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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,462 miles

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2008 Nissan Frontier brakes problems

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2008 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 062012

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 70,567 miles


Left work about 4 days ago at night when I was driving on the highway and the truck cut out on me(no gas pedal) so I look down at the voltage gauge and its reading about 10V..... so I thought to myself "ok well maybe the alternator finally went after all the [xxx]I put it through." Went to pull over and here is where it gets weird, I went to hit the brakes and the pedal went to the floor, I coasted to the slow lane and turned my acc. Off and got it back home safely. Long story short I tested the alternator and battery, both of which were shorted/old/dead.... replaced both at the tune of $191 for the alternator and $70 for the battery. Now, I hooked everything up today. Started the truck... volt gauge is back at 10V... then I see a small amount of smoke from under the hood, shut the truck off to find that the brake lines going from the master cylinder to the ABS module are smoking... and the lines leaving the module are as well. I cooled everything down, went inside to grab a drink (4-5 min) and came back out and the truck was completely dead... unhooked the battery and put it on a trickle charger for now. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #8

Aug 302011


  • 60,000 miles
Left rear axle seal failed and grease from axle coated caliper and brake disc, rendering braking ineffective on that wheel. This is a known issue with Nissan with a technical service bulletin (ntb100008) issued, but Nissan only selectively applies the repair. Grease coating the brake appears visually the same as brake dust, and owner's manual requires inspection of seals only every 7500 miles, so braking may be lost for a considerable period of time before discovery. Serious accident was narrowly avoided on 10-14-2011, ironically on return from dealer, when car ahead stopped in lane to turn left; hard braking and swerve into right lane avoided collision but truck stopped with front grill at same point as front seat in the stopped car.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #7

Jul 142008


  • 1,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that when depressing the brake pedal, the pedal would seem loose and extend to the floorboard. The failure was intermittent when in traffic and when the contact was braking a lot. The dealer replaced the master cylinder but the failure continued. The failure mileage was approximately 1,500 and the current mileage was approximately 28,000.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

problem #6

Oct 062010

Frontier 4-cyl

  • miles


2008 Nissan Frontier. Consumer states problems with braking system the consumer stated steady pressure on the brake pedal caused loss of position and eventually sinking toward the floor. Sudden stops did not have firm brake pressure on the brake pedal. The dealer replaced the master cylinder, but the problem continued. The second repair attempt was to replace the booster pump, but to no avail.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #5

Sep 142010


  • 20,000 miles
Brake pedal goes below the gas pedal. I have hit both pedals in a rush stops.

- Logansport, IN, USA

problem #4

Aug 252010


  • 4,844 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Frontier. While driving approximately 5-10 mph approaching a stop sign he engaged the brakes and the brakes popped. When he depressed the brakes they failed to operate, he then engaged the emergency brake. He continued to drive to his destination. He called a tow company and had the vehicle towed to an authorized Nissan dealer. The dealer advised him that all four rotors and the front brake pads had rusted out. The dealer was repairing the vehicle at the time of the complaint.the failure and current mileage were 4,844.

- Harrison, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 252009

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Frontier. He stated that his vehicle was purchased in November 2008. While driving approximately 35 mph and engaging the brake pedal it extended to the floor until he heard metal to metal. The vehicle stopped; however, the vehicle accelerated when the accelerator pedal was engaged. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who stated that they couldn't duplicate the problem. The vehicle was taken to an independent facility where they stated that vehicle had a leak in the master cylinder. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was 200. The current mileage was 13600. Updated 03/12/10. Updated 09/21/10

- Truth Or Consequences , NM, USA

problem #2

Jun 032009

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • 50 miles
We own a 2008 Nissan Frontier truck/ 4 wheel drive, 6cyl. The brakes are far too soft, and spongy, require far too much pedal travel to be safe or effective, or to be effectively used by anyone!! all Frontier models have this same problem. They need to be recalled/brake system corrected & made firmer, safer!

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 222008


  • miles
I have a 8 month old Frontier Nissan vehicle, with just 1 service on time everything - the failure I got a loose nut on the rear brake caliper - while I was driving downhill on a mountain with snow - lost all brake fluids and brake systems just went hard to work and not a uniform brake. To correct I went to dealer and they said they just re-torque the nut and that's it.

- Calexico, CA, USA

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