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Nissan Xterra repairs by problem area

Engine (41%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (15%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 444 repairs.
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Nissan Xterra engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (19%)

$100 - $499 (34%)

< $100 (32%)

Chart based on 166 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

43000 mi

US $2000
The clutch wore out at 44K miles. I'm a very careful and gentle driver and have driven manual transmission cars for over 50 years. I believe that this clutch is poorly designed and not rugged enough for a vehicle with as much mass as the Xterra has. Also discovered cracked exhaust manifold. 
265000 mi

US $5000
Piston rods broke 

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2010 Nissan Xterra

Engine not specified

40000 mi Idle was surging. Download fixed it 

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2010 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

30000 mi Check Engine Light. Report was evap problem. Gas cap was loose. 
9300 mi Dealer replaced belt tensioner because of squealing noise at idle under warranty.  

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2010 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

37300 mi

US $30
Noisy heat shield removed from exhaust piping 

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2010 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

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

63120 mi Temperature Indicator would rise very quickly when in idle. Once moving, it would drop just as quickly. 

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2008 Nissan Xterra

Engine not specified

78000 mi Gas tank fuel vapor outlet in rear wheel well clogged with dirt 

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2008 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

105500 mi

US $123
Fan clutch failed and engine was running a little hotter than normal. I replaced the fan clutch myself. 
130000 mi

US $56
Fan clutch failed. Replaced fan clutch myself, all good. 
148000 mi

US $97
Vent control valve on evap canister quit working and service engine light came on. Replaced valve myself. 
154000 mi

US $148
Cooling fan bracket bearing went bad and fan fell off, cracked blades of fan. Replaced fan bracket and fan. 
79500 mi

US $550
Clutch 

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2008 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

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

115000 mi

US $200
Loss of heat when not moving 
73000 mi

US $80
Gearbox mount was broken. 
76000 mi

US $300
Engine mounts needed replacing on both sides. 
103300 mi

US $1600
timing chain and guide/spark plugs were replaced during this trip as well.Timing chain and tensioner are common problems on the vq40 engine 
165000 mi

US $1200
all fluids replaced, transmission,front differential,transfer case and brake.repaired a small oil leak on the passenger side valve cover. Front end alignment and tire rotation 
188000 mi

US $500
New radiator 
198700 mi

US $2500
New main drive belt 
202000 mi

US $150
Bank 2 on sensors replaced 
152000 mi

US $150
Small coolant hose which connects to intake manifold developed a leak. 
15000.0 mi Alternator Replaced, Under Warranty. 

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2007 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

79000 mi

US $925
Replaced secondary timing chain tensioners & secondary timing chain + associated seals. 

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2007 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

261-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

78000 mi

US $1107
The timing chain and all associated tensioners, which wore out. There is a Nissan kit for the repair. Apparently it is a common problem for this engine. 
88000 mi

US $14000
timing chain started to whine, replace at dealer, 1200 
51300 mi

US $1400
Timing chain and secondary chains and noisy guides 
95000 mi

US $108
Heater core plugged up. Mechanic flushed system and now heater is working great. 
105000 mi

US $1700
Timing chain 

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2006 Nissan Xterra

Engine not specified

55000 mi

US $500
Fuel system repair 

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2006 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

265-horsepower 4.0L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

141000 mi Replaced IPDM relay under factory recall after the car had experienced several misfires. 
159000 mi

US $800
Catalytic converter replacement 
109300 mi

US $65
In for 100000 service and the idler pulley needed to be replaced as well 
118000 mi

US $1200
Replace passenger front cat. 
40124.0 mi

US $250
Replaced fuel level sensor 

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2006 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

265-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

109800 mi

US $1200
Oil leaking out of several gaskets 
202500 mi

US $475
Valve cover gaskets Change spark plugs 

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2006 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

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

0.0 mi

US $40
leaking rocker cover or as we in the real world call it, valve covers. Dealer wanted $350. Oh and by the way the rocker covers are plastic and known for leaking. Plastic??? Really Nissan??? leaking rocker cover or as we in the real world call it, valve covers. Dealer wanted $350. Oh and by the way the rocker covers are plastic and known for leaking. Plastic??? Really Nissan??? 
40000 mi Radiator cracked; was repaired under recall. No charge. 
56000 mi

US $1700
Secondary timing chain needed replacement 
52700 mi

C $65
Belt tensioner was making noises, replaces tensioner and belt. 
253000 mi

US $1100
e-valve kit replaced, removed stones from wheel cap that caused squealing. 
96000 mi Before I purchased the car, the dealer replaced the timing chain and water pump (along with tensioners, etc) due to a reported whining sound. 
102000 mi

US $500
Noticed small leak, had radiator replaced 
88000 mi

US $400
factory defect in radiator prone to failure allowing antifreeze into the transmission case necessitating replacement of both at high expense 
89000 mi fault lights would not go out. There are known problems with the grounding connections at four points on the engine. This repair is expensive even though simple. Also, factory recall was found in a relay and fixed free this fixed it. 
83200 mi

US $200
ECU Module replaced. Covered under emissions warranty. Had to pay to have keys re-programmed. 
28000.0 mi Drive belt tensioner became loose. It was replaced under warranty. 
62000 mi The radiator had ruptured, causing a small leak of anti-freeze. The solution was replacement of the radiator under Nissan's voluntary extended warranty of the radiator system. 
67500 mi The dealer diagnosed the drive belts and associated gearing to have worn to the point that they will fail if not replaced prior to the end of the year. 
69000 mi

US $870
The dealer diagnosed the drive belts and associated gearing to have worn to the point that they will fail if not replaced prior to the end of the year. 
74500 mi

US $500
The camshaft timing sensor failed. 
62000 mi

US $50
The truck was in to check out a bad ABS sensor. 

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2005 Nissan Xterra

Engine not specified

68000 mi 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 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

74000 mi A faulty ECM relay caused engine to run intermittently. Found out Nissan had issued a recall. Dealer replaced ECM relay as per recall. 

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2005 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

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

140800 mi

US $1000
Radiator leaking and radiator fan belt auto tensioner bearing burnt 
75000 mi

US $250
Serpentine belt came off while going through large puddle. Serpentine belt tensioner found to be weak. 
126745.0 mi

US $225
Replace oil pressure sending unit 
126000 mi

US $1000
Bad cat 
126000 mi

US $1300
Broken motor mounts 
95000 mi Air was caught in cooling system causing a no heat at idle problem. Had to "burp" cooling system and add fluid. 
104300 mi

US $850
Radiator failed, leaked in transmission. Transmission was flushed, and radiator + assembly was replaced. 
74000 mi Oil pressure sensor topped working. 
79000 mi Oil pressure sensor and fuel Guage sender both went in the last 2 months at 78,000 miles. Oil sensor was repaired at the local dealership here on Staten Island (although I had to show them the info on thenewx.Org about the oil sensor because they wanted t 
101000 mi

US $440
Camshaft sensors replaced after stalling while driving 
328000 mi

US $500
Timing chain system and cooling system were updated. 
56000 mi

US $950
Replaced evaporator can & sensor Along with some required maintenance 
65000 mi

US $761
2 camshaft sensors failed and caused the engine to shut off and turned off my hill incline, Slip but turned on my 4WD light. slight leak around the valve cover. 
67000 mi

US $1657
Replaced Left & Right Side Engine mounts Replaced Oil Cooler O-Ring 
58000.0 mi

US $380
Fuel sending unit had to be replaced. 
159300 mi

US $550
Fuel pump replaced. 
61380 mi

C $250
Idler puller bearing had to be replaced. Also had the serpentine belt replaced at the same time. 
68820 mi

C $200
The check engine light came on, the code was P0455. It turned out to be the evaporative cannister solenoid. 
74400 mi

C $420
The evap canister control valve quit working, and was causing the CEL to light.  
76880 mi

C $400
The air fuel mixture sensor on the passenger side caused codes, and had to be replaced. 
83080 mi

C $955
OEM exhaust system replaced. 
69000.0 mi

US $150
Replaced Manufacturer design flaw of the fuel sending unit and evaporative canister. Recalled on other vehicles, not this year. EVAP canister and valve replacement. Addition of EVAP filter kit. Not covered under recall Fuel level float unit replaced. Not covered under recall 
113000 mi

US $60
Right bank cam shaft sensor failed. I replaced it. 
135000 mi

US $70
I replaced the Camshaft position sensor again. After just over 1 1/2 years, it failed again. 
102000 mi

US $62
oil pressure sensor failed and needed to be replaced 
113000 mi

US $220
replaced oil sender sensor as previous sensor would read low oil pressure causing light to come on 
124000.0 mi

US $80
Check Engine Light came on and car stalled. The Error Code P0345 is what came up which is the driver side Cam Position Sensor. I purchased a replacement part from a local store and installed it myself in less than an hour. I did not replace the part right away and the car stalled multiple times while in use. I was able to restart without help by switching into neutral and restarting even while moving on the highway. 
118300 mi

US $35
Replaced HEATER PIPING - TUBE-WATER HEATER heater piping -tube water heater part number 92412EA200 Plastic at heater core connection was cracked. 
55000.0 mi Need to get FSU replaced, item not on recall list yet. 

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2005 Nissan Xterra 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

96000 mi Radiator should be replaced on every 2005 Xterra in existence. Read Class action lawsuit Radiator eventually rusts out at around 100k miles and drains into transmission lines which brilliantly go through the radiator. $6,000 to repair. 

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2004 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

supercharged 210hp 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

US $400 Pistins were dimpled. Engine overheated. 

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2004 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed manual RWD

165000 mi

US $350
Need it a tunep so bad.. Spark plugs cables etc 

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2004 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

113000 mi

US $200
Coolant leak. Hoses. 
137200 mi

US $250
Coolant leak. Hoses. 

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2004 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

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

63000.0 mi

US $475
Check ABS Light, needed speed sensor replaced rear wheel 
132600 mi Power steering pulley replaced, noisy 

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2004 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual RWD

105100 mi

US $50
Replace 3 belts 

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2003 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

180-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

159000 mi Exhaust manifolds cracked. Car no longer ran well. Turns out this is a fairly common problem. When I learned how bad the issue actually was, I sold the car 
178000 mi

US $17
Valve cover gaskets leaking, oil pan seal leaking. 

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2003 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

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

140000 mi

US $1000
Timing belt broke 
147000 mi

US $30000
Engine kept idling out, sometimes while driving sometimes while parked. Google problem, found common solution. Replaced throttle by and some sensor. Problem resolved. 

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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 mi

US $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. 
85000 mi 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. 
180000 mi

US $280
Coolant bypass hose rupture. 

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2002 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

212000 mi

US $55
Loud exhaust, found out the muffler is gone. Needs to be replaced 
212200 mi

US $60
Loud exhaust 

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2002 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

148000 mi

US $300
just changed the head gasket, it was leaking coolant from the left rear of the engine. 
89200 mi

US $260
Muffler needed to be replaced 
90900 mi 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. 
93300 mi

US $50
Heat shield needed a spot weld, second time it has come loose. 
96000 mi

US $1100
Distributor melted, needed plugs and wires, diagnostic etc. 
91300 mi

US $887
Muffler, center tube, gasket exhaust. Four wheel alignment. 
93000 mi

US $350
One catalytic converter threw the code, replaced both with aftermarket at muffler shop 
107000 mi

US $100
repaired a valve cover oil leak by tightening the screws 
119700 mi

US $250
Replaced Radiator and Thermostat. The upper hose connection broke at the radiator body. 
131000 mi Valve Cover Leaking. Tightened Bolts that were accessible. Rattling sound over bumps. Skid plate bolts were broken off. Drilled out remainder and replaced bolts. 
123000 mi

US $900
rear main seal, $500 (major job, most shops were going to charge $700) 

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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. 
135000 mi Heat shield rattle was fixed temporarily multiple times. When I sold the vehicle another heat shield was rattling. 
198000 mi

US $85
Changed Mass Air Flow Sensor 
116000 mi

US $780
Timing belt broke. Replaced 
119800 mi

US $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. 
130820 mi

$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. 
90000 mi

US $850
fix a coolant leak/replace coolant. 

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2002 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

143-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual RWD

220345.0 mi

US $345
Replaced water pump, all water related hoses, and radiator 
257190.0 mi

US $1354
Rebuilt Head, due to blown head gasket. 
238000 mi

US $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

123000 mi

US $70
replaced Radiator due to small crack in holding tank (plastic) with an updated 25mm (stock is 16mm)  
185000.0 mi

US $75
Last trip mechanic. Estimate $3750. Car value at max if repaired for 2000 2 wheel drive 3.3 Xterra is $1800 Why bother. Yes I deferred maintenance. But vehicle needed all new calipers, rotors, pads.. 4 shocks. Muffker. Tires. Distributor cap. Plugs. Home in manifold. Hi pressure Ac hose. Right control arm ball joint. Stabilizer. Almost all linkages. Both torsion bars. I suggest the torsion bar design was ill conceived. Can't even buy them from Nissan. Have to get off road stuff. Only good part is engine is almost unkillable. Runs great. Despite bad knock sensor. That alone just to replace is another $1700. Engine tear down to get to one sensor. Makes you wonder who designs cars??? 
136100 mi Throttle position sensor & thermo element replacement 
193000 mi

US $250
Replace timing belt. Replaced water pump. Removed/replaced sheared alternator bolts from bracket. 
137000 mi

US $250
Rear main engine seal is leaking. Nothing done at this time until problem gets worse. 

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2001 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

70500 mi

US $375
Replaced distributer 
113000 mi

US $300
Radiator exploded. Radiator was replaced. 

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2001 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

175000 mi Hose leak valve cover gasket leak 
175000 mi valve cover gasket leak never fixed. 
150843.0 mi Radiator, Hoses, Thermostat 
221000 mi

US $200
I replaced the radiator. and hoses 
229000 mi

US $50
Bad Thermostat 
231000 mi

US $500
Spring tensioner for Timing belt broke. causing a dangerously loose timing belt 
180500 mi

US $135
Replaced MAF sensor which had spurious readings causing stalling. 
185600 mi

US $508
Timing belt broke. Replaced all tensioners, accessory belts, and water pump as well. 
193700 mi

US $850
Replaced valve cover gaskets due to oil leaking onto the exhaust, causing smoke and a fire risk. 
89000 mi Radiator clogged. hoses exploded. drove car home (~10 miles) it died 2 feet from parking spot. sitting there dead. previous estimate of $8,000 before bursts. now? don't care. 

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2001 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

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

171000 mi

US $1500
check engine light, running rough. fuel injector #4 failed. because of mileage, replaced all 6 
122000 mi replaced radiator 

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2000 Nissan Xterra

Engine not specified

96000 mi

US $175
Distributor coil replaced. 

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2000 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed manual RWD

188000 mi Loss of power, engine 'miss' and stall. Diagnosed broken bearings of distributor -$50 New distributor cost -$281. Cost to install -$90 Repair shop had quoted $640! 
189200 mi

US $2500
Blown head gasket. Whole engine replacement, long block. Plus new clutch and flywheel. Just r&r heads, valve job est. $1200, clutch job $1200 this vehicle. Engine would still have 184k on it. Replacement engine has 45k miles. 
191000 mi

US $85
Heater core fittings broke. Heater core needs to be replaced.Estimated cost to replace/repair core : $1,200 - $1,500. I chose to by-pass the core at this time. 

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2000 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

210000 mi

US $100
cracked right exhaust manifold 
210000 mi

US $120
Cracked left manifold 
115200 mi

US $250
Tailpipe was missing and remainder of exhaust was rusted. 

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2000 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 3.3L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

213000 mi

US $75
Lifters going out, mechanic put it additive, but it didn't work. 
213000 mi Leak at rear main seal, lifters going out. 
135000 mi

US $650
Had water pump and timing belt changed. paid all the cost for the repair. 
146000 mi

US $500
Had the valve cover gasket replaced and also the spark plug wires changed. 
157800 mi

US $2800
Blew head gasket. Also water pump was replaced. Heads machined, valve job done. 
162000 mi

US $120
My xterra started to idle rough at times. I had them put new spark plugs in, and change the distributor cap and rotor. Also added a bottle of techron to help clean the fuel injectors. Runs like brand new now. 
137000 mi

US $160
Radiator had hole and car was overheating. Radiator replaced 
138000 mi

US $800
Replaced Timing Belt 

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2000 Nissan Xterra 4dr SUV

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

191000 mi

US $325
Timing belt tensioner came loose and timing belt was replaced during a previous repair trip with one tooth off of timing. 
199000 mi

US $300
The vehicle's engine was stuttering. Research revealed that the distributor needed replacing. 
195000 mi

US $700
Injector Replacement (1) 
125000 mi Muffler gasket rusted out. Mechanic replaced gasket and replaced hangers. 
84000 mi

US $180
coolant leak near intake manifold gasket. 
85000 mi

US $900
Head gasket - minor leak at cylinder 5 While repairing also noticed exhaust manifolds were cracked. Replaced all and did preventative 90k service. 
89000 mi

US $300
Radiator leak around top crimp. 
89600 mi

US $160
Leak at Rear Main Seal. Replacement covered under extended warranty. Total cost $1100 for zip 98111. Owner cost $150 out of pocket. 
201000.0 mi

US $900
replaced intake mainfold gasket and fuel pressure relay and radiator hose 
229000.0 mi

US $750
replace cracked exhaust manifold 
242000.0 mi

US $90
cracked vacumn hose, dealer only charged for time and also peformed an oil change and replaced rear wiper. 
258000 mi

US $450
Distributor failed 
185000 mi

US $250
Distributor died 
190000 mi

US $455
Catalyst damaging Mis-fire to #3 cylinder 

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