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#2039 of 2816 Service Engine Soon light
Jan 31, 2002 (9:27 am)
I bought a 2002 Xterra about a month ago. Since then, the Service Engine Soon light has popped on and off several times. Each time it stays on for 3 or 4 days, then goes out. It says out for a few days, then pops back on again. I'm having it checked out at the dealers, but it's my understanding that this is a typical problem with some Nissan models. Has enyone had this experience?
#2040 of 2816 Service Engine Soon Light
Jan 31, 2002 (12:49 pm)
One problem could be that at some point you
didn't fully tighten the gas cap. If it's
not tight enough it will trigger the light
intermitently, even if you have gone back and
tightened it at a later point.
Other than that, your light could mean there is a
problem (unlikely) or it is being set off by a faulty code or something. Chances are that since your X is only a month old it's nothing to worry about.
Is your X a supercharged model? I read a few
places where the wrong ECU module (the one from non S/C Xterras) was put into some of the S/C models and that was tripping the light.
Whatever it is your dealer will fix it. There
most likely is nothing wrong, other than you
have that annoyoinhg light to look at until
you take it in. Let us know what the fix is.
#2041 of 2816 Dash Board and Rear Running Lights
Feb 12, 2002 (1:24 pm)
I bought a 2002 Xterra 4x4 Auto with the s/c engine in late October. Over this past weekend, my dash board lights and my rear running lights stopped working. My turn signal and emergency blinkers, as well as my brake lights all still work. I brought into to get fixed. The mechanic left me a message saying that they've put in new fuses, but the fuses kept blowing out every hour and that they had to order some replacement part which should come in tomorrow. Has anyone else had similar problems??
Feb 18, 2002 (3:27 pm)
Hey everyone. I have been away from this board for a long time. Good to see different names here.
I have a 2001 SE Goldruush 5speed 4x4 X and love it. No problems- just lots of fun.
#2043 of 2816 To buy (an xterra), or not to buy
Feb 21, 2002 (7:30 pm)
Ok....I need your honest opinion here...
I'm considering buying an X to replace my '99 4x4 ranger (due to the lack of a back seat and I rarely use the bed). I've heard nothing but good things about the X. I like it 'cause it's got a real frame, 4x4, and is available w/manual tranny.I'm looking for a "stripper"-new/used...doesn't matter. I'm jut wondering if Nissan trucks hold up for the long run under constant abuse. No BS> I've driven the ranger 65K miles cross-country//off-road-/stuck/unstuck/and as my everyday 1 and only vehicle....it's never let me down. I've never owned anything but Fords',
but, new explorer is a joke for off-road use...
I apprectiate ya'lls help.
Feb 22, 2002 (1:20 pm)
Ford was forced to buy back my '98 Ranger 4x4 due to reliability problems. So I bought the Xterra and love it.
If you want to check out reliability issues, go to www.xterraownersclub.com and read the Problems and Annoyances section. A few minor quirks here and there, as with every mass produced automobile, but nothing major. No blown motors, no failed trannies, etc. The current engine in the Xterra (3.3 V6) has been around a while and never had any major problems. It's the same engine as was in in the old Pathfinders (they had the 3.0, so it's been tweaked a bit to get the 3.3), but it's the same one they've used for years. Nissan reliability is pretty good and the X is a pretty well built vehicle overall. Several owners have 60K-70K miles already and the X is only in its third year of production.
So far, I've hit quite a few trails in mine and have yet to have any problem at all. If you leave the pavement, the stock tires have to go, but other than that the X is a great back-to-basics suv with a sturdy part-time 2 speed transfer case. I was amazed at how sure-footed it was compared to my Ranger and S-10 4x4's.
The interior space is pretty good for a mid-size SUV, and approach and departure angles are decent too for off-roading (could be better, but they're not bad).
I bought the X because it met my needs: back seat, 4x4, good reliability record. I try and keep most of my vehicles for about 100K miles or so and I really have no reason to think this one
won't go that far. I can't say I've "trashed" mine, but it's taken a pretty good pounding on the trails. Still rides like it did when I bought it new, no sqeaks, no rattles, everything pretty much runs like new so far.
There are lots of decent SUVs out there, so I'm not saying the X is perfect for everyone, but the best part about it, I think, is that it's the perfect combination of a 9-5 weekday commuter and weekend trail rig. Have fun shopping and don't hesitate to ask questions here. Lots of X owners here will be totally honest about their likes/dislikes. So far, I honestly love this vehicle. And I'm not biased towards Nissan or imports. This is the first Nissan/import I have ever owned.
#2045 of 2816 2000 Xterra right step rail
Feb 22, 2002 (4:24 pm)
I need to replace my 2000 Xterra right step rail. The places I've been to have both rails for around $250. I just want the right rail. Can you please email me at shawvjunkattbi.com if you can tell me where I can order it?
Feb 22, 2002 (6:43 pm)
First I'd try Ebay.. or look for a local X club.. many owners remove or swap the originals for Sliders.
Feb 23, 2002 (11:36 am)
I recently brought in my 2001 Xterra SE for some service. The mechanic brought to my attention the fact that the engine oil cap does not fit properly. It doesn't tighten well, and for the most part, is quite loose. He warned me of the possibility of it inadvertently coming off. Does anyone else have the same situationor has heard of this before? Is there an easy fix?
Feb 25, 2002 (12:43 pm)
The problem is caused by an oil filler opening with threads that were not cut deeply enough on some Xterras. The fix is a new valve cover and a new cap. This is a warranty item. The service writer at my dealership says they have replaced a few of them. Ask them about it or call the 1-800-Nissan number if your dealership gives you the run around. It's an easy fix.