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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 Posts: 52,572
    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.

    Steve, Host

  • 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 Posts: 52,572
    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.

    Steve, Host
  • 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.
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    That is why I mentioned it, some dealers blame everything on the flakes, some own up to the real rust. (2 seperate issues).
    A few owners in Ontario had to go to one particular dealer to get it repaired under warrenty, while their own dealer refused to cover it. You found a good dealer.
  • My husband and I recently test drove the X and liked it, but I can't seem to find any crash test info on the vehicle. Anyone know how it performed? We're also deciding whether to save a little money and buy the 2002 or get the 2003 because of the side airbag option that the 2002 doesn't offer. And the biggest question of all...are you happy with your car choice? Should we buy one? Help!
  • My factory tires have worn out on '00 X and I'm looking for some good A/T tires any suggestions??

    Has anyone tried the BFG A/T TA KO yet?? I noticed they don't come in 265/70/R15 (as the original BFG Longtrail) but are available in 235/75/R15.
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    I'm a month shy of having my X for 3 years and still have nothing bad to say about it. Good workhorse, if you are ready for a SUV, and the bad mpg that goes with it, the X is a good pick. Its does great for a daily driver and on long hauls, load up and go. No regrets here.

    I've got BFG A/T K/O's.. (31x10.5x15), I was happy with them on other trucks, and still like them now. Slightly more aggressive without being loud, nicer handling over the LongTrails. I didn't mind the longtrails for road use, but the A/T's are still a nice improvement. BTW 31" will fit a 2000 with some minor trimming in the front mud flap area (very easy to do and no one will notice)
    *** being in a snow & ice belt, I do not like A/T's for winter, but I also seem to be one of the few that doesn't not like them in winter, most do. I have a second set of Winter Deulers for winters.
  • Thanks for the tire info.

    I've also been very happy with my X, up until now that is...50K miles and now I have a tranny problem. At about 25K I started having trouble getting into gear when it was cold (sitting overnight in the garage), the problem continued to get worse and no service center was able to duplicate the problem (I've heard that one before). So I finally got so sick of hearing that one that I made them prove to me that it couldn't be duplicated and low and behold they witnessed the same problem I've been complaining about for a year and a half.

    They diagnosed it with a pressure plate problem and with some negotiating I got them to cover it under warrenty. I got a new clutch disc and pressure plate, the problem went away but now I have some concerning new problems. Loss of torque, whinny noise in the transfer case, squishy clutch and the list goes on.

    It's going back in tomorrow, the kooks at the dealership want to take another crack at it. We'll see how it goes.
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    Mine is standard as well, I find getting it into 1st (sometimes second) a little knotchy when parked overnight in the freeze, goes away once warmed up right. Same thing used to happen on my 4runner, so I'm not questioning it yet.

    I did have a more exagerated problem once, turned out that my rubber mats slipped foreward just enough and was blocking my clutch engage point... d'oh ;)
  • Yeh, it went away once the vehicle warmed up, aobut 20 miles or so of driving, but it wasn't knotchy it just wouldn't go into gear, it was like pushing against a brick wall.

    So I dropped it off this morning and now they're saying it might be a clogged fuel/air system. Wright! so I bring it in one day and it's fine, sit's on their lot for two days and now it's a fuel system (which they are eagerly trying to pin on me)

    Can you tell I'm a little bitter about this. I expected some minor problems with a brand new design but every time it goes in for something it takes and act of God to get it fixed. Just like when my auto locking hubs wouldn't disengage, it took months to get it fixed.

    I love the truck but Nissan has got to work on their customer service.
  • xcanukxcanuk Posts: 372
    I found my original dealer where I bought my X to be a bunch of monkeys (after the first oil change)

    Found a new one, and they have been super, covered all my concerns and even gave me an extra 15% discount on parts. Difference is like night & day..
  • I brought it to another dealer and they said I needed major tranny work after those kooks messed with it and it was gonna cost $$$ and there was some loophole that got them out of covering it under warranty, because it wasn't considered defective from the factory or some crap like that.

    So after a lot of fighting and short of a costly law suit and still getting no where I sold my X :( and bought a Pathfinder. Soo disapointed with it, it's way to cushy, auto tranny, crappy tires, and not nearly as rugged...I'm afraid to haul my garbage or drive over a curb with it. Well that was a hard learning experience I guess.

    So if anyones interested I already listed it for sale.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    anyone here take their X offroad? Does it require mods to do so, or does it have decent offroad abilities in stock form?

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

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