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    The 2003 Xterra has been recalled along with several other Nissan models (Nissan).

    DETROIT (AP), Nissan Motor Co. is recalling more than 600,000 vehicles in North and South America and Africa due to steering or battery cable problems.

    The Japanese automaker said Thursday that the steering recall affects 303,000 Frontier pickup trucks and 283,000 Xterra sport utility vehicles in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and other Latin American countries. Nissan said a corrosion problem with the lower steering column joint and shaft can limit steering movement, making the vehicles difficult to steer. In some cases the corrosion can cause the joint to crack.

    Nissan also is recalling 18,500 Sentra sedans because of a battery cable terminal connector problem that can make the cars difficult to start or stall at low speeds.

    Nissan Vehicles Under Recall In North America

    2002-2004 Nissan Frontier
    2002-2004 Nissan Xterra
    2010-2011 Nissan Sentra

    The company says no injuries or accidents have been reported because of either issue.

    The Frontiers covered by the recall are from the 2002 through 2004 model years and were made from July 9, 2001, to Oct. 20, 2004, in Smyrna, Tenn., for the North American market, Nissan said in a statement. Frontiers made from Nov. 30, 2001, to June 26, 2008, in Curitiba, Brazil, for South and Central American markets also are in the recall.

    The 2002-2004 North American Xterras in the recall were made from July 9, 2001, to Jan. 6, 2005, also at the Smyrna plant. Xterras made from Feb. 17, 2003, to June 13, 2008, in Curitiba, Brazil, for South and Central American markets also are affected.

    Nissan also said it will replace the positive battery cable terminal on affected Sentras. The vehicles were built at the Aguascalientes, Mexico, plant from May 22, 2010 to July 8, 2010.

    The automaker said it will notify owners in early December when parts are available, and dealers will fix the problem at no cost to the owners.

    Nissan said the steering problem was discovered from cases in Brazil and Canada, and there have been no field reports in the U.S.

    "The isolated field reports from Brazil and Canada are likely related to some unique environmental conditions not commonly present in other areas, combined with a greater percentage of off-pavement usage," Nissan spokesman Colin Price said in an e-mail. "Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided that field action is appropriate in all the potentially affected markets."

    About 240,000 Frontiers, 261,000 Xterras and 14,000 Sentras are affected in the U.S.

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    massjet51 Nov 13, 2010 7:48 AM
    I had a 03 xterra that had a stearing problem at 18000 miles . they said it was the power steering box. i guess it wasn't i traded it in. I loved that car but couldn't see spending $1500 to get it fixed 'out of warranty
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    reaktionar Nov 12, 2010 8:18 PM
    This is somewhat disturbing when you consider how soon this comes after Toyota's fiasco. For Toyota and Nissan to have these kind of quality problems after more than a decade of near flawless records suggests a deteriorating trend in Japanese manufacturing. This does not mean I will be switching to Ford or GM. For the record, every car I have purchased happens to be made in Japan.
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    wjawljw Nov 12, 2010 2:35 PM
    SINCKART, YOU AR AN EXAGERRATOR AND SOUND LIKE A DOOSH. AMERICAN CARS CAN BARELY MAKE 100,000 MILES? HOW ABOUT A 1975 CHEVY VEGA, 175,000, MILES OR A 1987 BUICK REGAL, 180,000 MILES? AND THESE 2 CARS BUILT AT THE SUPPOSEDLY WORST TIME FOR AMERICAN QUALITY. AMERICAN CARS ARE BETTER THAN DETROIT HATERS LIKE YOU SAY. AND THE JAP CARS ARE NOT AS GOOD AS YOU THINK. I KNEW TOYOTA WAS BUILDING JUNK FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS., BUT THE MEDIA HAS BEEN HIDING JAPANESE CAR RECALLS FOR 30 YEARS. THE MEDIA HATES DETROIT AND OUTS GM AND FORD IMMEDIATELY FOR A RECALL. IT TOOK THE MEDIA 10 YEARS TO OUT TOYOTA AND THEY ONLY DID IT BEGRUDGINGLY BECAUSE OF THE VIDEO OF THAT GUY IN CALIFORNIA WITH THE OUT OF CONTROL LEXUS. THE MEDIA HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO OUT TOYOTA. BY THE WAY, I OWN A HONDA CIVIC, 220,000 MILES. GREAT ENGINE TRANNY AND CLUTCH BUT IVE PUT AS MUCH INTO THE CAR FOR REPAIRS AS MY AMERICAN CARS. PRETTY MUCH THE SAME IN THE LONG RUN.
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    titan2fast Nov 12, 2010 2:33 PM
    thats so funny if u look at sticker on windsheild before u buy it says how much of car is built here in usa..so why are people complaing most jap cars are built here in usa...read on people..i have worked on Nissan cars for 18 years and yes they have problems..but Nissan doesnt try to hide under carpet they take full resposibilty for people driving over plastic bags..just check out recall they did in 03 with the altima we had to reenginner the exhaust system due to thermal incindents even back with the older maximas and Z cars for leaking injector hoses due to improper maint...look at vin number if it starts with 1 its built here if its starts with J guess what built in Japan...2 built in canada...like camaro..u bought ur tv from who ??? sony? ha it all politics.and to try to save a buck..but does anyone listen or pay attention when they are buying..i noticed nothing but excitment when you buy a new car..until payment rolls around and its blahh bla blahhh blhh blaaaaa
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    leonedmiston70 Nov 12, 2010 1:24 PM
    I have a 2005 Maxima and am real happy with it. I do not like the idea though that Sentras are made in Mexico, if that is the case I would not give you 2 cents for one if I could not sell it, I would not consider buying one period but to make them in Mexico and sell them in the USA, then I say, NO WAY JOSE!
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    miksap Nov 12, 2010 1:04 PM
    The automobile is a very complicated machine with thousands of parts. No one can guarantee any vehicle will be trouble free or that any part will fail domestic or imported. Remember that the trouble with Toyota brake problem was a part manufactured here in US by americans. Also if the jobs went outside of this country was our fault by allowing the unions to constantly ask for more and more till the govt. allowed them to manufacture out of the country. I was a union worker and saw first hand the crap allowed to go down the assembly line. I protested many times to the shop steward and he said " screw the company, let them get more helpers to do the the job" that should have been done right the first time. Not one of them showed a concern for the person who was to buy the auto, only to ask for more workers to add to the union rolls so they could collect more dues. I was in the picket line while the big wigs would come and uged us to stay on the line freezzing while they drove on their Cadillacsm and their warm offices.
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    miksap Nov 12, 2010 12:52 PM
    Tharriger: The reason for off driving affecting the steering colum is the great strain caused by the uneven rock-covered roads. Not much different from the ones we have here but much, much worse.The steering column takes a beating with wheels jumping up-down. BTW no vehicles are allowed anywhere near the beaches so the surf ideea is not applicable As for Canada the roads are smooth but the weather creates another set of problems for the suspension, steering and all the parts underneath. Not necessarily the chemicals but the extrreme cold.
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    fishlocomo Nov 12, 2010 12:45 PM
    You say to buy american and stop shipping the dollars over to japan. Do you have any idea how many more americans would be out of work if they japanese brands left the country. There are alot of toyotas that are produced here and alot of the parts that are replacement parts are from factories in this country. Not to mention the jobs that are at the ports from the vehicles that being imported. From your check in guys to the guy that installs accessories to the truck drivers that deliver the vehicles to the dealers. I am all for people that want to by amercian made products. I myself drive a ford and I receive numerous recall notices. I don't seem to hear about them in the news though.
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    pks29733steel Nov 12, 2010 12:33 PM
    I agree with poster ' ejb44r', BUY American!! I have no problem with the owners of higher end cars (Rolls, Lamborghini, Porsche, etc.) as they have money to spend and most also own an American car. But for the 'average Joe' to ship $32,000 (or even $16,000 for a 'Kia') to the land of the 'Rising Sun' is ridiculous. Yes American car companies have had recalls but not for cars that drive themselves (Toyota) or faulty braking (Toyota again) or with steering problems (Nissian). Remeber folks, Hungry, Unemployed...EAT YOUR IMPORTED CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
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    sinckart Nov 12, 2010 12:22 PM
    Why would they * over " does not ********* engine"
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    tharriger Nov 12, 2010 12:22 PM
    Part of this story and Nissan's explanation are odd. Why would off-pavement driving cause corrosion to the steering column? I could see how frequent dring in the surf in Brazil could cause corrosion, but that is not a too common activity in Canada. If it were due to de-icing chemicals in Canada, it would not be off-pavement. Soinds like a bunch of double-talk and BS.
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    sinckart Nov 12, 2010 12:20 PM
    ejb44, Buy American? Really? The Americans have been selling crap to their own citizens for more than 50 years using that same lame slogan, Buy American. The average Nissan, Honda or even Toyota, does ********* engine until 100,000 miles. Most American made vehicles can bearly make it to 100,000. There are plenty of Japanese cars still on the raod with their odometer reading 300,000, 400,000 and even 500,000. Same transmission, same engine, including mine.
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    ejb44 Nov 12, 2010 11:23 AM
    2nd paragraph first 3 words says it all...Japanese!!! Buy American people...support your country and jobs here in the USA and keep the dollars here...not in Japan!!! See even imports have their issues...Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Kia...If your buying foreign auto's based on quality, you are in the dark. Take a look and support USA's development and keep the money here!!! BUY AMERICAN!! Enuff Said!!
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    poppyhills6 Nov 12, 2010 11:08 AM
    what about the Altima??? My car had problems with the battery cable. It constantly stalled while I was driving at low speeds and was hard to start. Id have to get out and jiggle it around.
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    sylvial1120 Nov 12, 2010 11:01 AM
    my 2003 Avalon was just recalled for the steering wheel lock. Since the repair, my steering wheel is now more resistant to turning and now the sound of occasional squeaking. I am sorry that I had the recall done. I am wondering what I can have done, not happy with the jerky steering.
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