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Nissan Xterra vs. Jeep Wrangler Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Nissan Xterra or Jeep Wrangler reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Nissan Xterra and the Jeep Wrangler truly differ in reliability.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Jeep Wrangler 29 Wranglers, 5.2 months of data per Wrangler, average 4500 miles

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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Jeep Wrangler 35 Wranglers, 9.8 months of data per Wrangler, average 10800 miles

Multiple reports for water leaks, oil pressure sensors, and water pumps. Many Wranglers are subjected to severe off-road use, which could increase the repair frequency.
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2012 Jeep Wrangler 48 Wranglers, 10.2 months of data per Wrangler, average 21300 miles

Refreshed for this model year. Many Wranglers are subjected to severe off-road use, which could increase the repair frequency.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Jeep Wrangler   14 Wranglers, 8.3 months of data per Wrangler, average 28000 miles

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2010 Jeep Wrangler   20 Wranglers, 9.3 months of data per Wrangler, average 43300 miles

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2010 Nissan Xterra   12 Xterras, 7.9 months of data per Xterra, average 45100 miles

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2009 Jeep Wrangler   11 Wranglers, 9.5 months of data per Wrangler, average 46600 miles

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2008 Jeep Wrangler 26 Wranglers, 9.2 months of data per Wrangler, average 70800 miles

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2008 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 9.1 months of data per Xterra, average 79300 miles

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2007 Jeep Wrangler   17 Wranglers, 9.1 months of data per Wrangler, average 79200 miles

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2006 Jeep Wrangler   13 Wranglers, 7.3 months of data per Wrangler, average 70600 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 11.5 months of data per Xterra, average 95500 miles

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2005 Jeep Wrangler   11 Wranglers, 9.5 months of data per Wrangler, average 64600 miles

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2005 Nissan Xterra   13 Xterras, 9.5 months of data per Xterra, average 123900 miles

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2002 Nissan Xterra   10 Xterras, 10.2 months of data per Xterra, average 136500 miles

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2000 Nissan Xterra   10 Xterras, 8.9 months of data per Xterra, average 165000 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Nissan Xterra

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Nissan Xterra

Nissan Xterra Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Bulletproof. Drive and enjoy. Wear and tear is the only things you will care about. Trust me, I owned 4 of them, and they all are still in the family. This vehicle withstands a real abuse. If you do minimal maintenance - it will serve you for 10 years at least.
2012 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
In spite of the fact that this car normally receives a reliability rating of 5/10, I have found that if you perform the required preventive maintenance, the car will provide outstanding reliability.
2008 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
I've had my X for almost two years now and have had absolutely no problems. I get my scheduled maintenance done at the dealer and change my oil myself ever 3,500 miles. This has been a very reliable vehicle
2006 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
We have only had one issue with the vehicle in 4.5 years and nearly 60,000 miles and that is the serpentine belt tensioner need to be replaced under warranty. There is some black trim that has faded, but the structural integrity is the same as new.
2006 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Body-on-frame construction offers better rigidity and durability for off road use than a unibody.
2005 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Same engine as 350Z has a good reputation as being reliable. Timing Chain and 100K tune ups.
2004 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Nissan has a good reputation
2001 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
for the most part this truck has been very reliable, only minor things like power window issues after 60,000 miles but other then a couple of windows power not working completely its been great
Nissan Xterra Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2003 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
Interior materials are not particularly durable for an SUV marketed to people who actually use them to go off road and to partake in outdoor activites. Have had a coolant hose and power sterring hose go bad for no apparent reason.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr SUV 202-horsepower 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
I know that I can go anywhere at anytime with this car. It fires up, handles well in rain, sleet, snow, ice, dry, on road and off.
2008 2dr SUV 202-horsepower 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
I simply like the fact that they have a history of being reliable. Iím not basing that on any study or any collection of stats that Iíve seen. Iím just basing it on my experience and the experience of my Jeep friends.
2008 4dr SUV 202-horsepower 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Built very tough with a full frame and axles.
2008 2dr SUV 202-horsepower 3.8L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Engine is bullet proof.
2008 2dr SUV 202-horsepower 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
HUGE disappointment! TERRIBLE construction. WORST fit and finish. My Jeep Wranglers soft top roof leaked from the start. I blew THOUSANDS of dollars over four years of ownership trying to get Jeep dealership to repair the problem. No luck. Always got the run around. At one point, Jeep repair even admitted '...of course it leaks. It's a Wrangler.' Every time it rained, I'd have half an inch of water on the floor, and dashboard soaked. Seats were like sponges. I was tired of the Jeep bullsh*t and sold it off with 30k miles. Heartbreaking. Wranglers are fun, but very very unreliable and breathtaking how POORLY built they are. Don't waste your money.
2008 4dr SUV 202-horsepower 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Brand is known for its off road strength. that is certainly reflect in this new model
2008 4dr SUV 202-horsepower 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Prior experience has shown to be reliable and so far so good on this one
2008 4dr SUV 202-horsepower 3.8L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
The Jeep is solid...I expect it to last.
2008 4dr SUV 202-horsepower 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
past experience with the jeep brand
2007 2dr SUV 202-horsepower 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Being a new model, the JK has certainly had its share of issues, but from an off-road standpoint it is a very strong and reliable vehicle
Jeep Wrangler Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 2dr SUV 202-horsepower 3.8L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Needed a new engine at 44000kms. Not good.
2010 2dr SUV 202-horsepower 3.8L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
At 18,000 miles the differential started leaking and the clock spring failed requiring a major repair. I drive mainly highway miles in nice weather.
2008 2dr SUV 202-horsepower 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Vehicle has a lot of issues..leaky roofs, clunky steering, electrical problems ect..
2008 2dr SUV 202-horsepower 3.8L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Roof will leak badly no matter what model you buy. Hard top or soft top. It's insulting how badly made Jeeps are. Think I'm kidding? Search 'leaking jeep roof' on YouTube and you'll see tons of videos from owners like me documenting how BADLY jeeps leak. Like a running faucet on your damn head.
2007 4dr SUV 202-horsepower 3.8L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
4 visits to dealership over 6 months trying to solve "death wobble" problem. Over $2,000 worth of work done (covered by extended warranty), including completely rebuilt steering assembly, etc. Still did not fix problem. Traded in at 50k miles.