The distributor shaft bearing can become rusty, and seize causing the engine to stall or not start. The failed distributor will commonly require replacement.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Nissan Xterra No Start, Engine Stalls
Nissan Xterra Problem
Engines Affected: 3.3L V6, V6
Average Mileage: 144,816 mi (56,000 mi - 215,000 mi)
engine would get to 2500 rpm start shutting and bucking you could give it gas and it would act like it was getting none, changed the fuel filter the maf sensor the coolant temperture sensor the throttle positioning sensor, checked pluggs and wires, nothing still doing the same thing ends up it was the distributor
Visitor, 2001 Nissan Xterra, 3.3L V6, 167,000 mi
engine started in morning running fine -came out of work - would not start - engine turns over but no start
Visitor, 2000 Nissan Xterra, 3.3L V6, 165,000 mi
driving down highway and just stalled, wont start now...turns over and all lights work etc....checked fuel pump, everything works...
Visitor, 2001 Nissan Xterra, 3.3L V6, 130,000 mi
Engine loses power at first, check engine light comes on. This is when the engine is pretty warm from traffic and climbing a hill. Last time no check engine warning ... engine died and would not restart until cooled off.
Visitor, 2002 Nissan Xterra, 3.3L V6, 170,000 mi
Engine would stop going down the road, not start for seveeral hours.
Shop replaced distributor and crankshaft
Distributor seized and broke a chunk off the cam and broke the bolt holding it down. Is there anyone replying to these reports? I need help
Visitor, 2000 Nissan Xterra, 3.3L V6, 168,000 mi
Following an oil change car started to run rough then stall out. Dealer reported the bearings split
Visitor, 2000 Nissan Xterra, 3.3L V6, 160,000 mi
Irratic/poor/stumbling engine performance... Would not rev above 2000-2200 RPM while "trying" to drive. Upper bearing failure in distributor... caused crankshaft positioning sensor to send erronous signal to ECM. Replaced w/ new distributor.
Visitor, 2000 Nissan Xterra, 3.3L V6, 75,000 mi
seal failed on distributor, it seized up and got shoved out of the motor, broke two teeth off the cam
Visitor, 2000 Nissan Xterra, 140,000 mi
catostrophic failure of ignition system... causing stall and loss of power steering and brake assist on freeway. 3rd distributor change out. No Spark.