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Nissan XTerra SUV



  • Thanks for your information on the pulling. I now have 3 messages - 4 including mine - with pulling problems. Deb797 had the pulling problem in her message posted prior to mine. Anyone else out there with the same?
  • Sorry I corrected last message. The website is This will give you tech bulletin info.
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    If you are looking for something to print out

    Go over to
    do a search for "pulling to the right" in the tire, wheels and suspensuion forum and a few good threads will show up.

    I couldn't link the threads directly due to the length of them
  • Thanks for info. I will check that site out. Dealership can't seem to fix the problem. I am looking for more backup for arbitration than the 3 independent mechanic reports that I have. Hope that site gives me a little bit more. Thanks again
  • Donna - The dealer is telling me I have no leak. It obviously is leaking since you can trace the dye. Please let me know how you realized you were leaking coolant? What tests did they perform to actually take it in and replace the manifold and head gasket? I am ready to go to arbitration. Any details you could give me will help. I am completely frustrated. Thanks for your help!
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,936
    TSB summaries are available at the site and in The Edmunds Maintenance Guide in addition to Getting the full text is trickier - sometimes your service manager will make a copy for you.

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  • I am also preparing for arbitration. Let me know how it goes. How many miles on your X? Someone here also dealt with Concord Nissan with a bad experience. Let me know...I think I also need to check my head gasket and back bumper for rust.
  • Thanks Steve. My mechanic is looking into getting that bulletin printed for me.
  • dmf2dmf2 Posts: 5
    Holly- I believe every time I had a problem my truck's temperature gauge went to H (I also smelled a foul odor). The first time I took it in, they told me the truck over heated and that the intake manifold gasket needed to be replaced. This last time when they replaced the head gasket, again the temperature gauge went to H, check engine soon light went on. I brought it to another Nissan dealer and they told me that it was leaking coolant and that the head gasket needed to be replaced. They ended up giving me a story that they couldn't work on if for another two weeks and that I should bring it back to where I bought the truck. I did and they took two weeks to fix. Did you try bringing it to another dealer to check it out? You won't believe this, my truck is in the shop again today (I just got it back last week)Since they replaced the Head Gasket every time I come to a stop and step on the gas there is a hesitation/pull, its just not right. Today after having the truck all day they called at 4:00pm to ask if I could leave the truck there another day. They claim they been talking to Nissan all day and can't seem to find what is causing this. They need to speak with Nissan again tomorrow. I've just about had it. I started filling out the paper work for the CT lemon law. I think now I have a pretty good shot at receiving a full refund. In the two years I've had this truck its been in the shop off and on for 32 days. Sorry I don't know exactly what tests they performed. Is your check engine light going on at all? Over heating?
  • Thanks for replying. Actually, my head gasket never overheated. Whatever leak there is, it is tiny. So, they did what they could for now to test for a leak. We will check again for traces of dye in a couple thousand miles. You will probably most likey be able to get a refund. It sounds like you got a lemon. It is wierd, I have never had problems with my other 2 Nissans I have owned. I am convinced there are just lemons out there with every brand of car. It is too bad. Good luck though! By the way, I am from CT. Where do you live?
  • The problem with my Xterra started below 2,000 miles. I now have 7,000 and the problem is just getting worse. I don't think they can keep these things in alignment. Nissan used the an older style recirculating ball steering system in the Xterra. If this system has a bad valve or leaks in anyway, it has a tendency to cause a drift in the vehicle. Thats why other SUVs have rack & pinion (not sure on that spelling). I will let you know how I make out with arbitration. They still haven't set a date yet, but I have filed the papers.
  • dmf2dmf2 Posts: 5
    I live in Stratford. What part of CT are you from? On a side note, the truck went in on Thursday and as of today Monday they still have it. They called Friday saying they've been on the phone all day with Nissan in California and can't seem to find out what is causing the truck to hesitate when you step on that gas. I will let you know what happens with the Lemon Law.
  • Hey,
    I own a 2000 chevy suburban and its great, but I want to buy a 2001 Xterra XE V6 4x4 for my son. So anyone that has this car can you tell me any problems that have occured and whether you would recommend it for a first time driver. How does the 4x4 work and is it a lever or button. How much should I expect to pay for this car with low mileage (under 25,000). Thanks for help
  • I was raised in Canton CT. It is west of Hartford. Let us know what happens with the lemon law! It puzzles me how their own mechanics can't figure out problems and they need to call into Nissan. If you took the vehicle into a regular Nissan mechanic, I bet they could figure out the problem. Who knows. I feel bad for you!
  • I am wondering if anyone else has run into this problem and can give me some advice. My 2001 XTerra is about to come out of it's 60,000km warranty period. It's only 2 year old and I'm noticing little tiny small rust specs all over the rear lift gate panel, and along both the passenger and driver's side doors (near the base). These specs can be removed by just scratching them with your finger so they are just sitting on top of the paint currently.

    When I complained to the dealership about this happening, they tell me that it's environmental, and that it's a normal driving condition for this to occur. It's something along the lines of picking up metal flecks from the road as I drive. They suggest that I need to wash the truck specially once a year and apply this plato like substance all over the body to remove these little metal flecks. So Nissan doesn't cover this, but they do admit by not removing these flecks over the long haul it will damage the body of the vehicle.

    I have heard a second story ("unofficially") indicating that following transportation of new vehicles they are suppose to do some sort of treatment process to the brakes (I'm not sure why). If this process isn't done correctly the side-effect is that the brakes release small metal chips that heat up and will stick to the panels of the truck and begin to rust on the surface.

    Does anyone have a similar problem on their XTerra? Could someone verify if this "unofficial" story might actually be true, and that I should work harder to get Nissan to do something about this. Has anyone heard of this 1 year maintenenace that we're suppose to do?

    I have owned previous new vehicles in the past and I have never seen this on a 2 year old vehicle. I'd love to hear your responses as soon as possible since my warranty is coming up quickly and I have limited time to address this.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,936
    I'm not sure of the cause, but new cars frequently have little rust spots on them; supposedly from rail shipment (aka "rail dust"). They are on the surface and are easily removed with a $10 clay bar (the silly putty/playdough stuff). Mothers is one brand. My guess is that's all you're seeing here, although some people have complained about "hot" flecks melting into their paint from brake pads.

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  • mney6mney6 Posts: 116
    Yes, the metal flakes come from the air.
    It happens to all cars and is very difficult to get rid of.
    Take a look at white cars in your area and you will notice the same thing.
    A detail shop can help take it off with a clay bar.
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    First off, if it is the flakes, the clay bar does work. A number of owners had to go through it and had good results.
    Just for extra info, a few X's have had issues with rust on the hatch, more like pin sized spots in the indent by the hatch window, depending on the dealer, some have actually had it repainted under warrenty, without involving Nissan Canada.
  • Thanks for the info. on the rust. I tried the clay that the dealership gave me and it worked like a charm so I'm assuming it is just environmental and possibly brake dust also.

    XCanuk, it's interesting you mentioned the pin sized spots on the rear hatch though. I actually have a spot rusting from my metal on the rear that the dealership has agreed to repair under warranty. I think they must be aware of this problem because they are going to repaint the entire rear panel including lifting the rear glass to do it properly, so I may have been one of those people affected.
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