Nissan Xterra - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Nissan Xterra owners have reported a total of 3,697 problems for their cars built in the 16 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Nissan Xterra. The 2005 Nissan Xterra cars have the most problems reported (1,077 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Nissan Xterra

  Common problems of Nissan Xterra

The following chart shows the 27 most common problems for Nissan Xterra cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (896 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's fuel system, gasoline (697 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Nissan Xterra

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
896
  Gasoline Fuel System
697
  Engine And Engine Cooling
619
  Other Fuel System
358
  Equipment
191
  Electrical System
178
  Air Bag
135
  Steering
96
  Service Brakes
88
  Visibility
80
   
  Suspension
74
  Vehicle Speed Control
64
  Structure
43
  Wheel
40
  Unknown Or Other
35
  Tire
27
  Electronic Stability Control
23
  Exterior Lighting
18
  Seat Belt
15
  Air Brake
8
  Interior Lighting
2
  Latches/locks/linkage
2
  Parking Brake
2
  Child Seat
2
  Seats
2
  Traction Control System
1
  Diesel Fuel System
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Nissan Xterra of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Xterra model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Nissan Xterra model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Xterra Model Years

Xterra
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2015 813,0074    
0.15
  2014 1212,5255    
0.19
  2013 513,0366    
0.06
  2012 923,5007    
0.05
  2011 1422,0538    
0.08
  2010 3723,5029    
0.17
  2009 1913,13010    
0.14
  2008 13537,66411    
0.33
  2007 66046,77612    
1.18
  2006 91760,22313    
1.17
  2005 1,07755,68014    
1.38
  2004 9185,74215    
0.07
  2003 9075,34916    
0.07
  2002 19099,90417    
0.11
  2001 19092,32618    
0.11
  2000 243105,95519    
0.12

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Nissan Xterra is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2015 Xterra
4
  2014 Xterra
3
  2012 Xterra
3
  2011 Xterra
1
  2010 Xterra
7
  2009 Xterra
2
  2008 Xterra
9
  2007 Xterra
16
  2006 Xterra
18
  2005 Xterra
13
  2004 Xterra
13
  2003 Xterra
10
  2002 Xterra
30
  2001 Xterra
18
  2000 Xterra
18


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