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2002 Nissan Xterra Engine Problems

44 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2002 Nissan Xterra. 12 of these members (27.3%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 25 engine repairs to 2002 Nissan Xterras--an average of 0.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Chart based on 38 repairs.

2002 Nissan Xterra engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 16 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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2002 Nissan Xterra

Engine not specified

265000 mi US $5000 Piston rods broke 

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2002 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

supercharged 210hp 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

98000 mi US $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

85000 mi US $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   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   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

93000 mi US $350 One catalytic converter threw the code, replaced both with aftermarket at muffler shop 
107000   repaired a valve cover oil leak by tightening the screws 
120000   Replaced Radiator and Thermostat. The upper hose connection broke at the radiator body. 
131000   Valve Cover Leaking. Tightened Bolts that were accessible. Rattling sound over bumps. Skid plate bolts were broken off. Drilled out remainder and replaced bolts. 
89300 US $260 Muffler needed to be replaced 
90700   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   Heat shield needed a spot weld, second time it has come loose. 
148000 US $300 just changed the head gasket, it was leaking coolant from the left rear of the engine. 

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2002 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

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

122000 mi US $100 Rattle due to loose heat shields. 
139000   Heat shield rattle was fixed temporarily multiple times. When I sold the vehicle another heat shield was rattling. 
116000 US $780 Timing belt broke. Replaced 
120300   Failed emissions test. Replaced O2 sensors and knock sensor. Also did a tuneup, needed spark plugs, still had the original ones, they needed replaced. 
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. 

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2002 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual RWD

220345 mi US $345 Replaced water pump, all water related hoses, and radiator 
257190   Rebuilt Head, due to blown head gasket. 
238000   Cracked block due to bad head gasket. Engine overheated and was driven until engine seized. Driver error. 

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