2014 Glacier White ❌terra S
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Eagle River, AK
5/21 Update: 2014 S Oil Burn
I think I may have gotten a lemon with my 2014 Xterra S....yet it hasn't cost me a dime because of having bought the 10 year/100k mile bumper to bumper. This could be a long explanation.
So far here's whats happened with mine:
At ~35k miles they replaced the timing chain
At ~50k they replaced the valve cover gaskets
Something that's happened a few times since I've had the vehicle is if I'm parked on a steep-ish hill, steep enough to feel like I have to use the parking brake (auto transmission), once the car has been sitting and I start the car, the oil pressure gauge would kind of bounce around and the oil light flicker until I put it in drive. The oil never seemed low, so I figured it was just a gravity thing because of being parked on a hill.
But now....I'm burning oil....or something....and they can't figure out where and Nissan is telling them it's "normal." I went on a roadtrip from Anchorage to Prudhoe Bay (Deadhorse). A week before the trip when I got my oil changed is when they noticed the valve covers leaking. Fast forward 4k miles later (checked it every 1k miles during the trip like I always do and levels were normal) when I was at a coffee shop back in Anchorage. I go to leave and my oil pressure gauge stays bottomed out when I started my car. Cycled the car on/off a few times...didn't help. Pulled around the side of the building, checked the oil...dipstick was dry as a bone. Granted the engine had been running but I would expect there to be some residue or something...but alas there was not. Oil gauge eventually started registering normal oil pressure. I called Nissan about bringing it in and they said they were booked full and to bring it the next morning. I went by the auto parts store and grabbed/added 2 quarts into the car since I live about 15-20 miles north of Anchorage. Took my car in the next day, they tell me they couldn't find any leaks or evidence of leaks on the outside of the engine anywhere, but added another quart and a half. So that means that in those 4k miles, the engine burned 3.5 quarts of oil. So they have me bring it back a few days later do a full oil change (for free, on them) and say drive 2k miles and bring it back. Due to scheduling issues, I brought it back around 2,400 miles later, it was about a quart and a half low after having added a quart due to another trip I took. So this go around it was 2.5 quarts low. However, he said the oil was still amber and clear...so no real evidence that it's burning either. They top it off and the master tech puts these temporary blue seals all over the place, says don't touch the dipstick, oil filler cap, don't even open the hood if possible, and tells me drive another 500 miles and bring it back. This go around I brought it back at about 1,300...again because of scheduling issues. This time it was about a quart low. Nissan still tells them this is "normal" and within industry standards. This last bring-in was this past Friday and he wasn't able to finish the conversation with Nissan corporate. So that's where I am now. The master tech said he doesn't buy them telling him that the oil burn is normal. He's supposed to be calling me back soon to talk to me about what he saw when he checked it out and what they told him.
I really like this car, but not sure what exactly to do. I'm at 65k miles now, so I've still got 35k left in the warranty, and none of this has cost me anything out of pocket. The dealership really does go out of their way to help me with some things, so I have 0 complaints with them at all, but with having some fairly significant issues this "early" on in the life of the vehicle, and some costly issues at that, I doubt it will make sense to keep it once the warranty has run out.
SO there's my current predicament. Several people have suggested piston rings...but I'm not incredible mechanical so I'm not sure. I'm just letting Nissan do their thing. Other than this, they assure me that the car is mechanically in great shape and I shouldn't be worried about it blowing up on me.
Last edited by jeansleeves; 05-21-2019 at 02:39 PM.