold the vehicle another heat shield was rattling.
Timing belt broke. Replaced
Failed emissions test. Replaced O2 sensors and knock sensor. Also did a tuneup, needed spark plugs, still had the original ones, they needed replaced.
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.