2003 Nissan Xterra Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Nissan Xterra

2003 Nissan Xterra Problems

The distributor shaft bearing can become rusty, and seize causing the engine to stall or not start. The failed distributor will commonly require replacement.

The coolant outlet on the front of the lower intake manifold may develop a coolant leak.

The fuel injectors can fail and cause drivability problems. Often there is no Check Engine light and the failures can be caused by corrosion of the connector, clogging beyond the point of cleaning, and/or internal failures.

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2003 Nissan Xterra Questions

After an instant overheat & engine shut down my 2003 Nissan Xterra (137K miles) was diagnosed as having blown H2O pump & thermostat that were replaced along with tensioner, belts, radiator hoses & fluids. 4 days later it overheated again on highway (smoking this time) & same servi...

what should i check next, fuel relay?

I have to reach a speed of 45 mph for the ac to blow cool air. if I stop it will get warm again and take time to cool. Is this a defect with the car?

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2003 Nissan Xterra Recalls

Nissan is recalling 2002–2004 Frontier and Exterra models due to corrosion in the lower steering column joint that can limit movement of the joint, resulting in excessive load. This can lead to cracking of the shaft, which may result in loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Nissan will replace the steering column shaft and joint with a different design, free of charge.

ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH SIX CYLINDER ENGINES AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH FOUR OR SIX CYLINDER ENGINES, THE FUEL PUMP TERMINAL ON THE FUEL-SENDING UNIT CAN DEVELOP A CRACK IN THE PLASTIC MOLDING. THIS CAN CAUSE THE TERMINAL STRIP TO CORRODE UNDER SOME ENVIRONMENTAL CON...ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, WATER MAY ENTER THE REAR AXLE HOUSING DUE TO INADEQUATE SEALING OF THE ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS) SENSOR.

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2003 Nissan Xterra Reviews

Exhaust & Emissions* I need to see how i get to the knock senser and change it.

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